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Greetings from the Wine Cellar:


I want to let everyone know about a new collaborative effort by by some of the businesses here in Old Town Yuma, myself included, to allow people to experience the historical charm of the area while simultaneously sampling the wares of our leading downtown restaurants and related businesses.  It’s called the Magical History Tour, and it’s going to take place on the fourth
Tuesday of every month – which means the next one is scheduled for Tuesday, October 25th.  Essentially it’s a walking tour of Old Town, punctuated by stops at establishments like Yuma’s Main Squeeze, Carla Renee Restaurant, the Old Town Wine Cellar, Lutes’ Casino, Das Bratwurst Haus Restaurant, Da Boyz Restaurant and even the Yuma Territorial Prison Park.  Each stop will feature special appetizers, and of course some adult beverages.  We did a trial run a week or so ago, and all of the participants seemed to have a really great time, so we’re off and running.  Cost will be $48 per person, and pre-paid reservations will be required at least 24 hours in advance – call 247-9338 to make yours.   The tours will begin at Yuma’s Main
(251 S. Main Street) at 6:30 PM sharp and proceed to the other
stops from there.  It’s a great way to experience the charms of Old Town and spice up the middle of your week – give it a try!

THURSDAY & FRIDAY WINE TASTING$5.00 to try all six, or
$5.00 for a full glass

Turnbull 2009 Sauvignon Blanc (Napa Valley)     $14.99
Turnbull’s 2009 Sauvignon Blanc exhibits bright, tangy aromas of grapefruit,
guava and melon.  On the palate, its character is decidedly tropical, showing ripe mango, guava and melon fruit, a touch of ripe grapefruit and a hint of mineral.   It stays crisp and lively to the finish.

Francolí Cava Brut Rosé (Catalunya, Spain)   $15.99
This brut rosé sparkler is composed of 100% native Trepat grapes.  A medium garnet in color, it reveals a charming nose of strawberry and rhubarb.  On the palate it’s just off-dry, offering a spicy and flavorful mix of strawberry and raspberry fruit, enlivened with a grapefruit/orange/lemon citrus character and fine minerality.


Castello Vicchiomaggio 2008 Rosso Pesce (Tuscany, Italy)   $12.99
John Matta, owner of a winery in Tuscany that produces top quality wines,
wanted to shatter the “white wine with fish” rule.  Rosso Pesce is the result.  Using some of his finest grapes, he has crafted an easy-drinking, lighter-styled dry red made from 100% Tuscan Sangiovese.  It’s full of bright red cherry and plum fruit, along with a touch of vanilla and great acidity.


Ghost Pines 2008 Merlot (Sonoma / Napa)   $14.99
Sourcing from both the Sonoma and Napa appellations enables Ghost Pines to blend a wine that shows the best of each region.  The 2008 is primarily from Sonoma County, as evident in the abundance of jammy mixed berries in its aromas and flavors.  The soft and velvety palate is classic Merlot, with a nice toasty note from aging in French oak.

Matané 2008 Primitivo (Puglia, Italy)   $12.99
This is a deep ruby red in color, with rich violet reflections.  It opens with an opulent bouquet of ripe cherries and plums, along with nuances of chocolate and vanilla.  On the palate, this shows the softness characteristic of Primitivo, with fresh, clean fruit and a lasting finish.

Mills Reef 2007
Merlot-Malbec (Hawkes Bay, New Zealand)   $18.99

This 50/50 blend of Merlot and Malbec, sourced from the renowned Gimblet
Gravels region of New Zealand’s Hawkes Bay, is fruit-forward and supple.   The flavors are a medley of ripe dark plums, boysenberries and black currants, intertwined with spicy/savory oak tones.


Miraflores 2007 Zinfandel (El Dorado County)   $24.99
This is a dense, layered and complex Sierra Foothills Zin that’s packed with
deep, rich fruit.  Scents of black currant and bittersweet chocolate lead to complex black cherry, fresh anise and white pepper flavors.  The tannins are
ripe but powerful through a lengthy finish.

Goose Ridge 2008 Red (Columbia Valley)    $14.99
The is a Washington blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Syrah.  A
deep garnet in color, it offers an aromatic nose of cherries and cedar.  Red and black fruit notes develop in the mouth, with flavors of ripe cherries, plums and raspberries accented by hints of vanilla and sweet tobacco.

David Girard 2009 Grenache (El Dorado County)    $19.99
This begins with a classic bouquet of red raspberries, white pepper and herbes de Provence.  On the palate, a delicious mix of red raspberry fruit and savory licorice tones are carried on a smooth, balanced tannic frame. The fruit stays wonderfully vivid all the way through the spicy finish.

Chateau Ste. Michelle 2010 Cold Creek Riesling (Columbia
Valley)   $16.99

Sleek, fresh and fruity with all the classic lime, fresh peach, green apple and mildly minerally qualities of a superbly wrought  Riesling, this is a buoyant and supremely well-balanced wine that’s edged with the slightest hint of sweetness.  It takes on a surprisingly steely quality on a lengthy, tangy and very palate-cleansing finish.

Castello di Bossi 2006 Chianti Classico Riserva Berardo (Tuscany,
Italy)    $35.99

This Classico Riserva shows richness, depth and elegance that few Chiantis can rival. The nose exudes scents of sweet, ripe cherry fruit and complex notes of violets, spices and dark chocolate.  The palate  is plush and silky, but well structured, with generous flavors of dark cherries, plums and a touch of sweet licorice.



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

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