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Greetings from the Wine Cellar:


This coming Sunday, October 13th, the Yuma Art Center presents a salute to Chess Records, performed by Arizona’s own Bad News Blues Band, at the Historic Yuma Theatre (254 S. Main Street).  According to the promo, “It’s a short list of organizations that can claim a role in shaping our cultural landscape – and Chess Records is on the list.  Known as “America’s Greatest Blues Label,” Chess left a musical legacy that spanned from Muddy Waters and Howlin’ Wolf to Etta James and Chuck Berry.  As performed by the internationally recognized The Bad New Blues Band of Arizona, these legendary tunes will come to life once again – so come on and get your mojo workin’!”  Sounds like a great way to celebrate the arrival of another mellow southern Arizona fall season – the show starts at 7:00 PM, and tickets are just $15; call the Art Center at 373-5202 for more info.  And of course, you can also celebrate by stopping by the Wine Cellar for our weekly wine tasting!


THURSDAY & FRIDAY WINE TASTING$10.00 to try all six, or $10.00 for a glass:


Calera 2011 Chardonnay (Central Coast)    $18.99
This is classic California Chardonnay, with floral and fruit aromas of pineapple, apricot, lemon meringue and apple complemented by notes of hazelnut and spice.  It’s buttery and full on the palate, with juicy fruit and creamy vanilla tones accented by hints of spicy toasted oak.


Lockwood 2009 Pinot Noir (Monterey County)    $17.99
Lockwood’s Grand Terroir offers aromas reminiscent of rose petals, with a hint of mulled spices.  In the glass the flavors are full-on dark cherry, with a brisk hint of cranberry.  This is a wine with both elegance and true varietal character.


Castello D’Albola 2009 Chianti Classico (Tuscany, Italy)    $17.99
This Classico begins with fresh black cherry aromas mixed in with hints of leather, earth, plums and violets.  The palate is medium in body, with supple tannins and brisk acidity.  Classic Chianti flavors of ripe black cherries and plums are accented by a hint of licorice.


Joel Gott 2011 Alakai (California)    $17.99
Alakai is a blend of Grenache, Syrah, Mourvedre and Carignane, made in the style of the classic wines of France’s Southern Rhône Valley.  Scents of red cherry and raspberry are accented with touches of white pepper and anise.  On the palate, the wine shows fine complexity and elegance, rounded out nicely by ripe fruit flavors and soft tannins.


Quivira 2011 Zinfandel (Dry Creek Valley)    $21.99
The deep, rich color in the glass may leave the impression that this is going to be a big and weighty Zin, but you’ll quickly discover the wine is very well-behaved.  A brambly, berry-driven palate offers not only classic Dry Creek red raspberry character but also dark cherry and blackberry fruit accented by a touch of baking spices and a light iss of oak.


Mollydooker 2012 The Boxer Shiraz (South Australia)    $26.99
The Boxer is a rich and complex Shiraz with a superb mix of lush, sweet fruit and finely structured tannins.  It delivers an effusive mouthful of raspberry, plum and and pepper-spice flavors that are vivid and lingering. The density on the palate doesn’t get in the way of all the fruit and spice, and the finish just keeps on going and going …




Rancho Sisquoc 2010 Pinot Noir (Santa Barbara County)    $24.99
Deep ruby in color, with a smooth nose full of strawberry, this Pinot is true to its terroir of the Santa Maria Valley.  A firm but supple palate of cran-raspberry fruit and spice offers a great balance of silky texture and ripe, fruit-forward intensity.


La Crema 2011 Chardonnay (Sonoma Coast)    $18.99
This opens with layered aromas of tropical fruit and exotic floral notes mixed with lush butterscotch and spice.  On the palate, ripe stone fruit flavors abound, framed by a fine minerality and subtle nuances of toast and caramel.  The broad mouthfeel balances a bright acidity and lingering citrus character.


Wolf Blass 2010 President’s Selection (South Australia)    $19.99
WB’s President’s Selection offers intense aromas of rich dark berries and plums, layered with underlying notes of fragrant spice and dark chocolate.  It’s rich and round on the palate, with plenty of bright, fresh berry fruit, finely balanced tannins and well-integrated oak.




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

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