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SOHO finishes its tour of California on flight night Wednesday, January 27.

 

Bennett LanesCabernet on the vine at Bennett Lanes winery 

 

Throughout January, as Califonia wines have been showcased, SOHO has aimed to pour lesser-known, but terrific Cabernets – Conn Creek Cabernet, Louis Martini Cabernet and Pietra Santa Cabernet have been thoroughly enjoyed by guests. This week, SOHO will offer another wonderful Cabernet – a 2007 Bennett Lane Turn 4 Cabernet Sauvignon. The wine blends grapes from several areas in Napa Valley: Calistoga, Oakville and St. Helena. The unique blend produces a wine that is rich and complex.

 

SOHO will also pour a 2008 Meiomi Pinot Noir by Belle Glos this week. Like the Turn 4 Cabernet, the Pinot Noir is a blend of grapes from three different vineyards – 65 percent comes from Sonoma Coast and brings bright berry flavors and minerality; 15 percent comes from Santa Barbara and accounts for the spicy notes and silky texture; and 20 percent comes from Monterey County and brings opulence and an earthy quality to the wine. Finally, SOHO will pour a 2006 Ramspeck Merlot – an excellent Merlot, according to Lars Snavely, SOHO’s resident wine expert.

 

SOHO’s Chef Joe has again created three tapas plates to pair with each outstanding California wine. The following wines and tapas will be available until Wednesday, February 3.

 

2006 Ramspeck Merlot, Napa Valley and Dry Creek Valley

Chicken liver and portabella mushroom pate with black mission fig compote and French bread

 

2006 Meiomi Pinot Noir by Belle Glos, Sonoma, Monterey and Santa Barbera Counties

Veal and porcini baci with pancetta, sweet peas, and brandied cream sauce

 

2007 Bennett Lane Turn 4 Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley

Slow-braised pork belly, black plum BBQ sauce and stir-fried green beans

 

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!