Greetings from the Wine Cellar:
I want to pass along a great opportunity for Yuma area visitors as well as residents sponsored by my friends over at the Yuma Visitors Bureau – their 2016 “Field to Feast” tours. I’ll let them describe it for you:
“Ever wonder what’s growing in Yuma’s lush fields? Our Field to Feast tour will give you the answers – from the ground up. The highlight of these half-day tours led by a local grower is a visit to a field planted just for us at the University of Arizona research farm. There, you’ll get a quick food safety lesson from Yuma food safety experts, along with hairnets, rubber gloves, lettuce knives and a recipe card telling you what’s needed in the kitchen. Once you’ve filled the chefs’ “order,” you can pick some fresh Yuma produce to take home. While you enjoy the rest of your tour through growing areas, culinary students from AWC will be hard at work turning fresh veggies from our field into a delicious and healthy lunch. Tickets are $50 per person and include transportation plus a healthy lunch. For more information and tickets call 928-783-0071 or click over to VisitYuma.com.”
It sounds like a unique Yuma experience – just like wine tasting at the Old Town Wine Cellar!
THIS WEEK’S WINE TASTING):
J Vineyards 2014 Pinot Gris (California) $14.99
J Pinot Gris opens with tropical fruit aromas of pineapple, mango and guava, mixed with notes of honeysuckle, pear and Fuji apples. On the palate, flavors echo the nose, full of bright and juicy tangerine, peach and apple flavors that carry on to a crisp and tangy finish.
Silverado Vineyards 2009 Sangiovese (Napa Valley) $22.99
This is full of bright berry fruit, crushed raspberry in the aroma and wild berry flavors on the palate. Lively acidity is true to the varietal, and it balances the rich flavors associated with Sangiovese, finishing with a blast of fresh cherry fruit.
Gran Passione 2011 Barbera d’Asti (Piedmont, Italy) $12.99
This is a round, balanced north Italian red, featuring rich black cherry, raspberry, spice and tobacco elements layered on a firm structure. Subtle toasty oak notes give this additional depth and complexity.
Guenoc 2013 Petite Sirah (Lake County) $14.99
A deep purple in hue, this Petite opens with brooding scents of ripe black fruits. The palate offers a rich, full mouthfeel, with elements of chocolate and mocha framing bright fruit flavors of blueberry, raspberry, dark cherry and spicy plum.
Martin Ray 2013 Merlot (Napa Valley) $21.99
This Napa Merlot offers aromas of exotic spice, ripe plums and toasty vanillin oak, followed by a supple palate packed with flavors of dark plums and black cherries plus overtones of dark chocolate. A long, satisfying finish completes the package.
Condado de Haza 2010 Tempranillo (Ribera del Duero, Spain) $24.99
This Tempranillo opens with intense, lush scents of ripe raspberries and plums with floral overtones. The palate is plush and expansive, with spiced cherry and cassis flavors and bitter chocolate notes. Toasty vanilla and cracked pepper hints emerge on a long, gently tannic finish.
NEW WINE & BEER ARRIVALS:
Katherine Goldschmidt 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon (Alexander Valley) $19.99
This was made with grapes sourced from Goldschmidt’s own Crazy Creek Vineyard. Black cherry and currant aromas mix with notes of sage, anise and cedar. The full-bodied palate shows a firm tannic frame, nicely balancing the abundantly ripe fruit.
Gruet Blanc de Noirs (New Mexico) $17.99
This New Mexican sparkler is made from 100% Pinot Noir. It shows a beautiful salmon-pink color, a tantalizing mousse and rich berry scents. The palate has explosively juicy, rich flavors of dark cherry and red raspberry on a lush and creamy texture.
Dutton Goldfield 2012 Syrah, Cherry Ridge Vineyard (Russian River Valley) $39.99
Cherry Ridge Vineyard lies on the west side of Green Valley just north of the Petaluma Wind
Gap. The south-facing slope makes it the proverbial “warm spot in a cold area.” Syrah from this vineyard site shows focused berry fruit flavors, pepper-spice notes, bright acidity, deep color and silky-smooth tannins. Only 501 cases were produced.
Ninkasi Total Domination IPA (Eugene, Oregon) $4.99
Multiple varieties of hops collide in balanced perfection, dominating the senses and achieving total satisfaction. From the Pacific Northwest, the birthplace of the modern IPA, comes a beer whose name says it all. Uncap one and enjoy!
Old Town Wine Cellar
265 S. Main Street, Suite E
Yuma, Arizona 85364