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Greetings from the Wine Cellar:

This Saturday, January 8th, for the first time in two years the Medjool Date Festival returns to Yuma’s Main Street from 11AM to 5PM. This nationally recognized festival celebrates that tasty little fruit that’s grown right here in the Desert Southwest. All of the major local and regional date fruit growers will be on site selling their product and providing samples. The event features a full lineup of entertainment including live music, celebrity chefs doing cooking demonstrations and a variety of community performances, including local band Radical Rewind. This Saturday is also Elvis’ birthday, and musical performances will pay tribute to the artist.

Come on downtown and join in the fun Saturday!


Love Block 2019 Sauvignon Blanc (Marlborough, New Zealand) $21.99

Crafted by celebrated vintner Kim Crawford, the 2019 Love Block is ‘textbook’ Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc. It has an intense bouquet of citrus fruit and freshly picked herbs. Crisp and dry on the palate, this delivers deliciously tangy flavors of passionfruit, grapefruit and lime.

Frescobaldi 2018 Pian di Remolè (Tuscany, Italy) $11.99

A blend of 85% Sangiovese and 15% Cabernet Sauvignon, this opens with fragrant scents of red and black fruits, lifted by spicy impressions of black pepper and licorice. The entry is velvety and warm and the flavors on the palate are well balanced, with a satisfying vein of acidity.

Edmeades 2018 Zinfandel (Mendocino County) $15.99

This Mendocino Zin opens with deep aromas of black cherry, boysenberry, plum and spice. Plum and dark cherry flavors and a subtle earthiness combine to give this full-bodied red a deliciously rich mouthfeel.

Austin Hope 2019 Quest Red (Paso Robles) $21.99

A blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc, the Quest Red offers a nose of fresh berry fruit that’s nicely edged notes of vanilla and caramel. On the palate, rich fruit flavors of berries and plums come to a long, silky French-vanilla ending.

Perinet 2016 Merit (Priorat, Spain) $29.99

Perinet’s Merit is a blend of 35% Merlot, 30% Syrah, 19% Garnacha and 16% Cariñena. In the glass, this wine expresses the pure essence of the famed “licorella” slate soils of Spain’s Priorat. The palate offers vivid berry fruit flavors of blackberry and plum edged with intriguing spice notes. Firm tannins reveal an iron-driven minerality.


Opaque 2017 Zinfandel (Paso Robles) $29.99

Sourced from Opaque’s Quarry Heights estate vineyard in Paso Robles, this Zin was aged in French oak for ten months. Bold, dense flavors of blackberries, dark cherries and raspberries combine nicely with accents of peppery spice and chocolate.

J. Wilkes 2019 Pinot Blanc (Santa Maria Valley) $17.99

Made with fruit sourced from the a single block of the famed Bien Nacido Vineyard in the Santa Maria Valley, this wine has a fresh nose of citrus, nectarine and melon. On the palate it’s crisp yet lush with lively acidity and a bright, mineral-tinged finish.

Ruffino 2017 Chianti Classico Riserva Ducale (Tuscany, Italy) $22.99

This Classico offers aromas of crushed dark cherries along with undertones of coffee and leather on the nose. The palate is fresh and balanced, with silky tannins wrapped around a fruit-filled core of ripe black cherry and red berries, ending with a pleasantly spicy finish.

Hop Concept Galaxy & Comet IPA (San Marcos) $4.99

Galaxy hops, exclusively grown in Australia, are revered for their clean bright aromas and lend notes of passion fruit, citrus, and peach. The Comet hops packs a wildly bitter punch, with a citrusy blend of grapefruit, lemon and orange.


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

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