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SOHO will continue to spotlight the wines and flavors of Oregon and Washington on flight night Wednesday, April 14.

 

Stillwater Creek Vineyard (NH)

The vineyards of Novelty Hill

 

This week SOHO will pour three wines from Columbia Valley, Washington. The first is a 2006 Chateau St. Michelle Cold Creek Chardonnay. Planted in 1973, the Cold Creek Vineyard has weak soil which produces concentrated grapes. Lars Snavely, SOHO’s resident wine expert, notes the 2006 is a big Chardonnay and earned ninety points from both Wine Spectator and Wine Enthusiast.

 

Next, SOHO will pour a 2007 Novelty Hill Cabernet Sauvignon. The 2007 growing season in Washington was near ideal, with warm days and cool nights. The resulting wines have excellent natural acidity and deep, intense flavor. The Novelty Hill Cabernet offers flavors of blackberry, dark cherry and red currant.

 

Finally, SOHO will pour a 2007 Chateau St. Michelle Indian Wells Merlot. The grapes for this Merlot were sourced from vineyards on the Wahluke Slope, a region that consistently produces high-quality ripe fruit – yielding wines with intense color and flavor. The full bodied 2007 Indian Wells Merlot offers ripe berry fruit aromas and jammy flavors.

 

SOHO’s Chef Joe has created three new tapas plates to pair with each Washington wine. The following will be available until Wednesday, April 21.

 

2007 Chateau St. Michelle Cold Creek Chardonnay, Columbia Valley, Washington

100% Chardonnay

Washington Manila clams with a saffron-Chardonnay broth and pesto crouton

 

2007 Novelty Hills Cabernet Sauvignon, Columbia Valley, Washington

90% Cabernet Sauvignon, 8% Merlot, 1% Cabernet Franc, 1% Petit Verdot

Chimmi-churri grilled Oregon flat iron steak with roasted fingerlings

 

2007 Chateau St. Michelle Indian Wells Merlot, Columbia Valley, Washington

80% Merlot, 19% Syrah, 1% Malbec

Potato gnocchi Bolognese with black truffles

 

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!