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This month SOHO travels west for a taste of California. Flight night on Wednesday, January 6, will kick-off our journey.


California 2 Vineyards in Rockpile viticultural region of Sonoma County


Two of this week’s wines are from California’s famed Napa Valley. First, SOHO will offer a 2007 Mason Sauvignon Blanc. Mason Cellars released its first wine, a Sauvignon Blanc, in 1996. It immediately won rave reviews – including 91 points from Wine Spectator. Today, Mason Cellars is considered one of the best Sauvignon Blanc producers in California. SOHO will also offer a Conn Creek Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley. Since its founding in 1973, Conn Creek winery has built its reputation on Bordeaux-style wines. The Cabernet Sauvignon offered on the menu this week showcases this trait – it features a blend of five grapes and is elegant, complex and full of dark fruit flavors. Finally, SOHO will pour a red blend by Bogle Vineyards. The blend of Petit Syrah, Zinfandel and Mourvedre offers a huge taste with notes of dark fruit and black pepper.

Inspired by sunny California, SOHO’s Chef Joe has created three tapas plates to be paired with each wine. The following will be offered through January 13, 2010:

2007 Mason Sauvignon Blanc, Napa Valley

Ahi tuna and pineapple carpaccio with crisped rice paper, soy-mirin vinaigrette and scallions


2008 Bogle Phantom (Clarksburg, Lodi and Amador vineyards) 

49% Petit Syrah, 49% Zinfandel and 2% Mourvedre

Crisped duck leg confit with butternut squash and a Marion blackberry jus

Conn Creek Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley

82% Cabernet Sauvignon blended with Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Malbec and Petit Verdot

Slow-cooked chicken mole over avocado and cheese quesadillas


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