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Greetings from the Wine Cellar:


This Thursday, July 11th at 7:00PM, the Yuma Art Center present a Surf Rock Beach Party at the Historic Yuma Theatre here in Old Town (254 S. Main).  According to the playbill, it’s going to be a “half concert/half party that will feature your favorite summertime hits – from the Beach Boys to Jimmy Buffett, and everything in-between.  There will be surf-rock instrumentals, a limbo contest and a steel-drum showdown between two of the nation’s top steel drum artists! So slather your nose with sunscreen and put on your floppy hat, let’s make Frankie and Annette proud!  Beat the summer heat with an air-conditioned indoor beach party you won’t soon forget!”


Ok then.  It does sound like a lot of fun, and the weather is certainly conducive.  Tickets are $15, available at the Art Center box office or on-line at  Call the Art Center at 373-5202 for more info.  Cowabunga dude!


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

Oyster Bay 2012 Chardonnay (Marlborough, New Zealand)    $14.99
The philosophy at Oyster Bay is to produce distinctive regional wines which are elegant and assertive with glorious fruit flavors. This Chardonnay deftly captures the character of Marlborough, with pure, incisive, bright fruit flavors of ripe citrus and stonefruit balanced with subtle oak and a nicely creamy texture.


Gassier 2012 Sables d’Azur Rosé (Provence, France)    $11.99
Refreshing rosés are a part of the romance of daily life in the warm Mediterranean climate of Provence.  This salmon-pink wine is a classic blend of Grenache, Syrah and Cinsault, offering vibrant strawberry and citrus aromas and flavors.  Dry and crisp with a delightfully fresh finish, this makes a superb summer sipper.


Cambria 2011 Pinot Noir, Julia’s Vineyard (Santa Maria Valley)    $22.99
Julia’s Vineyard was planted in 1991 in the heart of the Santa Maria bench of northern Santa Barbara County.  The 2011 vintage is classic Central Coast Pinot Noir, with aromas and flavors of black cherry, strawberry and pomegranate.  An underlying earthiness balances the sweet fruit, along with a hint of cinnamon


Oyster Bay 2011 Merlot (Hawkes Bay, New Zealand)    $14.99
Oyster Bay combines the bright, juicy berry fruit that Merlots are known for, with a fine, balanced tannic frame that makes it a great accompaniment to a wide variety of dishes. This is Merlot that’s all about elegance and smoothness, a red that’s very easy to drink.


Marques de Riscal 2006 Rioja Reserva (Rioja, Spain)    $22.99
This wine opens with the classic cherry, vanilla and tobacco leaf tones that Rioja reds are famed for.  In the mouth, spicy dark cherry and berry fruit flavors mingle with hints of vanilla and anise, plus a pleasant note of toast from two years of oak barrel aging.


Clos de L’Oratoire Des Papes 2010 Châteauneuf-du-Pape (Rhone Valley, France)    $39.99
This classic Rhone Valley blend begins with black cherry and raspberry aromas enlivened with zesty mineral and floral accents, plus a hint of baking spice.  On the palate, vibrant red berry flavors offer superb richness, balance and depth, gliding to a long, elegant finish.


Rosemount 2006 Show Reserve GSM (McLaren Vale, Australia)    $22.99
Rosemount’s Show Reserve Grenache-Syrah-Mourvedre is rich, dense and focused, a chewy mouthful of plum, raspberry and rich spice flavors on a velvety texture.  It’s a great example of a “Rhone style” blended red from Down Under, offering balance and finesse while still retaining the juicy, exuberant style typical of Australian reds.


Bertani 2011 Velante Pinot Grigio (Veneto, Italy)    $14.99
This begins with bright aromas of orchard fruits like apple and pear, along with floral tones and a hint of bitter orange peel.  The palate has an intensity and persistence rarely found in Pinot  Grigio.  It’s fresh, dry and flavorful, with a crisp finish.


Sebastiani 2007 Secolo (Sonoma County)    $35.99
The 2007 Secolo exudes savory aromas of blackberries, raspberries, sandalwood and herbs.  The character of the vintage allowed the winemaker to emphasize the elegance of the fruit by using less new oak than in the past.  The palate is a ripe, concentrated mélange of black fruits laced with vanilla and hints of mocha.  The finish is long and soft, with just enough tannins to frame the rich fruit.


Coronado Brewing Frog’s Breath IPA (Coronado Island)    $7.99
Frog’s Breath IPA derives its bright citrus flavor from Centennial and Summit hops.  A mixture of citrus peel – lime, lemon and orange – was added at the end of the boil to make this IPA astonishingly refreshing.  With an ABV of just 6.5%, IPA fans can enjoy a more “session-able” IPA with this brew.




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

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