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This April, SOHO Atlanta will spotlight the wines and flavors of Spain. The Spanish tour kicks off on flight night Wednesday, April 6.

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First, SOHO will pour a 2009 Cune Monopole Blanco from Rioja Alta, Spain. This wine, 100% Viura, is produced by one of the oldest wineries in Spain. The winery was founded in 1879 and is still run by the original founders' descendents. The Monopole Blanco offers citrus and floral aromas. On the palate, the wine offers rich fresh fruit, balanced acid and a long finish.

Next, SOHO will pour a 2007 Marques de la Concordia Signa Crianza from Rioja, Spain. A relatively new winery in Rioja, Marques de la Concordia is already making a name for themselves. The 2007 Signa Crianza offers forward fruit underpinned by the classic qualities of a traditional Rioja.

Finally, SOHO will pour a 2007 Abadia Retuerta 'Seleccion Espanol' from Sardon del Duero, Spain. According to SOHO's resident wine expert, Lars Snavely, Abadia Retuerta is considered one of the most advanced wineries in Europe. From the time the grapes are harvested until the wine goes into the bottle, everything is done by hand and the juice is never pumped, all movement is done by gravity. The 2007 'Seleccion Espanol' is a blend of 85% Tempranillo, 10% Cabernet and 5% Merlot. On the palate, the wine offers rich rasberry and blackberry fruit, along with some chocolate, and a smoky finish.

SOHO's executive chef, Joe Ahn, has created three tapas plates to pair with each Spanish wine. The following will be available on SOHO's menu until Wednesday, April 13.

2009 Cune Monopole Blanc, Rioja Atla, Spain
100% Viura
Paired with: Roasted chicken stuffed with serrano ham, manchego, and spinach with olive oil

2007 Marques de la Concordia Signa Crianza, Rioja, Spain
100% Tempranillo
Paired with: Grilled Berkshire Pork Tenderloin served over pisto (Spanish Ratatouille)

2007 Abadia Retuerta 'Seleccion Espanol'
85% Tempranillo, 10% Cabernet, 5% Merlot
Paired with: Grilled wine-marinated flat iron steak with paprika roasted potatoes

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!