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Greetings from the Wine Cellar:

October is rushing by pretty quickly as the Fall season in Yuma gathers momentum – Halloween will be upon us by the end of this week. I do see one upcoming Downtown event that looks like it could be a lot of fun to get you in the Halloween spirit. This Friday, October 29th, the Red Moon Ale House here in Historic Downtown (130 S. Main Street) will present a show by Arizona’s premier Punk band Authority Zero, as part of the band’s “Ollie Ollie Oxen Free” Fall 2021 tour, along with special guests. The doors open at 8PM. It’s an all-ages Halloween show, with prizes awarded to the best costumes by attendees, so plan on showing up in your best Halloween garb.

I couldn’t find any info regarding advance tickets, so check with Red Moon Ale House (928-276-9111). And be sure to stop by the Wine Cellar before you go to show off your costumes and enjoy a libation or two. See you then!


Santa Cristina 2019 Pinot Grigio (Delle Venezie, Italy) $12.99

This is a fresh and delicious Pinot Grigio with a brightly floral nose, revealing hints of honeyed melon, orange rind and pear. Ripe citrus and crisp green apple flavors show a nicely creamy undertone, with a dash of dried herbs enlivening the finish.

Mon Frère 2019 California Pinot Noir $15.99

Mon Frère Pinot Noir is sourced from select vineyards in the Sonoma Coast, Santa Rita Hills and Santa Lucia Highlands. A vibrant purple-garnet in the glass, it has enticing aromas of cherries and plums on the nose, plus a hint of violets and subtle spice notes. A well-balanced palate offers rich dark fruit, fresh acidity and a plush texture.

Chateau Ste. Michelle 2018 Indian Wells Merlot (Columbia Valley) $18.99

Chateau Ste. Michelle’s Indian Wells Merlot shows elegance, concentration and smooth tannins. 2018, one of the warmest growing seasons and earliest harvests ever, added a layer of rich ripe black cherry fruit with an opulent mouth-feel and a fine, silky texture.

Dave Phinney Locations “E” (Spain) $19.99

Phinney’s Locations “E” is a blend of Garnacha from Priorat, Tempranillo from Rioja and Carignan from the Ribera del Duero. On the nose, aromas of dark cherry and exotic spice notes mingle. The entry is rich with youthful berry compote, floral and plum character supported by bright acidity. The finish is long and pleasing, with a persistent mocha tinge and silky tannins.

Booker Vineyard 2018 Harvey & Harriet Red Blend (Paso Robles) $34.99

Harvey & Harriet is 40% Cabernet Sauvignon, 22% Syrah, 14% Petite Sirah, 10% Cab Franc, 10% Malbec and 4% Petit Verdot, aged in 75% new French oak. A layered nose offers aromas of crème de cassis, violets and baking spices. The palate is silky and rich, with a fine interplay of dark fruit and spices on a firm tannic frame.


Hess Collection 2018 Allomi Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa Valley) $31.99

This Cabernet opens with scents of ripe plum and currant, plus exotic accents of licorice and cedar. The flavors are vivid and pure, with juicy dark berry and plum fruit. Beautifully polished tannins carry it to a rich, lingering finish.

Napa Cellars 2018 Chardonnay (Napa Valley) $19.99

This was sourced from premier vineyards in southern Napa Valley, Oak Knoll and Carneros. 100% barrel fermented, it was aged in 27% new French oak. Aromas of baked apples, Bosc pears, crème brûlée and lemon curd mingle on the nose. A creamy mouthfeel supports flavors of green apple, with orange zest and coconut accents balanced by crisp acidity.

Achaval Ferrer 2019 Malbec (Mendoza, Argentina) $19.99

Achaval Ferrer is one of Argentina’s premier producers of that country’s signature varietal. This wine opens with lovely aromas of violets and crushed raspberries and follows through to a vivid palate of ripe blackberry fruit edged with complex notes of black pepper and toast.


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

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