SOHO Atlanta will continue to spotlight Spanish wines and flavors on flight night, Wednesday, April 13.
First, SOHO will pour a 2009 Fillaboa Albarino from Rias Baixas, Spain. This wine is considered a "rare" vintage, according to SOHO wine expert, Lars Snavely. Due to rain during flowering, less fruit than normal was produced in Rias Baixas in 2009, leading to lowered wine production. Then, the region experienced a cooler than normal summer. Due to the cool temperatures, the Albarino is crisp with tropical and citrus notes on the palate.
Next, SOHO will pour a 2008 Bodegas Atalaya from Alamansa, Spain. The 2008 Bodegas Atalaya is a blend of Monastrell, Garnacha Tintorera (Alicante Bouschet), and other unspecified varieties. On the palate, the wine has layers of savory fruit and a long fruit-filled finish.
Finally, SOHO will pour a 2008 Mas Igneus Barranc dels Closos from Priorat, Spain. The wine is a blend of 25% Carinyena, 70% Garnatxa, and 5% Merlot. On the nose, there are aromas of licorice and sweet red berries. On the palate, the wine is lush and full-bodied.
SOHO's executive chef, Joe Ahn, has created three Spanish-inspired tapas plates to pair with each glass of wine. The following will be available on SOHO's menu until Wednesday, April 20.
2009 Fillaboa Albarino, Rias Baixas, Spain
Linguine with littleneck white clam sauce
2008 Bodegas Atalaya, Alamansa, Spain
Monastrell, Garnache Tintorera (Alicante Bouschet) and several other unspecified varieties
Serrano ham wrapped manchego cheese sauteed with bread crumbs
2008 Mas Igneus Barranc dels Closos, Priorat, Spain
25% Carinyena, 70% Garnatxa, 5% Merlot
Grilled lamb chops with garbanzos and olive oil
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!