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Greetings from the Wine Cellar:

This Friday, Saturday and Sunday, June 10th-12th, the Yuma Summer Six Pac kicks off with the play “Sin, Sex, and the C.I.A.” presented by the City of Yuma Employee Association at the Historic Yuma Theatre (254 S. Main Street). The curtain rises at 7:00 PM Friday & Saturday and 2:00 PM on Sunday – reserved theatre seating is $10. According to the city website, “Not everyone is who they appear to be in this fast-paced farce by Michael and Susan Parker. The U.S. is opening secret negotiations with a representative of a small island nation for their oil reserves, which may rival those of OPEC. ‘Highly trained’ C.I.A. agent Luke James is sent to safeguard the meeting, but just can’t seem to figure out what’s going on around him. Add to that a State Department representative who’s controlled by her libido, a traveling preacher and his secretary plus two undercover operatives from OPEC, and what results is mayhem on a comic scale.” Community theater makes for a great summer diversion – check it out!

THURSDAY & FRIDAY WINE TASTING – $5.00 to try all six, or $5.00 for a full glass:

Forefront 2008 Sauvignon Blanc (Napa / Sonoma) $15.99
This blend of Napa and Sonoma fruit has a luscious nose of sweet ruby grapefruit and nectarine, edged with intense mineral notes. The palate offers bright flavors of fresh citrus, melon and pineapple; the lush fruit balanced by refreshing acidity that keeps the rich fruit flavor juicy and light through the crisp finish.

Herding Cats 2008 Chenin Blanc-Chardonnay (Western Cape, South Africa) $9.99
Fermented and aged only in stainless steel rather than oak, this refreshing white (80% Chenin / 20% Chardonnay) offers a spirited style, with fresh peach, apricot and mineral aromas. On the palate, bright lemon, white peach and tropical fruit flavors intermingle.

Patricia Greene Cellars 2007 Pinot Noir, Ana Vineyard (Willamette Valley) $17.99
The Ana Vineyard, located in the Dundee Hills sub-appellation, was originally planted in 1978. This wine offers rich, slightly tart red fruit flavors, sweet spices and a sublimely silky texture. It’s a compelling example of Willamette Valley Pinot.

BV 2009 Coastal Estates Red (California) $8.99
BV’s Coastal Estates wines are sourced from Central Coast vineyards that produce fruit-forward, approachable quaffers. This one is a blend of Zinfandel, Merlot, Barbera and Petite Sirah. It’s a lightly sweet and super-fruity glass full of red, with a touch of vanilla accenting ripe cherry and plum fruit.

Ravenswood 2008 Zen of Zin Old Vine Zinfandel (California) $11.99
The Zen of Zin truly represents the path to “Zin-lightenment”. This wine is almost restrained by modern Zin standards. Its lower alcohol content, slightly lighter body and balanced, finely focused fruit character makes it the quintessential barbecue red.

Flora Springs 2008 Merlot (Napa Valley) $17.99
Flora Springs Napa Valley Merlot has long been a favorite among the seekers of soft, supple, elegant reds that are ready to drink from the get-go. The 2008 vintage is true to form, with full fruit characteristics of ripe red raspberry and black cherry edged by tones of spices and toasty vanillin oak.


Bodega Norton 2007 Privada (Mendoza, Argentina) $24.99
Privada is Norton’s signature blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec and Merlot. This is a wine that really goes for the gusto, with plenty of toast and rich spice mingling with layers of fig, plum and black currant fruit. It ends with a healthy dollop of licorice and spice on a long, thickly textured finish.


Bottega Vinaia 2009 Pinot Noir (Trentino, Italy) $19.99
Bottega Vinaia wines are sourced from select, family-farmed vineyards in the cool Trentino region of northeast Italy. It was produced from Dijon clones, and barrel-aged for six months prior to release. It displays fresh dark cherry and raspberry aromas that carry over to the medium weight palate. This easy-drinking Italian Pinot shows good acidity and excellent balance.

Candor Lot 2 Zinfandel (California) $15.99
This innovative multi-vintage, multi-appellation Zinfandel offers a spicy red raspberry aroma accented with enticing hints of vanilla and red licorice. The medium-bodied palate delivers fresh raspberry, strawberry and vanilla flavors with zippy acidity. Nicely balanced, soft and silky, it’s sure to be a perfect match for pizza or pasta.

Massimo 2009 Malbec (Mendoza, Argentina) $12.99
On the nose, the oak is just right – a light whiff that marries well with gentle spice notes. This wine lives up to its name as big and succulent, with engaging notes of blueberry pie and juicy plums that sit engagingly on the palate. The flavors linger nicely at the finish, accented with spice, cedar and floral tones that add complexity.


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

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