Greetings from the Wine Cellar:
St. Patrick’s Day week here in Historic Downtown Yuma offers a couple of interesting events. On the actual day, Thursday March 17, the Yuma Territorial Prison State Park will be the scene of a St. Patrick’s Day “Riotous” Event, beginning at 4:30PM and continuing until 10PM. There will be a live re-enactment of the Infamous Gates Riot, with the firing of the Gatling Gun that put an end to the escape attempt. Live musical entertainment is by Tommy and the Drifters, with food vendors and plenty of St. Patrick’s day libations. The admission fee is just $10, call 928-373-5196 for more info.
Then on Saturday March 19th, the Yuma County Founders’ Day celebration presented by the Arizona Historical Society takes place from 10AM to 3PM at the Sanguinetti House Museum & Gardens located at 240 S. Madison, just a block west of Main Street. Tours of the Museum will be offered all day, with discounted general admission of $4 per person. Free historic talks, presentations and re-enactments featuring some of Yuma’s founding pioneers and notorious historical characters will be hosted in the museum’s rose gardens, with tales of brothels, horse thieves and early day life along the Colorado River. Evening will bring Museum Ghost Town tours and Candlelight Presentations. For more info, call 928-782-1841 or visit
There’s lots to do Downtown as always – we hope to see you down here!
THIS WEEK’S WINE TASTING):
Monte Volpe 2011 Primo Bianco (Mendocino County) $11.99
Primo Bianco is a blend of Tocai Friulano, Arneis, Cortese, Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Grigio, sourced from hillside vineyards overlooking the Russian River in Mendocino County. It’s crisp and fresh, with appealing aromas and flavors of ruby red grapefruit, peach, fennel and mineral.
Iron Horse Vineyards 2012 Estate Pinot Noir (Green Valley) $23.99
The grapes for the Iron Horse 2012 Pinot were hand-selected from twelve blocks of their estate vineyards in the Green Valley of the Russian River Valley. It opens with a lovely bouquet of black raspberries, cherries, anise and cedar. A juicy core of black cherry fruit is enhanced by complex elements of spices and earth.
Four Vines 2011 Truant Old Vine Zinfandel $12.99
Four Vines 2011 Truant Old Vine Zinfandel is 90% Zinfandel, 7% Barbera and 3% Petite Sirah sourced from Lodi, Paso Robles and Mendocino County. It’s lush and juicy in the mouth, with ripe, brambly wild berry flavors edged with pepper and spice notes.
Chateau Ste. Michelle 2012 Indian Wells Red (Columbia Valley) $17.99
A true example of the art of blending, this wine reflects the rich, round, powerful style of Washington fruit. Eight different varietals combine to create a rich and appealing red with a vibrant core of ripe red berry, cherry, floral and spice flavors plus a hint of vanilla.
Bogle 2012 Phantom California Red $19.99
Bogle’s Phantom is a blend of Petite Sirah, Zinfandel and Mourvedre grapes, sourced from really old vines. It offers concentrated red raspberry, dark chocolate and red and black currant flavors, framed by cedar and vanilla. This is one big, bold mouthful of fruit…
Flora Springs 2013 Merlot (Napa Valley) $24.99
This Merlot is sourced from Flora Springs’ estate vineyard in Rutherford (75%), along with fruit from estate vineyards in Pope Valley (16%) and Oakville (9%). Blending fruit sourced from these diverse regions of Napa creates a wine with a vibrant dark fruit character in addition to a variety of spices and other complex flavors.
NEW WINE & BEER ARRIVALS:
Orin Swift 2014 Abstract (California) $35.99
Abstract is a blend of Napa, Sonoma, and Mendocino County Grenache, Petite Sirah and Syrah, sourced from hillside vineyards. A vivid nose of ripe stone fruits, cassis and sweet oak notes evolves into a savory flavor profile of dark berry preserve, Asian spices, mocha and a complex note of crushed rock minerality.
Meulenhof 2012 Riesling Spätlese, Wehlener Sonnenuhr (Mosel Valley, Germany) $24.99
Intoxicatingly aromatic, this is world-class Riesling that offers beautiful delicacy and fine balance in its layers of peach, apricot and citrus flavors. It’s airy and appealing, with a mouthwatering degree of tanginess that gives elegance to the lingering finish.
Croft Reserve Tawny Port (Douro Valley, Portugal) $24.99
This 7 year aged tawny offers a lush, intense nose of orange rind, fig, almond and hints of marmalade. On the palate, it displays a rich, lusciously sweet, and superbly concentrated core of dried fruit and caramel/toffee flavors. The finish is lush, lingering and full of spice.
ACE Black Jack 21 Craft Hard Cider (Sebastopol, California) $16.99
Black Jack 21 hard cider is made from local Gravenstein apples, fermented to 9% ABV and aged in oak barrels previously used to age Chardonnay. Only a small amount is produced each year. Much like a fine sparkling wine, BlackJack 21 is best served well-chilled in champagne flutes.
Old Town Wine Cellar
265 S. Main Street, Suite E
Yuma, Arizona 85364