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Throughout the month of December, SOHO will spotlight the wines and flavors of Italy. The journey begins on flight night, Wednesday, December 1.

Sangimignano0001 Vineyards of San Gigmanano, Italy
 
 First, SOHO will pour a 2008 Cesani Vernaccia di San Gimignano from Tuscany, Italy. The wine offers fresh aromas of white flowers and pear. On the palate the Vernaccia di San Gimignano has flavors of white pear and green apple complemented by hints of white pepper.

Next, SOHO will pour a 2007 Castello di Fonterutoli "Badiola" Toscana Rosso from Tuscany, Italy. The Badiola is a blend of Sangiovese and Merlot and is produced in high altitude vineyards. A well-balanced wine, it has a smooth finish. The 2007 "Badiola" received 87 points from Robert Parker's Wine Advocate.

Finally, SOHO will pour a 2006 Torcicoda Primitivo Salento from Puglia, Italy. Wine Spectator noted the wine has aromas and flavors of sweet plums, with hints of fresh herbs and vanilla. The 2006 Primitivo Salento is medium-bodied, round, and fruity with a clean mineral finish.

Inspired by the flavors of Italy, SOHO's Chef Joe has created three tapas dishes to complement each wine. The following will be available until Wednesday, December 8.

2008 Cesani Vernaccia di San Gimignano, Tuscany, Italy
100% Vernaccia di San Gimignano
Steamed littleneck clams, white wine caper sauce and grilled bread

2007 Castello di Fonterutoli "Badiola", Tuscany, Italy
70% Sangiovese and 30% Merlot
Pork Milanese with arugula and shaved Asiago cheese

2006 Torcicoda Primitivo Salento, Puglia, Italy
100% Primitivo
Braised lamb and vegetable stew with a parmesan baked crouton

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!