Greetings from the Wine Cellar:
Halloween is almost upon us, so here’s what happening downtown: The City of Yuma Heritage Festivals invites one and all to “Trick-or-Treat on Main Street” from 4 – 10PM Wednesday evening, October 31st. This spook-tacular event will transform Historic Downtown Yuma into a fun, family-friendly locale for a variety of Halloween festivities. The event is free for all ages, and costumes are welcome but not required.
Trick-or-Treat on Main Street will feature free face painting and a “Wow Factor Attraction Kids Corner” with inflatable attractions and interactive games (entrance to the Wow Factor Kids Corner is $5 per child, with unlimited access). The Main Street Plaza will be lined with candy booths, food vendors, a beer garden for adults, craft & toy vendors, music, dancing and live entertainment. Participating businesses and organizations will have free candy booths for trick-or-treaters, and some of the restaurants and local businesses on Main Street will also participate in a contest to deck out their places in the best Halloween-style decor.
Trick-or-Treat on Main Street’s evening lineup is as follows:
6 PM: Costume contest for infants to six-year-olds, and their parents/guardians.
6:30 PM: Free movie showing at the Historic Yuma Theatre (254 S. Main Street) of Disney Channel Original Movie “Halloweentown.”
7 PM: Live musical performance by Radical Rewind.
7:45 PM: Costume contest for children six to 12 years.
7:45 PM: Winner for the best Downtown Merchant Window Display and “Trunk-or-Treat” booth announced.
8 PM: Second live performance by Radical Rewind.
8:30 PM: Free movie showing at the Historic Yuma Theatre of Disney Channel Original Movie “Halloweentown II: Kalabar’s Revenge.”
8:45 PM: Costume contest for teens ages 13-18, plus a bonus contest for most creative costume.
9 PM: Adult costume contest for most creative and for best couple’s costume.
Should be a memorable Halloween celebration here in Historic Downtown – hope you can make it, and be sure to stop by the Wine Cellar when you do!
THIS WEEK’S WINE TASTING:
Willakenzie 2016 Pinot Gris (Willamette Valley) $19.99 Spicy pear and lime aromas greet the nose, complemented by a subtle floral and honey character. On the palate, juicy orchard fruit and tangy citrus flavors strike a fine balance between depth and energy. It finishes fresh and clean, with lingering pear and lime zest tones accented by a crisp mineral essence.
Shannon Ridge 2013 Wrangler Red (Lake County) $12.99 Shannon Ridge Wrangler Red has aromas of ripe cherry, blackberry, tobacco leaf and rich dark chocolate notes. The flavor profile includes blackberry, red cherry, cinnamon spice and mocha. It’s a rich, polished red with supple tannins, fine balance and a lingering finish.
Mondavi 2017 Bourbon Barrel Aged Cabernet Sauvignon (Monterey County) $14.99 This Monterey County Cabernet blends California craftsmanship with Southern Bourbon whiskey aging tradition. Fruit sourced from coastal vineyards imparts deep, rich flavors of black cherries and blackberries. Aging for three months in select Bourbon barrels adds some intriguing nuances of vanilla and brown sugar.
Ancient Peaks 2014 Merlot (Paso Robles) $17.99 This Paso Merlot delivers rich dark fruit aromas along with intriguing notes of cedar, mocha and eucalyptus. The palate is juicy and round, with flavors of dark cherry, red raspberry, vanilla and light spices. Firm tannins and balanced acidity complete the package.
Dominio del Águila 2013 Pícaro Tinto (Ribera del Duero, Spain) $22.99 This blend of 95% Tempranillo and 5% Albillo was whole-cluster pressed, and aged for 20 months in French oak. It’s full-bodied yet delicate and lightly floral, melding a rich dark fruit character with pleasant accents of smoke and vanilla.
Madrigal 2013 Petite Sirah (Napa Valley) $29.99 Three generations of the Madrigal family have farmed vineyards in Napa Valley since the 1930s. This estate Petite Sirah is velvety and dense in all the right ways, striking a fine balance between fruit-forwardness and a dense, savory complexity. Rich blackberry, blueberry and espresso bean flavors dominate the palate, framed with supple tannins.
NEW WINE & BEER ARRIVALS:
Stewart Cellars 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa Valley) $49.99 This Cabernet Sauvignon exudes aromas of plums, cherries and a hint of white pepper. Rich, ripe flavors of blackcurrants and blackberries and toasty vanillin oak are exactly what you’d expect to find in this classic Napa Cabernet. The body is softly layered, with a richly woven core of superb concentration and finesse.
Kings Ridge 2016 Pinot Noir (Willamette Valley) $17.99 Fresh cherry-berry aromas are joined by an attractive scent of roses after a bit of time in the glass. Mouth-filling, ripe dark berry and cherry fruit flavors follow on the palate, with nice acidity and a cloak of soft tannins. The wine displays good Pinot varietal character, all in all a fine example of the Oregon style.
Gérard Bertrand 2015 Tautavel (Côtes du Roussillon, France) $19.99 The 2015 Tautavel Grand Terroir is a blend of 40% Grenache and 40% Syrah, with the balance Carignan. Ripe black fruits, chocolate, licorice and smoky herbs mingle on a ripe, concentrated and round palate that blends Old World complexity with New World fruit-forwardness.
The Lost Abbey Citrus Sin Ale (San Diego) $12.99 Citrus Sin is an American wild ale. The base beer is aged in very large oak “foeders” for one year, and is then blended with a batch of new golden ale, along with an abundance of blood oranges and a small dose of brettanomyces yeast. The result is a wonderfully crisp, complex and very refreshingly ale.
Old Town Wine Cellar
265 S. Main Street, Suite E
Yuma, Arizona 85364