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SOHO will continue to showcase the wines and flavors of Italy on flight night, Wednesday, December 15.

800px-Dolchetto_Cotta_vineyard_in_Barbaresco_zone Dolcetto vineyards in Piedmont, Italy
First, SOHO will pour a 2009 Zenato Lugana from Veneto, Italy. The 2009 Zenato Lugana is fermented in stainless barrels and then aged in stainless barrels - all to retain the fresh fruit and crisp acidity in the wine. The wine features aromas of peaches, citrus and herbs. SOHO's resident wine expert, Lars Snavely, notes that on the palate there is ample balance to the crisp acidity.

Next, SOHO will pour a 2007 Cairel Dolcetto D'Alba from Piedmont, Italy. Only 2000 cases of the Dolcetto D'Alba were produced. The Dolcetto D'Alba features aromas of fresh flowers and mature fruit. On the palate the wine is rich, with mellow fruit flavors and a dry undertone.

Finally, SOHO will pour a 2007 Le Bertille Rosso di Montepulciano from Tuscany, Italy. Like, the Dolcetto D'Alba, the Le Bertille Rosso di Montepulciano is not produced on a large scale. Only 1,200 cases of the wine were made. On the palate the wine is complex, with flavors of dark fruit.

Inspired by the cuisine of Italy, SOHO's Chef Joe has created three new tapas plates to be paired with each Italian wine. The following will be featured on SOHO's menu until Wednesday, December 22.

2009 Zenato Lugana, Veneto, Italy
100% Trebbiano di Lugana
Herb encrusted mahi mahi with white beans and roasted lemon olive oil

2007 Cairel Dolcetto D'Alba, Piedmont, Italy
100% Dolcetto
Grilled vegetable pizza with fresh basil and goat's cheese

2007 Le Bertille Rosso di Montepulciano, Tuscany, Italy
80% Prugnolo Gentilo, 20% Ciliegiolo, Colorino and Mammolo
Braised beef short ribs over pappardelle

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!