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Greetings from the Wine Cellar:
A quick heads-up to everyone (especially the guys) – Valentine’s Day is just a week off, and closing fast!  Time to quit procrastinating, go find a card and get the flowers ordered.  And of course you’ll want a really nice bottle of wine to share with your someone special – that’s where the Wine Cellar can help.  We have lots and lots of great selections to choose from, whether you need a good sparkler, a lusciously sweet dessert-style wine, or maybe a rich, smooth California Cabernet or Chardonnay to help you celebrate this special day for sweethearts. Time is fleeting, so make sure you get down here soon so we can help you pick out something nice!
And I want to quickly mention that my good friends and neighbor here in the Paseo, Carla Reneé Restaurant, will be offering a special Valentine’s Day-themed weekend dinner, starting Saturday, February 11th and continuing on through Tuesday, February 14th.  The regular great menu will be available, of course, but Carla and Chef Kyle have created a special three-course menu that’s “especially suited for lovebirds.”  Hmmm.  The special Valentine’s 3 Course Dinner is $85 per couple, along with a bottle of wine for just a penny.  Wow.  Remember that Valentine’s dinners get booked up pretty fast, so Carla says early reservations are highly recommended – call 782-0499 to make yours.
Happy Valentine’s Day!
THURSDAY & FRIDAY WINE TASTING$10.00 to try them all, or
$10.00 for a full glass

Pascal Jolivet 2009 Sancerre (Loire Valley, France)    $24.99
This is archetypal Sancerre – firm, fresh, crisp and lively, with a beautiful mix of green apple and white peach fruit, flinty mineral nuances and hints of white pepper, dry herbs and lime zest that mingle nicely on the finish.
Praxis 2010 Viognier (Russian River Valley)    $17.99
This opens with lush scents of peach and pear fruit, mixing with hints of orange blossom.  The enticing aromas introduce a similar flavor profile, well enhanced with a silky-smooth texture and a mouthwatering lime-zest finish. It superbly melds the fruit with light floral tones to make a distinctive, stylish,
and superbly elegant white wine.
Decoy 2010 Pinot Noir (Sonoma County)   $22.99
Decoy presents a plush, approachable expression of Pinot that’s crafted to be ready upon release. The aromas offer enticing layers of Bing cherries, anise, cola and mint.  On the palate, the wine displays rich layers of raspberry, Santa Rosa plum and morel mushroom, all of it underscored by balanced acidity that carries to a long and satisfying finish.
Cooralook 2008 Shiraz (Heathcote, Australia)    $15.99
This wine offers classic Shiraz dark fruit flavors, plus hints of sweet cherries. 10 months of oak aging add accents of toasty spice and vanilla.  It’s smooth and supple in texture, with the ripe fruit and spice notes playing off nicely against a slight earthiness.
Decoy 2009 Zinfandel (Sonoma County)    $22.99
This wine highlights a bright, red-fruit-and-spice expression of Zinfandel.  The aromas are fresh and appealing, showing layers of strawberry jam, raspberry and vanilla bean. In the mouth, the wine is full and balanced, with ripe strawberry and and red raspberry notes accented by subtle toasty oak tones.

Campo Viejo 2003 Rioja Gran Reserva (Rioja, Spain)   $24.99
This Gran Reserva is made from carefully selected premium Tempranillo, Graciano and Mazuelo grapes, and is aged for five years before being released.  The nose offers exotic aromas of vanilla, cloves and cinnamon. The smooth, velvety palate has abundant cherry and black plum fruit flavors, along with complex notes of tobacco and spices.

Castello Banfi 2009 Rosso di Montalcino (Tuscany, Italy)   $22.99
Made from 100% Sangiovese, Rosso di Montalcino is known as “baby Brunello.”  It’s aged less than its elder counterpart – 12 months in barrel followed by at least 6 months in the bottle before release.  It offers a dry, round, velvety palate profile and a generous body – characteristics similar to those found in the great Brunellos.
Soléna 2010 Grande Cuvée Pinot Noir (Willamette Valley)    $26.99
The 2010 Grande Cuvée exudes aromas of cranberry and raspberry, accented by hints of herbs and licorice. The palate is complex and intriguing, offering rich red fruit flavors and introducing elements of dark plum and black cherry. Vanilla and spice undertones add interest on the elegant, lengthy finish.
Soléna 2010 Pinot Gris (Willamette Valley, Oregon)   $18.99
Spicy pear and lime aromas greet the nose, complemented by a subtle floral and honey character.  On the palate, juicy orchard fruit and tangy citrus flavors strike a fine balance between depth and energy. It finishes fresh and clean, with lingering pear and lime zest tones accented by a crisp mineral essence.
AleSmith Wee Heavy Scotch Ale (San Diego)    $12.99
AleSmith’s Wee Heavy Ale is a wonderful interpretation of the traditionally sweet and malty Scotch style ale.  It’s deep mahogany in hue, with a thick and creamy tan head.  Toasty/malty aromas and flavors give this just a light hint of smokiness, with a touch of hops providing perfect balance to the rich malt character.
Green Flash Barleywine Ale (San Diego)    $7.99
Barleywines are typically sweet and malty, with plenty of hops for balance.
This one, brewed by an India Pale Ale specialist, leads with the hops.  It pours a dark amber, with an exotic nose of pine and citrus.  In the mouth it’s a full
riot of flavors, with the hops inexorably overcoming the malts.  It finishes long and hoppy all the way, a wonderful match with strongly flavored cuisines like curries.


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

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