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SOHO finishes a tour of French wines and flavors this week on flight night, Wednesday, May 26.


Chateauneuf_vineyard_%26_castle Vineyards in Chateaunefu-du-Pape


First, SOHO will pour a 2007 Domaine Tourmaline Musdacet de Sevre-et-Maine from Loire.  SOHO’s resident wine expert Lars Snavely notes the wine is crisp, with tastes of mineral and big flavors of lemon and lime. It will pair nicely with the oyster tapas created by Chef Joe, so if you’re dining with us this week, please consider trying both!


Next, SOHO will pour a 2008 Domaine Courtois La Source from Cotes du Rhone. This wine, a blend of 85% Grenache and 15% Syrah, offers tastes of fruit and soft tannins. Finally, SOHO will offer a 2005 Chateau Vaudieu from Chateauneuf-du-Pape. Produced from very old vines, the wine offers dark, complex flavors, good acid, and a long finish.


SOHO’s Chef Joe has prepared three new tapas plates to complement each French wine. The following will be available until Wednesday, June 2:


2007 Domaine Tourmaline Muscadet de Sevre-et-Maine,Loire, France

100% Muscadet

Oysters on the half shell and mignonette sauce


2008 Domaine Courtois La Source, Cotes du Rhone, France

85% Grenache, 15% Syrah

Chicken and duck liver pate with sliced baguette


2005 Chateau Vaudieu, Chateauneuf-du-Pape, France

60% Grenache, 25% Syrah, and 15% Mourvedre

Braised beef bourguignon with herbed noodles


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!