As I noted a couple of weeks ago in my post about Beltramo's
in Menlo Park, most Bay Area retailers
specializing in hard-to-find wines and liquors are located in SF. There's one other wine shop / liquor store on the Peninsula worth a detour: Weimax
(1718 Broadway, Burlingame). If anything takes you down to SFO, you're almost there. It's just a five-minute drive from the terminal, a couple of exits down 101.
Like Beltramo's, Weimax has a lot of hard liquor you won't see elsewhere. I first visited the place after a trip to Southwest France, when I was looking for a local source for La Vielle Prune
, a delicious oak-aged plum brandy ubiquitous in the Dordogne region, and they were the only store I called that had it.
Weimax has exceptionally wide selections of raki, arrak, ouzo, single
malts, liqueurs, and French hard cider, as well as a comprehensive
stock of other spirts, wine, and beer. If you're not sure exactly what
you want, the knowledgeable, helpful staffcan give good suggestions. There's a tasting room with a rotating selection from the wine inventory.
Unfortunately, Weimax's Web site is largely out of date and hard to
navigate. (Apparently the owner's site-managing software broke a while
back and he hasn't found a replacement.) If you're looking for something particular, give them a call
before making a special trip.