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SOHO Atlanta continues to spotlight wines made in both old and new world styles on flight night, Wednesday, February 16. This week's featured varietal is Malbec.

Malbec_grapes_on_the_vine1 Malbec grapes on the vine
 
First, SOHO will pour a 2007 Cuvelier Los Andes "Coleccion" from Mendoza, Argentina. This new-world style Malbec is a blend of 60% Malbec, 26% Cabernet, 10% Merlot, and 4% Petit Verdot. The wine received 91 points from Wine Advocate. The wine advocate review notes, "on the nose the wine offers cedar, cinnamon, violets, black cherry, and black currant. Full-bodied, smooth-textured, and plush on the palate, it has layers of savory fruit, some underlying tannin, and excellent balance."

Next, SOHO will pour a 2008 Dona Paula Estate Malbec from Mendoza, Argentina. This new-world wine is 100% Malbec. According to Wine Advoacate, this Malbec is plush on the palate with layered black cherry and blueberry flavors.

Finally, SOHO will pour a 2008 Clos La Coutale from Cahors, France. This old-world style wine is a blend of 80% Malbec and 20% Merlot. On the palate the wine offers red and dark fruit flavors with a touch of spice.

SOHO's executive chef Joe Ahn has prepared three tapas plates to complement each Malbec. The following will be featured on SOHO's menu until Wednesday, February 23.

2007 Cuvelier Los Andes "Coleccion", Mendoza, Argentina
60% Malbec, 26% Cabernet, 10% Merlot, 4% Petit Verdot
Paired with: Grilled, smoked skirt steak, yucca fries, and chimmi churri

2008 Dona Paula Estate Malbec, Mendoza, Argentina
100% Malbec
Paired with: Tandoori spiced chicken, yogurt sauce, and naan bread

2008 Clos La Coutale, Cahors, France
80% Malbec, 20% Merlot
Paired with: Chicken liver and mushroom pate, fig and port wine compote

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!