California’s Robust Reds Take The Stage At SOHO!

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It can easily be argued that California wine comes from the most interesting soils and terroirs for wine lovers, wine makers and wine growers alike.  Being wine lovers ourselves, we’re proud to offer wines from the delightfully varied regions of California, especially hard to find gems that you wouldn’t otherwise see on typical wine menus!

This week’s Flight Night begins on Wednesday March 22nd, and the wines and their tapas will be available through March 28th.

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First, SOHO will pour a 2013 Viñas 3 Row Eleven Pinot Noir, and offers the following tasting notes,

“Opulent flavors of red cherries combined with medium toasted French oak.  Vinas 3 2013 Pinot Noir can hold its own with any food pairing. It has generous extraction and plenty of soft tannins.  The wine is velvety smooth.”

Next, SOHO will pour a 2015 The Pairing Red Blend.  The wine is described as,

“Classic aromas of cedar and cassis.  Pure expression of black and red fruit with lovely herbal notes of sincere cabernet sauvignon. A plush texture combined with a rigid backbone of tannin structure make this wine a truly memorable drinking experience.  Classy and regal.”

Finally, SOHO will pour a 2015 Daou Cabernet Sauvignon from Paso Robles. The winemaker says,

“Smooth, yet robust aromas of blackberry, black currant, and blueberries are infused with sage, dried herbs, espresso bean, and dark chocolate.  Secondary aromas of hints of cigar box and vanilla fill the nose. Bold and full-bodied on the palate, this wine offers flavors of dark cherry and cassis with subtle mocha and truffle nuances. A firm but smooth texture of pure blackberry fruit and coffee brings this balanced wine a well-rounded finish backed by a great tannin structure.”

SOHO’s Executive Chef, Joey Zelinka, has created a suggested tapa plate to pair with each of the wines!

2013 Viñas 3 Row Eleven Pinot Noir
100% Pinot Noir
Paired with: Braised Pork Belly, Carrot Purée, Fennel & Apple Salad

2015 The Pairing Red Blend
48% Cabernet , 21% Merlot, 21% Cab Franc, 10% Petit Verdot
Paired with: Salmon Tartare, Orange & Grapefruit, Rye Bagel Chips

2015 Daou Cabernet Sauvignon
100% Cabernet Sauvignon
Paired with: Fried Mozzarella, Tomato Jam

Sample each wine in a flight (three three-ounce glasses) for $14.25. Or, pair the flight with a tapa plate for $19. Try a full glass of wine and tapa plate for $13. Of course, the wines and tapas are available individually as well ($9.50/glass and $6.50/tapas).

We can’t wait to see you!

Unearthing Gems: California Wines That Delight The Enthusiast!

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One of the great things about California is that there are so many different wine regions, not just Napa!  There are tremendous wines that are produced every year, and SOHO is proud to showcase them for the month of March!

This week’s Flight Night begins on Wednesday March 15th, and the wines and their tapas will be available through March 21st.  Enjoy!

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First, SOHO will pour a 2014 Treana Blanc from the Central Coast, and offers the following tasting notes,

“Pale gold in color, enticing fruit aromas of pineapple, guava and Mandarin orange are accentuated by floral notes of honeysuckle and citrus blossom. On the palate, the entry is plush with a seductive, silky texture that complements the harmonious blend of tropical, citrus and stone fruit flavors that are softened by creamy vanilla, clove and nutmeg.”

Next, SOHO will pour a 2015 Lyric by Etude Pinot Noir from Santa Barbara.  The wine is described as,

“Rich in ripe cherry, red raspberry and fresh strawberry, this youthful Pinot Noir drinks complex with hints of cinnamon, cardamom, sandalwood and cola. Offering an elegant structure, silky tannins and bright acidity, this Pinot Noir is captivating in its youth and makes a wonderful counterpart to a variety of dishes.”

Finally, SOHO will pour a 2014 The Arsonist Matchbook red blend. The winemaker says,

“… alluring aromas of black currant, cranberry and mocha that intermingle with spice and black pepper. Sweet wild berry fruit flavors on the entry, dry as the wine progresses across the palate. An opulent and luscious wine with the essence of dried blueberries and juicy plum that seamlessly transition to a lengthy finish with hints of dark chocolate and truffle tannins.”

