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Greetings from the Wine Cellar:

The Yuma Art Center 2011 Summer Six-Pac concludes another great summer run of community theater this weekend and the next, August 5th-7th and August 12th-14th at the Historic Yuma Theatre here in Old Town (254 S. Main) with the play Doubt, a Parable. Show times are 7:00 PM Fridays and Saturdays; Sunday matinees are at 2:00 PM.

This dramatic play, made famous by a hit movie in 2008, will be brought to the local stage by 5 Point Theatre Company. John Patrick Shanley crafts a masterful story about the internal crisis of faith that doubt brings into our lives. What happens when our beliefs are questioned? When faith in our fellow man is put to the test? This gripping drama of an alleged impropriety in a Catholic school in 1964 brings these questions and more to mind. Are our beliefs unshakeable when the very foundation they are built upon is brought into question? Who do we trust when conflict threatens to tear us apart and finally, what will we ultimately do to get to the truth of the matter?

Sounds pretty compelling… Reserved seating is $10 – tickets can be had at or at the Yuma Art Center box office (same address as above).

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

Colomé 2010 Torrontés (Calchaquí Valley, Argentina) $12.99
The most popular white wine of Argentina, the Torrontés varietal is a cross of Muscat and the Mission grape of Spain’s Galicia region. It’s a crisply refreshing and surprisingly complex white, with floral tones that balance its juicy, fruity essence.

Gruet Brut Rosé (New Mexico) $17.99
Gruet’s Brut Rosé offers a lovely, bright floral bouquet, with vivid raspberry and cherry tones. On the palate, it’s rich and fruity in a dry ‘Brut’ style. Juicy berry and cherry flavors are supported by zesty acidity and a deliciously crisp, clean texture.

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.’

Montevina 2008 Barbera (Amador County) $9.99
Juicy and pleasantly ripe, with lush black cherry, vanilla and white pepper aromas on the nose. The flavors of black currant, anise and blackberry are accentuated by a touch of smoky pepper. It’s a nice quaff by itself, and a perfect match with pizza, burgers and tomato-based pastas.

Four Vines 2009 Old Vine Cuvee California Zinfandel $12.99
Made with old vine fruit sourced from regions across the state, the ‘09 Old Vine Cuvee has a plump nose of briar fruit and licorice with a hint of cardamom, cinnamon and nutmeg. In the mouth, a black pepper spice accent complements the abundantly ripe blackberry and plum fruit.

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.


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.


Renato Ratti 2009 Nebbiolo d’Alba Occhetti (Piedmont, Italy) $19.99
This single-vineyard Nebbiolo opens with a delicate, alluring bouquet of raspberries and strawberries. The palate displays the classic varietal characteristics of juicy red cherries accented by complex accents of dried herbs, earth and cedar, carried on an elegantly smooth and silky tannic frame.

Gruet Brut Blanc de Noirs New Mexico) $9.99 (375 ml)
This New Mexican sparkler is from 100% Pinot Noir. It shows a beautiful salmon-pink color, a tantalizing mousse and rich berry aromas. The palate has explosively juicy flavors of cherries
and raspberries on a lush and creamy texture.

Francis Ford Coppola 2009 Director’s Pinot Noir (Sonoma Coast) $17.99
The Director’s Pinot Noir boasts an intense bouquet of fresh strawberries, orange peel and black tea. The palate offers a pure impression of ripe strawberries and raspberries, complemented by a touch of lavender and fragrant notes of clove and sandalwood. This is 100% Pinot Noir; aged for 12 months in a mix of new and 1 to 2 year-old French oak barrels.


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

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