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Greetings from the Wine Cellar:

With the advent of the winter season, Historic Downtown Yuma usually really gets going with a lot of special events to draw folks downtown. Unfortunately, the ongoing COVID-19 situation has kind of put a damper on those festivities. However, there are still some things to talk about. Here are just a couple: VisitYuma has a new one that sounds pretty cool – The Ag to Art Market: Feeding the Body & Soul. To wit, VisitYuma has created a once-monthly market that brings together both the best of local agriculture and art! Farmers and local producers bring in their fresh bread, local honey, fresh eggs, melons, Medjool dates, citrus and vegetables from right around Yuma. The art and artists are all “locally sourced,” including visual arts, soaps, jewelry and natural products which come from this area. The Market will be held on the first Sunday of each month from now through March (the next is December 6th.) Location is the City Hall front parking lot; hours are 10AM to 3PM.

And, the 224 Downtown Market. The 224 shops (at 224 Main Street of course) are hosting a market in their small promenade. Be sure to stop by the 224 Downtown Market on Friday, November 20th from 9 AM to 1 PM. There will be fresh bread, handmade crafts, delicious sweets and more! Stop by 224 S. Main Street to check out all the vibrant items that will be sold! Apparently the market will continue through March of next year, so if you can’t make it this week, keep it in mind for future Fridays. And when you do come down, be sure to stop by the Wine Cellar and sample these great selections!


Tenuta Fratelli Povero 2019 Roero Arneis (Piedmont, Italy) $15.99

Arneis is an ancient grape varietal that originated in northern Italy’s Piedmont region. It makes a refreshingly crisp and lightly floral white with bright flavors of pears, apricot and citrus. The finish is bracingly clean and dry, with a tangy minerality.

Frisk Prickly 2018 Riesling (Victoria, Australia) $11.99

This zippy Riesling is floral and weighted, with notes of fresh cut lime, white rose petals and a hint of fennel buoyed with a surprising touch of effervescence. With its racy verve, subtle complexity and just a tinge of sweetness, it’s a perfect companion for spicy cuisines… or to just enjoy on its own!

Damilano 2017 Langhe Nebbiolo (Piedmont, Italy) $22.99

Damilano Nebbiolo exudes a rich, alluring bouquet of ripe raspberries and strawberries. The palate displays a classic varietal character of ripe red cherries accented by accents of dry herbs, earth and cedar, carried on an elegantly smooth and silky tannic frame.

Bodega Numanthia 2016 Termes Tinto de Toro (Toro, Spain) $19.99

Termes stands out for its lively character that perfectly expresses the Toro region of northwestern Spain. Extended maceration of the grapes and regular racking during 16 months of French oak aging gives this Tempranillo a fine mix of fruit and texture, enlivened by savory accents of mocha and spice.

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. The 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.


Château des Laurets 2015 Saint-Emilion (Bordeaux, France) $35.99

A warm, epic vintage is very evident in this beautiful Saint-Emilion. Rich and ripe black plum fruit flavors. A healthy dose of baking spice. Touches of cassis. Youthful tannins that seem to last on the palate for minutes. Dry and earthy, with a hint of toasty vanilla. And very well balanced for such a powerful vintage.

Brewer-Clifton 2017 Chardonnay (Santa Rita Hills) $29.99

Made wholly from estate-grown fruit, this is creamy and mouth-filling, yet wonderfully fresh and vibrant. Flavors of citrus rind, tangerine, peach and sweet spices all meld together in this striking and nuanced Chardonnay that hits all the right notes. Dried mango accents linger on the finish.

Modern Times Brewing Alien Radio Double IPA (San Diego) $4.99

This outrageously tasty DIPA is a haze-filled festival of Citra, Idaho 7, Crystal and Simcoe hops. Get your face ready for a glorious detonation of stone fruit and tropical awesomeness, along with undertones of resinous pine that bring it all together in a rather spectacular fashion.


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

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