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Greetings from the Wine Cellar:


This Saturday, October 5th, the Arizona Western College Foundation, AWC Alumni Association and The Mexican Consulate in Yuma present the Taste of Yuma Foodie Fest at the Colorado River State Historic Park (201 N. 4th Avenue).   The foodie fest will go from 5PM to 11PM, and is a collaborative event celebrating the global diversity of foods found in Yuma County.  Local & regional chefs and commercial vendors will share their culinary talents, with entertainment by musicians and dance groups who reflect the diverse cultures of Yuma and Mexico.  And of course, a beer and wine garden.  Admission is $5; children 14 and under get in free. Tasting tickets worth $1 each can be purchased at the entrance, with Tastings ranging from $1 to $3. All proceeds will benefit scholarships and programs provided by the AWC Alumni Association. Sounds like a great way to celebrate the arrival of fall in the Desert Southwest!  Call 928-344-1720 for more info.




Fess Parker 2017 Riesling (Santa Barbara County)    $12.99 This refreshing, off-dry style of Riesling overflows with luscious, ultra-ripe peach, apricot and melon aromas and flavors.  Balancing the richness of all that fruit is a streak of keen acidity that frames a bright, zesty finish.


Grant Burge 2015 5th Generation Shiraz (Barossa Valley, Australia)    $11.99 This Barossa Valley Shiraz is silky in the mouth, with rich layers of raspberry and blackberry fruit along with subtle accents of black pepper.  The tannins are smooth and well-integrated, giving the wine impressive length and structure.


Storypoint 2015 California Cabernet Sauvignon    $14.99 Storypoint Cabernet exudes bright aromas of ripe dark fruits, wild berries, cedar and a hint of rose petals. It’s full-bodied, with blackberry and cassis flavors accented with elements of chocolate, mocha, spices and a touch of oak.


Lindeman’s 2015 Gentleman’s Collection Red (California)    $15.99 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.


Dave Phinney Locations California Red    $18.99 Dave Phinney’s Locations is a blend of fruit sourced from diverse California regions, including Napa, Sonoma, Mendocino and the Sierra Foothills.  It’s made from Tempranillo, Barbera, Petite Sirah and Grenache.  The wine is loaded with intensely ripe berry fruit along with pepper and herbal notes and a light touch of toasty oak – savory, luscious and opulent.


Mer Soleil 2016 Pinot Noir (Santa Lucia Highlands)    $29.99 This Santa Lucia Highlands Pinot exudes black cherry, strawberry and floral aromas on the nose. It’s rich and full in the mouth, with notes of oak, anise and exotic spices.  The result is an elegant and complex wine with finely integrated tannins, fresh acidity and a long, cherry-and-spice-laden finish.




Cameron Hughes 2014 Lot 606 Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa Valley)    $22.99 This opaque, black wine is textbook, classic Rutherford Cabernet. The nose features an aromatic mélange of blackberries, cherries, currants, dark chocolate and mint wrapped in lavender florals.  The palate is juicy and succulent, with ripe dark fruits and a finely knit yet resounding kirsch / mocha punch.


Franciscan 2016 Chardonnay (Monterey County/Napa County)     $14.99 This is a bright, fresh Chardonnay, with intensely ripe fruit flavor.  A portion of the wine was made with native or “wild” yeasts.  That, along with malolactic fermentation and ‘sur lie’ aging, adds a rich and creamy character to the wine while oak aging gives a toasty, savory complexity.


Dominio Basconcillos 2015 Viña Magna 6 Meses (Ribera del Duero, Spain)    $18.99 The Viña Magna “6 Months in Barrel” is a vivid, deep crimson, attesting to the wine’s youth.  The nose is initially dominated by new oak, with aromas of fresh, ripe blackberries and raspberries emerging after some time. The palate is nicely balanced, with moderate yet firm tannins framing ripe wild berry flavors.



Mike Shelhamer

Old Town Wine Cellar

265 S. Main Street, Suite E

Yuma, Arizona  85364


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