Greetings from the Wine Cellar:
During June and July, the Yuma Art Center’s TGIF Summer Movie Series will bring some of your favorite flicks back to the big screen at the Historic Yuma Theatre here in Downtown Yuma. This week’s showing will feature a special Father’s Day marathon of the iconic The Godfather cinematic trilogy. Celebrate his special day with the patriarch of your family by viewing these classic films in succession Friday, June 17th through Sunday, June 19th. The original The Godfather will be screened Friday evening, followed by The Godfather Part II on Saturday and The Godfather Part III on Sunday; all three start at 7:00 PM. Stop by the refreshment stand and ask for a Corleone Special (a cannoli and scotch). Fedoras and mustaches are encouraged. Tickets are $5.00 per movie, $2.50 for students, seniors and military with ID, and FREE for fathers. For the full summer movie schedule and to purchase tickets, check out YumaShowTickets.com.
THIS WEEK’S WINE TASTING
Famiglia Pasqua 2016 Passimento Bianco (Veneto, Italy) $17.99 Produced in the Valpolicella region, this wine is made from Garganega grapes that are partially dried prior to fermentation, losing 20 to 30% of their weight. The result is a unique white with dried apricot and honey tones and a creamy rich mouthfeel, yet balanced by bright acidity.
Au Contraire 2014 Pinot Noir (Sonoma Coast) $24.99 Au Contraire is a blend of fruit from premier Sonoma Coast vineyards, including the new Fort-Ross Seaview AVA overlooking the Pacific. A brilliant garnet in the glass, the nose gives off scents of cherry, raspberry and plum plus a hint of violet amid subtle spices notes. An elegant, silky mouthfeel and firm acidity showcase the wine’s ripe fruit.
Thomas Halby All About Red (California) $12.99 Halby’s All About Red is a robust wine with a big personality and a generous finish. Zinfandel, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Petite Sirah comprise the blend. Seductive aromas on the nose lead into flavors of dark cherries, cassis and vanilla bean on a smooth tannic frame.
Renwood 2014 Old Vine Zinfandel (Amador County) $15.99 This classic Old Vine Zin opens with enticing aromas of ripe blackberries and raspberries plus exotic hints of mulling spices like clove and cinnamon. On the palate, the rich, ripe berry fruit flavors are enlivened with dashes of mint, black licorice, vanilla and spicy oak.
Famiglia Pasqua 2015 Passimento Rosso (Veneto, Italy) $17.99 Essentially a turbo-charged Valpolicella, this is made with partially dried grapes to concentrate flavors prior to fermentation. It contains some Merlot in addition to the indigenous Corvina and Croatina grapes to add smoothness. The result is a rich, succulent wine with flavors of cherry jam, plums and spice that are savory and dry.
Bear Flag 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon (Sonoma County) $25.99 This elegantly crafted and finely balanced Sonoma Cabernet exudes blueberry and cassis aromas along with notes of spice, cedar and vanilla. Rich black fruit flavors mingle on a velvety palate, and a delicate accent of eucalyptus lingers at the finish.
NEW WINE & BEER ARRIVALS
Long Meadow Ranch 2016 Pinot Noir (Anderson Valley) $39.99 This estate-grown Pinot is the strong, quiet type: not effusively fruity and rich, but rather emphasizing mineral elements and superb structure. Attractive fruity/spicy aromas on the nose lead to beautifully pure cherry and pomegranate flavors that seem to grow and expand with every sip. Firm yet nicely polished tannins are supported by perfectly focused acidity.
- J. Prum 2015 Riesling Kabinett, Graacher Himmelreich (Mosel Valley, Germany) $34.99 J.J. Prum’s 2015 Graacher Himmelreich walks a fine line between the ethereal and the terrestrial, sailing across the senses with vivid peach and tangy citrus hints and following up with a mix of complex mineral and slate tones. Despite a core of rich, juicy tropical fruit, this Riesling’s acidity and structure will let it live to a ripe old age.
The Hop Concept Dank & Sticky IPA (San Diego) $7.99 Each one of The Hop Concept’s Hop Freshener series is crafted by the lifelong brewers behind San Diego’s renowned Port Brewing and The Lost Abbey breweries. These are honest, hoppy beers from people who know how to make them. This one is all about bold, in-your-face hops, so slow down, inhale and drink fresh!
Old Town Wine Cellar
265 S. Main Street, Suite E
Yuma, Arizona 85364