SOHO will feature wines and flavors from New Zealand and Australia each week this December. The journey begins with flight night on Wednesday, December 2.


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Kookaburra in an Australian vineyard – Image from Australian wine and brandy corporation

This week, SOHO will feature two New Zealand wines, a Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir. Sauvignon Blanc is the grape that made New Zealand’s wine reputation – it grows exceptionally well in the country’s cool, dry and sunny climate. The same climate is also ideal for growing Pinot Noir and, in recent years, New Zealand has begun exporting a number of excellent Pinots.

The third wine SOHO is showcasing this week is a 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon from South Australia. According to SOHO’s wine expert, Lars Snavely, this Cabernet is a wonderful representation of the vintage. In 2007, South Australia experienced a cold, dry winter followed by severe frosts during spring and early summer. Summer was hot and dry, with cool to cold nights and, in January, just enough rain fell to carry the vines through to harvest. The result was below average yields of extremely high quality.

SOHO will offer the following wines and tapas through December 9.

2008 Craggy Range Sauvignon Blanc, Te Muna Road Vineyard, Martinborough, New Zealand

Shrimp on the Barbie – Grilled shrimp served with a shaved green mango salad and coconut curry sauce


2008 Matua Pinot Noir, Marlborough, New Zealand

Fish and Chips – Fosters battered mahi mahi served with old-fashioned tartar and sweet chili sauces


2007 Penley Estate Phoenix Cabernet Sauvignon, Coonawarra, South Australia

Australian meat pie made with beef and spiked with vegemite and tamarind

Guests can sample each wine in a flight (three three-ounce glasses and a cheese plate) for $18. Or, pair a glass of wine and tapas for $12. The wines and tapas are available individually as well ($6/tapas and $9/glass).

Please join us soon!