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Greetings from the Wine Cellar:


Contrary to popular belief, Yuma’s 100th Year Birthday Party is not over yet!  As a final tribute to Yuma’s Centennial Celebration this month, NexGen is presenting the Made-in-Yuma Movie Marathon here in Old Town this Saturday, April 26th at the Historic Yuma Theatre (254 S. Main). This special 2014 Centennial edition of the Yuma Film Festival will showcase movies that were either shot on location in and around the Yuma area, or that otherwise have a connection to our fair city.  The marathon runs from 11AM to midnight, and admission is FREE!  For a complete schedule of the movies, visit


THIS WEEK’S WINE TASTING$10.00 for a taste of all six:


Folie à Deux 2012 Chardonnay (Russian River Valley)    $17.99
The Folie à Deux 2012 Chardonnay is rich and seductive.  Aromas of pear and melon emerge on the nose, followed by flavors of Fuji apple, tangerine and pineapple citrus.  Partial malolactic fermentation of the wine produces a creamy mouthfeel, yet it’s vibrantly clean and fresh from start to finish.


Row 11 2009 Viñas 3 California Pinot Noir    $17.99
Less about appellation, clones and soil, this wine is more about Pinot Noir the grape. It’s a blend of fruit sourced from three vineyards in three acclaimed growing regions in California (Sonoma, Santa Barbara and Napa Valley).  Rich in cherry-pie flavors and silky-smooth through the finish, this is one classy Pinot…


Tenuta Sassoregale 2010 Sangiovese (Tuscany, Italy)    $14.99
This is just about the perfect expression of Tuscan Sangiovese.  Bright ruby red, it offers classic varietal aromatics of spicy cherries, accented by a subtle herbal/earthy element.  The palate is a bath of sweet red currants supported by fine, grippy tannins, finishing with a persistent, savory richness.


Waterbrook 2012 Melange (Columbia Valley)    $14.99
Waterbrook’s Melange is an unusual blend of at least a dozen red varietals, and the focus is on fresh, fruity enjoyment. The wine starts off with enticing aromas of dark berries and plums and the flavors continue throughout the palate. Smoothly structured tannins and balanced acidity supports the lingering fruit on a well-rounded finish.


Kaiken 2011 Ultra Malbec (Mendoza, Argentina)    $21.99
A wine of great structure and power, this offers sweet plum, currant and black cherry flavors accented by well-integrated oak and polished tannins that are soft yet enveloping. It shows outstanding balance, with a long and elegant finish.


Sequoia Grove 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa Valley)    $39.99
This elegantly crafted and finely balanced Napa Cabernet opens with blueberry and cassis aromas, along with notes of spice, cedar and vanilla.  Rich black fruit flavors mingle on the silky palate, and a delicate accent of eucalyptus lingers at the finish.




Domaine de la Chique 2008 Côtes du Roussillon (Languedoc-Roussillon, France)    $14.99
Located near the Spanish border and the Mediterranean sea, Domaine de la Chique lies in the middle of a 50 year-old olive grove.  A blend of Grenache, Carignan and Syrah, this deep purple-colored wine is supple and round, with ripe black fruit flavors and undertones of chocolate and peppery spice.


Row 11 2012 Civello (California)    $12.99
The Civello is a refreshing white wine that combines “mainstream” varietals like Chardonnay and Pinot Gris with a mix of other lesser-known yet very appealing examples such as Spanish Albariño and Verdelho, and Italian Friulano.  It’s bright, crisp and clean; a great match with a meal or perfect as an apéritif.


Row 11 The Magician Lot 11 (California)    $14.99
Magician is a blend of Syrah, Petite Sirah and Petite Verdot grapes, along with a healthy dose of some other varietals that are truly beyond obscure.  In the mouth, a bowl full of ripe black cherries and grapes is enlivened with an intriguing edge of smoky spice.  This is one great, uncomplicated by-the-glass pour.




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

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