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Greetings from the Wine Cellar:


Another sign that spring is almost here:  the 2014 Yuma River Daze celebration takes place all weekend here in Old Town, from 10AM – 4PM Friday, Saturday & Sunday, February 14th -16th.  As always, it’s a full-on street fair on the Main Street Plaza, with lots of arts & crafts exhibitions and numerous vendors on the Plaza all three days, plus live musical entertainment, dance performances and lots of food and beverage options.  The weather’s outstanding lately, so come on downtown this weekend and join in the festivities!


THURSDAY & FRIDAY WINE TASTING$10.00 to try all six, or $10.00 for a glass:


F W Gymnasium 2011 Riesling Kabinett Graacher Himmelreich (Mosel Valley, Germany)   $22.99
This is a classically crafted Kabinett from Germany’s renowned Mosel River region.  True to the style, it’s a precisely etched wine with poise and balance.  A rich and honeyed nose leads to ripe peach and apricot flavors, along with the mineral character the Mosel is famous for.


Raptor Ridge 2012 Pinot Noir (Willamette Valley)    $24.99
Dark fruit aromas dominate the nose on this Pinot, primarily black cherry, with touches of spice and oak. The body is light and elegant, with red cherry, blueberry and pomegranate flavors, finishing with a spiced cherry edge.


Bogle Vineyards 2011 Essential Red (California)    $9.99
Bogle’s Essential Red is a delicious blend of some of California’s finest plantings of Zinfandel, Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon and Petite Sirah, designed for one purpose – pure enjoyment.  It’s all about the fruit, with intense flavors of boysenberry and cherry plus a nice note of vanilla from American & French oak-aging.


Oyster Bay 2011 Merlot (Hawkes Bay, New Zealand)    $14.99
Oyster Bay combines the bright, juicy berry fruit that Merlots are known for, with a fine, balanced tannic frame that makes it a great accompaniment to a wide variety of dishes. This is Merlot that’s all about elegance and smoothness, a red that’s very easy to drink.


Black Billy 2009 Grenache-Shiraz-Mourvedre (McLaren Vale, Australia)    $19.99
This Aussie “GSM” is a blend of Rhone grape varietals – Grenache, Syrah and Mourvedre –  with the emphasis on Grenache (64%).  The result is an rich and expressive red with ripe raspberry, boysenberry and plum fruit, accented with vanillin toast and subtle spice notes.


Hearst Ranch Winery 2011 The Pergola Petite Sirah (Paso Robles)    $26.99
This Petite is smooth, rich and polished, with layers of blackberry, blueberry and plum fruit.  Lush and super-saturated, it literally coats the palate, with floral and spice elements adding to its abundantly ripe black fruit flavors.  It’s a big and bold, yet silky-smooth mouthful of red.




Argentiera 2010 Poggio al Ginepri (Tuscany, Italy)    $19.99
Poggio al Ginepri is a Tuscan blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah and Merlot.  The wine opens with aromas of crushed berries and fresh-turned earth, and then delivers a palate of pure red cherry and black raspberry fruit on a dense, silky texture.


Dreaming Tree 2012 Everyday White (Central Coast)    $14.99
Dreaming Tree’s Everyday White offers alluring aromas that blend flowers, tropical fruit and minerals together for a fresh and lively bouquet.  The flavors bring lime and orange zest to the top followed by creamy vanilla, honeysuckle and melon, with a distinct mineral edge.


Rogue Brewing Hazelnut Brown Nectar (Newport, Oregon)    $7.99
Rogue’s Hazelnut Brown Nectar Ale gives a nutty twist to a traditional European brown ale.  It’s rich dark brown in color with a hazelnut aroma.  The palate is a fine mix of roasted hazelnut and toasty malt flavors that carries the beer to a smooth, lasting finish.




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

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