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Greetings from the Wine Cellar:


The first Block Party of the season here in Historic Downtown will happen this Friday evening, August 22nd.  Appropriately enough, this one is being called Celebrate the Heat on Yuma’s Main Street!  Yuma Heritage Festivals has put together what sounds like a very fun downtown event to pay tribute to summer in the great Southwest.  Here’s a sampler:

–         Enjoy LIVE music provided by Big Boss Band and DJ Money.

–         Grab a free watermelon slice (or two!) sponsored by Bare Naked Soap Company.

–         Chill out in the frozen playground sponsored by Western Arizona Council of Government and ReddyIce.

–         Find something unique at a booth or one of the Downtown Yuma shops.

–         Try something new at one of the many food vendors and Downtown Yuma restaurants.

–         Keep cool as you enjoy the festivities with a light mist provided by the City of Yuma Fire Department.

–         PLUS jumpers, water slides, face painting and more!


Sounds like a great late summer diversion here in our unique downtown area.  The Block Party goes from 6PM to 11PM, so hang around after you’re done tasting wine in our cool Wine Cellar and go enjoy the heat on the Main Street Plaza!




Andrieux & Fils 2013 Côtes du Rhône Blanc Cuvée Marie (Rhone Valley, France)    $17.99
The Cuvée Marie is a blend of native Rhone varietals Viognier, Clairette and Roussanne.  On the nose, aromas of ripe stone fruits mix with accents of mineral and citrus. It’s clean and fresh on the palate, with flavors of white peach and pineapple balanced by a distinct mineral quality.


Acacia 2012 California Pinot Noir    $15.99
This Pinot offers delicate aromas of violets, spices and dark cherry with hints of vanilla.  The smooth palate presents juicy flavors of dark fruits like plum and black cherry. Firm tannins frame a fine finish of dark fruit and spices, with a pleasantly light touch of oak.


Castello D’Albola 2009 Chianti Classico (Tuscany, Italy)    $17.99
This Classico begins with fresh black cherry aromas mixed in with hints of leather, earth, plums and violets.  The palate is medium in body, with supple tannins and brisk acidity.  Classic Chianti flavors of ripe black cherries and plums are accented by a hint of licorice.


Viña Eguía 2009 Rioja Reserva (Rioja, Spain)    $16.99
On the nose, this 100% Tempranillo offers exotic aromas of vanilla, clove and cinnamon.  A smooth, velvety palate has abundant dark cherry and black plum fruit flavors, plus hints of fresh earth, tobacco and Indian spice that carry to the finish.


Cultivate The Feast 2010 California Red Blend    $19.99
A blend of premium fruit sourced from the Napa Valley, Alexander Valley and Santa Lucia Highlands, Cultivate The Feast is a rich and soft, yet well-structured Bordeaux-style blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Malbec.


Girard 2012 Petite Sirah (Napa Valley)    $29.99
This beautifully captures Petite Sirah’s lusty elegance. The lust is in the exuberant way that it overflows with ripe blueberry, violet and sandalwood aromas and flavors.  Elegance is in its classic structure, due to the century-old vines that provided the grapes.




Victor Hugo 2011 Petite Sirah (Paso Robles)    $24.99
This estate-grown Petite displays a delightful aroma profile of fresh-ground black pepper, bay leaf and clove, with toffee notes in the background. The palate is a mouthful of ripe black fruits, supported by strong tannins and a nice dollop of toasty oak on the finish.


Chateau Ste. Michelle 2011 Indian Wells Red (Columbia Valley)    $18.99
A true example of the art of blending, this wine reflects the rich, round, powerful style of Washington fruit. Eight different varietals combine to create a rich and appealing red with a vibrant core of ripe red berry, cherry, floral and spice flavors plus a hint of vanilla.


Mionetto Prosecco di Valdobbiadene (Veneto, Italy)    $16.99
Founded in 1887 by Francesco Mionetto in the small village of Valdobbiadene, Mionetto has been the preeminent producer of quality Italian Proseccos for over 125 years.  This is one of their finest cuvées, offering a creamy, persistent perlage and subtle white pear and crisp green apple flavors – classic Prosecco.


Northwest Brewing Hoppy Bitch IPA (Pacific, Washington)    $4.99
This Pacific Northwest IPA is bold yet nicely balanced, with a rich malty flavor and strong hop character.  It’s brewed using premium 2-Row, Crystal, Munich and Victory malts, and Columbus hops from the Yakima Valley. One of these is definitely not going to be enough…




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

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