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Greetings from the Wine Cellar:
Just a quick note this week to let everyone know that this coming Saturday, August 11th, the Old Town Wine Cellar will put on a special beer tasting to showcase some of the great craft and imported beers and ales now gracing the Cellar’s shelves.  The tasting will be on-going from 2:00 to 6:00 PM, so just drop in any time you like and give them a try.  The cost will be just $5.00 to sample some really world-class brews, so if you like good beer, don’t miss

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

Attems 2010 Pinot Grigio (Friuli-Venezia-Giulia, Italy)    $17.99
This is a full-bodied style of Pinot Grigio that opens with clean-edged aromas
of apple, pear and a hint of banana.  It’s crisp and lively on the palate, yet surprisingly supple, with plenty of fresh apple and pear fruit flavors accented with a touch of vanilla.
Antinori 2010 Santa Cristina (Tuscany, Italy)   $10.99
A perfect ruby-red in color, this Tuscan red offers an alluring bouquet of raspberry and cherry fruits, along with notes of violet and cedar.  The palate is bursting with delicious berry and plum fruit accented with a hint of pepper.
Bodegas Carchelo 2010 Carchelo C (Jumilla, Spain)   $14.99
A blend of 40% Monastrell, 40% Tempranillo & 20% Cabernet Sauvignon, the Carchelo “C” is aged 3 months in new French oak before release.  The nose offers hints of cherry licorice and dark chocolate.  Rich dark cherry and mint flavors pick up smoky / peppery accents on the 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.
Penfolds 2006 Bin 138 Shiraz-Grenache-Mourvèdre (Barossa Valley, Australia)    $22.99
Bin 138 starts off with classic Grenache aromas of cherries and dark 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.
Ridge Vineyards 2009 Geyserville Zinfandel (Dry Creek Valley)

Each vintage of the Geyserville is special, distinct, extraordinary.  But they all have elements in common, like the blackest of blackberry fruit, abundant pepper spice, chocolate and cedar.  The term ‘layered’ is the best descriptor for this wine.  Over the years it will change, re-inventing itself in the bottle with up to ten years of cellar aging, developing more nuances and complexity.
Rombauer 2007 Merlot (Napa Valley)    $29.99
Rombauer Vineyards’ Napa Valley Merlot has a ripe, juicy core of blueberry,
plum, and black cherries that glide across the palate. Elegantly styled, this
wine has rich spice notes that highlight the fruit and add to its complexity on the mid-palate. A full-bodied soft round finish is accentuated with hints of cedar and vanilla.
Bertani 2010 Valpolicella (Veneto, Italy)    $12.99
Bertani Valpolicella is a traditional blend of native Corvina, Rondinella and
Molinara grapes.  The nose offers supple scents of almonds and violets.  It’s soft and silky in texture, with more weight than most Valpolicella, offering a nice mix of dark cherry fruit and hints of chocolate.
Mission Brewery Blonde Ale (San Diego)    $5.99
Mission’s Blonde Ale is a crisply refreshing golden ale brewed like the kölsch-style ales from Cologne (Köln) in Germany.  It offers a clean, lager-like character and a pleasantly bitter edge.  Authentic kölsch yeast imparts a subtle fruitiness that complements the Hallertau hops used for flavor and aromas.
Unibroue Maudite Amber Red Ale (Quebec, Canada)    $9.99
The Maudite, like all of Unibroue’s beers, is re-fermented in the bottle with a
fresh yeast base after the initial fermentation.  It shows a deep amber-red color with a foamy head, and offers appealing aromas of spices like coriander and clove, along with floral hop notes.  The palate is characterized by a robust malty profile, balanced by a crisply hoppy finish.
Mike Shelhamer
Old Town Wine Cellar
265 S. Main Street, Suite E
Yuma, Arizona  85364

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