Greetings from the Wine Cellar:
There’s a lot going on in Historic Downtown Yuma this weekend, as usual. On Friday, February 10th, Fort Yuma Rotary will put on their annual Mardi Gras Block Party on the Main Street Plaza from 5PM until 11PM. It’s always one of the best parties in Yuma, and you’ll be having fun for a good cause – all proceeds from the event benefit the community.
And Saturday, February 11th, the Wine Cellar will present another of our Saturday Afternoon Beer Tastings. Some great new craft and import brews as well as a few long-time favorites – stop by anytime between noon and closing at 6PM and give them a try, for a tasting fee of just $5!
Then finally, on Sunday, February 12th, Art in the Park is an al fresco Fine Arts Festival that will take place in Yuma’s scenic Gateway Park from noon to 5PM, hosted by the Yuma Fine Arts Association and the Yuma Art Center. Art in the Park will feature local, regional and internationally known artists displaying their artworks alongside the banks of the meandering Colorado River. Enjoy a leisurely afternoon in the park, partake in a mimosa or glass of wine and chat with the artists while you appreciate their artistic efforts. Hey, the Wine Cellar is closed Sunday – I think I know where I’ll be!
THIS WEEK’S WINE TASTING:
Willakenzie 2015 Pinot Gris (Willamette Valley) $19.99
This is a vibrant and delicious Pinot Gris with a fine mineral edge. A fragrant nose of ripe Bosc pears, peaches and orange blossom, reminiscent of a fragrant citrus grove, leads into a flavorful palate of lush white peach and citrus zest. The wine is juicy, rich and elegant, with crisp acidity.
Hahn Winery 2014 SLH Estate Pinot Noir (Santa Lucia Highlands) $22.99
Bright red fruit tones dominate the nose and palate, along with dark fruit flavors characteristic of Santa Lucia Highlands Pinot Noir. A deep ruby in color, Hahn’s SLH Estate Pinot Noir is vibrant and rich, with flavors of black cherry and blackberry, dried herbs and minerals balanced by a fresh, ‘cool-climate’ acidity.
Bodegas Príncipe de Viana 2013 Graciano (Navarra, Spain) $10.99
This 100% Graciano is from Navarra, a region that lies next to far-more-famous Rioja. A little-known Spanish native varietal, it makes a lively, enjoyable red with a nose of black raspberries, smoky minerals and spicy oak. Flavors of ripe cherry and cassis come to a peppery finish.
Goldschmidt Winery 2013 Fidelity Red (Alexander Valley) $15.99
All the grapes for this wine come from Nick Goldschmidt’s Crazy Creek Vineyard in Sonoma’s Alexander Valley. A Meritage-style blend of Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Petit Verdot, it’s rich and supple, with flavors of ripe cherry, cedar and dark chocolate.
Terra d’Oro 2014 Barbera (Amador County) $17.99
The Barbera grape, native to northern Italy’s Piedmont region, thrives in Amador County. This is a fruity, medium-bodied red with the classic Barbera character of ripe black cherries, blackberries and currants, edged with a pleasant touch of savory spice. Well-balanced acidity and light tannins make it a great food wine.
Chateau Greysac 2011 Médoc (Bordeaux, France) $24.99
The Chateau Greysac is made from Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon, plus smaller amounts of Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. The nose offers scents of black currant and dried flowers. It’s full-bodied on the palate, offering rich dark cherry and plum fruit and complex earthy accents.
NEW WINE & BEER ARRIVALS:
Talbott Vineyards 2014 Kali Hart Pinot Noir (Monterey County) $22.99
Kali Hart is made from a careful selection of prime fruit from Talbott’s famed Sleepy Hollow Vineyard, in the cool Santa Lucia Highlands region of Monterey. This offers rich and fresh flavors of black cherry and raspberry fruit, with a touch of minerality.
Ancient Peaks 2014 Zinfandel (Paso Robles) $17.99
Sourced entirely from the Santa Margarita Ranch Vineyard, this Zin offers aromas of raspberries, blueberries and white pepper. The palate is chewy and fruit-packed, with flavors of blackberry jam and black cherry and complex hints of vanilla, caramel and cola. Spice notes emerge on a rich finish.
Dr. Hermann 2015 Riesling Kabinett (Ürziger Würzgarten) $21.99
The grapes for this wine are hand-picked from steeply terraced slate vineyard sites by the Mosel River, then fermented in the traditional manner with natural yeasts and aged on the lees. The nose brings to mind fully ripe peaches, honeysuckle and melon. A juicy and elegant palate offers a creamy richness, edged by mineral tones.
Ballast Point Big Eye India Pale Ale (San Diego) $5.99
Big Eye pours an amber, almost coppery hue. It has a pleasantly strong, hoppy nose, with notes of citrus, sweet malts and caramel. In the mouth, bitter hop flavors are perfectly balanced by a nice malty sweetness. All in all, it’s a classic example of American-style IPA.
Old Town Wine Cellar
265 S. Main Street, Suite E
Yuma, Arizona 85364