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SOHO’s exploration of Italy continues this week on flight night Wednesday, March 17.


DA vineyards The Degli Azzoni winery in Italy 


This week, SOHO will pour a 2007 Degli Azzoni Grechetto. Used in the past primarily as a blending grape, Grechetto is now gaining a following as a varietal. The white wine works well with seafood, and the taste is big and full of fresh fruit. SOHO will also offer a 2006 Dante Rivetti “Mara” Barbera d’Alba this week. Long known as an everyday pasta wine in Italy, this Barbera d’Alba stays true to tradition and pairs very well with pasta. The wine is deep ruby in color and offers a rich ripe fruit aroma.


Finally, SOHO will offer a 2007 Tenuta Dell Ornellaia Le Volte from Tuscany. This wine is a Super Tuscan – a wine that does not adhere to the traditional blending laws of Tuscany. The Le Volte is from the excellent Tuscan 2007 vintage. It is a rich and complex wine – and not to be missed, according to SOHO’s resident wine expert, Lars Snavely.


Chef Joe has prepared three tapas plates to pair with each Italian wine this week. The following will be available until March 24.


2007 Degli Azzoni Grechetto, Marche, Italy

100% Grechetto

Warm olive oil poached shrimp with an orange supreme salad


2006 Dante Rivetti Mara Barbera d’Alba, Piedmont, Italy

100% Barbera

Braised beef risotto with sun-dried tomatoes, arugula and fontina cheese


2007 Tenuta Dell Ornellaia Le Volte

51% Sangiovese, 34% Merlot, 15% Cabernet Sauvignon

Veal parmigiana with grilled romaine and balsamic vinegar


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). Please join us soon for a taste of Italy!