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SOHO showcases the wines and flavors of California on flight night Wednesday, January 20.


Old_vine_cabernet Old vine cabernet – California


This week, SOHO will pour a 2007 Mer Soleil Chardonnay from the Santa Lucia Highlands – one of California’s premier Chardonnays. The grapes for the Mer Soleil are grown in several locations in the Santa Lucia Highlands, most on the east-facing slopes of the Sierra de Salinas range. The grapes are exposed to morning and evening fogs, along with warm afternoons. The climate results in a long hang time for the grapes and a very high quality wine. Notes our resident wine expert, Lars Snavely, with the Mer Soleil SOHO is offering guests the chance to experience an exceptionally fine wine at a very reasonable price (it normally retails for $20 a glass, but this week at SOHO you can try it for $9).


SOHO will also pour a Michael David Petite Petit – a wonderful Petite Sirah and Petit Verdot blend featuring flavors of black current, dry blackberries and vanilla. Finally, SOHO will offer a 2005 Pietra Santa Cabernet Sauvignon. The Cabernet Sauvignon was entirely estate grown, with grapes harvested in early October. The longer time on the vine allowed the fruit to develop more concentration and complexity – producing an outstanding wine.


To complement each wine, Chef Joe has created three new tapas plates. The following wines and tapas will be available until Wednesday, January 27.


2007 Mer Soleil Chardonnay, Santa Lucia Highlands, Monterey, California

Pan-seared seabass with julienne vegetables, arugula pesto and Meyer lemon beurre blanc


Michael David Petite Petit, Lodi, California

Coffee-braised pork cheeks with sweet potato gaufrette, fava beans and natural reduction


2005 Pietra Santa Cabernet Sauvignon, Cienega Valley, California

Grilled lamb loin served over asiago polenta with a garlic-rosemary jus


Sample each wine in a flight (three three-ounce glasses and a cheese plate) for $18. Or, pair a wine and tapas for $12. Of course, the wines and tapas are available individually as well ($9/glass and $6/tapas). See you soon!