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Greetings from the Wine Cellar:


This week, I want to let everyone know about an exciting new offering this fall and winter season from Visit Yuma (formerly known as the Yuma Visitors Bureau.) Visit Yuma has featured a variety of special dinners in the past and will continue to do so, including their outdoor “Date Night” dinners at Imperial Date Gardens in nearby Winterhaven and “History Dinners” with noted local historian Tina Clark at the St. Paul Cultural Center. New this fall, another has been added to the great choices available from Visit Yuma. Sunset on the Ranch Dinners will offer the experience of having a gourmet dinner on the land at a shared table under the open sky, with a menu created by Yuma chef Alex Trujillo featuring local farm produce and accompanying wine (or beer) selections picked by yours truly at the Old Town Wine Cellar. And a local farming family will be on hand to share in the dinner and speak about their lives on the land, with wagon rides and a firepit as well. The Sunset on the Ranch dinners will take place November 21st, January 9th and 23rd, February 13th and March 5th, all on Thursday evenings from 5:30 to 8:30PM at the Yuma Agricultural Center property just west of Yuma (6425 W. 8th Street.) The cost will be $90 per person including wine or beer pairing, or $80 per person without a pairing.  Check out for more info and to order tickets. Just another great Yuma experience – like wine tasting at the Wine Cellar!




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.


Bastianich 2016 Schiopettino (Friuli-Venezia Giulia, Italy)   $15.99 Northeastern Italy’s Schioppettino varietal is known for its elegant structure and finesse. Its complexity and light color has earned it the title of the “Pinot Noir of Friuli”. It’s fruity and pleasantly spicy on the palate, with balanced acidity and silky tannins.


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.


Cambria Winery 2015 Estate Syrah. Tepusquet Vineyard (Santa Maria Valley)   $18.99 Tepusquet Vineyard possesses sandy loam soils that restrict vine vigor and help to concentrate the grapes, enhancing varietal character and creating robust flavors. This Syrah offers rich dark fruits and cinnamon spice on the nose. Mocha, blackberry and dark plum flavors mingle with peppery spice and savory earth tones on the palate.


Trivento 2015 Golden Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon (Mendoza, Argentina)   $22.99 This Argentinean Cabernet pours an intense red with garnet tones. A complex nose offers rich, ripe dark fruit aromas, with overtones of spice and toast. On the palate, elements of pepper, cedar and chocolate give a fine balance with the abundant dark fruit and firm tannins.


Bear Flag 2016 Zinfandel (Sonoma County)   $25.99 This Sonoma Zinfandel begins with deep, lush aromas of cherries, blackberries and plums, plus an enticing hint of vanilla. In the mouth, it’s classic California Zin: big, dense and mouth-filling, packed full of ripe wild berry fruit enlivened with peppery, spicy accents.




Daou Vineyards 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon (Paso Robles)   $22.99 Ripe blackberry and black currant aromas emerge on the nose. A seamless texture of vanilla bean and holiday spices mixed with rich black fruit and cedar accents are all evidence of the wine’s superb balance. Firm tannins are well softened with bright acidity, with a hint of pepper on the finish.


Bodega Garzon 2017 Cabernet Franc (Punta del Este, Uruguay)   $17.99 A rich, regal purple in the glass with violet reflections, this 100% varietal wine has a nose of forest fruits along with ripe peppers, spices and lightly smoky tones from barrel aging. With gentle tannins in the mouth, it blends ripe plum and red berry fruit with intriguing accents of eucalyptus, mint and chocolate.


Modern Times Brewing Spaceways Hazy IPA (San Diego)   $4.99 This 6.7% abv ‘hazy’ IPA is packed to the brim with mountains of Nelson, Motueka and Simcoe hops, yielding a gloriously juicy profile replete with mango, nectarine and lime-zest character. The folks at Modern Times are pretty sure that you’ll really dig this brew!




Mike Shelhamer

Old Town Wine Cellar

265 S. Main Street, Suite E

Yuma, Arizona 85364


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