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This June, SOHO Atlanta restaurant will showcase the wines and flavors of Italy. The Italian tour kicks off on flight night Wednesday, June 1.


First, SOHO will pour a 2008 Disisa Grillo from Sicily. On the nose, the wine offers aromas of pear, Golden Delicious apple, and honeysuckle. On the palate, the Grillo is light, crisp, and balanced with fruit. It is a great warm weather wine.

Next, SOHO will pour a 2008 Cardeto Rupestro from Umbria. The wine is a blend of 80% Merlot and 20% Sangiovese. On the palate the wine offers flavors of plums, cherries, and peppery spices.

Finally, SOHO will pour a 2007 Antinori "Villa Antinori Red" from Tuscany. The Villa Antinori Red is a blend of 55% Sangiovese, 25% Cabernet, 15% Merlot and 5% Syrah. The wine offers aromas of ripe fruit, plum jam, mint, chocolate and tobacco. On the palate, the wine has good body with velvety tannins and hints of ripe fruit.

SOHO's executive chef Joe Ahn has created tapas plates to pair with each Italian wine. The following will be available on SOHO's menu until Wednesday, June 8.

2008 Disisa Grillo, Sicily, Italy
100% Grillo
Paired with: Chilled citrus marinated baby shrimp salad with grilled bread

2008 Cardeto Rupestro, Umbria, Italy
80% Merlot, 20% Sangiovese
Paired with: Portabella and shitake mushroom pizza

2007 Antinori "Villa Antinori Red" Tuscany, Italy
55% Sangiovese, 25% Cabernet, 15% Merlot and 5% Syrah
Paired with: Lamb and beef meatballs served with soft polenta and marinara

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!