SOHO’s Executive Chef, Joey Zelinka, has created a suggested tapa plate to pair with each of the wines!

2014 Treana Blanc
45% Viognier, 45% Marsanne, 10% Roussanne
Paired with: Bacalao Fritters, Pineapple Salsa

2015 Lyric by Etude Pinot Noir
100% Pinot Noir
Paired with: Goat Cheese Crostini, Stone Fruit Compote

2014 The Arsonist Matchbook
52% Petit Verdot, 25% Malbec, 23% Cabernet Sauvignon
Paired with: Steak Au Poivre, Roasted Red Potato, Arsonist Beurre Rouge

Sample each wine in a flight (three three-ounce glasses) for $14.25. Or, pair the flight with a tapa plate for $19. Try a full glass of wine and tapa plate for $13. Of course, the wines and tapas are available individually as well ($9.50/glass and $6.50/tapas).

We can’t wait to see you!

California Dreamin’ (of Wine) On Such A Winter’s Day….

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It’s finally March, and in Atlanta, we can actually see and feel signs of Spring approaching. What a great time of year to enjoy the rich and varied wines of the West Coast!  A taste of California is just what the doctor ordered, and this month’s wine pairings are going to impress and delight our guests!

This week’s Flight Night begins on Wednesday March 1st, and the wines and their tapas will be available through March 7th.  Enjoy!

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First, SOHO will pour a 2014 The Arsonist Chardonnay from Dunnigan Hills, Yolo County, and offers the following tasting notes,

“Luscious and rich with a seamless integration of oak and fruit characters, Matchbook’s 2014 The Arsonist Chardonnay showcases the quality of the Dunnigan Hills. Enticing aromas of creamy caramel and fresh pear mingle with nutmeg and butterscotch. Honey, Crenshaw melon and green fig bring this dense wine to life with hints of toasty oak in the mid-palate.  The Arsonist is big and creamy, yet welcoming in its nuanced synthesis of flavors.”

Next, SOHO will pour a 2013 Brassfield Estate “Eruption” from High Valley, Lake County.  The wine is described as,

“The 2013 Eruption is rich and intense. The wine exhibits aromas of blackberries, fresh baked bread, stewed plums, and a touch of tar, giving way to flavors that are jammy, ripe and unctuous. The palate explodes with ripe blueberries, mixed berry tart, fresh tobacco leaf, and toasty vanilla notes. The texture of Eruption is perhaps its most distinguishing trait mouth-coating with an endless finish.”

Finally, SOHO will pour a 2015 St Huberts “The Stag” North Coast Cabernet Sauvignon from the North Coast, CA. The winemaker says,

“Blueberry, brown sugar, sweet-fruit, plum and blackberry aromas persist with hints of dark chocolate, elderberry and nutmeg characters.  Packed with exuberant and youthful black, red and blue fruit, complemented by notes of stewed capsicum, pepper and spice.”

SOHO’s Executive Chef, Jeff Sigler, has created a suggested tapa plate to pair with each of the wines!

2014 The Arsonist Chardonnay
100% Chardonnay
Paired with: Shrimp Ceviche – lime, coconut, cucumber pico de gallo

2013 Brassfield Estate “Eruption”
38% Malbec, 36% Syrah, 38% Malbec, 36% Syrah,
Paired with: Chicken Fried Steak – sirloin, roasted potato, fennel-leek soubise

2015 St Huberts “The Stag” North Coast Cabernet Sauvignon
78% Cabernet 14% Merlot, 7% Malbec, 1% Petit Verdot
Paired with: Elk Sliders – red wine-onion marmalade, asiago cheese

Sample each wine in a flight (three three-ounce glasses) for $14.25. Or, pair the flight with a tapa plate for $19. Try a full glass of wine and tapa plate for $13. Of course, the wines and tapas are available individually as well ($9.50/glass and $6.50/tapas).

We can’t wait to see you!

Find Your Happiness In A Glass (or two) of Italian Wines At SOHO!

