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Greetings from the Wine Cellar:
It’s almost here!  The Wine Cellar’s upcoming first-ever beer tasting takes place this Saturday, April 21st, from 2:00 to 6:00 PM.  We’ll be sampling at least six of our world-class foreign and domestic brews (and maybe even more) along with plenty of food to go with them.  The cost for this special
tasting, including the food is just $15 per person.  No reservations required; just show up and we’ll take care of the rest!


Also happening on Saturday here in Old Town from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM, it’s ARTbeat 5, a juried art show and sale downtown on the Main Street Plaza.  The Yuma Art Center will host the fifth installment of this award-winning fine art show & sale.  ARTbeat 5 features an eclectic mixture of recognized as well as emerging local, regional and international artists in a variety of artistic mediums and styles, including sculpture, painting, jewelry, graphic design, glass, ceramics, photography, mixed media and more.  Last year’s ARTbeat 4 event brought over 75 artists and more than 2,000 visitors
to the historic downtown area.  It’s a great annual event here in Old Town – and this year it’s a wonderful opportunity to enjoy fine art along with fine beer!
THURSDAY & FRIDAY WINE TASTING$10.00 to try them all, or
$10.00 for a full glass

Decoy 2010 Sauvignon Blanc (Napa Valley)    $17.99
This wine was fermented in stainless steel, to achieve a lively expression of Sauvignon Blanc that exudes fresh grapefruit, kiwi, lime, lemon zest and fresh-cut grass aromas.  The palate is tangy and balanced and the flavors fully match the aromas, with additional notes of pineapple, gooseberries and minerals that swirl their way to a full and refreshing finish.
Gloria Ferrer 2007 Estate Pinot Noir (Carneros)   $18.99
Aromas of black cherry and tangy spice grace the nose of this elegant, medium-bodied Pinot.  It’s smooth as silk on the palate, loaded with black and red cherry fruit and a hint of raspberry jam.  A light earthy element adds a nice complexity.
Tenuta di Ghizzano 2009 Il Ghizzano (Tuscany, Italy)    $17.99
The 2009 Il Ghizzano is primarily Sangiovese with a small amount of Merlot, sourced from estate vineyards.  It’s a delicious, “entry-level” Tuscan red laced with sweet red fruits, crushed flowers and spices.  There’s plenty of warm, radiant fruit to ensure fine drinking over the next few years and beyond.
Decoy 2010 Napa Red (Napa Valley)    $22.99
Duckhorn’s Decoy Napa Red shows classic Napa Valley fruit notes and
a silky, mouthcoating texture.  The aromas offer layers of mocha, raspberry and cassis, with a subtle hint of tobacco. On the palate, the wine is soft and smooth, with abundant flavors of black currant and plum.
Wine Guerrilla 2009 Rebel Cru Red (Sonoma County)    $19.99
The Rebel Cru Red offers lush aromas of blackberries,spice and vanilla. The wine tastes of blackberry and black cherry with a velvety mouthfeel.  The finish is smooth and elegant, and lingers nicely.  A proprietary blend of
Zinfandel, Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah and Petite Sirah.
Conn Creek 2009 Cabernet Franc (Napa Valley)    $29.99
43% of the fruit for this wine came from Stagecoach Vineyard on Atlas Peak.  At over 1,400 feet of elevation, this vineyard’s grapes ripen more slowly than those on the valley floor, producing greater fruit intensity.  The Carpenter Vineyard located north of St. Helena provides the balance of the fruit.  Its richer, heavier soils contribute chocolate and spice tones, and a hint of mint to the final blend.
Truchard 2009 Syrah (Carneros)    $24.99
This ‘cool climate’ Syrah opens with fragrant aromas of dark fruits.  In the
mouth, a dense core of juicy dark cherry and blackberry fruit is robed with
firm tannins and a spicy, lifting acidity.  With air, the spice accents increase in intensity, adding complexity to the finish.
Tenuta Sette Ponti 2008 Oreno (Tuscany, Italy)    $79.99
Sette Ponti’s Oreno is one of the premier examples of international-styled Tuscan reds.  The 2008 is predominantly a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot.  It’s a structured yet racy red, with an expressive bouquet of blackberry fruit, rose petals and spices, edged with lots of currant.  The palate is full and tannic, yet very polished and caressing, culminating finally in an impressively persistent finish.
Esperto 2010 Pinot Grigio (Delle Venezie, Italy)    $11.99
Made with grapes sourced from premium vineyard sites in both Friuli and Trentino, this is a crisp, elegant and well-balanced Pinot Grigio, with clean flavors of freshly-sliced green apples and juicy citrus fruits, plus a tangy mineral quality on the finish.
Duvel Bottle Conditioned Golden Ale (Belgium)    $12.99
Duvel is crisp, golden and refreshing like a pilsner, but it offers the flavor, depth and complexity of a fine ale.  With a subtly bitter, tangy bite and a delicate aroma, it holds a unique place in the great Belgian beer tradition. After bottling, the beer continues to ferment for a fortnight in the warm cellars of the brewery.  This longer maturing process contributes to its exquisite flavors.
Mike Shelhamer
Old Town Wine Cellar
265 S. Main Street, Suite E
Yuma, Arizona  85364

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