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SOHO is traveling overseas for flight night this month! We’ll be featuring wines and flavors of the European Union beginning with flight night on Wednesday, February 3.

 

Priorat_hillside(1)Vineyards on a hillside in Priorat, Spain 

 

This week, we’ll showcase wines from France, Italy, and Spain. First, SOHO will pour a 2008 Hugues Beaulieu Picpoul de Pinet from Coteaux du Languedoc, France – a white wine that pairs well with fresh shellfish and seafood. Taste-wise, the Picpoul offers flavors of lime with crisp acidity.

 

SOHO will also offer a 2007 Camerano Dolcetto D’Alba from Piedmont, Italy. The grapes for this wine are planted alongside vineyards that are otherwise devoted exclusively to the cultivation of Nebbiolo for Barolo. The result is a Dolcetto that is full bodied, rich, and one of the most stunning examples of Dolcetto produced in Piemonte. Only 650 cases of this exceptional wine were produced, and it is not to be missed!

 

Finally, SOHO will pour a 2005 Vega Escal Morlanda Viticultors del Priorat from Priorat, Spain. Priorat is not an easy place to grow grapes, as the soil is stony and the climate is hot and dry. Wines produced in the Priorat can be excellent, but very expensive. The Morlanda is a rich, enjoyable wine from the region, according to SOHO's resident wine expert, Lars Snavely.

 

To complement each European wine, Chef Joe has created three new tapas plates. The following will be available through February 10:

 

2008 Hugues Beaulieu Picpoul de Pinet (Coteaux du Languedoc, France)

Steamed littleneck clams in a roasted shellfish-fennel broth

 

2007 Camerano Dolcetto D’Alba (Piedmont, Italy)

Grilled mini pizza with pancetta, roasted peppers and fontina cheese

 

2005 Vega Escal Morlanda Viticultors del Priorat (Priorat, Spain)

Grilled marinated flat iron steak, roasted fingerlings and black plum BBQ sauce

 

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!