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Greetings from the Wine Cellar:
If you haven’t yet heard, let me pass on some good news.  Beginning Sundary, October 21st and continuing every Sunday through early May, the Yuma Sunrise Farmers Market will take place on the grounds of the Yuma Quartermaster Depot State Historic Park here in Old Town.  Their mission, according to 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 Market will go from 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM every Sunday, allowing visitors to enjoy the many vendors available there while taking in the beautiful historic backdrop of the Quartermaster Depot.

Parking is available at the Park’s main entrance at 201 N. 4th Avenue, with additional parking at the east entrance at 1st Street & 2nd Avenue.  Admission is free.  For more info, call 928-782-0063 or go to  I think this is a wonderful benefit for our community, and I hope everyone will help make it a great success.  I know I’ll be there!

THURSDAY & FRIDAY WINE TASTING$10.00 to try them all, or
$10.00 for a full glass

Halter Ranch 2009 Estate Viognier (Paso Robles)     $19.99
Once found only in a small area of southern France’s Rhone River Valley, Viognier is emerging as a popular white wine varietal.  This fresh, delicious wine offers aromas of spring wildflowers and tangerine, and delivers vivid flavors of honeysuckle ripe peaches and citrus.
Buena Vista 2007 Pinot Noir (Carneros)    $18.99
Buena Vistas’s ‘07 Pinot Noir offers aromas of bright Bing cherry, fresh-ground nutmeg and earthy wild mushrooms.  On the palate, intense, ripe
blackberry and plum fruit mixes with undertones of sweet mocha and clove.  It’s a wine of surprising depth, with the supple finish that’s a hallmark of Carneros Pinot.
Esprit du Rhône 2009 Côtes du Rhône Reserve (Rhone Valley,
France)    $11.99
Esprit du Rhône has a beautiful ruby color.  The nose displays aromas of red fruits and spice which carry through to the palate.  In the mouth the wine is balanced and fresh, with sandalwood, dried cherry and black tea notes laced with a streak of juicy red raspberry.
Las Rocas 2008 Garnacha Viñas Viejas (Calatayud, Spain)    $17.99
Conditions are perfect in Spain for the heat-loving Grenache varietal; the result is a wine that offers wonderfully savory flavors of raspberry, pomegranate and peppery spice.  This one was produced from vines that are 80 to 100 years of age.  It’s richly flavored, with mineral notes that reflect the depths the roots have reached in their long journey through the parched
Spanish soils.
Alexander Valley Vineyards 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon (Alexander Valley)    $18.99
The release of this 2010 Estate Cabernet Sauvignon marks 50 years of
winemaking at Alexander Valley Vineyards.  A cooler 2010 growing season was carefully managed in the vineyard to produce evenly ripe grapes.  The wine was aged 14 months in a mix of French and American oak.
Renwood 2008 Jack Rabbit Flat Zinfandel (Amador County)    $29.99
This robust, spicy Zin is classic Amador.  It’s ripe and juicy, with aromas of raspberry, anise and white pepper that lead to zesty cherry, licorice and toasty caramel flavors,supported by chewy tannins.  It comes from the Fox Creek Vineyard, one of the classic ancient vineyards of Amador County planted over 80 years ago.
Belle Glos 2010 Pinot Noir, Las Alturas Vineyard (Santa Lucia Highlands)    $39.99
A dark purple color in the glass, this exudes lush aromas of black fruits, tea and wine cave.  It’s seductively smooth in texture, with striking flavors of perfectly ripe dark raspberries that coat the palate, coming to a lengthy, intense finish with a bright cut of acidity.  Subtle notes of spice and vanilla impart a fine complexity.
Mulderbosch 2010 Chenin Blanc (Stellenbosch, South Africa) $14.99
Abundant citrus and tropical fruit scents follow through to the lively palate of this alluring South African Chenin Blanc.  It has luscious flavors of pineapple, citrus and melon plus delicate floral and spice tones from a light amount of oak aging.
Feudi di San Gregorio 2007 Aglianico Rubrato (Campania, Italy)

The Rubrato is 100% Aglianico, an ancient varietal from the south of Italy.
Bright ruby red in color, this exudes a rich and intense bouquet of dark-skinned fruits and spices.  It’s bold and dry on the palate, showing an elegant interplay of fruit, tannins and acidity.
Renwood 2009 Amador Ice Zinfandel Ice Wine (Sierra Foothills)

This opens with aromas of fresh tangerines, pears and berries.  On the palate, it offers a luscious essence of caramel and ripe berry fruit with a hint of  vanilla.  A superb balance of acidity and lush sweetness lasts through a juicy, rich and beautifully lingering finish.
Dogfish Head Bitches Brew Imperial Stout (Delaware)   $13.99
To mark the 40th anniversary of the release of Bitches Brew, Miles Davis’ landmark jazz/fusion breakthrough album, Dogfish Head created their own Bitches Brew – a bold, dark beer that’s a fusion of three strains of Imperial
Stout.  The ultimate partner for chili or spicy curried chicken, best enjoyed sipped cool, but not cold, from a snifter or wine glass.

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

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