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Greetings from the Wine Cellar:

I just want to give everyone a quick reminder about an upcoming event this Thursday, November 12th from 5:30 to 7:30PM on the balcony in Yuma’s City Hall Building in Historic Downtown.  Yuma Investment Group is sponsoring what is sure to be a really fun wine & food event for the benefit of an important local charitable organization, the Yuma Food Bank.  Some very nice wines that I’ve selected will be accompanied by a variety of exceptional hors d’oevres prepared by well-known local chefs Eddie Guzman & Rashiek Ashford.  Tickets are $50 per person, with a maximum attendance of 100.  Tickets are selling fast, so act now of you’d like to join us Thursday to provide some vitally needed support to the Food Bank and enjoy a great wine & food event at the same time.  Tickets are available at Yuma Investment Group’s offices at 182 E. 16th Street (contact Valerie Millsom at 329-1700). Valerie brought me some tickets to sell here at the Wine Cellar also, so feel free to call, e-mail or stop by the Cellar to get yours soon.  We hope to see you at City Hall Thursday evening!


THIS WEEK’S WINE TASTING (Tuesday through Friday):


Burgans 2012 Albariño (Rías Baixas, Spain)    $14.99
This crisply dry and tangy native Spanish white offers delicate scents of citrus, dried flowers and herbs. Vividly etched white peach, pear,citrus and tropical fruit flavors mingle on the palate.  A fresh and lively acidity carries this along to a long, clean, really mouthwatering finish.


The Monterey Vineyards 2013 Pinot Noir (Monterey County)    $14.99
Fragrant aromas of lavender, black cherry and a touch of cedar introduce this approachable and very user-friendly Pinot Noir.  Ripe, juicy dark fruit flavors emerge on the palate, picking up raspberry and spice notes.  The mouthfeel is soft and silky from start to finish.


Bell Wine Cellars 2013 Big Guy Red (California)    $15.99
The Big Guy is a ‘bistro blend’ of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Malbec and Petit Verdot, punched up with a dose of Syrah.  A wine with plenty of tasty dark fruit character, a nice touch of sweet oak and moderate tannins, it’s a great choice for everyday enjoyment.


Baracchi 2013 O’lillo (Tuscany, Italy)    $19.99
O’lillo is a classic “Super-Tuscan” style of Italian rede, an equal mix of Sangiovese, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah grapes. It’s rich and intense, with a full-bodied palate of cherry, blackberry and dark chocolate flavors and a beautifully long, complex, layered finish.


J Lohr 2013 Tower Road Petite Sirah (Paso Robles)    $19.99
Vivid, pure blackberry-raspberry-blueberry flavors are terrifically ripe, juicy and deeply concentrated. Full-bodied tannins manage to stay in the background to let a delicious core of dark fruit flavors swirl on the palate.  Peppery accents enliven a lasting finish.


Domaine Giraud 2012 Chateauneuf-du-Pape (Rhone Valley, France)    $41.99
This wine offers Provençal scents of ripe blackberries and currants, along with toasty spice and earth accents.  A classic Rhone Valley blend dominated by Grenache, it has a full-bodied richness with excellent depth, showing exotic notes of cured meat, bay leaf and fresh tobacco.




Francis Coppola 2012 Pitagora (Sonoma County)    $24.99
Pitagora is robust, full-bodied and dripping with ripe dark fruit. Flavors of blackberries, plums and black currants are enlivened by smoky/earthy notes and fragrant spice hints.  A velvety entry on the palate and a generous tannin structure frames the bold, spicy fruit.


Emmolo 2014 Sauvignon Blanc (Napa Valley)    $19.99
This is a fresh and fragrant wine, with bright, tangy ruby grapefruit, sweet lime, gooseberry and orange blossom on the nose.  There’s plenty of depth and dimension to the flavors as well, with citrus, passionfruit and guava. Emmolo is a racy white with a crisp, clean finish.


Pasanau 2011 Ceps Nous (Priorat, Spain)    $22.99
Ceps Nous is from vineyards in La Morera de Montsant, at 2,400 feet the highest village in the Priorat wine region of northeast Spain.  It’s a blend of 82% Garnacha and 18% Syrah, aged six months in French and American oak.  Ripe cherry and blackcurrant flavors mingle with hints of white pepper.


Samuel Smith Old Brewery Taddy Porter (Yorkshire, England)    $5.99
Taddy Porter is a very dark, full bodied ale, with a rich, creamy head and an intensely dry, tangy character.  It’s brewed with well water (the original well sunk in 1758 is still used), malted barley, roasted malts, yeast and hops.  The ale is fermented in traditional very large stone Yorkshire “squares.”




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

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