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Greetings from the Wine Cellar:
The Yuma Visitors Bureau’s Christmas Village returns to the Yuma Quartermaster Depot State Historic Park here in Old Town on Saturday,
Dec. 15th
, and the Village will be open all week from 5:00 to 9:00 PM every evening through Saturday the 22nd. Along with lots of festive
lights throughout the park and a “magical village” of kid-sized playhouses, every-night activities will include a sledding hill, a Christmas train, a bounce house and obstacle course, face painting and balloon animals, cookie decorating, making keepsake ornaments, kids’ shopping at Santa’s Workshop, Santa’s Candy Shop, bank robber photos and of course, visits and photos with Santa.  In addition, each night will feature a special theme and activities to match:

Hispanic Heritage (Dec. 16th)

Spirit of Christmas Giving (Dec. 17th)

Cowboy Christmas (Dec. 18th)

Military Appreciation (Dec. 19th)

Candy Cane Lane (Dec. 20th)

All Aboard the Polar Express (Dec. 21st)

Carol Karaoke Sing Along (Dec. 22nd)


You can get even more details – including the full entertainment schedule – at or at  This is becoming a great annual holiday tradition here in Yuma – be sure not to miss it!
THURSDAY & FRIDAY WINE TASTING$10.00 to try them all, or
$10.00 for a full glass

Miraflores 2010 Viognier (El Dorado County)    $19.99
Once produced only in a small region of the Rhone River Valley of southern
France, Viognier is becoming a popular “main-stream” white wine.  This fresh, delicious wine offers aromas of spring wildflowers and tangerine, and delivers vivid flavors of honeysuckle, ripe peaches and citrus.
Chateau Bonnet 2008 Cabernet-Merlot (Bordeaux, France)    $12.99

This is a well-crafted Bordeaux red from a better-than-average vintage.  It offers fresh black cherry and black currant scents on the nose.  In the mouth, the ample fruit is accented with hints of spices and dried herbs, along with a pleasant touch of toasted oak.
Jade Mountain 2008 La Provençale (California)    $14.99
Old-vine Mourvèdre, planted around 1890, forms the foundation for this Chateauneuf-Du-Pape-styled red, providing a spicy element and a firmly tannic backbone.  Grenache contributes bright raspberry fruit, with Syrah very evident in the wine’s dark purple color and blackberry jam aromas and flavors.
Abadía Retuerta 2007 Selección Especial (Sardon de Duero, Spain)    $19.99
A blend of Tempranillo, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot, the 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.
Foppiano 2009 Petite Sirah (Russian River Valley)    $19.99
The Foppiano family have owned and operated the winery since 1896.  This estate-grown Petite Sirah, their hallmark varietal, exhibits a huge structure with a rich, deep purple color, complex aromas of spices and peppercorn, and concentrated flavors of ripe berries with a subtle touch of chocolate.
Beaulieu Vineyard 2009 BeauRouge (Napa Valley)    $29.99
BV’s BeauRouge shows true winemaking artistry in the blending of grape
varietals to make a layered and complex, yet fruit-forward wine.  Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot contribute an opulent blackberry, plum and chocolate character.  A mix of other red grape varietals combine to add a complex mixture of fruit notes and spice.
Girard 2010 Artistry (Napa Valley)    $39.99
Artistry is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Malbec and Petite Verdot grapes hand-harvested from select Napa Valley vineyards. The finished wine is aged 2 years in French oak and bottled unfined and unfiltered.  It offers a rich, full palate feel with flavors of ripe dark cherry, blackberry and cassis, accented by subtle hints of dark chocolate and espresso.
Louis Jadot 2009 Chateau des Jacques Morgon Cru
Beaujolais (Burgundy, France)    $19.99
Jadot’s Chateau des Jacques estate comprises some of the finest vineyards in the Beaujolais region.  This 100% Gamay offers a perfumed nose, rich with fruit and spice, followed up by a satiny smooth and  deliciously juicy palate of ripe black cherry fruit carried by supple tannins.  It finishes with a light note of bittersweet chocolate
Thomas Fogarty 2006 Pinot Noir (Santa Cruz Mountains)
Thomas Fogarty has been producing Pinot Noirs from the Santa Cruz
Mountains since 1981.  The grapes for this wine were sourced from seven of its premier vineyards.  Each of these sites imparts its own unique character; together harmonizing and intensifying their Santa Cruz Mountains character and terroir.
Acacia 2010 Chardonnay (California)    $11.99
This wine blends the virtues of some of the state’s finest regions for Chardonnay – Carneros, Monterey County and the Santa Maria Valley.  It exudes rich aromas of tropical fruits and citrus, and follows up with crisp fresh fruit flavors and accents of ginger and vanilla.

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

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