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Wednesday are hard, we know.  It’s the middle of the week, and it seems like it’s never going to end.  Honestly, the best thing you can do to stay sane is to treat yourself mid-week to something that makes you happy.  What makes YOU happy?

We don’t know what that may be for you, but we DO know that we can offer up what makes US happy.  The simple pleasure in life like good wine, good food, and good people. This month’s Italian wines let you seek the small pleasure in life. These wines are like Italy itself: beautifully balanced, harmonious, and pleasing to the palate!

 

This week’s Flight Night begins on Wednesday February 22nd, and the wines and their tapas will be available through February 28th.  Enjoy!

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First, SOHO will pour a Piazzo Barbaresco 2013 DOCG from Piedmonte, and offers the following tasting notes,

“Color: Deep garnet red with a slight orange hue.  Bouquet: An aristocratic nose of red fruit jam, withered violets and geraniums, with hints of cinnamon and green pepper.  Taste: A warm, dry, and full-bodied palate packed with structure and a long aromatic finish.”

Next, SOHO will pour a Il Poggione Rosso di Montalcino 2014 DOC from Montalcino.  The wine is described as,

“Intense ruby red color. Fruity bouquet with red berry notes. Very well structured, yet soft, long-lasting flavor with smooth, velvety tannins.”

Finally, SOHO will pour a Chianti Classico Il Brunone Riserva 2005 DOCG from Chianti Classico. The winemaker says,

“A wine with a deep ruby red colour; the impact on the nose is complex, intense and long with typical sweet violet and black berry fragrance. In the mouth, it is a full body, harsh, with well-balanced tannins wine. A broad complex of aromas enriched by just a hint of toasty oak.  Overall, a beautifully harmonious wine.”

SOHO’s Executive Chef, Jeff Sigler, has created a suggested tapa plate to pair with each of the wines!

Piazzo Barbaresco 2013 DOCG 
100% Nebbiolo
Paired with: Ricotta Gnocchi, Chorizo Tomato Sauce

Il Poggione Rosso di Montalcino 2014 DOC
100% Sangiovese
Paired with: Duck Confit Pappardelle, Caramelized Onions, Cherries

Chianti Classico Il Brunone Riserva 2005 DOCG
95% Sangiovese 5% Canaiolo
Paired with: Short Rib Stuffed Piquillo Peppers, Parsley, Red Wine Jus

Sample each wine in a flight (three three-ounce glasses) for $14.25. Or, pair the flight with a tapa plate for $19. Try a full glass of wine and tapa plate for $13. Of course, the wines and tapas are available individually as well ($9.50/glass and $6.50/tapas).

We can’t wait to see you!

Daydreaming & Savoring The Flavors Of Italy’s Wines!

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Imagine, if you will: It’s a clear, warm day in Italy.  The sun is shining, and people are going about their daily routines around you.  You are sitting on a beautiful patio, surrounded by green trees, red flowers, and little bits of Italian conversations from the locals. You sip a glass of Barolo, and nibble on Antipasto without a care in the world.

Back to reality!  Most of us are NOT in Italy, but it’s really nice to pretend, yes?  This month at SOHO, we aim to bring you (as close as possible) this experience with Italian wines and tapas pairings specially chosen by Jeff Gelfond and Frank Smith, our resident wine guys!  Enjoy…

This week’s Flight Night begins on Wednesday February 15th, and the wines and their tapas will be available through February 21st.

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First, SOHO will pour a 2013 Pipoli Aglianico del Vulture DOC  from Basilicata, and offers the following tasting notes,

“Well-knit and fresh, with dusty tannins and ground spice layered with flavors of crushed mulberry, mocha, bergamot and herbs de Provence. Silky in texture and appealing, this is lightly juicy through to the expressive finish.”

Next, SOHO will pour a 2014 Lamùri Nero D’Avola Sicilia DOC from Sicily.  The wine is described as,

“Intense ruby-red in color, Lamùri offers lush aromas of black cherry, black fruits, vanilla, tobacco, and wild herbs.  On the palate, velvety tannins and refreshing acidity make for an elegant, expressive, crowd-pleasing wine.”

