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Greetings from the Wine Cellar:
This Saturday evening, December 8th, Yuma’s Yuletide season officially gets underway with the 10th annual Dorothy Young Memorial Electric Light Parade.  As in years past, the parade kicks off at 6:00 PM at 10th St. & 3rd Avenue, and makes its way downtown via Orange Avenue and Giss Parkway to the finale on the Main Street Plaza.  This year’s parade theme is “Welcome to a Yuma Christmas”.  After the Parade, there will be lots of activities and entertainment, and I’m sure Santa will be on hand to keep the
kids occupied.  You can download a parade route map and parade application (you can decorate and enter your own float!) on the calendar of events page at  Call Parade Queen Teri Ingram at 376-0100 if you have any questions.  It just seems way too nice and warm lately to be closing in on Christmas, but then that’s the magic of Yuma!
THURSDAY & FRIDAY WINE TASTING$10.00 to try them all, or
$10.00 for a full glass

Mt. Nelson 2009 Sauvignon Blanc (Marlborough, New Zealand)
This is classic Kiwi Sauvignon Blanc, juicy and mouthwatering; vibrant with citrus, guava and passionfruit flavors, laced with a fine mineral edge.  The ripe, vivid fruit flavors persist all through a lingering, expressive finish.
Lincourt 2008 Pinot Noir (Santa Rita Hills)    $22.99
This SRH Pinot combines fruit from the Rancho Santa Rosa and Rancho Las Hermanas vineyards.  These hilly, cool-climate sites located near the Pacific Ocean are perfect for Pinot Noir.  It offers a rich palate of black cherry and
raspberry fruit, edged with elements of spice and herbs.
Mas de la Dame 2009 La Gourmande (Provence, France)$17.99
This organically grown wine is a 50/50 blend of Grenache and Syrah grapes, all hand-harvested.  It offers fresh, robust red cherry and dark plum fruit flavors, with smooth yet nicely assertive tannins.  The ample fruit is accented by a touch of spice, and just maybe a hint of dried herbs de Provence.
Quinta do Vallado 2008 Douro Red (Douro Valley, Portugal)$19.99
A blend of the native Portuguese varietals Touriga Nacional, Touriga Franca and Tinta Roriz.  Fig and black plum aromas greet the nose, with a hint of balsamic-scented oak.  The palate has fine structure and fullness, with mature, silky tannins supporting ample black cherry and plum flavors, plus a dash of pepper.
Chateau Ste. Michelle 2010 Indian Wells Merlot (Columbia Valley)    $17.99
CSM’s Indian Wells Merlot displays juicy black fruit aromas and lush flavors,
typical of Wahluke Slope reds.  It’s full-bodied, fruity and rich Merlot with a round, soft style; smooth, yet vibrant on the palate with deep cherry and herb flavors hinting at cedar and black olive.
Sartori di Verona 2008 Amarone (Veneto, Italy)    $39.99
This Amarone della Valpolicella offers a deep, lavishly dimensioned bouquet that teems with hints of leather, violets, dried cranberries, cloves and black tea.  It’s dense and concentrated in the mouth yet not heavy, with a gracefully agile, ripe black fruit quality that’s well supported by solid, dusty tannins.
Abadía Retuerta 2007 Selección Especial (Sardon de Duero, Spain)    $19.99
A blend of Tempranillo, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot, Selección Especial is a deep ruby color, with a subtle, complex bouquet of black cherries with hints of violets, mint,spices and vanilla.  Silky, ripe dark fruit flavors and accents of spice and cedar predominate on the palate, with a full, harmonious balance underlaid by refined tannins.
Miraflores Angelica (El Dorado County)    $49.99
Angelica is a uniquely American fortified wine, dating back to the colonial Spanish missions of California in the late 1700’s to early 1800’s.  It was made from the Mission grape, the only wine grape then grown in California, which was used to make sacramental wine for the missions.  Only a very few of these wines are still made today in the old style using Mission grapes and Mission brandy; this is one of them.  A truly delicious and amazingly complex dessert wine.
Columbia Crest 2010 Les Chevaux (Columbia Valley)    $15.99
Les Chevaux is 80% Merlot, with some Cabernet and Syrah.  It opens with a
blueberry and sweet oak bouquet, and a touch of black currants.  The palate is medium in body, nicely balanced and packed with fruit, with flavors of ripe blackberry and black cherry, nicely integrated oak and hints of dark chocolate and vanilla.
Alexander Valley Vineyards 2009 Estate Cabernet Franc (Alexander Valley)    $22.99
This small production 100% Cabernet Franc is a prime example of the classic Bordeaux varietal.  It offers a velvety tannic profile and bright, juicy flavors of plums, black cherries, blackberries and currants.  14 months barrel aging in 100% French oak adds mocha and toasty vanilla accents to the elegant finish.
Stone Brewing Lukcy Basartd Ale (Escondido, California)    $7.99
The Lukcy Basartd is a special, limited-release blend of three classic brews, original Arrogant Bastard, Double Bastard Ale and Oaked Arrogant Bastard, created by Stone Brewing to commemorate the 15th anniversary of their flagship brew.

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

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