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Greetings from the Wine Cellar:

The still ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has kind of put the kibosh on a lot of events that traditionally enliven the Yuma scene once the weather blessedly cools off.  But my friends at VistYuma, formerly the Yuma Convention & Visitors Bureau, are still offering many of the tours and specialty dinners this Fall/Winter season that have been such a success over the past few years.  These include the Field to Feast Tours, Date Night Dinners, History Dinners at St. Paul’s Cultural Center, and two tours that bring to light Yuma’s past and present role in supporting the U.S. Military, “Behind the Big Guns” and “YPG At Ease.”  Unfortunately, the very popular Sunset on the Ranch Dinners (featuring a gourmet dinner of local farm produce with a wine or beer pairing selected of course by the Old Town Wine Cellar) have been postponed this season until further notice. Darn!)  If you’d like to learn more, check out the following link:
Go to the Calendar or It’s Happening weekly e-news to find out when ticket sales begin. When on sale, they can be purchased on-line or at the Visitor Information Center (264 S. Main Street). And check out these wines!


J. Wilkes 2018 Viognier (Paso Robles)    $19.99

This begins with aromatics of lime blossom, peach, Earl Grey tea and a touch of granite minerality. It’s nicely dry, with a silky texture and mild acidity. The palate offers a medley of ripe orchard fruit flavors, with the classic floral essence that Viogniers are renowned for.

Diving into Hampton Water 2017 Rosé (Languedoc, France)    $18.99

Diving in Hampton Water is a clean, fresh dry rosé, with bursts of bright red fruit flavors like cherry, strawberry and melon, plus crisp balancing acidity, a pleasant touch of mineral and a refreshing finish.  This is one rosé you may find yourself reaching for another glass of…

Bodegas Muriel 2015 Rioja Reserva (Rioja, Spain)    $15.99

This wine opens with the classic cherry, vanilla and tobacco leaf tones that Rioja reds are famous for.  In the mouth, spicy dark cherry and berry fruit flavors mingle with a touch of vanilla and anise, with a pleasant note of toast from two years of oak barrel aging.

J. Wilkes 2017 Pinot Noir (Santa Maria Valley)    $22.99

This is evocative of an “Old World” style of Pinot Noir. From its bright acidity to its earthy core and silky smooth texture, it shows a depth and complexity that stands out.  Dusty cherry-cocoa tannins frame to earthy and spicy nuances, as floral tones weave throughout this vividly expressive wine.

Seven Hills 2014 Red Blend (Walla Walla Valley)    $24.99

Cabernet Sauvignon is the dominant player in this silky, rich Bordeaux-styled blend.  It’s dense and concentrated, with abundant red  and black fruit carried on velvet-like tannins. There’s depth and elegance in its seamless expression of black cherry, cassis, currant, mulberry and fresh herb flavors. The finish is balanced and vibrant, holding beautifully.


Leviathan 2018 Red Blend (California)    $34.99

Leviathan was founded in 2004 by Andy Erickson, formerly winemaker of the famed Napa “cult Cabernet,” Screaming Eagle.  Erickson’s goal was simple:  create a single, unique red wine from some of the best vineyards he could find in Northern California.  His 2018 is a proprietary mix of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Syrah and Petite Sirah.

Cuvaison 2017 Sauvignon Blanc (Napa Valley)    $9.99

Zesty grapefruit, citrus, fig and melon tones highlight this Napa Sauvignon Blanc, made with fruit sourced from the Valley’s southern Carneros region.  The grapes were fermented in stainless steel to preserve their fresh and vibrant character.  The wine was aged in neutral oak to enhance the texture.

Modern Times Brewing Elara Hazy IPA (San Diego)    $4.99

Bursting with notes of mango, papaya and fresh apricot, this IPA will be a staggeringly effective countermeasure for our enduring heat. Stuffed with lots of Mosaic and Amarillo hops, the Elara Hazy will make for a pretty fantastic way to close out a Yuma summer.


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

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