Greetings from the Wine Cellar:
Four years ago this week, the Wine Cellar hosted the very first Wine, Women & Networking here at the shop. The monthly event has turned out to be a great success as well as a lot of fun along the way, and quite a number of professional women from a variety of different businesses and occupations here in the community have been able to meet, chat with each other informally, use the opportunity to let others learn more about their businesses, and enjoy some winetasting while they’re at it! Definitely a much more fun way of networking, I must say… To mark the fourth anniversary, this time Wine, Women & Networking will be jointly sponsored by the creator of the event, Rita Megui of ServiceMaster Corporation, along with the Old Town Wine Cellar and two other key supporters, Sharon Perry of Yuma Health Coach, LLC (www.yumahealthcoach.com) and Suzanne Dion of Healthy Cooking Consultant, LLC (www.suzannescooking.com). And one other very important note: Wine, Women & Networking has always been held on the first Wednesday of the month, but Rita has already heard from a number of people that say they can’t make it this time due to the Yuma County Fair taking place this week. Therefore, for this month only the decision has been made that we will have the event take place next Wednesday, April 10th. So please mark your calendar – we hope you can make it!
THIS WEEK’S WINE TASTING
Chateau Ducasse 2017 Bordeaux Blanc (Bordeaux, France) $17.99 Chateau Ducasse Bordeaux Blanc is a blend of 60% Sémillon, 35% Sauvignon Blanc and 5% Muscadelle, sourced from vines that are up to 50 years old. The wine was aged in stainless steel for six months. Rich and aromatic, this pairs well with seafood, shellfish and poultry dishes.
Miraflores 2015 Misión 1853 (Sierra Foothills) $24.99 This was made with Mission grapes sourced from Amador County’s Misión Vineyard. Planted in 1853, it’s the oldest continuously producing vineyard in all of the U.S. Mission was the original wine grape planted in North America, used at the old Spanish Missions of Mexico and California to make sacramental wines. It’s a lighter-bodied and highly enjoyable red.
Angry Bunch 2016 Zinfandel (Lodi) $14.99 The Angry Bunch Zin is a ripe, juicy mosh pit of raspberries, blackberries and plums, spiced with accents of vanilla and black pepper. The wine was aged for 15 months in a mix of French and American oak barrels. Pair it if you dare with a flavorful feast – barbecue and grilled meats, zesty pastas, braised pork and hearty cheeses.
Luca Bosio 2013 Barbera d’Asti (Piedmont, Italy) $14.99 This is a soft and balanced wine with rich black cherry, dark plum, spice and earthy accents that offset a firm structure. Silky tannins contribute to a smooth mouthfeel. It’s freshness and approachability makes Barbera a great choice at the dinner table.
ÆRENA2016 Cabernet Sauvignon (Lake County) $19.99 This Cabernet is from the Mayacamas mountains north of St. Helena, prime Napa territory for producing concentrated, intense reds. The nose offers scents of blackberry, plum, fig, cigar tobacco and vanilla. Smooth on the entry, this wine offers a rich, lingering finish.
Peter Franus 2012 Red Hills Red (Lake County) $32.99 This wine is from a vineyard in Lake County located a dozen miles north of Napa Valley, at 3,000 feet in elevation. A blend of Syrah, Grenache and Mourvèdre, it offers vivid, deep dark fruit flavors and a dash of dark chocolate carried on a vibrant frame.
NEW WINE & BEER ARRIVALS
Gehricke 2016 Zinfandel (Russian River Valley) $27.99 This is a blend of Old Vine Zinfandel plus a dollop of Petite Sirah from the orange, iron-rich soils of the Ponzo Vineyard. The Zin offers the classic fruity, jammy, briary character of the varietal while the Petite Sirah adds complementary black fruit flavors and density, plus a delicious touch of pepper.
Clos Pegase 2017 Estate Chardonnay, Mitsuko’s Vineyard (Carneros) $24.99 The cool, foggy Carneros region of Napa Valley allows Clos Pegase to maintain verve and complexity in their Chardonnay, with just the right amount of naturally bright acidity when paired with the finest French oak. A smooth palate shows flavors of stone fruits, pears and cantaloupe, plus subtle notes of brioche, vanilla bean and toasted coconut.
Corvo 2016 Rosso (Sicily, Italy) $11.99 The Corvo Rosso is a blend of the native Sicilian varietal Nero d’Avola and Merlot. It’s an aromatic and pleasantly fruity dry red; an easy sipper yet one with more than enough complexity to be a fine accompaniment at the dinner table.
Modern Times Brewing Booming Rollers IPA (San Diego) $4.99 Booming Rollers™ is a showcase for the juicy awesomeness of Citra hops. These new wave hops impart remarkable aroma and flavor, which is amplified with the dark stone fruit character of New Zealand Motueka hops. Centennial hops balance the tropical fruit, and the malt body is just enough to support a nicely bitter edge.
Old Town Wine Cellar
265 S. Main Street, Suite E
Yuma, Arizona 85364