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Greetings from the Wine Cellar:


Another interesting production presented by the Yuma Art Center this week here in Old Town as we near the midpoint of summer:  Fox on the Fairway is a tribute by Ken Ludwig (Lend Me a Tenor, Moon Over Buffalo) to the great English farces of the 1930s and 1940s.  According to the playbill, “the play takes audiences on a hilarious romp which pulls the rug out from underneath the stuffy denizens of a private country club.  Filled with mistaken identities, slamming doors and over-the-top romantic shenanigans, it’s a furiously paced comedy that recalls the Marx Brothers’ classics.  A charmingly madcap adventure about love, life, and man’s eternal love affair with…golf.”  Sounds like a lot of fun.  And as we’re only about halfway through another Yuma summer, you know you could use some laughs…  The show goes on this Thursday, Friday and Saturday, July 18th – 20th at the Historic Yuma Theatre (254 S. Main St.) at 7:00 PM.  Tickets are $10, available at the Art Center box office (same address) or on-line at  Call the Art Center at 373-5202 for more info.  And why not stop by the Wine Cellar for a wine tasting before the curtain rises…


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


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.


Campo Viejo 2004 Rioja Reserva (Rioja, Spain)    $14.99
To qualify as a Rioja Reserva, this wine was aged for 18 months in American oak barrels, and then for another 18 months in the bottle prior to release.  This is a “textbook” Reserva from one of Rioja’s finest producers, offering juicy cherry and plum fruit on a silky texture.


Quinta do Crasto 2011 Douro Red (Douro Valley, Portugal)    $17.99
Made from the same native grape varietals used in the Douro Valley to make Port, this is a unique and appealing table wine with vibrant dark cherry, plum and berry flavors.  The fruit is supported by firm tannins, and the finish is spiced with accents of espresso and olives.


Graffigna 2010 Grand Reserve Malbec (Pedernal Valley, Argentina)    $19.99
Graffigna is regarded as one of Argentina’s foremost producers of Malbec, the country’s signature varietal.  The Grand Reserve offers bold blackberry and dark plum fruit aromas, and follows up with a vivid mouthful of ripe black fruit plus accent of violets and cedar.


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


Frog’s Leap 2010 Zinfandel (Napa Valley)    $28.99
This is a classic “field blend” that offers the vitality of Zinfandel and the depth of Petite Sirah. Hints of cinnamon and clove swirl in the rich scents of red cherry and wild berry.  Lush layers of cherry and raspberry delight the palate, while subtle tones of earth and cedar mingle with the abundantly ripe fruit.


Château Saint-André Corbin 2009 St.-Georges-St.-Emilion (Bordeaux, France)    $18.99
A traditional Right Bank blend of 75% Merlot and 25% Cabernet Franc, this offers a bouquet of red raspberries, cedar and dark chocolate.  It greets the palate with a fine mix of lush fruit flavors, spice tones and firm tannins, all with impeccable balance and structure.


Gruet Brut Sparkling Wine (New Mexico)    $17.99
This New Mexico sparkler offers surprising richness as well as complexity, with a fine, persistent mousse.  A toasty finish from 24 months aging on tirage makes a fine complement to the baked apple and juicy citrus flavors.


AltoCinco 2011 Garnacha (Paniza, Spain)    $12.99
Alto·Cinco is 94% Garnacha from very old vines, plus 6% Tempranillo.  It was aged six months in a mix of French and American oak barrels for greater roundness and texture.  The wine tastes of ripe strawberries, red cherries and raspberries, along with floral hints of violets and rose petals that complement toasty notes of mocha and vanilla at the finish.


Kenwood 2009 Jack London Vineyard Merlot (Sonoma Valley)    $21.99
The ’09 Jack London Merlot is a velvety red with a complex bouquet of ripe dark cherry, pomegranate and plum scents, followed by intricately woven flavors of raspberries and black plums.  Smooth, supple tannins carry all that generous fruit to a long, silky finish.




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

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