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Greetings from the Wine Cellar:
The Yuma Art Center’s Summer SixPac is close to wrapping up this summer’s run, but you still have multiple opportunities to catch great community theater both this weekend and the next at the Historic Yuma Theatre (254 S. Main Street).  It Had to Be You is “a heartwarming adult comedy” presented by the Yuma Community Theater.  Something about a fading actress holding a successful TV commercial producer hostage in her apartment on Christmas Eve.  Hmm. “It’s sure to bring tears of laughter to all from the wonder of falling in love and the madness of how it all works.”
Sure sounds worth a try!  Showtimes are 7:00 PM Friday & Saturday, August 3rd–4th, and at 2:00 PM August 5th, with a repeat schedule on August 10th–12th.  Tickets are $10 for adults, $6 for kids 13 & under; available in advance at the Art Center Box Office (same address, 373-5202) or pick yours up at the door.
THURSDAY & FRIDAY WINE TASTING$10.00 to try them all, or $10.00 for a full glass:

Sonoma-Cutrer 2010 Estate Chardonnay (Russian River Valley)    $21.99
S-C’s Russian River Ranches Chardonnay opens with lush aromas of apple, peach, tropical fruits and slightly smoky spice tones.  The palate combines
crisp, fresh flavors of Asian pear with hints of jasmine blossom, and a richly creamy, “sur-lie” quality is nicely balanced by a clean, tingling minerality at the finish.
DeLoach Vineyards 2008 O·F·S Pinot Noir (Russian River Valley)    $29.99
The O·F·S is a quintessential Pinot Noir from the Russian River Valley.  Aromas of ripe blackberry and raspberry fruit mix with hints of rose petals. The palate shows rich black fruit flavors, with undertones of cola, light spice and black tea.  This seductively layered wine is exquisitely balanced, with fine acidity and soft, enveloping tannins.
Planeta 2009 Cerasuolo di Vittoria (Sicily, Italy)    $22.99
Cerasuolo di Vittoria is a traditional Sicilian blend of native grapes; 60% Nero d’Avola and 40% Frappato.  The wine offers a fine mix of fresh strawberry, ripe cherry and fig flavors on a dry and just lightly tannic
frame, endng with a pleasant hint of licorice.
Hahn Winery 2009 Syrah (Central Coast)    $14.99
This offers intense aromas of fresh-cracked peppercorns and raspberry jam on the nose.  The entry is full-bodied, full of dark fruits like plum and raspberry. The palate has enough tannic firmness to stand up to the lush entry, offering a swirl of black cherry and pepper-spice tones that carry on through the finish.
Foppiano 2008 Petite Sirah (Russian River Valley)    $18.99
The Foppiano family have owned and operated the winery since 1896.  This estate-grown Petite Sirah, their hallmark varietal, exhibits a huge structure with a rich, deep purple color, complex aromas of spices and peppercorn, and concentrated flavors of ripe berries with a subtle touch of chocolate.
Beringer Vineyards 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa Valley)    $22.99
A wonderful example of premium Napa Valley fruit, Beringer Cabernet
Sauvignon is rich and supple from start to finish.  This wine has ripe, juicy plum, black cherry and black currant fruit on a firm but silk-smooth frame, finishing with a touch of toasty vanilla from oak barrel aging.
Laetitia Brut Cuvée (Arroyo Grande Valley)    $21.99
This is a beautifully focused and refined California sparkler, offering green apple and raspberry aromas and flavors that are rich and creamy, yet still superbly crisp and focused.  Chardonnay and Pinot Noir are the main components, but a small bit of Pinot Blanc adds a hint of melon to round out the palate.
Penfolds 2006 Bin 138 Shiraz-Grenache-Mourvèdre (Barossa Valley, Australia)    $22.99
Bin 138 starts off with classic Grenache scents of cherries and ripe raspberries.  It’s full and round on the palate, with ripe berry and plum flavors, well framed by firm tannins.  The rich, spicy character of the Shiraz and the smoky/earthy tones of the Mourvedre work together seamlessly
on the long and persistent finish.

Beringer Vineyards 2009 Merlot (Napa Valley)    $18.99
The vineyards used for the Beringer 2009 Napa Valley Merlot provided grapes with ripe fruit flavors, plush  textures and chewy tannins.  The wine was aged in 40 percent new oak (primarily French) for 14 months.  Juicy plum, black cherry and toffee aromas and flavors are supported by enticing
toasted vanilla, cedar and peppery-spice accents.
Mike Shelhamer
Old Town Wine Cellar
265 S. Main Street, Suite E
Yuma, Arizona  85364

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