Finally, SOHO will pour a 2013 Papale Primitivo di Manduria Linea Oro DOP from Puglia. The winemaker says,

“In the bouquet dark berry fruits and some pleasantly stinky minerals. On the palate very ripe dark fruits, some metal, smoke, sweetness, mild acidity and tannin. Certainly a pleasant wine.”

SOHO’s Executive Chef, Jeff Sigler, has created a suggested tapa plate to pair with each of the wines!

2013 Pipoli Aglianico del Vulture DOC
100% Aglianico
Paired with: Baked Medjool Dates Stuffed with Cacio de Roma 

2014 Lamùri Nero D’Avola Sicilia DOC
100% Nero d’Avola
Paired with: Marinated Grilled Lamb Kebabs, Cous Cous

2013 Papale Primitivo di Manduria Linea Oro DOP
100% Primitivo
Paired with: Elk Carpaccio, Marinated Cherries, Arugula

Sample each wine in a flight (three three-ounce glasses) for $14.25. Or, pair the flight with a tapa plate for $19. Try a full glass of wine and tapa plate for $13. Of course, the wines and tapas are available individually as well ($9.50/glass and $6.50/tapas).

We can’t wait to see you!

Saluti! SOHO’s Tour Of Italy Continues…

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Oh Italy, how we love you!  If you’ve never actually been, aren’t you still in love with the IDEA of Italy? We think so, and for good reason!  The wine, the food, the views; it’s tough to pick just one thing to nurture your crush of Italy.  So we won’t ask you to choose.  We’ll just hand you food and wine pairings for the entire month of February!  Saluti!

This week’s Flight Night begins on Wednesday February 8th, and the wines and their tapas will be available through February 14th.

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First, SOHO will pour a Cecchi Morelinno di Scansano “La Mora” 2013 DOCG from Tuscany, and offers the following tasting notes,

“Color: Ruby red with intense purple reflections.  Aroma: Bright fruit aromas of raspberry, blackberry and spice.  Taste: A modern interpretation of Sangiovese, this wine’s flavors mimic its aroma, with a soft but persistent feel.”

Next, SOHO will pour a Recchia Le Muraie Ripasso Classico Superior 2013 DOC from Veneto.  The wine is described as,

“Deep ruby red.  Intense bouquet of fruit, jam and Mediterranean spices.  A harmonic full-bodied taste that lingers on the palate.”

Finally, SOHO will pour a Frescobaldi Terre More 2013 DOC from Maremma, Toscana.  The winemaker says,

“Terre More 2013 is an intense ruby-red with purplish highlights. Very intense notes of cherry, plum and black currant, organic notes of coffee and preserved licorice, followed by fresh eucalyptus. Characteristic velvety tannins, the finish is a kaleidoscope of olfactory sensations.”

SOHO’s Executive Chef, Jeff Sigler, has created a suggested tapa plate to pair with each of the wines!

Cecchi Morelinno di Scansano “La Mora” 2013 DOCG
90% Sangiovese , 10% other
Paired with: Chicken Liver Pate and Blackberry Bruschetta

Recchia Le Muraie Ripasso Classico Superior 2013 DOC
75% Corvina, 10% Corvinone, 10% Rondinella, 5% Oseleta, Merlot
Paired with: Grilled Pork Medallions, Lentil Purée, Bacon Jus

Frescobaldi Terre More 2013 DOC
Cabernet, Cab Franc, Merlot, Syrah
Paired with: Four Cheese Flatbread, Tomato, Basil

Sample each wine in a flight (three three-ounce glasses) for $14.25. Or, pair the flight with a tapa plate for $19. Try a full glass of wine and tapa plate for $13. Of course, the wines and tapas are available individually as well ($9.50/glass and $6.50/tapas).

We can’t wait to see you!

Take a Peek At SOHO’s Special Valentines Day Menu!

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There’s nothing better than celebrating Valentines Day with those you love, a good meal, and great service!  Indeed, doesn’t your love deserve the very best?

