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Greetings from the Wine Cellar:
The 2nd Annual Redondo Days and Yuma Crossing Days takes place Saturday, February 9th at 240 Madison Avenue here in Old Town (one block west of Main Street) in front of the Sanguinetti House Museum.  Ensuring that Yuma’s fascinating history lives on is the mission of this event.  It’s a venue for an interactive and fun local history lesson featuring antique service cars, live blacksmith demonstrations, Cocopah Crafters and historical re-enactors.  And to spice up the day, Redondo Days will host its 2nd Annual Jalapeno Pepper Eating Contest.  And don’t forget the 1st Annual Cotton Bale Rolling contest (both contests offer cash prizes to the winners!)
In addition to sharing Yuma’s history, Redondo Days also showcases Yuma’s strong cultural connections.  A highlight will be performances by the Gadsden Mariachi and Folkloriko band.  And for chow, attendees will have plenty of choices for area treats, including tacos, fry bread, tamales, homemade tortillas and more.  Admission is free for all; for more info on the events, contact the Yuma County Historical Society at 782-1841.
And just one more quick note:  the weekend after next, on Saturday, February
16th, the Wine Cellar will hold another of our special beer tastings.  In essentially the same format as our weekly wine tastings, we’ll pour a taste of six different beers from our extensive collection of great imported beers & ales and American craft brews.  The tasting will run from 2:00 PM to 5:00 PM; cost will be just $5.00.  These are always a lot of fun, so put it on your calendar!
THURSDAY & FRIDAY WINE TASTING$10.00 to try them all, or
$10.00 for a full glass

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 accents from barrel aging and a subtle creaminess from ‘sur-lie’ maturation create a full, rich mouthfeel.
Chalone Vineyard 2010 Pinot Noir (Monterey County)    $14.99
Fragrant aromas of lavender, black cherry and a touch of cedar introduce
this highly approachable and very user-friendly Pinot.  Ripe, juicy dark fruit flavors emerge on the palate, picking up raspberry and spice notes.  The mouthfeel is soft and silky from start to finish.
La Mano 2009 Mencía Roble (Bierzo, Spain)    $9.99
The Mencía grape is native to northwest Spain’s Bierzo region.  It produces medium-bodied, spicy reds with an alluring mix of rose petals, cracked pepper, roasted red pepper and berry fruit.  The La Mano Roble was aged three months in American oak to provide a greater depth and complexity.
Chalone Vineyard 2010 Merlot (Monterey County) $12.99
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.
Beringer Vineyards 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa Valley)    $24.99
A wonderful example of premium Napa Valley fruit, Beringer Cabernet
Sauvignon is rich and supple from start to finish.  This wine has ripe, juicy plum, black cherry and black currant fruit on a firm but silk-smooth frame, finishing with a touch of toasty vanilla from oak barrel aging.
Tenuta Sette Ponti 2009 Crognolo (Tuscany, Italy)    $34.99
A refined and stylish blend of Sangiovese and Merlot in the ‘Super-Tuscan’ style, this opens with aromas of crushed berries and fresh-roasted coffee, and then delivers a concentrated and complex palate of ripe black cherries and plums plus hints of saddle leather and toasty vanilla. Superbly integrated tannins contribute to its soft, polished mouth-feel.
Duckhorn 2008 Discussion (Napa Valley)    $119.99
Duckhorn’s Discussion comes from the best barrels of wine from the finest blocks of their estate vineyards.  Exotic aromas of mulberry, hazelnut,
leather, cedar, tobacco and sweet spices give way to deep, rich flavors of
blackberry, plum, cassis, clove and chocolate.  The flavors evolve in the glass, achieving added depth and complexity and developing warm, earthy tones amid a hint of toasted coconut.
Ayala Brut Champagne Brut Majeur (half-bottle) (Reims, France)    $19.99
This is a beautifully balanced non-vintage brut, in the lighter style that’s Ayala’s hallmark.  A rich, mineral-accented bouquet evokes jasmine, lime and chalk.  The palate is racy and dry, with pronounced citrus zest and pear flavors and a deliciously toasty, mineral-edged finish.
Toscolo 2011 Chianti (Tuscany, Italy)    $11.99
Toscolo delivers remarkable quality for a basic Chianti.  It’s 100% Sangiovese from prime Tuscan vineyards, fermented in stainless steel tanks and then aged six months in oak.  A wonderful floral bouquet on the nose gives way to flavors of ripe red cherries, plums and a hint of black tea.  It finishes with
pleasant accents of vanilla and licorice.
Phoenix Ale Brewery Hoppy Valley IPA (Phoenix, Arizona)    $4.99
Hoppy Valley is a classic “session ale,” a tribute to the great British ales downed in the typical English pub setting.  It’s a much lower alcohol beer than are most American craft brews yet it’s bursting with savory hop flavors. Let this be your “go-to” session ale!


Mike Shelhamer
Old Town Wine Cellar
265 S. Main Street, Suite E
Yuma, Arizona  85364

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