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Greetings from the Wine Cellar:

Here’s wishing everyone a great Thanksgiving holiday! This week will be business as usual at the Old Town Wine Cellar, with the predictable exception that the Cellar will be closed on Thanksgiving Day, Thursday November 25th. We will be open Friday and Saturday as usual, so be sure to make it by the Cellar to stock up on good wines (and beers) for the holiday season to come. And of course take some time while you’re here to sample this week’s selections.

And by the way, Saturday, November 27th marks the 12th Annual Small Business Saturday. This annual holiday shopping event puts small businesses all across America front and center to celebrate their contribution to local economies. Sandwiched between Black Friday and Cyber Monday, Small Business Saturday is intended to encourage folks to ‘Shop Small’ instead of just buying only at big box stores and e-commerce sites. The Old Town Wine Cellar is about as small as they come (just one employee!). So please keep the Cellar in mind if you need some holiday cheer – I hope to see you soon!


Joseph Drouhin 2018 Mâcon-Lugny Les Crays (Burgundy, France) $17.99

Joseph Drouhin holds some of Burgundy’s most highly-prized vineyards, and a 130 year history of producing quality wines. Les Crays hits all the right notes, from ripe peach and pear fruit to tangy citrus, along with a pleasant touch of creaminess. The overall palate effect is a mix of delicacy and verve – hallmarks of the Drouhin style.

Banshee 2019 Pinot Noir (Sonoma County) $21.99

The fruit for the Banshee Pinot is sourced from the Sonoma Coast and Russian River Valley appellations. The wine opens with an alluring bouquet of cherry, mint, dried flowers and spices. It’s a silky smooth and medium-bodied Pinot on the palate, with a very subtle oak influence.

Michael David 2019 Old Vine Zinfandel (Lodi) $14.99

This Lodi Zin exudes aromas of sweet vanilla, fennel and ripe blueberries and boysenberries. It’s lush and juicy on the palate, overflowing with ripe, brambly wild berry fruit flavors that culminate in a long finish with spice and peppery notes

Les Cadrans De Lassègue 2015 Saint-Emilion Grand Cru (Bordeaux, France) $22.99

The 2015 vintage of Les Cadrans de Lassègue offers a bouquet that brims with pomegranates, fresh rose petals and lilacs. Savory, balanced dark fruit flavors meld with a complex structure and vibrant acidity. The silky texture and finely integrated tannins make this a red that can be enjoyed immediately, or cellared for up to a decade.

J. Lohr 2018 Hilltop Cabernet Sauvignon (Paso Robles) $29.99

J Lohr’s ‘Hilltop’ Cabernet is always among Paso’s finest, year after year. Varietal fruit aromas of ripe black plums and violets are enhanced by a French oak barrel character of vanilla and dark chocolate. A dense, supple and approachable palate is followed by an intense, rich and fruit-filled finish.


Rivetto 2016 Barolo, Serralunga d’Alba (Piedmont, Italy) $67.99

On the nose, pipe-tobacco, licorice and new leather aromas mingle with scents evoking blue flowers and forest berries. An elegantly structured palate doles out mouthfuls of succulent Marasca cherry, black raspberry and ground clove, with a minty finish. Velvety tannins provide finesse.

Kunde 2019 Magnolia Lane Sauvignon Blanc (Sonoma County) $14.99

“Magnolia Lane” is a tribute to the lane of magnificent century-old Magnolia trees that border the entrance to the Kunde Estate. Crisply-styled, this wine opens with bright citrus aromas. The palate is refreshing and flavorful, with flavors of lime zest, melon and Bosc pear.

High Heaven Vintners 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon (Columbia Valley) $14.99

This is made with estate-grown grapes from High Heaven Vintners’ McNary Vineyard. It’s an appealing and uncomplicated Cabernet with a deep garnet color and rich aromas of black raspberry and dark plum, highlighted by spice and vanilla notes. On the palate, it’s medium-bodied, balanced and dry, with bright acidity.

Fate Brewing Hatch Chile Ale (Scottsdale) $4.99

Fate Brewing’s Hatch Chile Gatos is brewed with added roasted Hatch green chiles, which gives the beer huge chile aromas and flavors with very little added heat. The roasted green chiles provide an additional degree of clean, savory and highly refreshing character to this brew.


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

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