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SOHO Atlanta continues to showcase wine produced in both old and new world styles on flight night, Wednesday, February 9. This week's varietal is Merlot.

 Merlot_Grape1 Merlot grapes on the vine

First, SOHO will pour a 2006 Clos De L'Eglise from Lalande de Pomeral, France. This old-world style wine is a blend of 80% Merlot, 10% Cabernet and 10% Cabernet Franc. On the palate the wine is smooth and well-balanced and offers flavors of jammy black and red fruits. There are spicy notes on the finish – pepper, cinnamon, vanilla, and a hint of liquorice.

Next, SOHO will pour a 2008 House of Independent Producers Merlot from Columbia Valley, Washington. This new world-style wine is 100% Merlot. On the palate, the wine has flavors of dark berry fruit and hints of cocoa, herbs and earth.

Finally, SOHO will pour a 2007 Falesco Merlot from Umbria, Italy. This old-world style wine is 100% Merlot. The wine received 88 points from The Wine Advocate. The Wine Adocate review notes the Falesco Merlot "possesses notable depth and inner sweetness, with waves of dark fruit, chocolate, spices and French oak that flow from its full-bodied, richly-textured frame."

SOHO's Executive Chef, Joe Ahn, has created three tapas dishes to pair with each glass of Merlot. The following will be featured on SOHO's menu until Wednesday, February 16.

2006 Clos De L'Eglise, Lalande de Pomeral, France
80% Merlot, 10% Cabernet, 10% Cabernet Franc
Paired with: Braised beef bourguignon with an herbed puff pastry

2008 House of Independent Producers Merlot, Columbia Valley, Washington
100% Merlot
Paired with: Veal sliders with goat's cheese and tobacco onions

2007 Falesco Merlot, Umbria, Italy
100% Merlot
Paired with: Braised lamb shepherd's pie

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!