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Greetings from the Wine Cellar:


It’s hard to believe another Labor Day weekend is almost upon us, marking the traditional end of summer (of course we know better in these parts).  If you’re heading out of town this weekend, safe travels, but if not, be aware that Yuma Heritage Festivals is putting on the summer’s last Block Party on the Main Street Plaza here in Old Town this Friday evening from 6 to 11 PM; here’s a quick synopsis of the festivities:


  • 6:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. – Music by DJ Norieja
  • 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. – Yuma Fire Dept. will mist the 100 block of Main Street every 15 minutes so kids & adults can cool down
  • 8:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. – Live performance by Tommy & the Drifters
  • FREE jumpies and face painting for the kids (what is a jumpie?)

Main Street Block Parties are a great way to kick-start your weekend, and aside from the food & drink vendors on the plaza for the evening, there are lots of great dining and imbibing options to choose from here in the downtown area.  And of course, you should stop in at the Wine Cellar first and start your weekend off by sampling some great wines from all around the world…


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


Markus Molitor 2008 Riesling Kabinett Zeltinger Sonnenuhr (Mosel Valley, Germany)  $18.99
This is a rich style of Kabinett, with enticing aromas of apricot, peach, pear and floral tones on the nose.  The palate is creamy and nicely layered, imparting a savory, almost saline quality to the medley of apple, citrus and peach flavors.  Mineral tones and mouthwatering acidity support a buoyant finish.


Writer’s Block 2010 Grenache (Lake County)    $14.99
Writer’s Block is a wonderfully light, spicy version of the varietal.  This has a pronounced strawberry/raspberry aroma and palate, with a pleasantly spicy finish.  Balanced acidity makes it a great match with tapas and lightere far of any kind.


Prunotto 2009 Monferrato Mompertone (Piedmont, Italy)    $21.99
Mompertone is a Piedmontese blend of 60% Barbera/40% Syrah.  A spicy, ripe black cherry nose leads to a refined dark cherry/black raspberry palate that’s silky smooth and shows the best attributes of both varietals, with rich dark fruit and dense tannins from the Syrah complemented by the earthy/spicy character of the Barbera.


Sonoma Hills 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon (Alexander Valley)    $18.99
This Cabernet offers expressive aromas of spicy black cherry and ripe blackberry, with light notes of cedar and mocha.  Mouth-filling flavors of juicy black and red fruits are laced with accents of spice and herbs.


Capafons-Ossó 2004 Sirsell (Priorat, Spain)   $22.99
Produced from Grenache, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Mazuelo and Syrah grapes that were fermented separately and aged 12 months in oak, this delicious Priorato offers rich black olive and dark cherry aromas.  Pure blackberry and dark plum fruit flavors are edged by a terrific slate minerality, giving this wine an amazing elegance despite its substantial structure and richness.


Four Vines 2008 Dusi Ranch Zinfandel (Paso Robles)    $29.99
The Dusi Ranch Vineyard in Paso Robles was planted in 1922.  This 100% Zinfandel begins with deep, plush aromas of cherry, blackberry and plum, plus a pleasant hint of vanilla.  In the mouth, this is classic Zin: big, intense and mouthfilling, packed with jammy raspberry fruit plus spicy, peppery accents that provide plenty of complexity.




Chateau Graville-Lacoste 2012 Graves Blanc (Bordeaux, France)    $18.99
Pure and lively, this Graves strikes a glorious balance of flavor and refreshment.  A blend of 75% Semillon, 20% Sauvignon Blanc and 5% Muscadelle, it exudes aromas of peach, melon, wet stone, fresh-cut grass and citrus.  On the palate, it’s crisp and balanced with vibrant fruit flavors.  The finish offers great length along with dazzling acidity.


Talbott 2011 Estate Pinot Noir Santa Lucia Highlands    $29.99
This estate-grown Pinot Noir is from Talbott’s acclaimed Sleepy Hollow Vineyard.  It exudes a lovely perfume of black cherries, plums, balsam and spice.  It offers admirable concentration and structure, yet still displays finesse and approachability.  Flavors of dark stone fruits with a riff of oak toast and spice coat the palate, supported by silky tannins.


Querciabella 2009 Mongrana (Tuscany, Italy)    $21.99
The Mongrana is a ‘Super-Tuscan’ blend of Sangiovese, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon, made with grapes sourced from Tuscany’s coastal Maremma region.  Bright red cherry and currant flavors are enhanced with a touch of cedar.  Smooth tannins and beaming acidity complete this elegant wine.


Velvet Crush 2011 Crushmaster’s Cabernet Sauvignon (Central Coast)    $12.99
Lush wines with a silky-smooth texture are the hallmark of Velvet Crush winemaking. The Crushmaster’s Cabernet is harvested from premium vineyards throughout California’s Central Coast.  Rich and expansive flavors of blackberry and dark cherry are followed by hints of brown sugar and vanilla on the lingering finish.  A delicious quaffing red.




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

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