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Greetings from the Wine Cellar:
The Yuma Art Center’s Summer Six-Pac comes to a close this week here in Old Town with what looks to be a rather impressive finale:  Friday, August 24th at 7:00 PM, a top-flite collection of Latino and Latina comedic performers will present the The Latin Comedy Jam at the Historic Yuma Theatre (254 S. Main).  The Latin Jam is a national comedy tour featuring three of today’s top Hispanic comedians: Ernie G., Jill Michele Meleán and Carlos Oscar.  The Jam has been in existence for some time now, and performers such as Gabriel Iglesias, Carlos Mencia and George Lopez have all done stints on the tour.  Ticket prices are $30 for stage seating, $25 for floor seating and $20 for balcony seating; you can purchase on-line at or by phone from the Art Center box office (373-5202).  It should be a great way to wrap up this summer’s “Six-Pac” of great live theatrical and musical performances here in Old Town Yuma, so grab your tickets quick!
THURSDAY & FRIDAY WINE TASTING$10.00 to try them all, or
$10.00 for a full glass

Truchard 2010 Roussanne (Carneros)    $19.99
This Napa version of the little-known Rhone Valley white varietal is a rich, aromatic and mouth-filling wine.  The nose offers an exotic mix of apple,
honeydew and pineapple aromas.  On the palate, a fruit-basket of juicy peach, pear and nectarine flavors are supported by crisp, bright acidity.  The clean,
elegant finish offers a fine, lingering interplay of citrus, minerals and spice.
Gloria Ferrer Blanc de Noirs (Sonoma County)    $18.99
This sparkler offers bright strawberry, raspberry and black cherry flavors, with a nice touch of spice and a warm, mouth-filling finish.  The firm salmon-pink hue and lush fruit results from a pressing technique that extracts a greater degree of character from Pinot Noir grapes hand-harvested from estate vineyards.
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.
Victor Hugo 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon (Paso Robles)    $15.99
A classic Paso Cabernet, overflowing with scents of ripe blackberry, sweet
vanilla and juicy black cherry, plus hints of dusty cedar.  The palate is abundant and lively, packed with juicy berry and red cherry fruit balanced by a well-structured mouthfeel of velvety tannins.
Luis Cañas 2004 Rioja Reserva (Rioja, Spain)    $22.99
2004 was considered a classic vintage for Rioja.  This Reserva is a deep ruby red with a garnet edge.  The nose is redolent of ripe red fruit plus hints of spice and leather.  On the palate, cherry and brambly berry fruit is enlivened with complex spice and oak accents.
Achaval Ferrer 2010 Malbec (Mendoza, Argentina)    $24.99
Achaval Ferrer is one of Argentina’s premier producers of the country’s
signature varietal.  This wine opens with lovely aromas of violets and crushed raspberries and follows through to a vivid palate of ripe blackberry fruit, edged with complex notes of black pepper and toast.
Ferrari Carano 2008 Trésor (Sonoma County)    $44.99
The Trésor is a proprietary mix of Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec, Cabernet Franc, Merlot and Petit Verdot.  With a full-bodied, richly-textured tannic
frame, it exudes a concentrated palate of juicy black fruits, espresso, dark chocolate, cinnamon and toasted vanilla.  Silky and smooth, it’s absolutely delicious now, and should drink well for many years to come.
Belle Glos 2011 Meiomi Pinot Noir (California)    $19.99
Belle Glos produces distinctive Pinot Noirs sourced from some of California’s
top wine-growing regions.  The Meiomi is a compilation of carefully selected fruit from Sonoma County, Santa Barbara County and Monterey County.  The result is a lusciously fruity, rich and very smooth California Pinot Noir for a really nice price.
Edna Valley Vineyards 2010 Paragon Chardonnay (San Luis Obispo County)    $12.99
This Chard offers a bright array of citrus flavors at first, followed by juicy
flavors of ripe apples and pears plus a delicate touch of pineapple.  The palate offers a richly creamy texture from aging in French oak.  The deft mixture of
fruit  and richness carries this to a polished finish.
Full Sail Brewing Berliner-Weisse (San Clemente, California)    $5.99
Full Sail’s Berliner-Weisse is a top-fermented, bottle-conditioned wheat beer, brewed not only using traditional yeasts but also with live lactobacillus
cultures.  The result is somewhat reminiscent of  a Belgian-styled ‘sour beer’; a clear, low alcohol, slightly tart brew that’s very easy-drinking and yet extremely flavorful.
Mike Shelhamer
Old Town Wine Cellar
265 S. Main Street, Suite E
Yuma, Arizona  85364

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