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Greetings from the Wine Cellar:

This Friday, May 17th, The North End Art Walk strolls back into Historic Downtown Yuma with another fun and eclectic evening of experiencing the best of local Yuma artists.  Over 30 galleries, businesses and studios are participating in this year’s North End Art Walk.  It’s a recurring event involving local artists and downtown merchants and property owners.  Up to 50 artists will team up with downtown businesses to create showplaces for their artistic creations.  In addition to all sorts of art, from paintings to jewelry to ceramics, the Art Walk will feature performances of live music along the way, plus light hors d’oeuvres and beverages.  The event will commence at 5:00 PM and continue until 9:00 PM Friday evening.  For more info, call the Yuma Art Center at 928-373-5202.

And, I want to let everyone know that this Saturday evening, May 18th, Planned Pethood of Yuma will present the 5th Annual Yappy Hour Wine Tasting here at the Old Town Wine Cellar from 6:00 to 9:00 PM.  Planned Pethood is a local non-profit, all-volunteer organization that raises funds to support spay/neuter services for companion cats and dogs here in Yuma, and all proceeds from the event go towards their ongoing spay/neuter campaign.  Tickets are just $25 per person or $40 per couple, and there will be an assortment of appetizers to enjoy along with the usual great selection of wines.  Call Rene Ragsdale at 920-1769 or Kelley Baliukas at 446-2249 to order your tickets (or just show up and I guarantee you won’t be turned away).  This is always a really fun event at the Cellar, so don’t miss it!


THURSDAY & FRIDAY WINE TASTING$10.00 to try them all, or $10.00 for a full glass:

Ferrari Carano 2011 Fumé Blanc (Sonoma County)    $14.99
This Sonoma Sauvignon Blanc is vibrant, lively and stylish, with a zesty mix of orange rind, fig and grapefruit flavors, accented by subtle herb tones.  Hints of lemon blossom make a pleasant backdrop to the bold, racy fruit.  The finish is bright, clean and refreshing.


Acacia 2010 Pinot Noir (Carneros)    $21.99
This is classic Carneros Pinot, overflowing with scents of ripe plum, raspberry and black cherry along with delicate floral nuances, with a hint of oak toast.  Pleasantly tart acidity on a medium-bodied palate gives a nice balance to the rich dark fruit character.


Mi Terruño 2011 UVAS Malbec (Mendoza, Argentina)    $12.99
This hand-harvested Malbec from the Lujan sub-region of Mendoza Province is dark and sultry, with savory aromas of herbs and fresh blackberries. The palate offers plenty of ripe, juicy dark fruit flavors on a firm tannic frame.


Masi 2008 Ripasso Campofiorin (Veneto, Italy)    $17.99
The Campofiorin was created by Masi to be an affordable “mid-point” between the pleasant fruitiness of 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, full of complex flavors of ripe red plums and juicy berries with a pleasant touch of licorice.


Yangarra 2010 Estate Shiraz (McLaren Vale, Australia)    $22.99
Rich and velvety, this plush-textured Aussie Shiraz overflows with ripe blackberry and plum fruit flavors, complemented by hints of chocolate and minty eucalyptus.  Complex spice notes intermingle on the concentrated, succulent palate, and the juicy finish goes on and on.


Château Haut-Beauséjour 2009 Saint-Estèphe (Bordeaux, France)    $35.99
This Left Bank blend of 60% Merlot / 40% Cabernet Sauvignon opens with aromas of crushed berries, sweet tobacco, cedar and a hint of dark chocolate.  The palate offers an array of ripe fruit flavors along with subtle notes of coffee, oak toast and spices, supported by silky tannins.




For A Song 2009 The Melody (Columbia Valley)    $14.99
This is a classically styled Rhône blend of Grenache, Mourvèdre, Cinsault, Counoise and Petite Sirah.  Like a well-played violin, plush and opulent notes of ripe dark raspberry and cherry are layered with softer notes of sweet vanilla, clove and light spice.  A hint of espresso and a dash of Herbs de Provence enliven a rich, savory and lingering finish.


Louis Martini 2010 Gnarly Vine Monte Rosso Zinfandel (Sonoma County)    $39.99
The Gnarly Vine Zin is produced from vines on the Monte Rosso Vineyard that are over 100 years old.  This rich wine offers aromas of fresh plums, cloves, cracked pepper and spice, edged with a dash of vanilla. It’s full-bodied and plush, with velvety tannins that carry it to a long and deliciously spicy finish.


Bolla 2011 Soave Classico 883 Selection (Veneto, Italy)    $11.99
Bolla’s 883 Selection is made with 100% Garganega grapes sourced from the heart of the Soave Classico region, from hillside vineyards that are 25 to 30 years old.  It’s a wonderfully crisp and clean white with an intense bouquet of pear fruit and wild flowers.  The palate offers juicy apricot and peach fruit flavors, with accents of citrus and acacia honey.


Chimay Grande Réserve “Blue Label” (Belgium)    $14.99
The Chimay Grande Réserve Blue Label is a top-fermented Trappist ale, considered to be the very finest of all of Chimay’s celebrated ales.  This dark-hued beer entices with fresh-baked bread and rose petal aromas that carry on to a rich palate of mellow roasted-malt flavors.




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

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