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Greetings from the Wine Cellar:


This Saturday, March 17th, Yuma Heritage Festivals presents Music on Main on the Main Street Plaza right here in Historic Downtown.  The music starts at 3PM and goes until 11PM, with performances by The Conners, Side Hustle Band, Ruben Hernandez, Savage Salsa Dance Company, Ken McLaughlin and DJ Money.  As usual, there will be lots of vendors and a variety of food and drink options available on the Plaza (not to mention all of the great dining & drinking establishments we have downtown!)  This is always a fun Saturday afternoon/evening’s entertainment, and a fine way to enjoy our beautiful spring weather.  And a special bonus: March 17th just happens to be St. Patrick’s Day…  So come on downtown Saturday and join the party!




Rombauer 2016 Sauvignon Blanc (Napa Valley)    $22.99 This wine exudes aromas of ripe lime and lemon, grapefruit, pear and nectarine with a hint of fresh-cut grass. On the palate it’s fresh and enticing, as grapefruit, nectarine and passion fruit mingle with vibrant citrus notes of Meyer lemon and lime that make the mouth water. Balanced, fresh acidity lingers on the palate, inviting another sip…


Line 39 2016 California Pinot Noir     $14.99 Line 39 Pinot offers delicate aromas of violets, spices and dark cherry with hints of vanilla.  The smooth palate presents juicy flavors of dark fruits like plum and back cherry.  Firm tannins frame a fine finish of dark fruit and spice, with a pleasantly light touch of oak.


Casa Castillo 2013 Monastrell (Jumilla, Spain)    $11.99 The Mourvèdre grape of southern France is a key component of Rhone Valley reds, including the renowned Chateauneuf-du-Papes.  But the varietal originated in Spain where it’s known as Monastrell. This version from Jumilla in southern Spain is a great example.


Smith & Hook 2014 Proprietary Red (Central Coast)    $17.99 Dark and hearty in the glass, this blend of Merlot, Malbec and Petite Sirah is lush and inviting to the nose, with aromas of chocolate, black cherry and crème de cassis.  The palate offers tobacco and coffee tones as well as cherry, currant and plum fruit flavors, with soft, silky tannins.


Penfolds Max’s Shiraz-Cabernet Sauvignon (South Australia)    $19.99 This deep magenta-hued blend of 70% Shiraz & 30% Cabernet Sauvignon starts with a nose of blackberry and powdered earth.  White pepper graces its inky espresso structure, inching its way through bold notes of plum and beetroot. Violets chime in mid-palate, while a meaty grilled sensation is spiced to the “max” on the finish.


Bodega Colomé 2014 Estate Malbec (Calchaqui Valley, Argentina)    $24.99 This very high-altitude Malbec exudes complex aromas of cassis liqueur, wild blackberries, coffee beans and dried herbs.  It’s fine-grained and plush in the mouth without seeming too heavy; and balanced acidity gives it a vibrant quality.  Well-structured tannins make it a superb partner with grilled meats.




Madrigal 2013 Petite Sirah (Napa Valley)    $29.99 Since the 1930s, three generations of the Madrigal family have farmed some of the finest vineyards in Napa Valley. Their Petite Sirah is velvety and dense in all the right ways, striking a fine balance between fruit-forwardness and a dense, savory complexity.  Rich blackberry, blueberry and espresso flavors dominate the palate, highlighted with supple tannins.


Nobilissima Prosecco (Veneto, Italy)    $14.99 Unique to the Veneto region of northern Italy, Prosecco is cherished for its expressiveness. The Nobilissima Prosecco is a vibrantly fresh sparkler, with attractive aromas and ripe fruit flavors of apples, peaches and honeysuckle. The delicious fruit is highlighted by zesty acidity.


Line 39 2016 California Cabernet Sauvignon    $14.99 The 2016 Line 39 Cabernet exhibits rich fruit flavors of currant and blackberry, plus a hint of mint.  The tannins are relatively easy, but provide enough edge to give the wine good structure and palate grip.  A fresh, balanced acidity allows the clean finish to linger nicely.


Stone Brewing Scorpion Bowl IPA (Escondido)    $6.99 In a time of fruit-dominated IPAs, the Scorpion Bowl offers the fruity appeal with absolutely no fruit additions. This juicy IPA anomaly is brewed with heroic hop know-how. It melds the floral and citrusy notes of Mosaic, Loral and Mandarina Bavaria hops to create this masterpiece – a mouthwatering “fruit punch” to the palate.




Mike Shelhamer

Old Town Wine Cellar

265 S. Main Street, Suite E

Yuma, Arizona  85364


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