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Greetings from the Wine Cellar:
I want to thank everyone who braved the even-by-Yuma-standards ferocious heat last Saturday to attend our special beer tasting at the Cellar – it seemed like everyone had a great time, and I look forward to doing it again in another month or so.  I’ll keep you posted!  As for the coming week, be aware that the Yuma Jazz Company Quintet will present a special performance here in Old Town at Lutes’ Casino (221 S. Main Street) this Friday, August 17 from 7:00 to 9:00 PM, celebrating the group’s ten year anniversary of public performances here in the Desert Southwest.  The family-friendly evening will feature the group’s original music, with their three CDs and T-shirts available for purchase, and, of course, plenty of Lutes’ popular food and drinks.  No cover charge of course; for more info about the Yuma Jazz Company or the show, call 928-345-1534 or visit
THURSDAY & FRIDAY WINE TASTING$10.00 to try them all, or
$10.00 for a full glass

St. Supéry 2010 Sauvignon Blanc (Napa Valley)    $17.99
This is crisp and fragrant, with tangy grapefruit, sweet lime, gooseberry and orange blossom on the nose.  There’s plenty of depth and dimensions to the flavors as well, with citrus, passionfruit and guava tones.  The result is a bright, racy white wine that finishes fresh and clean.
Laetitia 2010 Estate Pinot Noir (Arroyo Grande Valley)   $22.99
Exuding dark multerry tones and aromas of cranberry and spiced plums, this Pinot is rich and medium-bodied.  Youthful flavors of pomegranate, sandalwood and black cherry are married beautifully with spicy cedar and smoke accents, all framed with silky tannins.
Michele Chiarlo 2010 Barbera d’Asti Le Orme (Piedmont, Italy)    $14.99
Le Orme is an enticing red, bursting with juicy blackberry, black currant and spice flavors accented by touches of violet and mineral.  Barbera’s vibrant
acidic structure and easy tannins make it a great table red.
Waterbrook 2007 Reserve Syrah (Columbia Valley)    $17.99
Enhanced with 8% Cabernet Sauvignon and 3% Viognier, this Washington
Syrah exudes lush stone fruit aromas plus subtle scents of eucalyptus and spice.  The palate delivers an impressive blend of blackberry, black currant and raspberry fruit flavors, accented by notes of black pepper, spice, mocha and espresso.
Peter Lehmann 2009 Clancy’s Red (Barossa Valley, Australia)    $14.99
A classic, flavorful Aussie red, Clancy’s overflows with brilliant blackberry
and plum flavors that are nicely edged with hints of thyme and black pepper.  The flavors never lose their zing all through a polished, elegant finish.  It’s an equal blend of Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot.
Rombauer 2007 Merlot (Napa Valley)    $29.99
Rombauer’s ’07 Napa Merlot has a ripe, juicy core of blueberry, plum, and black cherries that glide across the palate.  Elegantly styled, this wine displays 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.
Rosenblum Cellars Stark Raving Red (California)    $11.99
Bold, daring and innovative, the Stark Raving Red combines different grapes into something unique, delicious and absolutely Stark Raving!  Aromas of ripe plum and black cherry start things off.  The palate keeps pace, mixing heady dark fruit flavors with fine structure, chewy tannins and a finish that leaves you wanting more….
Rosenblum Cellars Stark Raving White (California)    $11.99
Stark Raving White is a full-bodied, vivacious mix of Chardonnay and Moscato.  It offers an aromatic, slightly floral bouquet, and follows up with a delicious mouthful of juicy peach, melon and citrus fruit flavors.
Sam Adams Verloren Gose (Boston, Massachusetts)    $6.99
An ode to the ancient ales of Saxony, Sam Adams Verloren is brewed in the Gose style (“goes-uh”).  The base is an unfiltered wheat ale, soft, light and refreshing.  The flavor is enhanced by an unexpected touch of salt for a mineral quality, and coriander adds a peppery and spicy quality.  The result is an unusual, delicate brew that’s full of flavor.

Wells Banana Bread Ale (England)    $4.99
Wells Banana Bread Ale shows a bright, coppery color, and delivers an immediate whiff of fresh bananas with a light, toasty maltiness. The unique flavor is enhanced by a pleasant hint of bitterness.  The beer finishes with an emphatic, steely dryness.

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

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