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Greetings from the Wine Cellar:


This Friday and Saturday, February 22nd-23rd, the inaugural Yuma BBQ & Brew Festival will be celebrated right here in Historic Downtown Yuma.  The festival will pack Main Street with mouthwatering BBQ, a country music concert both evenings, mechanical bull-riding, outdoor yard games, a kids’ corner featuring new attractions, dozens of craft vendors and of course, ice cold brews from Yuma’s first and only craft brewery, Prison Hill Brewing Co.  Festival hours are Friday 3PM to 10PM and Saturday 10AM to 11PM.  Admission is free and all ages are welcome to attend.  Some key attractions:


KCBS (Kansas City Barbeque Society) Licensed BBQ Competition!  ($50 Entry Fee per team. Payouts for 1st – 3rd Place in each category, plus Reserved Grand and Grand Champion Prize.  Categories are: Chicken, Pork Ribs, Brisket.  Prizes are: 1st place – $100, 2nd place – $50, 3rd place – $25, plus a trophy for 1st Place in each category.  The Grand Champion gets $500, Reserve Champion $250, plus a trophy for each.)

Country Music Concerts each night at 8:00 PM, with VIP Beer Garden and Seating next to the stage (tickets are $20); sold on-site at the VIP gate.


Friday Concert:  Downtime.

Dust off your dancing boots! With a passion for entertaining, Downtime is Yuma’s premier Country Rock & Classic Rock band! Featuring a fantastic mix of their own original songs and chart-topping hit covers, Downtime will keep the party rockin’! These guys have over 70 years combined experience in the music industry and have shared the stage with some of Country Music’s biggest stars, like Gretchen Wilson, James Wesley, John Michael Montgomery, Chris Cagle and Montgomery Gentry.

Saturday concert: Chad Freeman & Redline

Just coming back from touring in New Zealand & Australia, Chad Freeman & Redline is a country/rock cover band from Phoenix. Known for putting on great shows with stellar musicianship and great showmanship, these guys know how to make any occasion fun and memorable.


Other Attractions:  Giant Beer Pong, Outdoor Yard Games, Mechanical Bull Riding, Kids Corner featuring Wow Factor Attractions, face painting, games, rock wall, train ride and Porter Family Entertainments’ Zip Line down to Jimmy Dee’s Bar!


Wow.  That’s a lot of stuff for one Newsletter.  There’s just no reason to miss this one!




Miraflores 2015 Viognier (El Dorado County)    $21.99

This opens with scents of peach and pear fruit, mixing with hints of orange blossom. The enticing aromas introduce a similar flavor profile, enhanced with a silky texture and a mouthwatering lime-zest quality. It superbly melds lush fruit with light floral tones to create a distinctively crisp and superbly refreshing white.


Villadoria 2015 Nebbiolo Bricco Magno (Piedmont, Italy)    $17.99

This Langhe Nebbiolo is a beautiful clear garnet in the glass.  The nose offers a mix of toasty vanilla, rose petal and spice notes. The palate is velvety and welcoming, with a warm, complex profile of red cherry fruit, licorice, spices and a subtle underlay of earth.


Bodegas Carchelo 2012 Carchelo C (Jumilla, Spain)    $12.99

A blend of Monastrell, Tempranillo, Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah, the Carchelo ‘C’ is aged three months in new French oak prior to release.  The nose has aromas of ripe cherries and dark chocolate.  Rich dark cherry and plum flavors pick up smoky/peppery accents on the finish.


Four Vines 2016 Old Vine Zinfandel (Central Coast)    $12.99

This Zin from California’s Central Coast region is sourced from vineyards that range from 30 to 70 years old. The wine is bold in flavor and body with dense, ripe dark cherry and wild raspberry flavors and a nice mix of spice and pepper notes.


Juggernaut 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon (California)    $19.99

This wine fills the senses with deep, fully ripe blackberry, cassis and black cherry aromas and flavors, edged with hints of violet, tobacco and old leather.  The wine expands across the palate in broad, rich flavors, within a firm structure of polished tannins. Hints of spice and cedar linger on the intense finish.


Campo al Mare 2015 Bolgheri Rosso (Tuscany, Italy)    $29.99

This blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot is made with grapes sourced from estate vineyards near the village of Bolgheri on the Tuscan coastline.  The nose exudes aromas of blackberries and currants, edged with tones of spices and flowers. The palate is rich and smooth, with polished tannins.




Piper-Heidsieck Rosé Sauvage Brut Champagne (Reims, France)    $59.99

Rosé Sauvage (“Wild Rosé” in French) is not a typical rosé.  A high percentage of Pinot Noir in the blend results in a bold, deeply colored rosé sparkler, with a truly elegant palate. This uniquely fruity Champagne, crafted from over 100 crus, is guaranteed to delight all the senses.


Browne Family 2016 Heritage Pinot Noir (Willamette Valley)    $21.99

This Oregon Pinot Noir offers a rich bouquet of red and black fruit with floral accents, plus scents of red plum, dark cherry and candied violets. The palate offers a juicy fruit-forward entry followed by a round, lively palate full of dark berries and hints of cherry and jasmine.


Castello di Volpaia 2016 Chianti Classico (Tuscany, Italy)    $22.99

The vineyards of Volpaia, between 1,000 and 1,750 feet above sea level, are the highest in the Chianti region.  This Classico offers both elegance and complexity, starting with a rich bouquet of red fruits and spices. A savory palate doles out flavors of ripe dark cherries, truffle and star anise, with polished tannins.


Schneider & Brooklyner Hopfenweisse Doppelbock (Bavaria, Germany)    $6.99

This beer is the result of the long friendship between Brooklyn Brewing’s brewmaster Garrett Oliver and Schneider’s brewmaster Hans-Peter Drexler.  It’s a pale weiss bock, robustly dry-hopped with Hallertauer Saphir hops.  Hoppy, zesty and wonderfully refreshing, it’s a delicious marriage of Bavarian and American brewing craftsmanship.




Mike Shelhamer

Old Town Wine Cellar

265 S. Main Street, Suite E

Yuma, Arizona  85364


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