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Greetings from the Wine Cellar:


This coming Saturday and Sunday, January 11th – 12th, the Yuma Art Center will present their annual Art in the Park event.  It’s an ‘al fresco’ Fine Arts Festival that will take place in Yuma’s scenic Gateway Park adjacent to Historic Downtown from 11AM to 6PM.  The festival will feature a number of local and regional artists displaying their diverse artworks in the park alongside the banks of the meandering Colorado River.  Admission is just $1.00. You can enjoy a leisurely afternoon strolling through the park, partake in a mimosa or glass of wine, enjoy the artistic creations and chat with the artists.  It’s a great part of the winter season’s events lineup in Historic Downtown – don’t miss it!


And just one last quick note: January’s Wine, Women & Networking event, normally held on the first Wednesday of each month here at the Wine Cellar, will take place tomorrow, January 8th from 5:30 to 8PM, as the first Wednesday of 2020 was New Year’s Day and I was home watching football – hope all you ladies can make it tomorrow!




Livio Felluga 2017 Pinot Grigio (Friuli-Venezia Giulia, Italy)   $23.99 This is a full-bodied style of Pinot Grigio that opens with clean, bright aromas of apples, pears and citrus fruits. It’s fresh and lively on the palate, yet surprisingly supple, with crisp apple and peach fruit flavors edged with a complex minerality.


Mon Frère 2017 California Pinot Noir     $17.99 The Mon Frère Pinot Noir is sourced from select vineyards in the Sonoma Coast, Santa Rita Hills and Santa Lucia Highlands. A vibrant purple-garnet in the glass, it has enticing aromas of cherries and plums on the nose, plus a hint of violets and subtle spice notes. A well-balanced palate offers rich fruit, fresh acidity and a plush texture.


Vigneti del Salento 2015 I Muri Negroamaro (Puglia, Italy)    $12.99 The baking hot sun of the Italian south comes through in this rich and earthy red, with its smoky nose and robust palate redolent of dark plums, stewed figs and peppery spice.  Negroamaro, an ancient native varietal in Puglia, is a fantastic partner with richly flavored Italian cuisine.


Prats & Symington 2015 Prazo de Roriz (Douro Valley, Portugal)   $15.99 This deep, dark red Douro shows fine, gripping tannins and rich, juicy blueberry fruit flavors on the entry. Black fruits, licorice and spices follow on the mid-palate, leading to a savory finish despite the ripeness of the fruit, and ending with a nice touch of creaminess.


Moobuzz 2015 G S M (Central Coast)   $18.99 Hibiscus and strawberry aromas are an appealing invitation on the nose of this Rhone-style blend of Grenache (70%), Syrah and Mourvèdre, and then peppery spice notes up the ante. This would make a perfect summertime red, served with just a light chill on it to showcase its bright flavors of sandalwood, red cherry and marjoram.


Bootleg Wine Works 2015 Prequel Red (Sonoma County)   $29.99 The 2015 Prequel is a blend of 85% Syrah and 15% Petite Sirah. A deep purple in color, this delivers vibrant black cherry, red raspberry and wild blueberry flavors, with nuances of licorice, dried herbs and pepper. Spice accents mingle on a soft texture, coming to a savory finish.




Sbragia Vineyards 2015 Gino’s Zinfandel (Dry Creek Valley)   $27.99 In the Dry Creek Valley “field blends” are a time honored tradition. Gino’s Zinfandel represents a typical field blend that the winemaker’s grandfather Gino made each year. This vintage is full of lush ripe dark fruit, with a core of sweet red currant and strawberry and a bright, fresh finish.


Charles & Charles 2017 Riesling (Yakima Valley)   $12.99 This is a full-flavored Washington Riesling with an intense bouquet of ripe stone fruit, mineral notes, citrus and summer flowers. It’s clean and refreshing on the palate with tingling acidity, ending with a light dash of sweetness and a lingering touch of honeysuckle.


Hope Estate 2017 Basalt Block Shiraz (Hunter Valley, Australia)   $14.99 The Basalt Block opens with notes of pepper and spice, with some blackberry undertones and oak notes. A juicy palate offers ripe berry fruits, spicy plums, and an underlying earthy savoriness. Balanced acidity along with well integrated vanillin oak and soft silky tannins give the wine great texture and good length.


Folie à Deux 2017 Pinot Noir (Sonoma Coast)   $19.99 Folie à Deux 2017 Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir opens with intense aromas of ripe plum, dark cherry and raspberry followed by subtle hints of earthy truffle and spice. Precise and clean, the wine offers a pleasing palate of ripe black cherry fruit edged, with a hint of tobacco leaf.




Mike Shelhamer

Old Town Wine Cellar

265 S. Main Street, Suite E

Yuma, Arizona 85364


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