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Greetings from the Wine Cellar:
Just a quick reminder that this Saturday, October 13th at 6:00PM, Yuma Fine Arts presents the 4th Annual Oktoberfest celebration at the Yuma Art Center Museum here in Old Town (254 S. Main Street).  It’s a beer tasting party that will go until 9:00 PM, with all of the standard Oktoberfest staples – beer, brats, sauerkraut and German potato salad plus a museum full of great art to enjoy while you’re there.  Tickets are $30 ($12 for the food only), on sale at the Art Center Museum gift shop, by phone at 329-6607, or just pick them up here at the Wine Cellar.
Another interesting option for Saturday evening is “Movie in the Park” presented by the Yuma Parks & Rec Dept. and Bill Alexander Ford.  It’s a family evening on the lawn at the beautiful West Wetlands Park a little ways west of Old Town, just off First Street.  The movie will be “How to Train Your
,” an animated fantasy film by Dreamworks Studio.  The show starts at 7:00 PM, admission is free and the weather’s beautiful, so pack up the kids and come on down!
THURSDAY & FRIDAY WINE TASTING$10.00 to try them all, or
$10.00 for a full glass

Michael-David Vineyards 2011 California Sauvignon Blanc    $14.99
Michael-David Sauvignon Blanc shows bright, tangy aromas of grapefruit,
guava and melon.  On the palate, the character is decidedly tropical, with mango, guava and melon fruit flavor, a hint of ripe ruby grapefruit and underlying mineral tones.
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 through the spicy finish.
Viña Zaco 2008 Tempranillo (Rioja, Spain)    $14.99
The Viña Zaco is made entirely from Tempranillo, and disregards the traditional Rioja categories of Crianza, Reserva, etc.  The goal was to create a Rioja that offers the full expression of the varietal. Intense raspberry and blackberry fruit is framed with a hint of smoky oak in this modern-styled, deliciously bright red.
Decoy 2010 Napa Red (Napa Valley)    $22.99
Duckhorn’s Decoy Napa Red shows classic Napa Valley fruit notes and
a silky, mouthcoating texture.  The aromas offer layers of mocha, raspberry and cassis, with a subtle hint of tobacco. On the palate, the wine is soft and smooth, with abundant flavors of black currant and plum.
Bogle Vineyards 2008 Phantom (California)    $18.99
The Phantom is a blend of Petite Sirah, Zinfandel and Mourvedre grapes sourced from very old vines.  It offers concentrated red raspberry, dark chocolate and red and black currant flavors, framed by cedar and vanilla/cocoa nuances. This is one big, bold mouthful of fruit…
San Cassiano 2007 Valpolicella Superiore (Veneto, Italy) $29.99
After harvest, winemaker Mirko Sella dries the grapes on wooden racks for 30
days, a method traditionally used for Amarone and Recioto that adds both depth and intensity to this Superiore.  Volcanic soils give the wine spicy hints of black pepper and vanilla that beautifully complement its deliciously ripe dark plum and blackberry fruit.
Clayhouse 2009 Old Vines Petite Sirah (Paso Robles)   $22.99
Clayhouse Petite Sirah comes from some of the oldest plantings in the
region.  The wine displays a solid fruit core, with white pepper, cedar and raspberry accents plus a touch of cranberry.  Elegant and rich, it has a chewy mouthfeel, well framed with strong tannins.
Cadaretta 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon (Columbia Valley)    $29.99
This wine was made with grapes sourced from prime vineyards in both the Walla Walla and Columbia Valley AVAs.  Aromas of cherries, mountain berries and currants mingle on the nose, leading to a broad spectrum of red cherry, raspberry and cassis flavors with a light hint of bay leaf.  It’s supple in texture, with harmonious, nicely integrated oak.
Guenoc 2005 Petite Sirah Port (Lake County)    $22.99
Crafted from estate-grown Petite Sirah, this wine is dark and dense, with spicy aromas of pepper and vanilla.  Flavors of lusciously sweet black fruit are carried on velvet-smooth tannins.  This pairs superbly with decadent chocolate desserts, rich berry tarts and creamy blue cheeses.
Weihenstephaner Vitus Wheat Beer (Bavaria, Germany)    $3.99
Weihenstephaner is the oldest operating brewery in the world, founded in the 11th century.  Their Vitus was named “World’s Best Beer” at London’s
prestigious World Beer Awards in 2011.  It’s a strong wheat beer with an intriguingly fruity/spicy character.
Julian Hard Cider (Julian, California)    $6.99
The Julian Hard Cider recipe dates back to 1670’s Colonial America.  It basically has just one ingredient… the freshest apples in the world!  It’s
lightly carbonated with a wonderful palate-tingling tartness, refreshing
acidity and a clean, dry finish.
Mike Shelhamer
Old Town Wine Cellar
265 S. Main Street, Suite E
Yuma, Arizona  85364

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