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Greetings from the Wine Cellar:


We thought we’d do another of our occasional Saturday Afternoon Beer Tastings this week, but then just in time we found out that the Fort Yuma Rotary Club is putting on their 3rd Annual Penitentiary Pint Fest at the Yuma Territorial Prison State Historic Park right here in Historic Downtown this coming Saturday, April 30th.  The Penitentiary Pint Fest goes from 3:00 to 7:00 PM, with a great selection of fine craft brews, food and live music.  Tickets are $35 if purchased ahead of time from Fort Yuma Rotary or get them right next door at the Pint House; $45 at the event on Saturday.  Great beer, live music and Yuma’s spring weather in a beautiful outdoor setting – check it out!



La Soraia 2014 Gavi di Gavi (Piedmont, Italy)    $18.99
Gavi comes from a small growing area in northwestern Italy, near the city of Genoa on the steep slopes of the Apennines Mountains. It’s made from the native Cortese grape, and offers a spicy nose of almonds and citrus fruit, with a fresh, delicate and thoroughly dry palate.


Kenwood 2013 Pinot Noir (Russian River Valley)    $15.99
Russian River Valley soils combine with the nearby Pacific Ocean’s foggy influence to create ideal conditions for growing really good Pinot Noir.  Aromas of raspberry and black cherry mingle with spicy hints of cinnamon, nutmeg and vanilla.  The palate exhibits bright acidity, with a smooth texture and a lingering finish.


Callia Bella 2013 Syrah-Malbec (San Juan, Argentina)    $9.99
This Argentinean red blend has aromas of blackberry, violet, juicy plum, ripe figs and sour red cherries.  The balanced palate offers a mix of blackberry, cherry and chocolate.  It has a pleasant touch of sweetness and a well-structured, smooth and silky finish.


Graziano 2011 Zinfandel (Mendocino County)    $16.99
This Mendocino Zin offers fresh aromas of dark cherry, boysenberry, plum and spice, with a touch of toast.  Flavors of black plum and red cherry and a subtle earthiness combine to give this full-bodied wine a delicious varietal character.


Monte Xanic 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon (Valle de Guadelupe, Mexico)    $23.99
Monte Xanic has produce fine wines in Baja California’s Valle de Guadelupe for over 25 years, with Cabernet Sauvignon and other Bordeaux varietals the main area of emphasis. This Cabernet was aged in French oak for 18 months, and offers a complex and savory Baja character.


Fess Parker 2013 The Big Easy (Santa Barbara County)    $25.99
This Santa Barbara County Grenache/Syrah/Petite Sirah blend offers a nose of blackberry, black currant, vanilla, fresh-ground peppercorns and lavender.  It’s rich and full-bodied with silky-smooth tannins and abundant dark fruits, edged by pleasant pepper-spice and cinnamon notes.




Bodegas Peñafiel 2008 miros de ribera Reserva (Ribera del Duero, Spain)    $23.99
This 100% Tempranillo wine aged in French oak barrels for 24 months, and then aged in bottle for another 20 months before release. Deeply scented tones of ripe dark fruits and hints of cedar and freshly roasted coffee lead to layers of ripe dark plum and black currant fruit flavors on a smooth, solid tannic frame.


Davis Bynum 2014 Sauvignon Blanc (Russian River Valley)    $19.99
The 2014 Davis Bynum Sauvignon Blanc opens with a fine minerality, intermingled with flavors and aromas of tropical fruits, melon and an underlying citrus tone.  It has a bright acidity that harmonizes perfectly with notes from aging in neutral oak that gives a rich fullness to the wine.


Green Flash Brewing Le Freak Belgian-Style Imperial IPA (San Diego)    $8.99
Le Freak is an ‘out-of-the-box’ modern-styled beer made by blending two great beer styles: a Belgian Tripel and a New World Imperial IPA.  It’s dry-hopped and bottle-conditioned – with the result a zesty brew that offers an enticing and tangy American hop character, along with fruity Belgian yeast accents of citrus and spices.




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

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