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Greetings from the Wine Cellar:

Christmas continues to take precedence this week here in Old Town.  This
Tuesday through Thursday, December 20th to 22nd, you can enjoy “A Country Christmas” at the Historic Yuma Theatre (254 S. Main St.) with Canada’s Jack Jackson.  “Join Jack for a warm Country Christmas celebration with fiddles, steel guitar and Christmas classics, both old and new. (how can classics be new? Just nit-picking…) Re-live nostalgic Christmas memories of yesteryear with great music.”   Sounds like a fun way to usher in the holiday – the shows begin at 7:00PM.  Reserved seating tickets are $20, available at the Yuma Art Center box office (same address).


And on Friday, December 23rd from 7:00-11:00 PM, it’s the Christmas edition of Old Town’s 4th Friday Block Party.  Main Street from 1st Street to Giss Parkway will be filled with live music, arts, special promotions from Downtown businesses, street vendors and lots of family-friendly activities.  Check out for all the details.
Not many shopping days left – and remember wine is the perfect gift (at least as far as I’m concerned!)
THURSDAY & FRIDAY WINE TASTING$5.00 to try all six, or
$5.00 for a full glass

La Marca Prosecco (Veneto, Italy)    $12.99

Grown only in Northern Italy, the Prosecco grape is cherished for its expressiveness.  La Marca Prosecco is a vibrantly fresh sparkler with delicate aromas and clean fruit flavors of ripe apple, peach and honeysuckle.  The soft, harmoniously fruity character is highlighted by crisp acidity.
Barton & Guestier 2010 Vouvray (Loire Valley, France)    $12.99
Made from 100% Chenin Blanc, this is a pleasant and aromatic white, with intense floral notes of linden flowers and white fruit aromas of apple and pear.  On the palate, it’s round, soft and just a bit sweet, with fresh, juicy white fruit flavors and a clean finish.
Bearboat 2008 Pinot Noir (Sonoma Coast)    $15.99

Made by California sparkling wine producer Piper-Sonoma, the Bearboat Pinot is aged in French oak for 10 months.   The nose offers hints of spicy toast and cassis.  The rich, medium-bodied palate suggests fresh dark raspberries and sweet red currants, and delicate accents of licorice enhance a fresh and lingering finish.
Cellar 8 2009 “Eight” California Red    $10.99

The “Eight” Red is a uniquely California blend of eight different varietals.  Petite Sirah and Zinfandel give deep, rich fruit tones, enhanced by spice accents from Grenache, Mourvèdre and Sangiovese.   Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Syrah lend depth to the blend and a dark, full berry fruit character.
Batasiolo 2007 Barbera d’Alba (Piedmont, Italy)    $12.99
This is a ‘textbook’ Piedmontese Barbera, offering delicate scents of red
berries and spices on the nose, plus light oak accents from 12 months of barrel aging. It’s bright and fresh in the glass with fine acidity and elegant,
concentrated berry flavors, and a pleasantly spicy/smoky edge on the finish.
Ferrari-Carano 2009 Siena (Sonoma County)   $19.99
The Siena opens with rich black cherry aromas, plus subtle hints of fennel and licorice.  Ripe, juicy red fruit flavors follow the nose, shaped by a pleasant acidity and soft tannins in this beautifully structured ‘Tuscan-style’ red.
Tart cherry flavors linger on the finish, accented by a touch of dark
chocolate.  A proprietary blend of Sangiovese and Malbec.




Girard 2008 Artistry Meritage (Napa Valley)   $39.99

Girard’s Artistry is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Malbec and Petite Verdot.  The grapes are hand-harvested from a dozen select Napa Valley vineyards, and then rigorously sorted and fermented using native yeasts.  The finished wine is aged 24 months in French oak, and is bottled unfined and unfiltered.  It offers a rich, full bodied mouthfeel with flavors of black cherry, blackberry and cassis, underlaid with subtle dark chocolate tones.

Miraflores 2009 Tempranillo (El Dorado County)    $22.99

Intense aromas and flavors of blackberry, blueberry and mission fig, plus accents of dark cocoa, tobacco leaf and pepper spice.  A refined palate, with firm smooth tannins and a long, lush finish laced with hints of freshly roasted coffee beans and dark chocolate.  The classic grape of Spain’s Rioja region.
Maggio Family Vineyards 2008 Old Vine Zinfandel (Lodi)    $12.99

A robust, ultra-juicy Zinfandel, made with grapes sourced from Lodi’s signature 50 to 100 year-old Zin vines. This is lush and jammy, with juicy blackberry, raspberry and mocha flavors, a supple mouthfeel and velvet-soft tannins that carry to a rich and long finish.


Chalone Vineyard 2009 Estate Chardonnay (Monterey County)  $22.99

Chalone’s Estate Chardonnay offers fragrant aromas of ripe pear, green apple, hazelnut, vanilla and baking spice.  Bright fruit flavors glide across the supple palate supported by toasty oak tones and a rich, creamy texture.  The vineyard’s limestone soils impart a fine, clean minerality that persists through the finish.




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

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