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This February, SOHO will spotlight varietals made in both old and new world styles. The tasting tour begins on flight night, Wednesday, February 2, with Cabernet Franc.

Cab_Franc_grape Cabernet Franc grapes
 
First, SOHO will pour a 2009 Wines of Substance Cabernet Franc from Walla, Walla, Washington. This old-world style Cabernet Franc has aromas of black fruit, rosemary and thyme. The wine also features flavors of earth and herbs on the palate.

Next, SOHO will pour a 2007 Steele Cabernet Franc from Lake County, California. The new-world style Steele Cabernet Franc offers plenty of fruit on the palate, as well as medium tannins and a long finish.

Finally, SOHO will pour a 2005 Bodega del Desierto Cabernet Franc from La Pampa, Argentina. The new-world style Bodega del Desierto Cabernet Franc offers spicy and sweet red pepper notes on the nose. On the palate the wine is well-balanced with red fruit flavors.

SOHO's Executive Chef, Joe Ahn, has created three tapas plates to pair with each glass of Cabernet Franc. The following will be featured on SOHO's menu until Wednesday, February 9.

2009 Wines of Substance Cabernet Franc, Walla, Walla, Washington
100% Cabernet Franc
Paired with: Cinnamon duck leg confit with a mushroom puffed pastry

2007 Steele Cabernet Franc, Lake County, California
100% Cabernet Franc
Paired with: Smoked pork loin, apple chutney and sweet potato chips

2005 Bodega del Desierto Cabernet Franc 25/5, La Pampa, Argentina
100% Cabernet Franc
Paired with: Grilled lollipop lambchops and hummus

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!