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SOHO will continue to showcase the wines and flavors of Australia and New Zealand on flight night Wednesday, November 17, and Wednesday, November 24.

800px-HB_Vineyard_autumn Vineyards in Hawke's Bay, New Zealand
 
First, SOHO will pour a 2009 Three Stones Sauvignon Blanc from Marlborough, New Zealand. The Three Stones vineyards combine Marlborough's cool climate with free draining stony soils to produced balanced wine. The 2009 Sauvignon Blanc has flavors of gooseberry and kiwi, as well as a fresh acidity.

Next, SOHO will pour a 2007 Mitolo "Jester" Cabernet Sauvignon from McLaren Vale, Australia. One unique technique Mitolo uses in producing the "Jester" Cabernet Sauvignon is drying twenty percent of the grapes on racks in the traditional Amarone manner. This technique yields less juice but a more rich, complex and full-bodied wine.

Finally, SOHO will pour a 2008 Craggy Range Gimblett Gravels "Te Kahu" Bordeaux Blend from Hawke's Bay, New Zealand. The 2008 "Te Kahu" is a blend of Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec and Cabernet Franc. The Wine Advocate awarded the "Te Kahu" 92 points and noted, "The palate is tannic and very well defined, a captivating symmetry here with an irresistible velvety finish that lingers long after the wine has bid adieu."

Inspired by Australia and New Zealand, SOHO's executive chef, Joe Ahn, has prepared three tapas plates to pair with the wines. The following will be featured on SOHO's menu until Wednesday, December 1.

2009 Three Stones Sauvignon Blanc, Marlborough, New Zealand
100% Sauvignon Blanc
Shrimp and bay scallop ceviche with crisped plantains

2007 Mitolo "Jester" Cabernet Sauvignon, McLaren Vale, Australia
100% Cabernet Sauvignon
Lamb meatballs with cucumber salad and tzatziki sauce

2008 Craggy Range Gimblett Graves "Te Kahu" Bordeaux Blend, Hawke's Bay, New Zealand
77% Merlot, 11% Cabernet Sauvignon, 6% Malbec and 6% Cabernet Franc
Braised short rib ravioli with mushroom jus and shaved asiago cheese

Sample each wine in a flight (three three-ounce glasses) for $13.50. Or, pair the flight with a tapas plate for $18. Try a full glass of wine and tapas plate for $12. Of course, the wines and tapas are available individually as well ($9/glass and $6/tapas). See you soon!