Each week in November, SOHO will feature new South American wines and tapas. Flight night on Wednesday, November 4, will include varietals and flavors from Argentina and Chile.
Vineyards in Mendoza, Argentina
SOHO has recently teamed up with wine connoisseur Lars Snavely, who will be selecting the wines featured each week on flight night. Lars has traveled extensively in South America, and I’ve included a few of his insights on this week’s wines below.
Two of the wines Lars has chosen this week come from Argentina’s Mendoza province, one of Argentina’s most important wine regions – it accounts for nearly two-thirds of the country’s wine production. The region is known for producing full-bodied Malbecs, as well as impressive Cabernet Sauvignon, Tempranillo and Chardonnay. The third wine SOHO will feature this week is a Cabernet Sauvignon from the Maipo Valley in Chile. The region is ideal for producing Cabernet, due to its altitude (2,100 feet above sea level) and soils. SOHO’s Chef Joe has tapped into the regional flavors of Chile and Argentina to prepare this week’s small plates – each pairs well with one of the featured wines. The following wine and tapas will be available through Wednesday, November 11.
2007 Catena Tupungato Chardonnay, Mendoza, Argentina
This Chardonnay has an elegant balance of fruit and oak with just enough crisp acidity. The taste fills the mouth with peach and ripe mango flavors with underlying minerality. The finish is long and smooth.
Paired with Almejas con limon – raw clams on the half shell with fresh lemon
2007 Decero Remolinos Malbec, Mendoza, Argentina
This wine is a deep ruby color with violet, fresh fruit and spice on the nose. Rich in the mouth with red fruit and spice taste. It’s a complex and beautifully balanced wine.
Paired with Empanada de pino – baked turnover with diced beef, onions, olives, raisins and eggs
2006 Cousino-Macul Antiguas Reservas Cabernet Sauvignon, Maipo Valley, Chile
This 2006 Antiquas Cab is a deep ruby color with lovely black fruit and light toasty oat on the nose. The dark fruit continues on the taste with dark plums and blackberries. It’s quite approachable now but should age nicely.
Paired with Costillar de Chancho – baked and grilled pork spare ribs with chimmi churri
Guests can enjoy the flavors of Argentina and Chile in a variety of ways. Try a flight (three three ounce glasses and a cheese plate) for $18. Or, pair a glass of wine and tapas plate for $12. Of course, the wines and tapas are available individually as well ($9/glass and $6/tapas). Please join us soon!