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Greetings from the Wine Cellar:
This Saturday, May 4th, Historic Downtown Yuma will host Cinco de Mayo Menos Uno.  The Main Street Plaza will have bands, food vendors, salsa and flan contests, and of course a beer garden.  The festivities get started at 5:00 PM and keep going until 11:00.  Also Saturday evening at 7:00 PM, the Yuma Orchestra Association presents “Orchestral Classics” at the Historic Yuma Theater (254 S. Main Street), featuring music from the world’s greatest composers performed by the String Ambassadors group and the AWC Civic
Orchestra, conducted by Janet Jones and Kathy Younker.  Tickets can be purchased at the Yuma Art Center box office.  General admission is just $10; couples $15; seniors, military and students are $5 and kids 12 & under get in free.  The concert is an annual favorite here in Yuma since 2002 – don’t miss it!
THURSDAY & FRIDAY WINE TASTING$10.00 to try them all, or
$10.00 for a full glass

Folie à Deux 2011 Chardonnay (Russian River Valley)   $17.99
This was fermented entirely in French oak barrels to add complexity and develop its rich fruit character.  It was aged in French and American oak for five months to attain greater depth of flavor, resulting in a deliciously rich and creamy Chardonnay.
Lincourt 2008 Pinot Noir (Santa Rita Hills)    $22.99
This Santa Rita Hills Pinot was made with fruit from the Rancho Santa Rosa and Rancho Las Hermanas vineyards.  These hilly, cool-climate sites near the Pacific Ocean are perfect for Pinot Noir.  It offers a rich palate of black cherry and raspberry fruit, edged with hints of spice.
Feudi di San Gregorio 2007 Aglianico Rubrato (Campania, Italy)    $14.99
The Rubrato is 100% Aglianico, an ancient varietal from the south of Italy.
Bright ruby red in color, this exudes a rich and intense bouquet of dark-skinned fruits and spices.  It’s bold and dry on the palate, showing an elegant interplay of fruit, tannins and acidity.
Once Upon a Vine 2010 Big Bad Red Blend (California)    $11.99
The Big Bad Red Blend is plenty big, and it’s pretty good too!  It’s a rich, smooth and very fruit-forward blend with just enough spice to keep it interesting.  It’s the perfect red to serve for just about any occasion.
Folie à Deux 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon (Alexander Valley)    $23.99
This Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon is well-balanced and polished, featuring fragrant aromas of dark cherries, blackberries, currants and anise.  Rich, elegant flavors of ripe dark fruits and spice lead to a focused and finely crafted finish.
Robert Craig 2009 Howell Mountain Zinfandel (Napa Valley)    $49.99
This is a small production Zin (640 cases) from the Black Sears Vineyard high up on Howell Mountain.  Rose petal and floral aromas blend seamlessly with dark raspberry fruit on the nose.  Strong notes of pepper add kick to the sumptuous black-fruited palate, complemented by hints of clove, cinnamon
and vanilla.
Kunde 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon (Sonoma Valley)    $19.99
This SonomaCabernet is dry, balanced and elegant, with rich blackberry, black raspberry and currant fruit and a pleasant note of dark chocolate.  It’s sleek, smooth and supple on the palate, with complex notes of cedar and eucalyptus that mix pleasantly at the finish.
Four Vines 2008 Dusi Ranch Zinfandel (Paso Robles)    $29.99
Dusi Ranch Vineyard in Paso Robles was planted in 1922.  This Zinfandel begins with deep, plush aromas of cherry, blackberry and plum, plus a pleasant hint of vanilla. In the mouth, this is classic Zin: big, intense and mouthfilling, packed with jammy raspberry fruit plus spicy, peppery accents that provide plenty of complexity.
Cecchi 2010 Chianti (Tuscany, Italy)    $10.99
Cecchi Chianti is traditionally fermented and vinified using native grape varietals. Traditional fermentation on the skins for two weeks is followed by gentle pressing, and the wine is aged for six months prior to release.  It’s the perfect accompaniment to flavorful roast meat and pasta dishes.
Napa Smith Organic India Pale Ale (Napa Valley)    $5.99
Napa Smith’s goal was to make a great IPA with only the finest organic ingredients.  The aroma is floral and even lightly earthy from Palisade, Tettnang and Smaragd hops.  This displays a nice malt backbone that complements its ample level of hops, and it finishes with a slightly bitter edge and a light citrus character, as befits a truly fine IPA.
Mike Shelhamer
Old Town Wine Cellar
265 S. Main Street, Suite E
Yuma, Arizona  85364

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