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Greetings from the Wine Cellar:


Just in case you haven’t heard, this Thursday thru Saturday, October 24-26, our fair city will be the site of the 2013 Arizona H.O.G. State Rally (as in Harley Owners Group). This is the first time ever that this very big-time event has come to Yuma, and I’m happy to say that most of the activities involved will occur in and around the Old Town/Historic North End area of Downtown Yuma.


The HOG State Rally is a national event, and in fact Harley Davidson owners and enthusiasts come from all over the world to participate in this annual gathering.  Here in Old Town, there will essentially be a three day Block Party with specialty vendors (anything and everything to do with your motorcycle), food for every taste, live music throughout the event and lots of other attractions – for a detailed list of events and times visit


It sounds like a great way to kick off our Fall season here in Yuma, and it’s safe to say Downtown should really be hopping this weekend.  Feel free to come on down and join in!
THURSDAY & FRIDAY WINE TASTING$10.00 to try all six, or $10.00 for a glass:


Laetitia Brut Cuvée (Arroyo Grande Valley)    $21.99
This is a beautifully focused and refined California sparkler, offering green apple and raspberry aromas and flavors that are rich and creamy, yet still superbly crisp and focused.  Chardonnay and Pinot Noir are the main components, but a small amount of Pinot Blanc adds a hint of melon to round out the palate.


David Girard 2009 Grenache (El Dorado County)    $19.99
This begins with a classic bouquet of red raspberries, white pepper and herbs de Provence.  The palate offers a delicious mix of red raspberry fruit and savory licorice tones carried on a smooth, balanced tannic frame.  The fruit stays wonderfully vivid all through the spicy finish.


Michele Chiarlo 2010 Barbera d’Asti Le Orme (Piedmont, Italy)    $14.99
Le Orme is an enticing red wine, bursting with juicy blackberry, black currant and spice flavors accented by touches of violet and mineral.  Barbera’s vibrant acidic structure and easygoing tannins make it a great table red.


St. Francis 2008 Merlot (Sonoma County)    $15.99
The grapes for this Merlot come from estate vineyards in the Sonoma Valley and Russian River Valley, and from growers in other areas including Alexander Valley.  It’s smooth and elegant, with classic varietal aromas and flavors of dark cherries and plums.


Wolf Blass 2010 President’s Selection (South Australia)    $19.99
WB’s President’s Selection offers intense aromas of rich dark berries and plums, layered with underlying notes of fragrant spice and dark chocolate.  It’s rich and round on the palate, with plenty of bright, fresh berry fruit, finely balanced tannins and well-integrated oak.


Cadaretta 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon (Columbia Valley)    $34.99
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, very nicely integrated oak.




Benziger 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon (Sonoma County)    $18.99
Softly textured, rich in flavor and moderate in tannins, this is a supple and full-bodied Cabernet with generous flavors of berries, cedar, green olives and dark chocolate.  A light degree of toast from oak aging gives additional complexity to a polished finish.


Hartford Court 2011 Pinot Noir (Russian River Valley)    $29.99
The Hartford Court is classic Russian River Valley Pinot.  Aromas of ripe dark raspberries and cherries emerge from the glass, plus a hint of rose petals.  The palate shows rich black fruit flavors, plus undertones of cola, Asian spices and black tea.  It’s a seductively layered wine with fine acidity and soft, enveloping tannins.


Hartford Court 2011 Chardonnay (Russian River Valley)    $24.99
This Chardonnay opens with lush tropical tones of orange blossoms, pineapple and honeyed peach, along with a buttery note of pastry crust.  The elegant palate offers a measure of balancing minerality, and a satisfying touch of oak toast adds to its deliciously creamy, rich character.


Franziskaner Hefe-Weissebier (Munich, Germany)    $3.99
This Bavarian wheat beer is a hazy gold-amber in the glass and exudes the classic hefeweizen aromas of citrus and banana.  It has a deliciously wheaty/yeasty flavor profile, delicate carbonation and a briskly refreshing quality that carries rom the first sip to the very last.




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

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