Greetings from the Wine Cellar:
This Saturday, November 2nd, the Yuma Art Center and Yuma Parks & Recreation present the 2013 Children’s Festival of the Arts on the Main Street Plaza here in Old Town. It’s a fun event for kids and adults alike, with over thirty booths on the Plaza offering participatory art such as silly hats, pottery, painting, simple sculpture, face painting and much more. The Food Court will have plenty of booths as well, including Gorditas, winner of the 2013 Taco Festival. There will be musical performances and a variety of live entertainment on the Plaza. Admission is free, and the festival goes from 10:00 to 3:00. For more info, call the Art Center at 373-5202.
THURSDAY & FRIDAY WINE TASTING – $10.00 to try all six, or $10.00 for a glass:
Line 39 2011 Sauvignon Blanc (Lake County) $10.99
The 2011 Line 39 Sauvignon Blanc shows bright, tangy aromas of grapefruit, guava and melon. On the palate, the character is decidedly tropical, with mango, guava and melon fruit flavor, a hint of ripe ruby grapefruit and underlying mineral tones.
Sterling Vineyards 2011 Pinot Noir (Carneros) $21.99
From a legendary growing region, this offers a dark red fruit profile graced with toasty oak. Black cherry and rich toffee aromas greet the nose followed by brambly berry notes. Sweet notes of forest floor and juicy cherry cobbler weave through a smooth and supple palate. The finish is long and satisfying, with a spicy fruit intensity that extends through the finale.
Viña Zaco 2010 Tempranillo (Rioja, Spain) $14.99
The Viña Zaco is made entirely from Tempranillo, and disregards the traditional Rioja categories of Crianza, Reserva, etc. The goal was to create a Rioja that offers the full expression of the varietal. Intense raspberry and blackberry fruit is framed with a touch of spice in this modern-styled, deliciously bright red.
Chateau Ste. Michelle 2010 Indian Wells Merlot (Columbia Valley) $17.99
CSM’s Indian Wells Merlot displays juicy black fruit aromas and lush flavors, typical of Wahluke Slope reds. It’s full-bodied, fruity and rich, a warm-climate Merlot with a round, soft style; smooth, yet vibrant on the palate with deep cherry and herb flavors.
Château Maris 2008 La Touge Syrah (Minervois, France) $22.99
La Touge is a blend of 85% Syrah and 15% Grenache, grown on limestone and alluvial soils in the south of France. The nose exhibits rich aromas of ripe black fruits plus spicy characteristics of pepper and dry herbs. The full-fruited palate has generous weight, framed by strong tannins.
Terre de Trinci 2006 Ugolino Sagrantino di Montefalco (Umbria, Italy) $39.99
Montefalco is a steep-hillside village in Umbria famed for Sagrantino di Montefalco, a rich and full-bodied wine made from the local Sagrantino grape, which is found virtually nowhere else. It’s a sumptuous, richly flavored red with lush flavors of blackberries, earth and spice. The tannins are big but soft, coated with vanilla and cedar tones and the finish just won’t let go…
Fontana Candida 2011 Frascati Terre Dei Grifi (Lazio, Italy) $11.99
The grapes for this refreshingly dry and clean white wine are grown in porous, volcanic soils near the city of Rome. Dense minerality drives the nose of the wine, along with scents of peach, pear, citrus peel and basil. Dominant notes of mineral and citrus along with a light note of toasted almonds highlight the rich and complex palate.
Edmeades 2011 Zinfandel (Mendocino County) $14.99
This Mendocino Zin opens with deep aromas of black cherry, boysenberry, plum and spice, plus a hint of toasty oak. Flavors of plum and dark cherry and a subtle earthiness combine to give this full-bodied wine a deliciously rich mouth-feel. Rich, full tannins and balanced acidity lead into an elegant, lingering finish.
Sierra Nevada “Estate Homegrown Ale” (Chico, California) $5.99
This is one of the few estate-made ales crafted anywhere in the world. It’s rich and refreshing, with earthy, grapefruit-tinged flavors and layered, spicy aromas from organic wet hops, and a pleasant hint of sweetness and toast from barley grown exclusively at the brewery.
Old Town Wine Cellar
265 S. Main Street, Suite E
Yuma, Arizona 85364