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Greetings from the Wine Cellar:

This Friday, July 30th, the Yuma Jazz Company will liven things up just down Main Street at Lutes’ Casino with another installment of the 2021 Lutes’ Summer Jazz Series. The special guest performer this time will be vocalist Jennifer Wayman-Hart, who has performed locally with the Arizona Western College Jazz Band as well as the Yuma Big Band. The show will go from 7 to 9 PM (with no cover), presented by Lutes’ and sponsored by Yuma’s Public Radio Station KAWC. It’s a fine evening’s entertainment on a mid-summer evening here in Historic Downtown.

And on a sad note, I want to let everyone know that there will be a celebration of life for Michael “Mike” Mooney this Friday at the Eagles Lodge here in downtown, at 225 S. 1st Avenue. Mike Mooney was a great friend and a big part of the Old Town Wine Cellar for nearly eighteen years. Mike first pitched in to help with our Friday night wine tasting way back then, and he became a Friday night fixture ever since. If you came in on a Friday night, you could always count on a friendly greeting (along with a glass) from Mike. Mike passed away suddenly just a few weeks ago, and the extended Wine Cellar family is really still in shock. He was a great guy, and a great friend. The celebration of life at the Eagles Lodge will be from 5:00 to 8:00 PM. I certainly intend to be there. If you knew Mike, please consider dropping by there Friday night to pay your respects. And if you make it to the Wine Cellar, I will certainly join you in raising a toast to the memory of a really good guy!

FEATURED WINES THIS WEEK

Craggy Range 2020 Te Muna Sauvignon Blanc (Martinborough, New Zealand) $22.99

This Kiwi Sauvignon Blanc opens up with intense passion-fruit, lime and gooseberry aromas. The palate displays superb depth and complexity, with flavors of ripe melon, apricot and pineapple edged with accents of candied ginger and lemon verbena.

Santi 2019 Infinito Rosé (Veneto, Italy) $14.99

Infinito Rosé opens with a floral nose, along with hints of ripe pear, subtle spices and savory herbs. In the mouth it’s fresh, balanced and vibrant, with streamlined acidity and a pleasant hint of salinity. The finish is bracingly dry and mouthwatering, begging for another sip…

Masi 2017 Ripasso Campofiorin (Veneto, Italy) $15.99

Campofiorin was introduced by Masi over 50 years ago as an affordable mid-point between the pleasant fruitiness of a basic Valpolicella and the complex, raisined richness of Amarone. The fruit-filled nose is perfumed with just a hint of cinnamon. It’s soft, rich and spicy on the palate, with savory flavors of ripe red plums and berries and a pleasant hint of licorice.

Ferrari Carano 2018 Siena (Sonoma County) $21.99

Siena begins with rich black cherry aromas, plus subtle hints of fennel and licorice. Ripe red fruit flavors follow the nose, shaped by a pleasant acidity and soft tannins in this Sangiovese-based red blend. Tart cherry pie flavors linger at the finish, accented by a touch of chocolate the finish.

Beronia 2011 Rioja Gran Reserva (Rioja, Spain) $32.99

This Gran Reserva was aged in French oak for 27 months and another 36 months in the bottle. The nose gives a subtle interplay of exotic spices, fragrant wood and sweet dark cherry. A velvety palate shows fine-grained tannins wrapped around an intense core of red and black fruits, with a touch of vanilla.

NEW WINE & BEER ARRIVALS

Daou Vineyards 2018 Bodyguard Red (Paso Robles) $39.99

This has a fragrant nose of blackberry, raspberry, currant and crème de cassis. A fleshy palate offers generous flavors of cherry, strawberry and blueberry accented by black raspberry and tamarind, supported by underlying accents of dusty leather, pencil shavings, cigar box and herbs, with an elegantly styled and beautifully structured finish. 60% Petit Verdot / 40% Petite Sirah.

Beni di Batasiolo 2019 Gavi (Piedmont, Italy) $17.99

Gavi comes from a small growing area in northwest Italy, near Genoa on the steep slopes of the Apennines. Made from the native Cortese varietal, this has a savory palate of white peach, green apple, sage and a hint of toasted almonds, framed with bright acidity. A mineral edge frames the finish.

Fritz Briem 1809 Berliner-Style Weisse (Freising, Germany) $7.99

Fritz Briem’s 1809 is a very traditional version of a “Berliner Style” Weisse, offering an intense array of lactic tartness and complex fruit character. It’s almost Champagne-like in its racy blend of acidity, complexity and carbonation. 1809 is bottle-conditioned, unfiltered and unpasteurized.

Cheers!

Mike Shelhamer
Old Town Wine Cellar
265 S. Main Street, Suite E
Yuma, Arizona 85364
928-373-0405

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