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Flight night at SOHO Restaurant on Wednesday, April 3, features the wines and flavors of California.

800px-Sta_rita_hillsVineyards of Santa Rita Hills

First, SOHO will pour a 2010 Talley Arroyo Grande Chardonnay from the Arroyo Grande Valley. The winemaker says of the wine: “Tropical fresh fruit aromas and a hint of buttered biscuit set the stage for a rich and complex palate to follow. Flavors of white peach and Meyer lemon are balanced by a chalky minerality and supple texture. Flavors of vanilla and toast linger with the creamy finish.”

Next, SOHO will pour a 2010 Santa Barbara Santa Rita Hills Pinot Noir. The winemaker says the wine is: “Burgundian in color; not over-extracted; (with) strawberry-cinnamon scents with herbs and spices, it has wonderful freshness and persistence on the palate. Bright and lively with nice structure, silky texture, and balanced tannins.”

Finally, SOHO will pour a 2011 Easton Wines Zinfandel from Amador county. According to the winemaker, “the finished wine has full black cherry and blackberry fruit aromas with a beautiful balance and a big, sumptuous, and juicy mouth feel. It also presents complex spicy aromas, with a nice creamy texture derived from the 10 months time it receives in French oak barrels. ”

Each California wine will be paired with a tapas plate created by Executive Chef Joe Ahn.

2010 Talley Arroyo Grande Chardonnay
100% Chardonnay
Paired with: Grilled Gulf White Shrimp with Sweet Pea Hummus

2010 Santa Barbara Santa Rita Hills Pinot Noir
100% Pinot Noir
Paired with: 5 Spice Seared Duck Breast with Stir Fried Noodles

2011 Easton Wines Zinfandel
100% Zinfandel
Paired with: Sausage and Roasted Vegetable Risotto

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!