Greetings from the Wine Cellar:
This Friday, August 23rd from 6:00 to 8:00 PM, the Yuma Art Center here in Historic Downtown Yuma (254 S. Main Street) will hold an Opening Reception for its first art exhibition of the season, featuring works by Cheryle Marine, George Strasburger Art, Sandy Kaminsky and Pepe Belmonte, with live musical accompaniment by Kevin Benbow. Light hor dourves will be provided, along with a cash/credit bar. The reception is free to attend and completely open to the public. The new exhibits are as follows:
Central Gallery: CARRYING ON – Works by George Strasburger
“In general, these paintings depict humanity in I hope a noble and respectful way. These are people, alone and in groups “carrying on” through their situations, in a manner that represents us all as we carry on. Walking and carrying are metaphors for living and the emotional “baggage” that make us who we are. In addition, some figures represent our ways of relating to each other, or not relating. And other paintings are single character studies, all with a life and a story.”
West Gallery: THE ARCHITECTURE OF SILENCE – Works by Pepe Belmonte
Pepe Belmonte’s Art Exposition “La Arquitectura del Silencio“(The Architecture of Silence), is a one-way ticket trip to the strings of our own soul membranes. It helps us understand that the soul, silence, and God are not separate elements and that one without the other cannot exist. In fact, it is very possible that they are made of the same materials. Each work is named after the Shriner Hospitals for Children, where the artist will donate all proceeds from art sales.
North & South Gallery: RE-invited to AT-TEND – Works by Cheryle Marine
“As I was taking a rubbing in the street of a manhole cover, a street woman stood over me and said, after a few moments of observation, ’Finding what is hidden within?’ Perception creates reality. By tracing, rubbing and casting the objects I surround myself with, I have an intimate opportunity to AT.TEND my reality and examine them in form and composition. This work investigates objects that contain memory in shape, purpose or a moment in time.”
Installation: COSMIC KALEIDISCOPE – Works by Sandy Kaminsky
We collect things along the journey of life. Mirrors reflect the image of how others see ourselves, but to also let us truly look and see who we are. Decorated with bobbles from our past to remind us of who we were, are and who we can become.
The Art Center is open 10 AM to 6 PM Tuesday through Saturday, and the Gallery exhibits are free to view with no admission charge. So plan on heading downtown this weekend, enjoy the reception and take in some fine art – after enjoying wine tasting at the Wine Cellar of course!
THIS WEEK’S WINE TASTING:
Fontana Candida 2017 Frascati (Lazio, Italy) $11.99 The grapes for this refreshingly dry, clean white grow in porous volcanic soils near the city of Rome. A distinct minerality drives the aromas, with scents of peach, pear, citrus peel and basil. Dominant flavors of citrus and pear highlight the palate. plus a light touch of toasted almonds.
Storypoint 2015 California Pinot Noir $14.99 A deep garnet color in the glass, this offers aromas of flowers and strawberries. The flavor profile offers cherries, strawberries and spices plus a pleasant hint of cedar. Smooth and well-balanced tannins carry this to a silky, long and very satisfying finish.
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.
Josh Cellars 2017 Craftsman Cabernet Sauvignon (California) $14.99 This Cabernet shows expressive aromas of spicy black cherry and ripe blackberry, with light hints of cedar and mocha. Mouth-filling flavors of juicy black and red fruits are laced with accents of herbs and spices, all through a rich, lingering finish.
Castello di Volpaia 2016 Chianti Classico (Tuscany, Italy) $22.99 The vineyards of Volpaia, between 1,000 and 1,750 feet above sea level, are the highest in the Chianti region. This Classico offers both elegance and complexity, starting with a rich bouquet of red fruits and spices. A savory palate doles out flavors of ripe dark cherries, truffle and star anise, with polished tannins.
Austin Hope Cellars 2015 Treana (Paso Robles) $31.99 Treana shows a deep ruby hue and displays up-front aromas of ripe dark fruits and spice. Rich, expansive flavors of dark cherry and plum are accented by an exotic mix of mocha, tobacco and toasty oak accents. Depth and power come from 75% Cabernet Sauvignon, with 25% Syrah lending an inviting silky softness.
NEW WINE & BEER ARRIVALS:
Tua Rita 2014 Perlato del Bosco (Tuscany, Italy) $29.99 The Perlato del Bosco is 100% Sangiovese, from estate vineyards. It shows wonderful finesse in the glass, with silky tannins and expressive aromatics that give the wine its sense of polish. Sweet dark berries, herbs, wildflowers and a hint of pipe tobacco add nuance on the rich and expansive palate.
St. Supéry 2018 Sauvignon Blanc (Napa Valley) $15.99 This is a crisp and fragrant white, offering tangy grapefruit, gooseberry and orange blossom aromas on the nose. There’s a fine degree of depth and dimension to the palate as well, with citrus, passionfruit and guava flavors. The result is a bright, racy white that finishes fresh and clean.
Mon Frère California 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon $15.99 Mon Frère Cabernet has a fragrant nose of cherry, currant and raspberry, plus hints of toasted oak and vanilla. In the glass, flavors of wild berry and plum mingle on a lingering finish. Polished tannins, a moderate palate weight and the rich fruit make this wine very easy to drink.
Rogue Brewing Dead ’n’ Dead Dead Guy Ale (Newport, Oregon) $9.99 Aged in Dead Guy Whiskey Barrels, Dead ‘n’ Dead is the evolution of Dead Guy Ale. Those barrels enhance the rich, robust malt & hop profiles of the classic original Dead Guy. The beer gains intriguing nuances of oak and whiskey from several months in Rogue’s ocean aging room.
Mike Shelhamer Old Town Wine Cellar 265 S. Main Street, Suite E Yuma, Arizona 85364 928-373-0405