For flight night on Wednesday, December 9, SOHO continues its journey to Australia and New Zealand.


Hillside_2003 (Torbreck) Hillside Vineyard. Photo from Torbreck Wines.


This week, SOHO will highlight two wines from Australia– a Semillon and Grenache, as well as a Pinot Noir from New Zealand. Lars Snavely, SOHO’s wine expert, notes that certain vines age better than others and Grenache is a variety that ages particularly well. It is rare to hear of an old vine Chardonnay or Cabernet because, at a certain point, the quality of wine produced declines along with the yield. However, old vine Grenache can be a joy to drink. The Grenache SOHO will be pouring this week exemplifies this trait. Additionally, the Pinot Noir SOHO will be showcasing is another example of the excellent Pinots currently being exported by New Zealand. The following wine – and Australian and New Zealand inspired tapas – will be offered through December 16.

2008 Torbreck Woodcutter’s Semillon, Barossa Valley, Australia

Grilled Australian lollipop lamb chops and shaved asparagus salad in kiwi vinaigrette

2006 Simon Hackett Old Vine Grenache, McLaren Vale, Australia

Baked Roaring 40's blue cheese, apple and onion tart

2007 Saint Clair Vicar’s Choice Pinot Noir, Marlborough, New Zealand

Tandoori spiced chicken skewers with cucumber salad and yogurt mint sauce


Guests can try each wine in a flight (three three-ounce glasses and a cheese plate) for $18 or, sample a wine and tapas together for $12. The wines and tapas are available individually as well ($9/glass and $6/tapas). Hope to see you soon!