Greetings from the Wine Cellar:
This week I want to give a nod to my friends just down the street at Lutes’ Casino as they celebrate their 75th Anniversary here in Historic Downtown Yuma. The festivities go on all week at Lutes’ (221 S. Main Street), along with throwback prices that will really evoke some nostalgia – here are some highlights:
Tuesday: Family Night, with free pool, dominos, card games, arcade games and foosball, and a Kids Meal special: corndog, hotdog, soda & cone all for only 50 cents!
Wednesday: Lifetime Employee Recognition Awards (some of these folks have worked at Lutes’ for a really long time). From 4 PM to close enjoy rollback prices: $2 milkshakes and $1 mini-E’s (Especial sliders)!
Thursday: A fun-filled family night featuring a Halloween costume contest with prizes in several categories, Halloween games, crafts, and of course….lots of candy!
Friday: Starting at 10 AM, birthday cake for all (while it lasts). Stay for lunch and enjoy the music of guest musicians Bill Lutes, Steve Embry, and Janet Jones & the String Ambassadors, performing from noon to 3 PM. Then come back to party the night away with the great sound of The Big Boss Band from 7 – 9 PM.
Next year we’ll celebrate the Old Town Wine Cellar’s 15th Anniversary – it kind of pales in comparison to 75 years, but at least we’ll be 20% of the way there! So be sure to stop by Lutes’ this week and share in their anniversary celebration, and please stop by the Wine Cellar for a wine tasting while you’re down here!
THIS WEEK’S WINE TASTING:
Saint Gregory 2014 Pinot Blanc (Mendocino County) $14.99
This Pinot Blanc has a creamy texture, with concentrated scents of green apple, Meyer lemon and Clementines, along with a light mineral accent. Flavors of pear and tangy citrus mingle on a lively, long finish, giving this white a classic Burgundian character.
Fable 2013 Pinot Meunier (Russian River Valley) $17.99
This was sourced from Dommen Vineyard on the famed “Starr Road” in the Russian River Valley. This Pinot Meunier has a nose is reminiscent of fall spices, toasted pumpkin seeds and orange zest. The palate is concentrated and firm, with distinctive acidity. Flavors of brandied red cherries, raspberry and cinnamon linger on the finish.
Piattelli 2014 Malbec (Mendoza, Argentina) $15.99
This inky-purple Malbec exudes a bouquet f dark fruits, coffee and freshly-tilled earth. On the palate, flavors of ripe black cherries, blackberries and cassis mingle with smoke, black pepper and light vanilla tones. It’s an elegant, balanced red with a silky texture.
Conundrum 2014 California Red $17.99
Intensely colored and fragrant, Conundrum exudes evocative aromas of blackberry, raspberry, rhubarb and cola. The palate is full-bodied and exuberantly fruity, pairing black cherry, plum and pomegranate fruit with cinnamon and lavender nuances. The tannins are supple and rich, with a touch of toasty vanilla.
Qupé 2013 Syrah (Central Coast) $19.99
This is a vibrant Syrah, overflowing with ripe black fruit on the nose, followed up by notes of spice and oak. Dense fruit flavors of dark cherries, blackberries and stewed plums are tinged with accents of mocha, expresso and cinnamon that come to a lush, lasting finish.
Miraflores 2013 Zinfandel (El Dorado County) $27.99
This is a dense, layered and complex Sierra Foothills Zin that’s packed with deep, rich fruit. Scents of black currant and bittersweet chocolate lead to complex black cherry, fresh anise and white pepper flavors. The tannins are ripe but remain powerful through a lengthy finish.
NEW WINE & BEER ARRIVALS:
Beringer 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa Valley) $34.99
Beringer’s 2011 Napa Cabernet wraps around the palate with dark cherry, plum, mocha and sweet spices. Rich, round and seamless, this wine offers intensity and breadth. Menthol, licorice and espresso notes expand on a juicy and inviting finish. This is proof positive that some really excellent wines can be still be made in so-called “lesser” vintages.
Bruno Giacosa 2013 Barbera d’Alba (Piedmont, Italy) $24.99
Welcome to your new “go-to” red, courtesy of Barolo master Bruno Giacosa. Succulent red and black fruits, floral tones and spices mingle with a touch of sun-warmed earth in this beautifully balanced Barbera. It’s fresh, juicy and lightly tannic, a perfect table red for just about any meal.
Titus Vineyards 2014 Sauvignon Blanc (Napa Valley) $22.99
This Sauvignon Blanc is crystal clear with a pale gold edge. The nose is packed with scents of peach, apricots, lemon, and lime zest. The wine has crisply refreshing acidity along with bright flavors that match the bouquet, framed with intense floral tones and a subtle honeysuckle character.
Old Town Wine Cellar
265 S. Main Street, Suite E
Yuma, Arizona 85364