Our lovely and creative Chef Jeff Sigler has created a beautiful and delicious Valentines Day menu that will be offered on Tuesday evening, February 14th, beginning at 5:30 pm.  Please see our menu and call us at 770-801-0069 to make your reservation!

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Chilled Avocado and Lump Crab Soup  $8.00

Scallop Tartare, Tobiko and Pine Nut Gremolata, Preserved Lemon Sauce  $12.00

Filet Mignon, Fingerling Potato and Brussels Sprout Hash, Au Poivre Sauce  $36.00

Chocolate Terrine, Candied Pistachios and Blood Oranges  $8.00

 

May you be surrounded by those you love this Valentines Day!

Have A Love Affair With Italy And Its Wines At SOHO!

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While many think of February as the month of hearts and love, is there a better way to celebrate than with the love of wine?  We don’t think so!  Our love of wine is highlighted this month with one of our very favorite regions: Italy!  Our Italian love affair shows in this month’s wines and tapas, and we hope you enjoy them as much as we do!

This week’s Flight Night begins on Wednesday February 1st, and the wines and their tapas will be available through February 7th.

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First, SOHO will pour a 2015 G. D. Vajra Dolcetto D’Alba from Piedmont, Italy, and offers the following tasting notes,

“Brilliant purple color. Small red fruits, sour cherry, violet and hay: an aromatic range that reminds of summer walks in the mountains… and exciting vinosity that reigns in the cellar in September.  Soft, open in the mouth and balanced, it has delicate tannins accompanied by fresh acidity.”

Next, SOHO will pour a 2013 DiGiovanna Siciliani Rosso from Sicily.  The wine is described as,

“Deep red in color with shades of violet. Plush nose, black cherry and blueberries, a hint of bitter chocolate and impressive palate for this great food wine.”

Finally, SOHO will pour a 2012 Mazzei Chianti Classico Riserva Ser Lapo from Chianti Classico, Italy.  The winemaker says,

“Bright acid structure providing a lively quality. Cranberry, raspberry and red cherry dominate with hints of leather, cedar and cocoa powder. Some earthiness in the finish and ripe soft tannins.”

SOHO’s Executive Chef, Jeff Sigler, has created a suggested tapa plate to pair with each of the wines!

2015 G. D. Vajra Dolcetto D’Alba 
100% Dolcetto
Paired with: Roast Beef Sliders, Caramelized Onions, Horseradish Sauce

2013 DiGiovanna Siciliani Rosso
35% Cab Sauv, 35% Merlot, 15% Nero d’Avola, 15% Syrah
Paired with: Patak Slab Bacon, Blackberry Sauce

2012 Mazzei Chianti Classico Riserva Ser Lapo
90% Sangiovese, 10% Merlot
Paired with: Lamb Bolognese, Pappardelle Pasta, Yogurt, Fresh Mint

Sample each wine in a flight (three three-ounce glasses) for $14.25. Or, pair the flight with a tapa plate for $19. Try a full glass of wine and tapa plate for $13. Of course, the wines and tapas are available individually as well ($9.50/glass and $6.50/tapas).

We can’t wait to see you!

Life Is Better With Rhone Blends! SOHO Celebrates Red Varietals In All Their Glory!

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Life is a lot more fun when you have something to look forward to, and we think Flight Night is just the ticket!  Both of our regular and new guests love our flights on Wednesday nights, and everyone has a particular variety of wine they favor.  This week we feature the hugely popular Rhone Blends, and all three wines are stars in their own right!  Get ready to fall in love with wine all over again, and let’s get this Flight Night started!

This week begins on Wednesday January 25th, and the wines and their tapas will be available through January 31st.

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First, SOHO will pour a 2012 Terre Rouge “Les Cotes de l’Ouest, from Columbia Valley, and offers the following tasting notes,

“This 2012 vintage has beautiful color with rich, silky, wild raspberry fruit flavors laced with pepper, tar, and olive/herb tones. Aromas are raspberry, smoky, wild gamey, peppery, and cinnamon.  The wine has a clean purity of Syrah fruit that is reminiscent of many St. Joseph’s and other Northern Rhone’s. It has forward fruit flavors and great acid balance.”

