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Greetings from the Wine Cellar:
Yes, it is summer in Yuma.  It’s finally upon us.  But there are still things to do, especially here in Old Town.  For example:  this Friday, June 8th, NexGen
(Yuma’s young professionals organization) presents their Summer Kick-Off “Movie and a Beer” series with a free screening of the cinematic classic Animal House at the Historic Yuma Theatre (254 S. Main St.)  I don’t think I have to detail the plot; you’ve seen it.  But it’s still a great flick.  The doors (and the bar) open at 6:00 PM; Happy Hour goes until 6:45 and the movie begins at 7:00 PM.  Not to mention there will be a TOGA CONTEST.  You’d be crazy to miss this; it would be even crazier to miss the wine tasting at the Cellar beforehand…
THURSDAY & FRIDAY WINE TASTING$10.00 to try them all, or
$10.00 for a full glass

Erath 2008 Pinot Gris (Willamette Valley)    $14.99
An elegantly structured ‘Alsatian-styled’ Pinot Gris from Oregon, with finely etched mineral notes that frame the juicy peach and white pear flavors.  It’s deliciously crisp and refreshing – this is a great aperitif wine, and it also pairs beautifully with seafood, chicken and pasta salads.
Louis Latour 2009 Pinot Noir Domaine de Valmoissine (Vin de Pays, France)    $14.99
The Domaine de Valmoissine is a Vin de Pays, or “wine of the country” from Provence in the south of France, but it’s soft and silky on the palate, and offers such rich fruit and elegance that few Burgundians would think it’s not a Burgundy Pinot, and a rather nice one at that…
Andrieux & Fils 2009 Côtes du Rhône Villages Cuvée Jules (Rhone Valley, France)    $15.99
From the Rhone’s celebrated ‘09 vintage, this is a blend of Grenache, which
gives the wine fullness and elegance, Syrah, which adds complex flavor elements and Mourvedre to provide balance and delicacy.  The result is a mouthful of ripe black cherry and raspberry fruit with delicious licorice accents.  It’s full-bodied, spicy and rich, with a long and complex finish.
Quinta do Vallado 2008 Douro Red (Douro Valley, Portugal)    $19.99
A blend of the traditional Douro varietals Touriga Nacional, Touriga Franca and Tinta Roriz.  Fig and black plum aromas greet the nose, with a hint of balsamic-scented oak.  Thepalate has fine structure and fullness, with mature, silky tannins supporting ample black cherry, plum and berry fruit flavors, and a dash of pepper.
Villa Cerna 2008 Chianti Classico Riserva (Tuscany, Italy)   $24.99
This dark ruby-colored Riserva opens with black cherry and violet aromas, plus subtle earth nuances.  Flavors of rich, ripe black cherries with cinnamon notes are wrapped up with smoothly elegant tannins, through a fresh and fruity yet thoroughly dry finish.
Ferrari Carano 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon (Alexander Valley)

The grapes for this dense, delicious Cabernet are from estate vineyards,
perched 1,500 feet above the floor of the Alexander Valley.  Ripe blackberry
aromas lead into sumptuous, fruit-packed flavors, with a rich mouthfeel and
firm tannic structure.  A superb Sonoma Cabernet.
Penfolds 2006 St. Henri Shiraz (South Australia)   $59.99
The ‘06 St Henri is dominated by Shiraz (89%) with a small amount of
Cabernet (11%) added for structure. This stunning wine offers scents of dark
chocolate and crushed blackberries on the nose with black currant, pomegranate and raspberry flavors emerging on the rich palate.
Bonterra 2009 Zinfandel (Mendocino County)    $15.99
Made only with organically grown grapes from cool Mendocino area
vineyards, this is a zesty and youthful fruit-bomb style of Zinfandel,
overflowing with red raspberry, cracked pepper and spicy licorice flavors.
Mumm Napa 2007 Blanc de Blancs (Napa Valley)    $26.99
On the nose, this Napa Valley sparkler has a bracing blend of fresh golden apples, ripe pear, lime zest, melon and white blossoms. 36 months of ‘sur-lies’ aging in bottle brings out nuances of warm brioche, crème brulée, toasted nuts and vanilla beans.  A blend of 90% Chardonnay & 10% Pinot Gris grapes.
St. Bernardus Abt 12 Abbey Ale (Belgium)    $12.99
The Abt 12 represents the absolute top in the hierarchy of the St. Bernardus beers, with the highest alcohol level (10.5 %).  It’s almost ebony in color, with a smooth, creamy texture that’s enticing yet assertive.  Richly sweet, dark  dried fruit and hints of herbal spice offer just enough subtle bitterness to keep it even.
Mike Shelhamer
Old Town Wine Cellar
265 S. Main Street, Suite E
Yuma, Arizona  85364

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