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Greetings from the Wine Cellar:


‘Tis the season!  Now that it’s December, we can officially start talking about Christmas.  And as far as we’re concerned here in Old Town, Yuma’s Christmas season really gets underway with the Dorothy Young Memorial Electric Light Parade.  This year’s extravaganza, the 11th annual, kicks off at 6:00 PM this coming Saturday, December 7th.  The parade theme this time is “Your Favorite Christmas Song.”  The parade heads north on 3rd Ave., starting around 10th Street, then to Orange Avenue and Giss Parkway and ending up on the Main Street Plaza.  The parade will have lots of decorated and illuminated floats, marching bands and of course Santa on his sleigh as the final float.  The party continues on the Plaza after the parade, with plenty of activities and entertainment.  It’s always a great time, so get in the spirit and head on down to Old Town this Saturday! (of course, there’s a good reason to be here Thursday and Friday as well…)


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


Attems 2010 Pinot Grigio (Friuli-Venezia-Giulia, Italy)    $17.99
This is a full-bodied style of Pinot Grigio that opens with clean-edged aromas of apple, pear and a hint of banana.  It’s crisp and lively on the palate, yet surprisingly supple, with plenty of fresh apple and pear fruit flavors accented with a touch of vanilla.


La Crema 2012 Pinot Noir (Sonoma Coast)    $24.99
This opens with fragrant scents of dark cherry, ripe strawberries, Indian spices and a subtle saline note.  In the mouth, forward flavors of black cherries, black raspberry, spice and vanilla-laced oak are framed with smooth, silky tannins.


Trivento 2011 Amado Sur Malbec (Mendoza, Argentina)    $14.99
Trivento’s Amado Sur Malbec begins with an aromatic, enticing nose of jammy black fruit and baking spices.  The palate offers plenty of rich, luscious fruit with a touch of licorice and even a hint of chocolate.  It ends with a lengthy finish full of fruit and smoky spice.


Layer Cake 2011 Shiraz (Barossa Valley, Australia)    $15.99
Dark, dense and inky, this is textbook Barossa Shiraz, yets it’s surprisingly well-balanced, overflowing with bountiful dark fruit yet not overly jammy on the palate.  Intense mocha accents complement the velvety mouthfeel, but this wine finishes clean and long.


Marques de Riscal 2007 Rioja Reserva (Rioja, Spain)    $22.99
This wine opens with the classic cherry, vanilla and tobacco leaf tones that Rioja reds are famed for.  In the mouth, spicy dark cherry and berry fruit flavors mingle with hints of vanilla and anise, plus a pleasant note of toast from two years of oak barrel aging.


Freemark Abbey 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa Valley)    $34.99
Full and rich, this is a textbook Napa Cabernet.  The ripe black cherry and currant flavors are deftly interwoven with cedar, olive and anise accents that give it an intriguing complexity.  It’s a wine that offers plenty of pleasure now, but will truly reveal itself with just a few more years in the cellar.




Beaulieu Vineyard 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa Valley)    $22.99
BV’s 2011 Napa Cabernet is loaded with lush wild berry and black-currant character, plus nuances of red plum and cedar.  Hints of vanilla and spicy oak elevate the bouquet and add complexity to the bright, beautifully balanced flavors.  Premium vineyards from distinctly different terroirs within the Valley create this wine’s symphony of flavors and velvety texture.


Miraflores 2012 Viognier (El Dorado County)    $17.99
This opens with scents of peach and pear fruit, mixing with hints of orange blossom.  These enticing aromas introduce a similar flavor profile, that’s enhanced with a silky-smooth texture and a mouthwatering lime-zest finish. It superbly melds lush fruit with  light floral tones to make a truly distinctive, crisp, and superbly refreshing white wine.


Iron Fist Brewing Dubbel-Fisted Ale (Vista, California)    $9.99
Iron Fist Brewing is known for their focus on Belgian-inspired beers.  This is their take on a Belgian dubbel-style ale, brewed with 85% cacao dark chocolate. It shows a fascinating array of chocolate, caramel; plum, fig and malt flavors that offer a fine interplay between robustness and smoothness.




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

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