Greetings from the Wine Cellar:
This Friday evening, October 11th brings the Tribute of the Muses to Historic Downtown. This annual downtown event celebrates and honors members of Yuma’s dynamic arts community. Presented by the City of Yuma’s Division of Arts & Culture, the Tribute of the Muses will take place in the Historic Yuma Theatre at the Yuma Art Center. The 2019 Tribute of the Muses Award will be presented to a distinguished and outstanding member of Yuma’s arts community, who has demonstrated exemplary devotion and excellence in a chosen arts field, arts advocacy, philanthropy and/or arts education. All candidates are nominated by local Yuma citizens. The ceremony is open to the public and will be followed by a ticketed after party and fundraiser for the Yuma Art Center in the adjacent galleries, with libations, live music and a silent art auction. Tickets to the after party are $25, with all proceeds going to support arts and culture programs at the Yuma Art Center. This year’s theme is “Arabian Nights.” Guests are encouraged to dress in black tie or in themed attire. The event begins at 7PM and will continue until 11PM. For more info and tickets, visit YumaArtCenter.com or contact Arts@yumaaz.gov. Sounds like a pretty classy, yet really fun way to spend an evening downtown, after wine tasting at the Wine Cellar of course!
THIS WEEK’S WINE TASTING:
Chateau Ducasse 2017 Bordeaux Blanc (Bordeaux, France) $17.99 The Ducasse Bordeaux Blanc is a blend of 60% Sémillon, 35% Sauvignon Blanc and 5% Muscadelle, sourced from vines that are up to 50 years old. The wine was aged in stainless steel for six months. Rich and aromatic, it pairs nicely with seafood, shellfish and poultry dishes.
Casa Madero 2017 Rosado (Cauhuila, Mexico) $14.99 Casa Madero is the oldest winery in all of North America, founded in the year 1597. The Rosado, made entirely from Cabernet Sauvignon, is a deliciously fresh and clean dry rosé, full of bright flavors of cherries, raspberries and rose hips along with a crisp and zesty acidity.
Wente 2014 Riva Ranch Pinot Noir (Monterey County) $22.99 This single vineyard wine is a superb expression of Monterey County Pinot. It shows beautiful aromas and flavors of black cherries, cranberries and crisp red apples plus accents of black tea, baking spice and fresh herbs. The palate is elegant and balanced, with lively acidity and polished, supple tannins cradling a lingering finish.
EOS 2015 Estate Petite Sirah (Paso Robles) $15.99 Deep purple in hue, EOS Petite opens with brooding scents of ripe black fruits. The palate delivers a rich, full mouthfeel with elements of chocolate and mocha framing bright fruit flavors of blueberry, raspberry, black cherry and spiced plum.
Moobuzz 2015 G S M (Central Coast) $18.99 Hibiscus and strawberry aromas are an appealing invitation on the nose of this Rhone-style blend of Grenache (70%), Syrah and Mourvèdre, and then peppery spice notes up the ante. This would make a perfect summertime red, served with just a light chill on it to showcase its bright flavors of sandalwood, red cherry and marjoram.
Zenato 2014 Valpolicella Ripassa (Veneto, Italy) $32.99 This wine opens with aromas of juicy black plums and coffee-scented spice. In the mouth, a ripe core of juicy currant and black plum fruit is accented with elements of spice and toasted oak. It’s a rich and mouth-filling red, with fruit-drenched tannins and a lingering, spicy finish.
NEW WINE & BEER ARRIVALS:
Gustave Lorentz 2017 Pinot Gris Reserve (Alsace, France) $18.99 The Lorentz Pinot Gris is a gold-yellow in the glass, offering a complex nose of dried fruits and nuts and an intriguing hint of smoke. The generous and full-bodied palate has a mouth-filling texture that’s pleasant and fruit-forward, with balanced acidity. The finish is long and refreshing.
Torres 2015 Crianza Altos Ibéricos (Rioja, Spain) $14.99 Torres’ Altos Ibéricos Crianza is ruby red, with a garnet edge. The nose is redolent of ripe dark fruit plus hints of spice and leather. On the palate, cherry and brambly berry fruit is edged with complex spice and oak accents.
Erdinger Weissbier Dunkel (Bavaria, Germany) $5.99 This Dunkel (dark wheat beer) pours a lustrous dark brown. The nose shows a mix of wheat, bananas, bread and spices. Flavors mirror the aromas beautifully, with a nice malty backbone and a touch of citrusy fruit. The texture is smooth and creamy, with a pleasant degree of tongue-tingling carbonation.
Old Town Wine Cellar
265 S. Main Street, Suite E
Yuma, Arizona 85364