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Greetings from the Wine Cellar:


A couple great early spring entertainment options are coming your way this weekend here in Historic Downtown.  On Saturday, March 28th, Yuma Heritage Festivals presents the 4th Annual Music on Main.  The fun starts at 9 AM and goes on all day until 5 PM, with non-stop live music, lots of vendors and a variety of food and drink options available on the Main Street Plaza (not to mention the many great dining & drinking establishments here in the downtown area!)


Also on Saturday, Art in the Park will take place at the beautiful Gateway Park on the Colorado River adjacent to Historic Downtown. Presented by the Yuma Fine Arts Association, this is an outdoor art festival with art demonstrations, booths, raffles, food, live music and a duck race (?)  The festival starts at 10 AM and closes at 5 PM.  For more info call 329-6607.


And this Wednesday, March 25th, Yuma Investment Group will once again host the wine tasting at the Wine Cellar from 5 to 7 PM.  Stop by on Wednesday and sample this week’s selections courtesy of Tom Rush and the rest of his team at Yuma Investment Group, a full-service Personal Financial Planning and Wealth Management Firm based right here in Yuma.




Seghesio 2012 Arneis (Russian River Valley)    $19.99
Arneis is an ancient grape varietal, long grown only in northern Italy’s Piedmont region.  This rare California version is a fresh, crisp, and floral white with bright flavors of peach, apricot and citrus.  The dry finish is bracingly clean, with a hint of almonds and a tangy minerality.


Acacia 2013 California Pinot Noir    $14.99
This Pinot Noir opens with delicate aromas of violets, spices and dark cherries, along with a light hint of vanilla. The palate offers juicy dark fruit flavors of ripe plum and back cherry.  Firm tannins frame an elegant finish full of dark fruit and spice, with a pleasantly light touch of oak.


Layer Cake 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon The Beast (California)    $16.99
The Beast Cabernet Sauvignon jumps from the glass with aromas of ripe Bing cherries and blackberries plus accents of cedar and tobacco. Layers of spice-laden dark fruit fill the mouth, with a rich, creamy texture and elegant structure. Flavors of chocolate and espresso continue through a lengthy finish.


Graziano 2009 Petite Sirah (Mendocino County)    $17.99
This Mendocino Petite displays a delightful aroma profile of cracked peppercorns, bay leaf and clove, with light toffee notes in the background.  The palate is a rich mouthful of ripe  black fruits, framed by firm tannins and a nice dash of toasty oak at the finish.


Taliano Michele 2008 Barbera d’Alba (Piedmont, Italy)    $22.99
This is a traditionally styled Barbera that offers complex opening notes of vanilla, caramel and coffee from aging in small French oak barrels.  The savory, yet fully dry palate offers rich dark cherry and plum fruit flavors, with elegant notes of spice and smoke.


Rombauer 2011 Merlot (Napa Valley)    $29.99
The Rombauer Merlot offers a ripe, juicy core of blackberry, plum and dark cherry fruit. Firm and dry yet elegantly styled, it shows elements of rich spice that accent the fruit and add complexity.  The round, soft finish carries a light accent of vanilla.




Renato Ratti 2009 Barolo Marsenasco (Piedmont, Italy)    $49.99
This is a sumptuous and supple yet elegantly styled Barolo, with gorgeous layers of cherry, cedary spice, floral tones and dried herbs, all in superb harmony.  The palate displays fine depth and excellent overall balance.


Zaca Mesa 2013 Viognier (Santa Ynez Valley)    $15.99
Once found only in a small region in the Rhone River Valley of southern France, Viognier is emerging as a popular white wine varietal. This fresh, delicious white exudes scents of spring wildflowers and tangerines and delivers bright flavors of fresh peaches, apricots and citrus fruits.


Gerard Bertrand 2011 Pic Saint Loup (Coteaux du Languedoc, France)    $18.99
The village of Pic Saint-Loup in the Coteaux du Languedoc region of southern France is famous for the quality and terroir of its wines.  Flanked by limestone cliffs, with optimal sun exposure and warm prevailing Mediterranean winds, the soils produce rich and concentrated wines with vivid flavors of ripe dark fruits and accents of thyme and spices.


Valley of the Moon 2011 Orbiter Red (Sonoma County)    $15.99
The Orbiter Red combines Zinfandel, Petite Sirah and Syrah to make a wine with ripe, plush fruit and supple tannins. Aromas of raspberry and plum swirl with savory spice notes.  Ripe blackberry and black cherry fruit flavors blend beautifully in a  polished, long and satisfying finish.


Rogue Brewing Double Chocolate Stout (Newport, Oregon)    $14.99
This Oregon stout pours pitch-black, with a creamy two-finger beige head. The nose is huge; dark chocolate with hints of oats and vanilla.  Dark, lightly bitter chocolate flavors dominate, with notes of toffee, vanilla, oats and roasted coffee.  The mouthfeel is thick, rich and creamy, with medium carbonation.




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

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