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Greetings from the Wine Cellar:


It’s time again for Lettuce Days!  This coming weekend brings our annual celebration of Yuma’s preeminence in the world of winter vegetables, and the festival has gotten bigger and better with each passing year since it moved over to the Yuma Quartermaster Depot State Historic Park on the Yuma Riverfront.  The event takes place Saturday & Sunday, March 1st and 2nd,going from 9AM to 5PM Saturday and 9AM to 3 PM Sunday.  Admission is just $5 (kids 12 & younger get in free).  As always, there will be an amazing array of exhibits and activities, with celebrity and local chefs (this year’s headliner is two-time Top Chef contestant Chris “CJ” Jacobson), cooking competitions and demonstrations, a Farmers Market, tasting events and more.  And of course, lots of food and drink options (kale chips, anyone?)  For a full schedule of events, vist  Maybe you should bring along your own salad bowl…


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


Bolla 2011 Soave Classico 883 Selection (Veneto, Italy)    $11.99
Bolla’s 883 Selection is made with 100% Garganega grapes sourced from the heart of the Soave Classico region, from hillside vineyards that are 25 to 30 years old.  It’s a wonderfully crisp and clean white with an intense bouquet of pear fruit and wild flowers.  The palate offers juicy apricot and peach fruit flavors, with accents of citrus and acacia honey.


Byron 2011 Pinot Noir (Santa Maria Valley)   $24.99
This opens with aromas of dark berry and cherry fruit accented by floral and mineral tones.  The flavor profile is a core of rich black fruits edged with hints of earth and Asian spices.  The vivid aromas and flavors of its premium cool-climate fruit are enhanced by deft winemaking.


Chateau Bonnet 2009 Cabernet-Merlot (Bordeaux, France)    $13.99
This well-crafted Bordeaux red offers fresh black cherry and black currant scents on the nose.  In the mouth, the ample fruit is accented with hints of spices and dried herbs, along with a pleasant note of toasted oak.


Batasiolo 2010 Barbera d’Alba (Piedmont, Italy)    $17.99
This Piedmontese Barbera offers delicate scents of red berries and spices on the nose and light oak accents from 12 months of barrel aging.  It’s bright and fresh in the glass with fine acidity and juicy, concentrated berry and plum flavors, plus a pleasantly spicy, smoky edge.


Rosenblum 2009 Zinfandel (Contra Costa County)    $21.99
Reflecting the warm vintage and radiant, sandy soils of Contra Costa County, this Zin delivers a robust and heady mix of ripe black plum and berry fruit, accented with chocolate and spice notes. The palate is smooth and silky, with light peppery notes balancing rich, juicy plum-jam flavors.


Colomé 2010 Estate Malbec (Calchaqui Valley, Argentina)    $29.99
This high-altitude Malbec opens with complex aromas of cherry liqueur, blackberries, violets, roasted coffee and dried herbs. It’s wonderfully fine-grained and plush on the palate yet without seeming heavy; perfectly integrated acidity gives it a vibrant quality.  Well-structured tannins make it a superb partner with grilled meats.




Clos du Val 2012 Sauvignon Blanc (Napa Valley)    $21.99
Zesty grapefruit, citrus, fig and melon tones highlight this Napa Sauvignon Blanc, made with fruit sourced from vineyards in the Valley’s cool southern Carneros region.  The grapes were fermented in stainless steel to preserve their vibrant character. Aging took place in neutral oak to enhance the texture.


Avalon 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa Valley)    $17.99
For an everyday Cab, it’s pretty hard to beat the 2011 Avalon from Napa Valley.  This wine balances deep blackberry and currant fruit with fine breadth on the palate, and well-integrated oak spice on the finish.  It’s fully ready to drink, whenever you’re ready to drink it…


Poggio Antico 2011 Lemartine (Tuscany, Italy)    $59.99
Poggio Antico’s Lemartine is among the premier examples of international-styled Tuscan reds.  It’s a structured yet racy blend of Sangiovese, Cabernet Sauvignon and Petite Verdot, with a bouquet of juicy berry fruit, rose petals and spice.  The palate is full and firm yet polished and smooth, culminating on a long, sumptuous finish.


Sam Adams New World Tripel (Boston, Massachusetts)    $10.99
This is a Tripel borne from the Old World tradition of cask conditioning and a New World sense of craft beer innovation. It’s a rich, flavorful and complex brew with a subtle herbal hop character plus tropical fruit and spice notes from Belgian yeast.




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

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