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Greetings from the Wine Cellar:
Happening this week:  it’s nowhere near Old Town, but certainly worth a shout anyway – this Saturday, November 3rd from 8:00 AM to 2:00 PM, the Humane Society of Yuma hosts the 6th Annual Walk & Wag at the brand new HSOY facility at 40th Street and 4½ E out in the County, right around the corner from where I live in fact.  Take a stroll with your dog, family and
friends around the new shelter.  Afterwards there are lots of different vendors, a microchip clinic, information on low-cost spay/neuter options, pet vaccines, pet CPR, First Aid, Emergency Evacuation, how to select quality pet food, a presentation by the US Border Patrol with their working dogs, a grooming demonstration, dog safety for children and other events.  Well-behaved dogs are welcome (I’m hoping they’ll make an exception for my pooch, Diabla the Wine Cellar Dog).  Registration begins at 8:00 AM; the Walk & Wag begins at 9:00.  And don’t forget the “Wag Your Tail” contest:
prizes for Best Dressed, Resembles You the Most, and Best Tricks.  Call HSOY at 446-0243 for more info – see you there!
THURSDAY & FRIDAY WINE TASTING$10.00 to try them all, or
$10.00 for a full glass

Markus Molitor 2008 Riesling Kabinett, Zeltinger Sonnenuhr (Mosel Valley, Germany)  $18.99
This is a rich style of Kabinett, with enticing aromas of apricot, peach, pear
and floral tones on the nose.  The palate is creamy and nicely layered, imparting a savory, almost saline quality to the medley of apple, citrus and peach flavors.  Mineral tones and mouthwatering acidity support a lingering, buoyant finish.
Hahn Winery 2010 SLH Pinot Noir (Santa Lucia Highlands)    $24.99
Bright red fruit dominates the nose and palate, along with the black fruit
flavors characteristic of Santa Lucia Highlands Pinot Noirs.  A deep ruby in color, this Hahn Estate Pinot Noir is vibrant and rich, with vivid flavors of black cherries, dried herbs and minerals balanced by a fresh, ‘cool-climate’ acidity.
Ramon Bilbao 2008 Rioja Crianza (Rioja, Spain)    $17.99
This Crianza was aged 15 months in a mix of new French & American oak barrels, imparting an intensely flavorful quality to the wine.  The nose is redolent with aromas of ripe blackberries and plums, and an exotic hint of sandalwood.  In the mouth, it’s rich and complex, with plenty of depth and a lengthy finish.
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.
Alexander Valley Vineyards 2008 Estate Syrah (Alexander Valley)    $17.99
Aromas of blueberry, boysenberry and a slight floral note of violets are followed by traditional flavors of blackberry jam, black currant and spice accents like cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves.
Michael-David Vineyards 2009 Gluttony Zinfandel (Lodi)    $39.99
The Gluttony Zin was aged for 2½ years in new American oak, giving the wine a supple, smooth and creamyanillin-oak quality.  The wine opens with aromas of sweet vanilla and ripe blueberries and raspberries.  It’s lush and juicy in the mouth, with a soft, velvety mouthfeel, overflowing with brambly wild berry fruit flavors that culminate on a long, spicy finish.
Hess Collection 2008 19 Block Cuvée (Mt. Veeder / Napa Valley)

This is named for the 19 vineyard blocks on the Hess Veeder Summit Vineyard that provided the fruit, at altitudes of up to 2,000 feet.  It’s a ripe and concentrated red, with a cool-climate backbone and ample tannins. Dark cherry, wild berry and cassis fruit flavors carry to a lasting finish.  A blend of Cabernet, Syrah, Malbec, Cabernet Franc, Merlot and Petite Verdot.
Navarro Vineyards 2009 Pinot Noir Methode a l’Ancienne (Anderson Valley)    $28.99
Navarro’s Methode a l’Ancienne offers enticing layers of Bing cherries, anise, cola and mint.  On the palate, the wine displays rich layers of raspberry, Santa Rosa plum and morel mushroom, all of it underscored by balanced acidity that carries to a long and satisfying finish.
Calera 2010 Chardonnay (Central Coast)    $18.99
This is classic California Chardonnay, with floral and fruit aromas of
pineapple, apricot, lemon meringue and apple complemented by notes of hazelnut and spice. It’s buttery and full on the palate, with juicy fruit and creamy vanilla tones accented by hints of spicy toasted oak.
Schmitt Sohne 2006 Beeren Auslese (Rheinhessen, Germany)    $22.99
Beeren Auslese is a classic German dessert wine, pure and fresh, offering
dazzlingly ripe pineapple, orange and apricot notes that are beautifully
integrated with a lusciously sweet yet elegantly restrained profile. Candied fruit tones linger gracefully on a lengthy finish.
Rogue Brewing Chatoe OREgasmic Ale (Newport, Oregon)    $7.99
The OREgasmic Ale is brewed with only First Growth Oregon hops and malt grown on Rogue’s own micro-hopyard and barley farm. It’s a bright orange-amber in color, with a solid malt background and a long finish full of spicy, fruity, hop-laden delight.
Mike Shelhamer
Old Town Wine Cellar
265 S. Main Street, Suite E
Yuma, Arizona  85364

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