Greetings from the Wine Cellar:
If you can’t make it to the Wine Cellar’s weekly wine tasting this Tuesday through Friday, you’ll have another opportunity this week to taste some great wines: Saturday evening, April 23rd, the Foothills Optimist Club will host a Wine Tasting Fundraiser on the grounds of the Sanguinetti House Museum (240 S. Madison Ave.) from 6:00 to 8:00 PM. This is another of their occasional benefit events to help raise funds for the group’s ongoing youth programs, and the ones they’ve held here at the Wine Cellar in the past have always been lots of fun. The change in venue this time will provide the opportunity to taste wines with a variety of appetizers while enjoying our mellow spring weather in a beautiful historic setting. Give Mary Ann Moreno a call at 580-7293 if you’d like to order some tickets (cost is $20 per person); tickets will also be available at the door for $25. And of course I’ll be pouring the wines, so I hope to see you there!
THIS WEEK’S WINE TASTING):
La Marca Prosecco (Veneto, Italy) $11.99
Grown only in northern Italy, the Prosecco grape is cherished for its expressiveness. La Marca Prosecco is a vibrantly fresh sparkler with delicate aromas and clean fruit flavors of ripe apple, peach and honeysuckle. The soft, harmoniously fruity character is highlighted by crisp acidity.
Sables d’Azur 2014 Côtes de Provence Rosé (Provence, France) $14.99
Refreshing rosés are part of the romance of daily life in the warm Mediterranean climate of southern France. This salmon-pink wine is a classic Provence blend of Grenache, Syrah and Cinsault, offering vibrant strawberry and citrus aromas and flavors. Dry and crisp with a fresh finish, it makes a fine summer sipper.
Bogle Vineyards 2013 Essential Red (California) $10.99
Bogle’s Essential Red is a delicious blend of some of California’s finest plantings of Zinfandel, Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon and Petite Sirah, designed for one purpose – pure enjoyment. It’s all about the fruit, with intense flavors of boysenberry and cherry and a pleasant hint of vanilla.
Masi 2011 Ripasso Campofiorin (Veneto, Italy) $17.99
Campofiorin was created by Masi over 50 years ago to be an affordable mid-point between the pleasant fruitiness of a basic Valpolicella and the complex, raisined richness of Amarone. The fruit-filled nose is perfumed with just a hint of cinnamon. It’s soft, rich and spicy on the palate, with savory flavors of ripe red plums and berries and a pleasant hint of licorice.
Chateau Blaignan 2010 Médoc (Bordeaux, France) $22.99
Chateau Blaignan is the oldest winemaking estate in the Médoc, dating back to the14th Century. The 2010 is a 60/40 blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. A fragrant bouquet of cassis and black cherry with hints of spice leads to an ample, fruit-filled palate that’s carried along on polished tannins.
Lucienne 2013 Pinot Noir, Lone Oak Vineyard (Santa Lucia Highlands) $39.99
Ocean breezes from Monterey Bay cool this hillside vineyard, making it ideal for growing Pinot Noir. The wine offers overt cherry and raspberry aromas that arise over a base of black tea, dried mushrooms, cinnamon and caramelized dark fruit. The mouthfeel is full and silky, with an accent of candied orange peel that melds with the spice-laden finish.
NEW WINE & BEER ARRIVALS:
Cenyth 2010 Red Blend (Sonoma County) $49.99
Cenyth is a blend that marries the ripe fruit of California with the elegance and finesse of Bordeaux. Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon grapes sourced from a single vineyard, along with minimal new oak aging (30%) to preserve the freshness of the fruit, combine to create a vibrant and exciting interpretation of Sonoma County.
VML 2014 Gewürztraminer (Russian River Valley) $21.99
This is a wonderfully fresh, off-dry Gewürztraminer, medium in body with crisp acidity. A bouquet of lychee fruit, honeysuckle and jasmine is followed by delicate flavors of orange peel, peach, pear and key lime, accented by the characteristic spiciness of the varietal.
Ommegang Seven Kingdoms Hoppy Wheat Ale (Cooperstown, New York) $9.99
Seven Kingdoms is a unique marriage of a traditional Belgian-style wheat with a hop-forward American ale – but unlike so many of the marriages on Game of Thrones, the resulting hoppy wheat ale is pleasant, playful and inspired. At just 6.9% ABV, it has a nuanced complexity that pairs well with a refreshing hop-forward character.
Old Town Wine Cellar
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Yuma, Arizona 85364