During the month of October, SOHO is putting a fresh twist on our weekly featured wine and tapas pairings. Every week in October, executive chef Joe Ahn will prepare one tapas plate three different ways. SOHO's resident wine expert, Lars Snavely, after tasting each plate, searched far and wide to find the wines that complement each dish best. We invite you to try each combination – or mix everything up to find your favorite wine and tapas pairing. For the first week in October, the featured tapas plate is chicken. The following will be featured on SOHO's menu until Wednesday, October 13.
First, SOHO will offer a Chicken Milanese served with fresh grape tomato and mozzarella salad and roasted lemon. Lars has selected a 2008 Argiolas Costamolino from Sardinia, Italy, to pair with this traditional Italian dish. The Argiolas Costamolino is 90% Vermentino and 10% native Sardinian grapes. On the palate the wine offers pleasant delicacy and crispness.
Next, SOHO will plate Port Wine Chicken and Foie Gras Pate with fig compote. Lars has selected a 2007 Tenuta Sant'Antonio “Monti Garbi” Valpolicella from Verona, Italy, to pair with this dish. The "Monti Garbi" is dry and flavorful, and will balance nicely with the richness of Chef Joe's chicken and foie gras tapas.
Finally, SOHO will serve a marinated chicken with chorizo and apple kabobs and shaved manchego. Lars has chosen a 2008 Elke Vineyard Blue Diamond Pinot Noir from Anderson Valley, California, to complement this dish. The Blue Diamond Pinot Noir is Elke Vineyard's top-of-the-line wine. Only 700 to 800 cases of the Pinot Noir are produced each year.
We hope you'll stop in at SOHO this week and try each of Chef Joe's tapas plates. Each plate can be paired with a glass of wine for $12. Or, try a tapas plate with a flight of wine for $18. The wine and tapas are available individually as well ($9/glass and $6 tapas). See you soon!