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Greetings from the Wine Cellar:


It’s getting a little hot around here lately – just in time for this year’s Discover SCUBA event, happening this Saturday morning, June 8th from 8:00 AM to 11:30 AM at Kennedy Pool (24th Street & Kennedy Lane).  Discover SCUBA is an annual fundraiser for United Way of Yuma County put on by my buddies Shawn and Jeff of the Arizona Scuba Shack.  In cooperation with Yuma Parks & Rec, they offer a fun and easy intro to the great sport of scuba diving.  Just bring a tax-deductible donation of any amount to United Way, and you can hop in the pool and try out scuba diving in a safe, comfortable environment with the assistance of expert instructors.  Kids at least ten years of age are welcome, with parental permission.  All the gear you need to get underwater will be provided, so if you’ve ever had a hankering to try scuba just head over to Kennedy Pool Saturday morning and give it a try!  For more info, just call Shawn at 446-6867 or Jeff at 920-1255.


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

Seghesio 2011 Arneis (Russian River Valley)    $22.99
Arneis is an ancient grape varietal, long grown only in northern Italy’s Piedmont region.  This rare California version by Seghesio is a fresh, crisp, and slightly floral white with bright flavors of peach, apricot and citrus.  The dry finish is bracingly clean, with a hint of almonds and a tangy minerality.


Elisabetta Geppetti 2009 Morellino di Scansano (Tuscany, Italy)    $21.99
In Tuscany’s southern coastal region the Sangiovese varietal is known as Morellino, grown on the slopes above the hill town of Scansano.  This one offers bright red cherry and currant flavors edged with notes of violets and cinnamon.  The palate shows a beaming acidity, framed with smooth tannins.


Viña Zaco 2008 Tempranillo (Rioja, Spain)    $14.99
The Viña Zaco is made entirely from Tempranillo, and disregards the traditional Rioja categories of Crianza, Reserva, etc.  The goal was to create a Rioja that offers the full expression of the varietal.
Intense raspberry and blackberry fruit is framed with a hint of smoky oak in this modern-styled, deliciously bright red.


St. Francis 2008 Merlot (Sonoma County)    $17.99
The grapes for this Merlot come from estate vineyards in the Sonoma Valley and Russian River Valley, and from growers in other areas including Alexander Valley.  It’s smooth and elegant, with classic varietal aromas and flavors of dark cherries and plums.


Château Maris 2008 La Touge Syrah (Minervois, France)    $22.99
La Touge is a blend of 85% Syrah and 15% Grenache, grown on limestone and alluvial soils.  The nose exhibits rich aromas of ripe black fruits plus spicy characteristics of pepper and dry herbs.  The full-fruited palate has generous weight, framed by strong tannins.


Justin 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon (Paso Robles)    $26.99
Over the last ten years easily the best selling Cabernet at the Old Town Wine Cellar.  This wine offers a deep, plush palate with flavors of raspberry and cassis and a moderate touch of spice.  Ripe and supple tannins with a touch of dark chocolate hover on the finish.




Luna Vineyards 2010 Lunatic California Red    $17.99
Luna’s Lunatic Red combines Sangiovese, Syrah, Petite Sirah and Grenache into a red with plush fruit and supple tannins.  Aromas of juicy berries and plums mix with savory spice notes. Ripe blackberry and cherry fruit flavors extend beautifully to a polished and satisfying finish.


Four Vines 2007 Petite Sirah (Paso Robles)    $15.99
A deep purple in hue, this Paso Petite opens with brooding scents of dark black fruit.  The palate offers a rich, full mouth-feel, with elements of chocolate and mocha framing bright fruit flavors of blueberry, raspberry, black cherry and dark plum.


Shea Wine Cellars 2010 Estate Pinot Noir (Willamette Valley)    $42.99
Sourced from the acclaimed Shea Vineyard, this is classic Oregon, and more specifically classic Yamhill-Carlton AVA Pinot.  It offers violet scents, rich ripe dark fruit flavors, and a long spicy finish. The Estate is big but not overpowering.  The tannins are smooth, the acidity bright and the wine is finely balanced.


La Crema 2011 Chardonnay (Monterey County)    $17.99
This Chardonnay opens with layered aromas of tropical fruit and exotic floral notes mixed with lush butterscotch and spice.  On the palate, ripe stone fruit flavors abound, framed by a fine minerality and subtle nuances of toast and caramel.  The broad mouthfeel balances a bright acidity and lingering citrus character.




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

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