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Greetings from the Wine Cellar:
St. Patty’s Day arrives this weekend, and doubtless a few parties will result.  One of particular note here in the Old Town area will take place Saturday evening, March 16th at the Pivot Point Conference Center adjacent to the Riverfront Hilton Garden Inn, when Yuma Rotary presents their annual St. Patrick’s Day Dinner, Dance & Auction.  It’s always a great time, and this year’s festivities will start at 6:00 PM and go till 1:00 AM.  Tickets are $75 per person or a table of 8 goes for $500; they can be purchased on-line at (proceeds from the event will go to support Yuma Rotary’s ongoing youth activity and scholarship programs).  For more info call Dave Kirchner at 928-726-9516. And remember, the best way to honor St. Patrick is to start his weekend celebration with a wine tasting at the Old Town Wine Cellar!
THURSDAY & FRIDAY WINE TASTING$10.00 to try them all, or
$10.00 for a full glass

Gloria Ferrer 2008 Estate Chardonnay (Carneros)    $15.99
Complex ripe pear, citrus and honeysuckle aromas and background hints of
hazelnuts and baked apple mingle on the nose of this lovely Chardonnay.  It’s smooth and round in the mouth, with a firm, focused structure and juicy apple, citrus and nutty/toasty flavors that linger on the finish.
Edna Valley Vineyard 2010 Estate Pinot Noir (San Luis Obispo County)    $19.99
Fragrant, floral and redolent of dark cherry fruit, this exhibits the delicacy and allure of this captivating varietal. Hints of rose petal, caramel and forest floor weave through the jammy black fruit core.  The palate is finely balanced and silky, framed by soft tannins.
La Maia Lina 2007 Chianti Classico Riserva (Tuscany, Italy) $19.99
This Riserva offers inviting aromas of black cherries, plums and sweet spices, with notes of rose petals and cracked pepper. It’s elegant and lush on the palate, with abundant dark fruit and the classic Chianti character of old leather.  Ripe, silky tannins frame a lingering finish.
Roth Estate 2009 Merlot (Alexander Valley)    $21.99
This is a densely structured wine with aromas of black cherries, violet, cedar and a touch of spice. On the palate, rich flavors of blackberries, black currants and dark chocolate mingle on the smooth-as-silk mouthfeel, ending in a long finish.
Predator 2011 Zinfandel (Lodi)    $14.99
This sustainably farmed Lodi Zin exhibits vibrant scents of blackberry, black pepper, smoky oak and vanilla.  The palate follows through, with rich, mouth-filling flavors of fresh-picked ripe blackberry and raspberry fruit, plus the classic Zinfandel peppery/spicy character.
Chateau Tanunda 2008 Noble Baron Shiraz (Barossa Valley, Australia)   $39.99
Sensuously lush, full and ripe, and packing a boatload of heady flavors, this Barossa Shiraz still manages to exhibit a fresh charm.  It’s dark and inky, with spicy aromatics introducing ripe, lush plum, currant and cherry flavors that stay focused through a rich, smooth finish.
Domaine de la Tourmaline 2010 Muscadet Sèvre et Maine (Loire River Valley, France)   $12.99
This fragrant Loire white offers intense and very expressive aromas of citrus fruits, apricots and wildflowers.  It’s wonderfully fresh and zingy on the palate, offering a savory hint of salinity and a crunchy, defined mineral character.  Juicy white fruit tones emerge on the background, with a lightly peppery pear-skin accent coming in on the finish.
Sonoma Hills 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon (Alexander Valley)   $18.99
This Cabernet shows expressive aromas of spicy black cherry and ripe
blackberry, with light notes of cedar and mocha.  The mouthfilling flavors of juicy black and red fruits are laced with accents of spice and herbs all through a fine, lingering finish.
Mirassou 2011 Sunset Red (California)    $9.99
Sunset Red is a unique mix of Pinot Noir, Zinfandel and Merlot.  It’s a classic California blend:  smooth, flavorful and easy to drink.  Cherry and pomegrante flavors from the Pinot Noir meld nicely with spice notes from the Zin. Merlot adds rich berry fruit and a smooth mouthfeel.
Stone Brewing Double Bastard Ale (Escondido, California)    $7.99
Double Bastard Ale was first released in 1998, and debuted as the amped-up “evil twin” of the already aggressive Arrogant Bastard Ale.  The brewery warns, “Double Bastard Ale is not to be wasted on the tentative or weak.  Only the Worthy are invited, and then only at their own risk. This is one lacerative muther of an ale…
Mike Shelhamer
Old Town Wine Cellar
265 S. Main Street, Suite E
Yuma, Arizona  85364

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