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Throughout the month of May, SOHO Atlanta will spotlight the wines and flavors of Napa Valley, California. The tour begins on flight night, Wednesday, May 4.

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First, SOHO will pour a 2009 Valley Floor Chardonnay. According to SOHO's resident wine expert, Lars Snavely, on the palate this wine features fresh fruit flavors such as pear, melon, and apple, as well as a touch of spice. The Chardonnay has a good acid balance and long finish.

Next, SOHO will pour a 2007 Conn Creek Herrick Red. The wine is a blend of 82% Cabernet Sauvignon, 8% Syrah, 5% Cabernet Franc, 3% Merlot, 1% Malbec and 1% Petit Verdot. On the the nose, the Herrick Red offers notes of spicy oak and black currant. This wine is medium-bodied, with earthy and black fruit flavors on the palate.

Finally, SOHO will pour a 2007 Freemark Abbey Merlot. The wine is a blend of 79% Merlot, 11.2% Cabernet Sauvignon, 8.9% Verdot and Petite Syrah, Malbec and Cabernet Franc. On the nose, this wine offers notes of dark cherry, plum and boysenberry, with aromatic cedar, juniper berry, vanilla and milk chocolate. On the palate, there is bright cherry fruit and Santa Rosa plum.

SOHO's executive chef, Joe Ahn, has prepared three tapas dishes to pair with each Napa Valley wine. The following will be featured on SOHO's menu until Wednesday, May 11.

2009 Valley Floor Chardonnay, Napa Valley, California
100% Chardonnay
Paired with: Shrimp scampi with cheyote squash

2007 Conn Creek Herrick Red, Napa Valley, California
82% Cabernet Sauvignon, 8% Syrah, 5% Cabernet Franc, 3% Merlot, 1% Malbec, 1% Petite Verdot
Paired with: Lamb sliders with feta and tzatziki sauce

2007 Freemark Abbey Merlot, Napa Valley, California
79% Merlot, 11.2% Cabernet Sauvignon, 8.9% Petite Verdot, small amounts of Petite Syrah, Malbec and Cabernet Franc
Paired with: Beef and mushroom empanadas

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!