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Greetings from the Wine Cellar:


In case you missed its debut last week, the Yuma Art Center is presenting a live stage version of Neil Simon’s classic comedy The Odd Couple again this week at the Historic Yuma Theatre (254 S. Main Street) here in Old Town.  The show, performed by the Yuma Community Theater players, features all the hilarious interactions between laid-back slob Oscar Madison and uptight neat-freak Felix Unger.  Showtimes are Thursday, Friday and Saturday, July 17-19 at 7PM, and tickets are just $10, available at the Art Center Box Office (same address, 373-5202).  If it’s as funny as the movie, you won’t want to miss this, and it’s a great way to support community theater in Yuma.




Bottega Vinaia 2013 Pinot Grigio (Trentino, 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 shows an intensity and persistence rarely found in Pinot Grigio.  It’s fresh, dry and flavorful, with a crisp, refreshing finish.


La Crema 2012 Pinot Noir (Sonoma Coast)    $22.99
This opens with fragrant scents of dark cherry, ripe strawberries, Indian spices and a subtle saline note.  In the mouth, forward flavors of black cherries, black raspberry, spice and vanilla-laced oak are framed with smooth, silky tannins.


Bogle Vineyards 2012 Essential Red (California)    $11.99
Bogle’s Essential Red is a delicious blend of some of California’s finest plantings of Zinfandel, Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon and Petite Sirah, designed for one purpose – pure enjoyment.  It’s all about the fruit, with intense flavors of boysenberry and cherry and a pleasant hint of vanilla.


Chateau Ste. Michelle 2012 Indian Wells Cabernet Sauvignon (Columbia Valley)    $18.99
This Washington State Cabernet is silky and generous, offering a plush mouthful of blackberry and sweet black cherry fruit flavors.  The fruit is framed with firm but polished tannins, along with hints of licorice, coffee and dark chocolate.


Gianfranco Bovio 2008 Langhe Nebbiolo Annunziata (Piedmont, Italy)    $24.99
This single-vineyard Nebbiolo opens with an alluring bouquet of raspberries and strawberries.  The palate displays classic varietal characteristics of juicy red cherries accented by complex accents of herbs, earth and cedar, carried on a smooth tannic frame.


Foppiano 2009 Petite Sirah (Russian River Valley)    $19.99
The Foppiano family have operated this Sonoma winery since the 1890’s.  This estate-grown Petite, their hallmark varietal, exhibits a huge structure with a rich, deep purple color, complex aromas of spices and peppercorns and concentrated flavors of ripe berries with a subtle touch of chocolate.




Mollydooker 2013 The Boxer Shiraz (South Australia)    $28.99
The Boxer is a rich and complex Shiraz, with a superb mix of sweet ripe fruit and powerful tannins.  It delivers an effusive mouthful of raspberry, plum and pepper-spice flavors that are vivid and lingering.  The density on the palate doesn’t get in the way of all the fruit and spice and the finish just keeps on going…


Schloss Vollrads 2012 Riesling Spatlese (Rheingau, Germany)    $24.99
A superbly opulent and concentrated Spatlese, this overflows with pure, ripe mango, passion fruit and pear aromas on the nose, with a similar fruit-basket of flavors melding on a creamy palate.  There’s plenty of acidity to match all of the lush fruit, along with a fine minerality.


Left Coast Brewing Hop Juice Double IPA (San Clemente, California)    $6.99
This hop monster uses premium American 2-Row barley blended with light crystal malt to create a solid malt foundation. Then five different varieties of hops really amp up the brew, with two weeks of dry-hopping in the fermenter contributing to its great hop aroma. It starts out sweet, but ends with a nicely bitter edge.




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

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