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Greetings from the Wine Cellar:

I want to pass along a notice I just received from Visit Yuma (aka The Yuma Visitors Bureau).

“The time of year has finally arrived — Visit Yuma’s specialty tours and dinners are here! Although our Tours and Dinners will look a little different to allow for everyone’s safety, we are excited to once again offer these great events. Be sure to check out Visit Yuma’s Tours & Dinners webpage for details on the various events that start in January and run through March. Tickets are still available for Date Night Dinners, History Dinners , Field to Feast Dinners, Behind the Big Guns Tours, and YPG: At Ease Tours. These tours and dinners make for memorable team building activities, unique date nights, fun family events, or just an unforgettable way to explore the great city of Yuma.”

There you have it. Visit Yuma does a great job with these events, so keep them in mind before the winter season starts slipping away from us. And of course, keep our wine tasting and wines by the glass selection at the Wine Cellar in mind this week as well!


1,000 Stories 2018 Chardonnay Bourbon Barrel Aged (Mendocino County) $15.99

This 1,000 Stories Chard is in the classic California style: full-bodied, richly textured and loaded with ripe fruit. Flavors of pear, pineapple and peach emerge on the lush palate, framed with baked-apple richness. Partial Bourbon barrel aging weaves a complex vein of dried herbs and cedar in the glass, ending with a long, vanilla-caramel finish.

Marchesi di Barolo 2017 Sbirolo Langhe Nebbiolo (Piedmont, Italy) $22.99

A beautiful light garnet in color, the scents of ripe red cherries and cranberries awaken the senses with undertones of earth, smoke and spices lurking beneath the surface. Firm but delicate tannins and a light body make this a wine with fine structure and plenty of finesse.

Tangley Oaks 2015 Merlot (Mendocino County) $14.99

Inviting plum and red berry fruit aromas are intermingled with cocoa and savory herbs on the nose. Supple red fruit and juicy tannins on the front-palate lead to spicy cherry and blackberry jam flavors that unfold into a rich and lasting finish.

Marques de Riscal 2014 Rioja Reserva (Rioja, Spain) $19.99

The Riscal Rioja Reserva is deep ruby in the glass, offering a nose of ripe cherries and violets with hints of spice and vanilla. Rich dark fruit flavors and exotic touches of leather and cedar predominate on the palate, perfectly framed by firm tannins.

Arrowood 2017 Sonoma Estates Cabernet Sauvignon $24.99

Arrowood’s Sonoma Estates Cabernet is sourced from vineyards in the Sonoma Valley, Knights Valley and Alexander Valley. Knights Valley grapes provide structure and power, Sonoma Valley fruit contributes ripe dark fruit flavors and rich texture, and Alexander Valley lends a fine complexity to the wine.


Tenuta Greppone Mazzi 2014 Brunello di Montalcino (Tuscany, Italy) $64.99

This begins with aromas of super-ripe dark fruit, flowers, spices, chocolate, sweet oak and a delicate hint of earth. It’s full-bodied and rich, with blackberry, black cherry and toasty oak character, edged with elements of anise and cedar that combine to create an elegant Brunello, with velvety tannins.

Treana 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon (Paso Robles) $24.99

This rich Paso Cab is robust in flavor and structure. Aromas of fresh ground coffee, leather and dark fruit awaken the senses. Hints of sweet vanilla, spicy black pepper and abundant black fruits coat the palate. Balancing acidity with moderate tannins provides a smooth, silky finish that lingers.

Silvio Jermann 2018 Pinot Grigio (Friuli-Venezia Giulia, Italy) $22.99

Silvio Jermann is famous for crafting some of Italy’s finest white wines in this cool and mountainous region close by Austria. This is a fresh Pinot Grigio, medium-bodied and creamy, with a minerally underpinning and an array of poached pear, spring forest and grated ginger flavors and a rich finish.

Modern Times Brewing Diamond Drive Double IPA (San Diego) $4.99

This enchanting juice-vortex is the progeny of mountainous amounts of Mosaic, Idaho-7, Sabro & Centennial hops. They combine to create a staggeringly tasty brew, with hazy depths that explode with tropical fruit, citrus and blueberry underscored by a subtle coconut character from the Sabro hops.


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

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