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Greetings from the Wine Cellar:

The City of Yuma isn’t letting a global pandemic slow its rock ‘n’ roll enthusiasm; nor will it prevent the Yuma Art Center from embracing local artists, including musicians. This Friday and Saturday, September 10th & 11th, get ready for the Yuma Rocks Music Fest here in Historic Downtown, presented by the Yuma Art Center & Historic Yuma Theatre (254 S. Main Street). To help promote awareness of the Yuma community’s outstanding local music scene, this two-day music festival will feature only local bands performing on-stage in the Historic Yuma Theatre.

The line-up for Friday evening has Typha, MOTH, The Raging Hyenas and Ultraviolet Communication, featuring DJ Rude and Mark Flint

Saturday’s performance consists of Switchblade Mary, Rochambeaux, Obungus, Krooktone Classics and No Se, featuring DJ Rude and Dominic Antonelli

The shows begin at 7PM and continue until 10PM, with all ages welcome. Ticket price is $10.00 per night, or get a pass for both nights for $15.00. Tickets are available online at etix. More info here.

Sounds like a great way to celebrate our local music scene this weekend, as well as the first glimmerings of fall here in Yuma after Labor Day. So head downtown this weekend and get ready to rock out. But first, a nice glass of wine or a cold brew at the Wine Cellar would be in order. Hope you can make it!


Rocca Delle Macie 2018 Maccione Vermentino (Tuscany, Italy) $14.99

Vermentino is a native Italian grape varietal that makes a nice alternative to the typical Pinot Grigio. Rocca Delle Macie’s Maccione has a fine measure of complexity, offering a delicious mix of tangy citrus, green apple and pineapple flavors edged with hints of ginger and hazelnuts.

Chemistry 2018 Pinot Noir (Willamette Valley) $17.99

Chemistry is a joint effort of two of Oregon’s premier wineries, Chehalem and Stoller Family Estate. The wine offers fresh aromas of dark berries and baking spices. It’s bright and silky on the palate, with alluring flavors of cranberries, red cherries and strawberries.

McBride Sisters 2018 Red Blend (Central Coast) $17.99

This proprietary blend of Merlot, Zinfandel, Malbec and Petite Sirah was aged in a mix of French, American and Hungarian oak barrels. Aromas of cherries and plums dominate the nose, with a backdrop of cedar and vanilla. In the mouth it’s an elegant and balanced red, with rich dark fruit flavors and soft, easy tannins.

Argiano 2016 Non Confunditur (Tuscany, Italy) $19.99

‘N C’ is a Tuscan blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Sangiovese and Merlot. It melds the softness of Merlot with the earthiness of Sangiovese and the rich cassis flavors of Cabernet. The result is a complex yet satisfying red with bright aromas of currant and plum, and generous fruit flavors.

Martinelli 2018 Vigneto di Evo Zinfandel (Russian River Valley) $34.99

The 2018 Vigneto di Evo Zinfandel offers fresh aromas of raspberry compote, dark chocolate and star anise on the nose. In the mouth, elegant tannins frame rich layers of ripe dark cherry, blackberry and sweet oak flavors. Hints of baking spices linger on the finish.


Damilano 2015 Barolo Le Cinque Vigne (Piedmont, Italy) $42.99

Made with fruit from five vineyards in four different villages (Barolo, Grinzane, Monforte and Novello), Le Cinque Vigne represents the traditional Barolo practice of focusing on blends rather than single cru wines. It’s a classic Barolo, with an exotic nose of rose petal, leather and tobacco and a dry, silky and embracing palate of rich dark fruit.

Fruit & Flower 2018 Chardonnay (Washington State) $16.99

This Washington State Chardonnay offers ripe pear and green apple aromas on the nose. Flavors of ripe orchard fruits unfold on the palate, with a nice undercurrent of citrus blossoms and bergamot. Moderate acidity gives a juicy lift to the brisk finish.

Bodegas Muriel 2017 Rioja Crianza (Rioja, Spain) $14.99

This Crianza is deep ruby in color with a garnet edge. The bouquet is redolent of red cherry fruit with a hint of leather and spices. On the palate, black cherry and brambly ripe berry fruit flavors are uplifted by complex spice and oak tones.

Wren House Brewing Big Spill Pils Pilsner (Phoenix) $4.99

Big Spill Pils is a 4.7% ABV, German-influenced lager highlighting one of our favorite hops in the world, Nelson! It’s brewed using 100% Pilsen malts, then fermented low and slow with German lager yeasts and hopped delicately with Saaz and Nelson in the kettle and dry-hopped using Nelson during the lagering.


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

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