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Greetings from the Wine Cellar:
Labor Day Weekend is almost upon us, so it’s worth noting some early Fall events that are coming our way here in Old Town.  On Saturday, October 1st, Yuma’s 3rdAnnual Oktoberfest will take place at the Yuma Art Centre (254 S. Main Street) from 6:00 to 9:00 PM.  As always, the classic Oktoberfest staples – beer, brats & sauerkraut and German potato salad will be served, along with musical entertainment and lots of great art to enjoy.  It’s $30 for beer-tasting and the food; $12 for food only, and you can reserve a table for ten for $300.  Tickets are on sale now at the Art Center Museum gift shop, or you can order yours by calling 329-6607.

And speaking of German food, our German restaurant here in Old Town, Das Bratwurst Haus, will re-open for the Fall/Winter season this Thursday.  Owners Bill & Barbara Bowles have expanded the restaurant into the space next door in order to create a classic German “bier garden” – an inside space but with an outdoor feel.  They’ve also added sidewalk dining on the Madison Avenue side of the restaurant – a great feature when our evenings cool down in a few short weeks.  And of course they now offer a nice selection of German beers and wines to enjoy with your meal.  Das Bratwurst Haus is located just a block off Main Street at 2nd Street & Madison – for more info call 329-4777 or check out the website at

I hope to see everyone before then, but if you can’t make it down to the Cellar for the wine tasting, have a great Labor Day weekend!
THURSDAY & FRIDAY WINE TASTING$5.00 to try all six, or
$5.00 for a full glass

Rocca di Montemassi 2009 Vermentino Calasole (Tuscany, Italy)   $14.99
Vermentino is a grape grown in coastal Italy that makes an aromatic dry white, with a spicy, floral bouquet like Viognier and a crisply dry finish reminscent of Sauvignon Blanc.  The Calasole exhibits ripe scents of peach, pear and honeydew.  The body is substantial yet fresh, with enticing citrus and peach tones and a clean mineral finish.

Mönchhof 2009 Mosel Slate Riesling Spätlese (Mosel Valley, Germany)    $18.99
Mönchhof’s Mosel Slate is a slightly drier style of Spätlese, with a gossamer-light frame and a juicy texture that frames delicious peach, citrus and
spice flavors.  It’s all supported with a vibrant acidity that frames the tangy, lingering finish.
Valley of the Moon 2007 Sangiovese (Sonoma County)    $13.99
This California take on the grape of Chianti has plenty of black cherry and plum on the nose mixed with hints of leather and cedar.  The medium-bodied palate delivers a juicy mouthful of black cherry fruit, soft, supple tannins, and a bright, food-friendly acidity.
Raimat 2006 Tempranillo Viña 43 (Costers del Segre, Spain)    $9.99
Vina 43 is a wine that truly captures all the character of the Tempranillo varietal.  It’s vinted with carefully selected fruit from premium vineyard sites in the Coster del Segre region, and aged for 18 months in oak.  The result is a smooth red with rich black plum and cherry fruit flavors, nicely accented with a dash of licorice.
Artesa 2006 Elements Red (Sonoma / Napa)    $14.99
This finely crafted blend of varietals of three famous wine regions – France’s Bordeaux and Rhone Valley, and Spain’s Rioja – offers lively dark cherry, plum, cassis and berry fruit flavors, accented with a spicy blend of cinnamon, white pepper and clove.  The flavors are true to the aromas, and the texture is supple and smooth.

Chateau Ste. Michelle 2009 Indian Wells Cabernet Sauvignon (Columbia Valley)   $16.99
This Washington Cabernet is silky and generous, offering a plush mouthful of blackberry and sweet black cherry fruit flavors.  The fruit is framed with firm but polished tannins, and hints of licorice, coffee and chocolate.  The addition of 16% Syrah adds a nice dash of pepper.
Austin Hope 2009 Estate Grenache (Paso Robles)    $29.99
This wine opens with the classic Grenache bouquet of raspberries, white pepper and Herbes de Provence.  The palate offers a delicious mix of juicy
red raspberry fruit and light licorice tones, carried on a seamless tannic
frame.  The fruit remains wonderfully vivid all through the spicy finish.

Gloria Ferrer 2007 Estate Pinot Noir (Carneros)     $17.99
Aromas of black cherry and tangy spice grace the nose of this elegant, medium-bodied Pinot.  It’s smooth as silk on the palate, loaded with black and red cherry fruit and a hint of raspberry jam.  A light earthy element adds a nice complexity.
William Hill 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon (Central Coast)    $12.99
This Cabernet opens with a spicy blackberry bouquet, edged with hints of spearmint and oak toast.  It’s a smooth, balanced and complex wine on the palate, with a rich array of blackberry and cassis fruit framed with smooth and easy tannins.

William Hill 2009 Chardonnay (Central Coast)    $11.99
This Chardonnay offers a heaping plate of juicy tropical fruits, on both the nose and on the palate.  Flavors of ripe Golden Delicious apples and Bartlett pears are framed with toasty oak through the lush finish.  It’s a rich wine that
shows a fine balance of acidity and ripe fruit.
Francolí Cava Brut Reserva (Catalunya, Spain)    $15.99
This is a full-bodied dry sparkling wine made from two of the traditional Cava grapes, Parellada and Macabeo.  On the nose, enticing yeasty aromas suggest brioche, with a touch of honey.  On the palate, clean fruit tones of ripe apples and pears mingle on a rich and toasty frame, ending w+ith a refreshing finish.
Mike Shelhamer
Old Town Wine Cellar
265 S. Main Street, Suite E
Yuma, Arizona  85364

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