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Greetings from the Wine Cellar:

This coming Friday, December 3rd is not only First Friday here in Historic Downtown, but it also marks the beginning of the Christmas season in Yuma. The official lighting of the Christmas tree on Main Street in front of the Yuma Art Center will take place, along with the placement of a whole lot of other lights, wreaths and other decorations up and down the street. The switch will be flipped precisely at 6:00PM, ushering in the holiday season downtown. As part of the festivities, the Yuma Fire Department will rescue Santa from the top of the Art Center. He plans to hang around all evening to visit with the kids and be available for pictures. There will be musical performances on the Main Street Plaza as well, and lots of hot chocolate. It should be an evening of merriment that everyone can enjoy, so get in the spirit and join the fun downtown this Friday!


Emmolo 2020 Sauvignon Blanc (North Coast) $19.99

This radiant California Sauvignon Blanc is a classic rendition with elegance and style. Pink grapefruit and lime shine through on the nose along with subtler notes of green guava and fennel. The refreshing palate offers flavors of ripe, juicy citrus, supported with vibrant acidity.

Rocca Delle Macie 2018 Chianti Classico (Tuscany, Italy) $16.99

This Classico begins with fresh black cherry aromas, mixed in with hints of leather, earth, plums and violets. The palate is medium-bodied, with supple tannins and good acidity. Classic Chianti flavors of ripe dark cherry and plum are edged with a hint of licorice.

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.

Palacios Remondo 2017 La Montesa (Rioja, Spain) $19.99

The La Montesa is 92% Garnacha and 8% Tempranillo, sourced from the Palacios Remondo estate vineyards. It opens with aromas of ripe red fruits and light notes of vanilla and toasted oak. The palate is smooth and silky, with dark plum and cherry flavors plus a hint of licorice.

Whitehall Lane 2017 Merlot (Napa Valley) $29.99

This wine is a blend of 90% Merlot, 8% Cabernet Sauvignon and 2% Petit Verdot. Whitehall Lane has long utilized the art of blending to produce a Merlot that offers layers of flavor complexity along with a fine structural balance; a rich wine with proper varietal character.


Sonoma-Cutrer 2018 Woodford Reserve Pinot Noir (Russian River Valley) $49.99

The Russian River Pinot that serves as the base gives this just what it needs: a tart, punchy backbone of red cherries and raspberries on which to build. Light vanilla, brown sugar and maple hints from used Woodford whiskey barrels mingle with sumptuous black cherry fruit and accents of licorice, dark chocolate and black tea in a truly unique expression of Pinot Noir.

Ca’ Bolani 2019 Pinot Grigio (Friuli-Venezia Giulia, Italy) $14.99

This is Pinot Grigio opens with clean, bright aromas of apples, pears and citrus fruits. It’s fresh and lively on the palate, yet surprisingly supple, with crisp apple and peach fruit flavors edged by a complex minerality.

Hewitson 2017 Miss Harry GSM (Barossa Valley, Australia) $19.99

Miss Harry is a Rhone-style blend from very old vineyards, composed of 57% Grenache, 23% Shiraz and 20% Mourvedre from dry-grown bush vines planted in the region’s ancient “terra rossa” soils. It’s a full-bodied red with spices that come from all directions, with a rich array of ripe red and black fruits and soft tannins.

Uncle Bear’s Brewing Beach Bum Tropical IPA (Phoenix) $4.99

Arizona has no tropical islands, so Uncle Bear is bringing one to you! Beach Bum is brewed with honey malts, caramel malts and 2-row malts. They provide the perfect stage for the two stars of this show: Citra and Mosaic hops. Together they dance on the palate, bringing loads of grapefruit and citrus flavors. Time to hit the beach!


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

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