Greetings from the Wine Cellar:
As it cools down dramatically in Yuma, things are heating up here in Historic Downtown! This Saturday, November 8th, the Yuma Art Center and Yuma Parks & Rec present the 21st Annual Children’s Festival of the Arts on the Main Street Plaza. It’s a great event for kids and adults, with over thirty booths on the Plaza offering participatory art like silly hats, pottery, painting, simple sculpture, face painting and lots more. Food options will be numerous, with musical performances and other live entertainment on the Plaza. Admission is always free, and the festival goes from 10:00 to 3:00 – for more info, call the Art Center at 373-5202.
Then on Saturday evening, the 5th Annual “3:10 to Yuma” fundraiser to support the Yuma Territorial Prison Park will present Rock Around the Cell Block. The party will take place at the Prison Park from 5:00 to 9:00 PM, including dinner, drinks, entertainment and a live auction, with the evening’s entertainment by the Big Boss Band. Tickets are $50 per person – call 373-5196 to order.
And finally on Sunday, November 9th, the Yuma Art Center and Lonely Street Productions present FATS – A Tribute to Fats Domino at the Historic Yuma Theatre (254 S. Main). Dutch pianist/singer Eric-Jan Overbeek (aka Mr. Boogie Woogie!) in company with his 10-piece band will perform their critically acclaimed salute to the rhythm & blues classics of the legendary Fats Domino. The concert starts at 7PM, tickets are $25 – for more info call 928-373-5202. And there you have it!
THIS WEEK’S WINE TASTING:
Ferrari Carano 2013 Fumé Blanc (Sonoma County) $14.99
This Sonoma Sauvignon Blanc is vibrant, lively and stylish, with a zesty mix of orange rind, fig and grapefruit flavors, accented by subtle herb tones. Hints of lemon blossom make a pleasant backdrop to the bold, racy fruit. The finish is bright, clean and refreshing.
Liberty School 2012 Pinot Noir (Central Coast) $17.99
A deep garnet color in the glass, this offers aromas of flowers and strawberries. The flavor profile is all about cherries, strawberries and spice. Smooth, balanced tannins carry to a clean, fresh finish. This displays far more finesse and restraint than usually found in reasonably priced California Pinot Noirs.
Delas 2011 Côtes du Rhône Saint-Esprit (Rhone Valley, France) $12.99
Saint-Esprit is a blend of Syrah and Grenache grapes sourced from a vineyard in the Ardeche region of the Rhone Valley. The vineyard’s southern exposure on steep, granitic hillsides provides superb growing conditions. The result is a supple and savory red with complex flavors of blackberry, mocha, pepper and herbs.
Carol Shelton 2012 Wild Thing Zinfandel (Mendocino County) $19.99
Wild Thing is actually very well balanced, velvet textured and multilayered. Brambly, bright raspberry and blackberry flavors fill the mouth, with smooth tannins and good acidity that keep this savory Mendocino Zin lively and delicious all the way through the finish.
Yangarra 2011 Estate Shiraz (McLaren Vale, Australia) $22.99
Rich and velvety, this plush-textured Aussie Shiraz overflows with ripe blackberry and plum fruit flavors, complemented by hints of chocolate and minty eucalyptus. Complex spice notes intermingle on the concentrated, succulent palate, and the juicy finish goes on and on.
Château Haut-Beauséjour 2009 Saint-Estèphe (Bordeaux, France) $32.99
This ‘Left Bank’ Bordeaux blend of 60% Merlot and 40% Cabernet Sauvignon opens with scents of crushed berries, sweet tobacco, cedar and a hint of dark chocolate. The palate offers an array of dark fruit flavors along with subtle notes of coffee, oak toast and spices.
NEW WINE & BEER ARRIVALS:
Taliano Michele 2008 Barbera d’Alba (Piedmont, Italy) $22.99
This is a traditionally styled Barbera that offers complex opening notes of vanilla, caramel and coffee from aging in small French oak barrels. The savory, yet fully dry palate offers rich dark cherry and plum fruit flavors, with elegant notes of spice and smoke.
Cryptic 2012 California Red $14.99
Cryptic Red is a regional blend of Zinfandel, Petite Sirah and Cabernet Sauvignon grapes sourced from vineyards in Amador County, Lodi and Paso Robles. It’s supple and seductive, with plenty of ripe wild berry and dark cherry fruit flavors, notes of toasted hazelnuts, vanilla mocha on the finish.
Fizz 56 Moscato d’Asti (Piedmont, Italy) $15.99
Fizz 56 Moscato d’Asti is a sparkling sweet white wine from the Piedmont region of northern Italy. As an aperitif, a complement to dessert or a cocktail ingredient, Moscato d’Asti is an irresistible way to celebrate any occasion, big or small. So pop the cork and enjoy the 56 million bubbles in every bottle!
Old Town Wine Cellar
265 S. Main Street, Suite E
Yuma, Arizona 85364