Greetings from the Wine Cellar:
This Saturday evening, September 21st, the 2nd Annual Battle of the Bands happens right here in Historic Downtown. It’s a one-night-only competition at the Historic Yuma Theatre (254 S. Main Street), with the best of the best local and regional bands competing for a winner-take-all cash prize of $5,000. The concert will begin at 7PM (doors open at 6:30) and continue until 10PM, featuring performances by Yuma’s own Checker’d Past plus other competing bands Moth, Switchblade Mary, THP, The Raging Hyenas, Typha and Venkman’s Ghost. Tickets are $15 general admission, $10 students/seniors/military, available at the Yuma Art Center box office (373-5202) or on-line at www.YumaShowTickets.com. Get ready to rock!
THIS WEEK’S WINE TASTING:
Prayers for Saints 2017 Chardonnay (Columbia Valley) $12.99 This Chardonnay is bright and refreshing, with a touch of softness. Fragrant scents of peaches, citrus and lightly toasted oak lead to a heavenly mix of fresh pear and melon flavors. The creamy yet still juicy palate makes this a perfect choice as an apéritif.
Prayers for Sinners 2017 Syrah (Columbia Valley) $12.99 This Syrah is for the sinner in all of us – the dark side that craves a decadently rich and luxurious red. This brooding wine is deeply layered with blackberry and plum fruit, violet and dark cocoa. Go ahead, give in to temptation!
Lindeman’s 2015 Gentleman’s Collection Red (California) $14.99 Gentleman’s Collection Red is a dense, juicy and decidedly fruit-forward California blend of Petite Sirah, Zinfandel and Merlot, sourced from Central Coast and North Coast vineyards. It’s a palate-pleasing sipper with no hard edges and a fresh, fruit-filled finish.
Terra d’Oro 2016 Barbera (Amador County) $17.99 The Barbera grape, native to northern Italy’s Piedmont region, thrives in Amador County. This is a fruity and medium-bodied red full of the classic Barbera character of ripe black cherries, blackberries and currants, edged with a pleasant touch of savory spice.
Ferrari Carano 2016 Siena (Sonoma County) $19.99 Siena begins with rich black cherry aromas, plus subtle hints of fennel and licorice. Ripe red fruit flavors follow the nose, shaped by a pleasant acidity and soft tannins in this Sangiovese-based red blend. Tart cherry pie flavors linger at the finish, accented by a touch of chocolate the finish.
Belle Glos 2017 Pinot Noir, Clark & Telephone Vineyard (Santa Maria Valley) $44.99 This starts with an intense nose of raspberry jam, black currants, spice and vanilla. Rich flavors of fresh dark raspberries and blackberries exhibit an exotic spicy quality, and the refined tannins create a soft, silky mouthfeel. A fruit-laden, juicy finish just seems to go on forever…
NEW WINE & BEER ARRIVALS:
Grgich Hills 2014 Estate Zinfandel (Napa Valley) $39.99 This fruit-filled, full-bodied Zinfandel is graced with an elegant structure and richly nuanced flavors of blackberries and ripe dark cherries. A subtle waft of freshly roasted coffee beans and lightly toasted almonds mingles with soft red raspberries on a long and persistent finish.
Maison de Grand Esprit 2017 L’être Magique Rosé (Côtes de Provence, France) $15.99 Crisp and elegant, this Provence rosé will transport you to a sun-drenched afternoon in the south of France. It’s fresh and breezy, with citrus-driven aromas and mouthwatering flavors of strawberries and watermelon. The brisk finish offers a pleasant touch of salinity and a hint of white pepper.
Inscription 2018 Pinot Noir (Willamette Valley) $19.99 Inscription Pinot Noir delivers lavish red fruit flavors of raspberry and strawberry, well complemented by the typical Oregon character of mushroom, forest floor and earth. It’s a rich yet well-balanced Pinot, nicely enhanced with subtle toasted oak and vanilla hints from French oak aging.
Old Town Wine Cellar
265 S. Main Street, Suite E
Yuma, Arizona 85364