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Greetings from the Wine Cellar:

The Yuma Art Center’s 2011 Summer Six-Pac continues this Friday and Saturday, July 29th & 30th at the Historic Yuma Theatre here in Old Town (254 S. Main St.) with the play Thoroughly Modern Millie. Summer theater students of the Infinite Imagination Youth Theater perform this high-spirited musical romp about a small-town girl, Millie Dillmount, who comes to New York City to marry for money instead of love – a thoroughly modern aim in 1922, when women were just entering the workforce. Millie soon delights in the “flapper” lifestyle, but problems arise when she checks into a hotel owned by the leader of a rather sinister enterprise. Reserved seating is just $5 and showtimes are at 7:00 PM – get your tickets at or at the Yuma Art Center box office (same address as above). You know you loved the movie, and and you probably haven’t seen it since you were a kid – grab this chance to re-live the memories and shake those mid-summer blues. See you down here!

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

Benziger 2009 Sauvignon Blanc (Lake County/Sonoma County) $12.99
Stainless steel fermentation preserves the bright, crisp style of this Sauvignon Blanc. Lightly herbal aromas introduce flavors of citrus – lemon and grapefruit – followed by touches of melon, guava and passionfruit. The ripe, tangy fruit flavors are enhanced by a fine mineral edge and refreshing acidity.

Markus Molitor 2009 Estate Riesling Haus Klosterberg (Mosel Valley, Germany) $15.99
The grapes for this Estate Riesling come from steep vineyard sites on the Middle Mosel. The vines grow in finely-splintered slate soils and the grapes are all hand-harvested. This wine offers bright aromas of peach, pear and pink grapefruit. A palate of juicy green apple and tangy pear flavors is enlivened with crisp acidity and minerality.

Delas 2008 Côtes-du-Ventoux (Rhone Valley, France) $11.99
The Côtes-du-Ventoux appellation lies on the east bank of the Rhone River, at the foot of the Ventoux Mountains. The wines are similar in style to the nearby, and much better-known Cotes-du-Rhone. This blend of Grenache (80%) and Syrah (20%) offers plenty of ripe dark berry fruit flavors, nicely accented with spice and white pepper tones.

Monte Volpe 2007 Prima Rosso (Mendocino County) $11.99
Italian grape varietals have long been an integral component of Mendocino County viticulture. This blend of Zinfandel, Sangiovese, Barbera, Carignane, Negroamaro and Nebbiolo grapes is rich and fruity, with aromas and flavors of spicy plums and boysenberries.

Bodegas Carchelo 2009 Carchelo “C” (Jumilla, Spain) $14.99
A blend of 40% Monastrell, 40% Tempranillo and 20% Cabernet Sauvignon, Carchelo “C” is aged for 3 months in new French oak before release. The nose offers hints of cherry licorice and dark chocolate. Rich dark cherry and mint flavors pick up smoky and peppery accents on a lengthy finish.

B. R. Cohn 2008 Silver Label Cabernet Sauvignon (North Coast) $18.99
The 2008 Silver Label is a blend of grapes from B.R. Cohn’s Olive Hill Estate Vineyard, along with select North Coast vineyards. The combination achieves rich, deep flavors of plum, cassis and red cherry, with background notes of vanilla. Barrel aging in French oak contributes both depth and elegance.


Gundlach Bundschu 2008 Estate Pinot Noir (Sonoma Valley) $24.99
Gundlach Bundschu is a family-owned and operated winery situated at the crossroads of the Sonoma Valley and Carneros appellations. The same family has owned the winery for over 150 years. This Pinot Noir is silky and balanced, with dark cherry, clove and dried rose petal aromas, and beautifully complex flavors that evoke a classic Burgundy.


Louis Latour 2007 Marsannay (Burgundy, France) $18.99
A striking garnet in color, this wine brings forth bright aromas of freshly picked blackberries, blackcurrants and raspberries. The fruit-filled palate offers hints of licorice and spice. It shows the beautiful qualities of Pinot Noir, but with an unmistakeably Burgundian ‘terroir.’

Comenge 2005 Tempranillo (Ribera del Duero, Spain) $24.99
This 100% estate-grown Tempranillo was aged in barrel for 12 months. It offers an enticing nose of dry herbs, mocha, black cherries and licorice. The palate is savory and dense, with ripe, juicy raspberry and spicecake flavors accented by touches of coffee, dark chocolate and toasty oak.

Ferrari-Carano 2008 Merlot (Sonoma County) $19.99
Select lots of grapes were chosen from Ferrari-Carano’s vineyards in Sonoma County to create this superbly balanced Merlot. It’s a velvety red with a complex bouquet of ripe dark cherry, pomegranate and plum scents, followed by intricately woven flavors of raspberries and dark plums. Smooth, supple tannins carry the generous fruit to a long, silky finish.


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

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