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Greetings from the Wine Cellar:


This Friday evening, November 22nd, The North End Art Walk strolls back into Historic Downtown Yuma with another fun and eclectic evening featuring a diverse collection of local Yuma-area artists.  This recurring event brings together the artists and downtown merchants and property owners who will serve as showplaces for their artistic creations.  In addition to all sorts of unique artworks, from paintings to jewelry to ceramics, the Art Walk will feature performances of live music along the way, plus light hors d’oeuvres and beverages.  The event starts off at 5:00 PM and continues until 9:00 PM Friday evening – for more info, call 580-7417.


Also, a quick note that next week, the Wine Cellar will play host to a special tasting of new vintages from Miraflores Winery, owned by friend of the shop Dr. Victor Alvarez.  As the Wine Cellar will be closed the Thursday of Thanksgiving Day, November 28th, Dr. Alvarez will showcase his wines on Wednesday, November 27th.  Details to follow in next week’s Newsletter!


THURSDAY & FRIDAY WINE TASTING$10.00 to try all six, or $10.00 for a glass:


St. Gregory 2011 Pinot Blanc (Mendocino County)    $14.99
This Pinot Blanc has a creamy texture, with concentrated aromas of cantaloupe, Meyer lemon and Clementines, along with a light mineral accent.  Flavors of pear and tangy citrus mingle on a lively, long finish, giving this wine a classic Burgundian mouthfeel.


Domaine Carneros 2011 Pinot Noir (Carneros)    $32.99
This estate-bottled Pinot Noir was aged for 10 months in French oak barrels.  It opens with a lovely bouquet of black raspberries, cherries, anise and cedar.  A juicy core of black cherry fruit is enhanced by complex accents of herbs, toast and earth. It’s well balanced, supple and very easy to drink…


Once Upon a Vine 2010 Big Bad Red Blend (California)    $11.99
The Big Bad Red Blend is plenty big, and it’s pretty good too!  It’s a rich, smooth and very fruit-forward California blend, with just enough spice to keep it interesting.  It’s the perfect red to serve for just about any occasion.


Simi 2010 Merlot (Sonoma County)    $17.99
This is an elegant and well-structured Sonoma Merlot, with appealing aromas of currants and dried herbs on the nose.  The palate is packed with lasting flavors of plums and black cherries, edged with complex notes of cedar, leather and toasty oak.


M. Chapoutier 2008 Crozes-Hermitage La Petit Ruche (Rhone Valley, France)    $21.99
Michel Chapoutier is renowned for producing some of the finest wines in the entire Rhone Valley region. This Northern Rhone 100% Syrah exhibits fresh aromas of black currants and raspberries, and lush black fruit flavors edged with tangy spice and mineral tones.


Castello Banfi 2009 BelnerO (Tuscany, Italy)    $27.99
Banfi’s BelnerO is primarily Sangiovese, with small additions of Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon.  The nose exudes fruity notes of blackberries and spicy hints of tobacco and coffee.  In the mouth, this wine is powerful, warm and soft, ending with a savory note of spicy vanilla.




Seghesio 2010 Rockpile Zinfandel (Dry Creek Valley)    $39.99
Rockpile, a narrow ridge about 1,200 feet above the Dry Creek Valley, is a site that’s famed for growing world-class Zinfandel. Steep, well-drained hillsides with shallow, rocky topsoils make for intensely flavored Zinfandel. This offers rich red currant and blackberry fruit with Zin’s classic briary essence.


Beso de Vino 2011 Old Vine Garnacha (Cariñena, Spain)    $11.99
This Grenache exudes perfumed aromas of ripe blackberries, plums and potpourri.  The rich dark berry flavors show plenty of depth and grip, enlivened by elements of white pepper and floral tones.  It finishes long and lightly sweet, with silky tannins and a lingering spiciness.  This is a wine that delivers serious bang for the buck…


Tedeschi Vineyards Maui Blanc (Maui, Hawaii)    $11.99
Made only from Maui Gold pineapples, this  wine offers aromas of candied lemon peel, white peach, mango and sweet pineapple. It’s clean and elegant, with a smooth, silky texture.  The vibrant fruit and light sweetness balances well with Pacific Rim cuisine such as grilled island fish with fruit salsa, spicy Thai dishes or Indian curries.




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

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