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Greetings from the Wine Cellar:

This Saturday, December 11th will bring the highlight of Historic Downtown Yuma’s Christmas season, the annual Dorothy Young Memorial Electric Light Parade. The special theme of this year’s parade will be “Favorite Holiday Traditions,” focusing on home, family, and the traditions that make Christmas and the winter holidays special. With the parade being cancelled last year for obvious reasons, this year’s return is especially welcome.

The parade will start off Saturday evening at 6 PM on 4th Avenue and finishes up on the Main Street Plaza. There will be decorated and illuminated floats, marching bands and of course Santa on his sleigh, and the festivities continue into the evening with entertainment on the Plaza. It gets really crowded downtown by late Saturday afternoon, so plan on getting here well before then if you want to find a place to park. You can always hang out at the Wine Cellar until the parade gets going!


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.

Chehalem 2018 Pinot Noir (Willamette Valley) $25.99

This Pinot Noir showcases the diversity of soil types and microterroirs across the Chehalem Mountain AVA, creating depth and complexity in the wine. Aromatic notes of fresh black and red fruits mingle on the nose, along with hints of brambly, earthy spice. The palate is bright and fresh, with red fruits like cherry and raspberry that are complemented by soft, silky tannins.

Vigneti del Salento 2018 I Muri Negroamaro (Puglia, Italy) $14.99

The baking hot sun of the Italian south comes through in this rich and earthy red, with its smoky nose and robust palate redolent of dark plums, stewed figs and peppery spice. Negroamaro, an ancient varietal native to Puglia, makes a fantastic partner with richly flavored Italian cuisine.

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.

Marques de Murrieta 2016 Rioja Reserva (Rioja, Spain) $24.99

On the nose, this Reserva offers exotic aromas of vanilla, cloves and cinnamon. The smooth and velvety palate exhibits abundant dark cherry and black plum fruit flavors, with exotic accents of fresh earth, tobacco and Indian spice that carry to the finish.


Ken Wright Cellars 2016 Tyrus Evan Syrah (Walla Walla Valley) $24.99

Ken Wright’s ‘Tyrus Evan’ is a world-class Syrah, made with fruit sourced from the renowned Seven Hills Vineyard in Washington’s Walla Walla Valley AVA. Plush, dark flavors of cocoa, cassis, black currant and boysenberry are accented by the classic Syrah spicy/earthy character.

Schlumberger 2019 Pinot Blanc Les Princes Abbes (Alsace, France) $18.99

Bright, fresh aromas of kiwi fruit, lemon zest and pear, accented by a background hint of green apple mix on the nose of this Alsatian Pinot Blanc. Ripe tropical fruit and nectarine highlight the vibrant flavors. The lithe palate combines superb balance with a crisp finish.

Chateau des Cérons 2009 Cérons (Graves, France) $19.99

Cérons is a late-harvest dessert blend of Semillon, Sauvignon Blanc and Muscadelle. The nose offers heady aromas of succulent pineapple, flowers and crystallized ginger. In the mouth, an exquisite fusion of golden figs, dried apricot, honeycomb and roasted almonds swirls on the lusciously rich palate.

Schloss Eggenberg Pink Grapefruit Radler (Vorchdorf, Austria) $4.99

A “radler” is a fruit-driven style of beer popular in Austria, crafted to be refreshing in the extreme. Real grapefruit juice gives this its cloudy amber color and pleasantly tangy quality. A uniquely fresh and fruity citrus character makes this brew a wonderful thirst quencher.


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

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