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Greetings from the Wine Cellar:


I’m happy to announce that for the second year, starting Sunday, October 20th and continuing every Sunday through early May, the Yuma Sunrise Farmers Market will once again be held

on the grounds of the Yuma Quartermaster Depot State Historic Park here in Old Town.  Their mission, per the website, “is to improve the availability of a diverse range of high quality fresh produce and foods, by bringing together local producers and growers with chefs and restauranteurs, food organizations and the public.  Through education and appreciation for local fresh produce and products, Sunrise Farmers Market will be a community partner in promoting a healthier lifestyle.”  The Farmers Market runs from 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM, allowing visitors access to a diverse set of produce and specialty foods vendors while taking in the beautiful historic backdrop of the Quartermaster Depot.

Parking is at the Park’s main entrance (201 N. 4th Avenue) with additional parking at the east entrance (1st Street and 2nd Avenue).  Admission is free; for more info call 782-0063 or visit


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


Bonterra 2011 Viognier (Mendocino County)    $15.99
Once found only in a small region in the Rhone River Valley of sourthern France, Viognier is emerging as a popular white wine varietal.  This fresh, delicious white exudes scents of spring wildflowers and tangerines and delivers bright flavors of fresh peaches, apricots and citrus fruits.


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.


Paul Jaboulet 2010 Côtes du Rhône Parallèle 45 (Rhone Valley, France)    $14.99
This Rhone red blend offers an intense, complex bouquet, with scents of ripe red raspberries accented by an exotic hint of black pepper.  Abundantly ripe, fresh dark raspberry and plum fruit dominates the palate, edged by the characteristic Côtes-du-Rhône spice.


Columbia Crest 2010 Les Chevaux (Columbia Valley)    $15.99
Les Chevaux is primarily Merlot, along with some Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah.  It opens with a blueberry and sweet oak bouquet, and a touch of black currants.  The palate is medium in body, nicely balanced and packed with fruit, with flavors of ripe blackberry and black cherry, nicely integrated oak and hints of dark chocolate and vanilla.


Luis Cañas 2004 Rioja Reserva (Rioja, Spain)    $22.99
2004 was considered a classic vintage for Rioja.  This Reserva is a deep ruby red with a garnet edge.  The nose is redolent of ripe red fruit plus hints of spice and oak.  On the palate, cherry and brambly berry fruit is enlivened with complex spice and toast accents.


Venge Vineyards 2008 Syrah, Muhlner Steps Vineyard (Napa Valley)    $39.99
Muhlner Steps Vineyard is located on the steep eastern slopes of the Chiles Valley district of Napa Valley.  Vines grow on steeply carved terraces high up on the hillsides, overlooking the valley floor.  They produce a rich, bold Syrah packed with rich black cherry, blackberry and blueberry fruit, accented by spicy oak tones and savory hints of dark chocolate.




Navarro 2010 Gewurztraminer (Anderson Valley)    $17.99
This is a deliciously fresh, ‘off-dry’ Gewurztraminer made in the Alsatian style, medium-bodied with fine acidity. Scents of lychee fruit, ripe peach and rose petals are followed up with delicate flavors of orange peel, peach, pear and melon accented with the characteristically spicy accents of the varietal


Freemark Abbey 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa Valley)    $34.99
Full and rich, this is a textbook Napa Cabernet.  The ripe black cherry and currant flavors are deftly interwoven with cedar, olive and anise accents that give it an intriguing complexity.  It’s a wine that offers plenty of pleasure now, but will truly reveal itself with just a few more years in the cellar.


La Fleur Renaissance 2010 Sauternes (Bordeaux, France)    $19.99
Sauternes is the aristocrat of dessert wines, and this traditional blend of 70% Semillon/30% Sauvignon Blanc is a superb example.  The nose offers heady aromas of succulent pineapple, wildflowers and crystallized ginger.  In the mouth, an exquisite fusion of golden figs, dried apricots, honeycomb and roasted almonds swirls on the rich, luscious texture.




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

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