Greetings from the Wine Cellar:
Halloween week has plenty to offer for both kids and adults here in Historic Downtown. For kids 12 & under, the 5th Annual Scary & Safe Trick or Treat takes place Halloween night on Friday, October 31st from 5:30 to 8:00 PM at the Yuma Territorial Prison Park. The kids can trick-or-treat through the old cell block and collect candy from costumed volunteer “cellmates” from local, state, tribal and federal public safety agencies and local business and non-profit organizations. Admission is just $1.00 and proceeds benefit the Arizona Law Enforcement Torch Run for the Special Olympics. For more info, call 783-4771 or go to www.yumaprison.org
And for the adults, Halloween week here in Downtown Yuma will be lots of fun as well. There are more great places than ever down here to hang out, have fun and enjoy great food and drink, not the least of which is our very own Wine Cellar! Our wine tasting week will culminate on Friday, Halloween night, so obviously we’ll have a special deal on the tasting for anyone who shows up in costume. Be sure you come in and find out!
THIS WEEK’S WINE TASTING:
Francis Coppola 2012 Sofia Chardonnay (Monterey County) $15.99
The 2012 debut release of Sofia blends 75% Chardonnay with 25% Pinot Blanc. It’s balanced, bright and crisp, with flavors of green apple, white peach, pear and a dash of citrus. The wine was vinifed and aged in stainless steel to enhance its vibrant Monterey County ‘cool-climate’ fruit character.
Antinori 2011 Santa Cristina Toscana Rosso (Tuscany, Italy) $11.99
A perfect ruby red in color, this Tuscan blend crafted by the renowned Piero Antinori offers an alluring bouquet of raspberry and cherry fruit, along with notes of violet and cedar. The palate is bursting with delicious berry and plum fruit, accented by a light hint of pepper.
Palacios Remondo 2010 La Montesa (Rioja, Spain) $18.99
A blend of Garnacha, Tempranillo and Mazuelo grapes, La Montesa opens with scents of ripe red fruits along with light notes of vanilla and toasty oak. The mouthfeel is smooth and silky, with rich flavors of dark plum and cherry and a touch of licorice.
Lockwood Vineyards 2011 Liquid Velvet (Central Coast) $17.99
Deep and rich in color, Liquid Velvet Red overflows with aromas and flavors of ripe dark fruit like cherry and blackberry, laced with notes of chocolate and spice. A silky smooth texture, balanced structure and a satisfying finish makes this a perfect match for a grilled steak enjoyed by candlelight…
North Star 2008 Stella Maris (Columbia Valley) $24.99
This is an equal blend of 50% Cabernet Sauvignon and 50% Merlot, offering rich blackberry and black cherry aromas and flavors that come together harmoniously. The tannins are solid but not overly firm in this elegant, satisfying Washington State red.
Mutt Lynch 2012 Hellhound Red (Sonoma County) $24.99
This is a bold red blend that offers aromas of blackberry, leather and cedar and a hint of mint. On the palate, ripe blackberry fruit, toasty oak, tobacco, and cocoa flavors are enlivened by floral notes. A blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Zinfandel and Petite Sirah.
NEW WINE & BEER ARRIVALS:
Chateau Ste. Michelle 2011 Canoe Ridge Merlot (Columbia Valley) $24.99
Chateau Ste. Michelle’s Canoe Ridge Estate offers an elegant expression of Washington Merlot, with a rich dark cherry fruit character. Light overtones of green and black olives emerge on the palate, with notes of spicy char from aging in French and American oak. Fine, firm tannins make this a great partner with a wide variety of cuisines.
Carol Shelton 2012 Wild Thing Zinfandel (Mendocino County) $19.99
“Wild Thing” is actually well balanced, velvet textured and multilayered. Brambly, bright raspberry and blackberry flavors fill the mouth, with smooth tannins and good acidity that keep this savory Mendocino Zin lively and delicious all the way through a long finish.
Argyle 2012 Reserve Pinot Noir (Willamette Valley) $34.99
The nose offers aromas of juicy ripe Oregon blackberry and Rainier cherry, with notes of cedar forest and a faint touch of rose petals. The palate offers richly vivid flavors of fresh-picked wild berries and exotic Asian spices, yet displays elegance, balance and finesse.
Old Town Wine Cellar
265 S. Main Street, Suite E
Yuma, Arizona 85364