SOHO’s tour of Australia and New Zealand finishes with flight night on Wednesday, December 23 and Wednesday, December 30.


Kangaroo in vineyard Kangaroo in an Australian vineyard


This week’s featured wines again come from the vineyards of Australia. First, SOHO will offer the 2008 D’Arenberg “Hermit Crab” Viognier Marsanne. Wondering about the unusual name? The D’Arenberg winery is in McLaren Vale where many of the vineyards are on soils underlain with limestone formed by the remains of the local marine fauna – including the hermit crab. Since the wine also pairs well many seafood dishes, D’Arenberg owner and winemaker Chester Osborn thought the “Hermit Crab” name would be a good fit.

Next, SOHO will serve a 2007 Mitolo Jester Cabernet Sauvignon. One interesting feature of the Cabernet is the process by which the grapes are dried – on mats, similar to how the Italians produce Amarone. This enhances the flavor, complexity and texture of the wine. Finally, SOHO will offer a 2004 Turkey Flat Shiraz from the Barossa Valley. Like the “Hermit Crab” Viognier Marsanne, the Turkey Flat draws its name from local history. The Turkey Flat Shiraz is named for the bush turkeys that once roamed the Barossa Valley.

To complement each outstanding wine, Chef Joe has drawn inspiration from Australia and created three new tapas plates. The following wines and tapas will be available through Wednesday, January 6.

2008 D’Arenberg “Hermit Crab” Viognier Marsanne, McLaren Vale, Australia

Grilled pork tenderloin served with herbed rutabaga and a Worcestershire-laced jus


2007 Mitolo Jester Cabernet Sauvignon, McLaren Vale, Australia

Wild mushroom ravioli served with prosciutto and sweet peas in a roast garlic cream sauce


2004 Turkey Flat Shiraz, Barossa Valley, Australia

Panko and pine nut encrusted shrimp with cucumber-mango slaw

Guests can sample 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/plate). Hope to see you soon!