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Greetings from the Wine Cellar:
February is almost upon us, which here in Old Town means it’s time to get medieval!  I’m talking about the annual Two Rivers Renaissance Faire that will be happening at West Wetlands Park this weekend, just a short distance west of downtown along the Colorado River.  The Faire will take place Friday – Sunday, February 1st – 3rd; hours are 9 AM – 4 PM Friday, 10 – 10 Saturday and 10 – 5 Sunday.  Lots of music, food, costumes and performers, and all the fun and fascination of a medieval village marketplace.  Admission is $8 ($5 for kids 6 – 12, and kids under 6 are free).  For ticket info, go to or call 928-257-5056.  But remember
there’s still plenty of great stuff here in Old Town to do indoors, like wine
tasting at the Cellar!
THURSDAY & FRIDAY WINE TASTING$10.00 to try them all, or
$10.00 for a full glass

Schweiger Vineyards 2008 Estate Chardonnay (Napa Valley)    $24.99
This is an elegant, full bodied Chardonnay with true varietal character.  It offers vivid flavors of pear, citrus and apricot, with undertones of toasty oak and tropical fruit.  The body is rich and supple, filling the mouth with flavor, but a distinct mineral character makes this wine more reminiscent of a classic French Meursault than a typical California Chardonnay.
Friedrich Becker 2008 Estate Pinot Noir (Pfalz, Germany) $18.99
German Pinot Noirs, known there as Spätburgunder, are typically light in body and softly fruited.  This Pinot, from one of Germany’s foremost
producers, is full of bright, spicy raspberry, cherry and currant fruit.  The vivid fruitiness is balanced by crisp acidity and a tangy mineral edge.
Beso de Vino 2010 Selección (Cariñena, Spain)    $11.99
The Beso de Vino Selección is a blend of 85% Syrah and 15% Garnacha, sourced from the Cariñena wine region of northern Spain.  The nose shows a mix of wild berries and forest floor, and a hint of black olives.  Full-bodied and soft on the palate, this offers a fine mix of spice and ripe fruit, with no hard edges.
Mills Reef 2007 Merlot-Malbec (Hawkes Bay, New Zealand)    $18.99
This deeply colored 50/50 blend of Merlot and Malbec, sourced from the
well-known Gimblet Gravels district of Hawkes Bay, is fruit-forward and supple.  The flavors are a medley of ripe black plums, boysenberries and black currants, intertwined with spicy/savory oak tones that add complexity.
Veramonte 2009 Primus The Blend (Colchagua Valley, Chile)    $19.99
Veramonte’s Primus is a superb combination of power and finesse.  Made
with the best fruit available from their Colchagua Valley estate, it’s a blend
of Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Carmenère and Merlot that’s savory and mouth-filling on the palate, with juicy flavors of black cherry, plum and blackberry.  The ample fruit is framed by notes of smoky spice.
Terre de Trinci 2004 Sagrantino di Montefalco Ugolino (Umbria, Italy)    $39.99
Montefalco is a steep-hillside town in Umbria famed for its Sagrantino di Montefalco, a rich and full-bodied red made from the little-known Sagrantino varietal.  The ‘04 Ugolino is a sumptuous, richly flavored, fleshy red that abounds in lush flavors of blackberries, earth and spice.  The tannins are big but soft, coated with vanilla and cedar tones and the finish just won’t let go…
Robert Craig 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa Valley/Howell Mountain)    $79.99
Dense purple to the rim, this Cabernet offers extravagant blueberry,
blackberry, plum and truffle notes on the nose and the palate has superb flavor concentration, with a taut, ripe mix of wild berry, dark cherry and plum fruit.  New oak adds hints of spicy vanilla and firm, polished tannins provide depth and traction.
St. Supéry 2010 Sauvignon Blanc, Dollarhide Ranch (Napa Valley)    $24.99
This is a rich and flavorful Sauvignon Blanc, with vibrant scents of
grapefruit, kiwis, limes and fennel and a subtle toasty/smoky hint of new
French oak. Ripe melon and grapefruit flavors mix with lime zest and a bright
citrus appeal, while the toasty qualities from barrel aging and a subtle
creaminess from ‘sur-lie’ maturation create a full and rich mouthfeel.
Edna Valley Vineyard 2010 Pinot Noir, Paragon Vineyard (San Luis Obispo Co.)    $19.99
Fragrant, floral and redolent of dark cherry fruit, this exhibits the delicacy and allure of this captivating varietal. Hints of rose petal, caramel and forest floor weave through the jammy black fruit core.  The palate is finely balanced and silky, framed by soft tannins.
The Lost Abbey 10 Commandments Ale (San Diego)    $12.99
Lost Abbey’s beers, many of which are aged in oak barrels for 12 months
or longer, are acclaimed for their complexity, unique flavors, and bold,
boundary-pushing styles.  Their 10 Commandments is massive by any
stretch of the brewing way possible; the sort of drink that will remind a beer
drinker who considers himself a saint, that even saints might sin just a little
bit from time to time…
Mike Shelhamer
Old Town Wine Cellar
265 S. Main Street, Suite E
Yuma, Arizona  85364

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