Next, SOHO will pour a 2014 Halter Ranch CDP from Paso Robles.  The wine is described as,

“Our Côtes de Paso is our Rhone style blend that is a combination of four varietals from our estate vineyard. Grenache provides a bright fruit forward entry. Mourvedre adds spice and meaty notes, while Syrah brings weight to the mid-palate, and Tannat ties everything together with color, tannin and acidity. Loaded with aromas of plum and dark cherry with a hint of garrique, this luscious wine has a rich mid-palate that leads to a long smooth finish.”

Finally, SOHO will pour a 2014 Saint Cosme Cotes du Rhone from Rhone Valley, France.  The winemaker says,

“The Château de St. Cosme Côtes du Rhône Red is a deep plum with violet reflections. Aromas of bright berry fruits and licorice give way to a medium bod-
ied palate with elegant flavors of red currant and gingerbread.”

SOHO’s Executive Chef Jeff Sigler has created a suggested tapa plate to pair with each of the wines!

2012 Terre Rouge “Les Cotes de l’Ouest
96% Syrah, 4% Viognier
Paired with: Bresaola Carpaccio, Crispy Onions, Capers, Creamy Dijon, Toast Points

2014 Halter Ranch CDP
54% Grenache, 22% Mourvèdre, 18% Syrah and 6% Tannat
Paired with: Seared Duck Breast, Parsnip Puree, Herbs de Provence Jus

2014 Saint Cosme Cotes du Rhone
100% Syrah
Paired with: Lamb Sliders, Aged Goat Cheese, Roasted Red Pepper Aioli

Sample each wine in a flight (three three-ounce glasses) for $14.25. Or, pair the flight with a tapa plate for $19. Try a full glass of wine and tapa plate for $13. Of course, the wines and tapas are available individually as well ($9.50/glass and $6.50/tapas).

We can’t wait to see you!

SOHO Digs Into Richer Reds That Will Please Eager Palates

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In the middle of January, everything seems to get a bit richer.  While it’s still weirdly in the 70’s in Atlanta, we all seem to be enjoying the season’s more savory food, and heavier wines to go with it.  In answer to this, we’ve chosen some lovely reds that will satisfy Winter’s call.  Enjoy!

This week’s Flight Night begins on Wednesday January 18th, and the wines and their tapas will be available through January 24th.

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First, SOHO will pour a 2014 Owen Roe Sharecropper Cabernet, from Columbia Valley, and offers the following tasting notes,

“Dominant Graham cracker aroma with fruity under notes leading to more graham cracker flavor on the palate with only a moderate amount of fruit. Finish is substantially dry with dark chocolate and green fruit notes.”

Next, SOHO will pour a 2014 Franklin Tate Cabernet/Merlot from Margaret River.  The wine is described as,

“Regional notes of bay leaf, eucalypt and dry, tannins are supported by a lush and vibrant blue and black fruit backbone that continues on the palate for what seems like a lifetime. Absolutely delicious.”

Finally, SOHO will pour a 2013 Folie à Deux Cabernet from Alexander Valley.  The winemaker says,

“Aromas of black currant, cherry, dark plum and violets are balanced by notes of sage, fennel, olives, black tea and tobacco—all layered over soft, fine-grained tannins.”

SOHO’s Executive Chef, Jeff Sigler, has created a suggested tapa plate to pair with each of the wines!

2014 Owen Roe Sharecropper Cabernet
Cabernet
Paired with: Tuna Nicoise Tartar: Black Olive Purée, Tomato, Haricot Verts

2014 Franklin Tate Cabernet/Merlot
Cabernet/Merlot
Paired with: Beet, Strawberry, and Goat Cheese Tart

2013 Folie à Deux Cabernet
Cabernet
Paired with: Short Rib Stuffed Marrow Bone, Bread Crumbs, Herb Salad

Sample each wine in a flight (three three-ounce glasses) for $14.25. Or, pair the flight with a tapa plate for $19. Try a full glass of wine and tapa plate for $13. Of course, the wines and tapas are available individually as well ($9.50/glass and $6.50/tapas).

We can’t wait to see you!