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Greetings from the Wine Cellar:


This coming Saturday, January 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 noon to 5PM Saturday afternoon.  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 if you’re so inclined, enjoy the artistic creations and chat with the artists.  It’s a great addition to the winter season’s events lineup in Historic Downtown – don’t miss it!



Bottega Vinaia 2016 Pinot Grigio (Trentino, Italy)    $17.99 This begins with bright aromas of orchard fruits like apple and pear, along with floral tones and a hint of orange peel.  The palate shows an intensity and persistence that’s rarely found in Pinot Grigio.  It’s fresh, dry and flavorful, with a crisp, refreshing finish.


Bewitched 2017 Pinot Noir (Russian River Valley)    $22.99 Bewitched is classic Russian River Valley Pinot.  Aromas of dark raspberries and cherries emerge on the nose, with a hint of rose petals. The palate offers rich dark fruit flavors and elements of spice and black tea.  It’s a seductively layered wine with fine acidity and supple tannins.


Chateau St. Jean 2013 Soirée California Red    $8.99 A blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Zinfandel, Syrah, Petite Sirah and Malbec, this juicy red blend is rich in flavor and beautifully balanced.  Bright aromas of blackberry and spice lead on to juicy fruit flavors, with a touch of sweet oak spice.


Shannon Ridge 2015 High Elevation Petite Sirah (Lake County)    $14.99 This wine is vinted from mountain-grown fruit farmed at elevations of 1,200 to 2,400 feet, and aged in a mix of French and American oak for up to 9 months.  Fresh blackberry, blueberry and dark plum flavors are laced with hints of black pepper and toasty vanilla.


Terra d’Oro 2016 Old Vine Zinfandel (Amador County)    $17.99 A superb example of Amador County “old vine” Zin, Terra d’Oro doesn’t have to coerce character from the grapes nor do they attempt to hold any back.  Juicy berry flavors are seasoned by classic Shenandoah Valley spice, and French oak aging imparts vanilla and cinnamon tones on a rich finish.


Orin Swift 2014 Dept. 66 Grenache (Côtes Catalanes, France)    $35.99 Dept. 66 lies in the extreme southwestern region of France known as the Côtes Catalanes, where Orin Swift has acquired 300 acres of vineyards that are over 60 years of age.  It’s 80% Grenache, with Syrah and Carignan making up the remainder.  This wine offers a striking mix of lush red fruits and a spicy, peppery, mineral-laden character that lingers pleasantly




VML 2013 Limited Release Pinot Noir (Russian River Valley)    $28.99 This Pinot offers a fragrant nose of lavender, sandalwood, dried cranberry and cocoa. The palate starts off with a mix of ripe blackberry, plum and black cherry fruit.  Vanilla and dark chocolate flavors on the mid-palate lead into high notes of raspberry, with nicely focused acidity, balanced tannins and a long, silky finish.


Bodegas Faustino 2014 Faustino VII (Rioja, Spain)    $10.99 The Faustino VII begins with bright aromas of currant, cherry and a note of vanilla.  The bouquet is followed with balanced and velvety flavors of red cherries and raspberries.  The finish is expressive and long, with a pleasant touch of vanilla-laced oak toast.


De Halve Maan Straffe Hendrik Tripel (Bruges, Belgium)    $14.99 De Halve Maan has been brewing beer in Bruges for five centuries.  The Straffe Hendrik is a straf (strong beer), a blonde tripel with a powerful taste that’s enhanced by malt, caramel and hops.  This is a “living beer” with a character that develops through re-fermentation in the bottle, in the tradition of authentic tripel.




Mike Shelhamer

Old Town Wine Cellar

265 S. Main Street, Suite E

Yuma, Arizona  85364


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