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Throughout April, SOHO Atlanta Restaurant has showcased the wines and flavors of California. On flight night, Wednesday, April 23, SOHO will finish the month with more exceptional wines and tapas from the Golden State.

villa mt. edenVilla Mt. Eden Vineyards

First, SOHO will pour a 2011 Joel Gott Chardonnay from Monterey. The wine features “bright citrus aromas of mandarin and lime that lead to more floral aromas of vanilla and honeysuckle. On the palate, stone fruit and apple flavors are balanced by a clean, bright acid backbone with a rounder midpalate and minerality on the finish.”

Next, SOHO will pour a 2009 Pietra Santa Sassolino from Cienga Valley. The winemaker says: “This Super Tuscan style blend is an ideal showcase for winemaker Alessio Carli’s Italian heritage. This Sassolino is made using 70% Sangiovese and 30% Cabernet Sauvignon. The wine exhibits an enticing bouquet and a variety of luscious flavors reminiscent of cranberry, Bing cherry, and plum infused with hints of anise and wood smoke. Full, but polished, the 2009 Sassolino fills the mouth with crushed berry and spice flavors, a smooth texture, and a long, lingering finish reminiscent of Tuscany’s finest red wines.”

Finally, SOHO will pour a 2008 Villa Mount Eden Grand Estate Bien Nacido Pinot Noir from Santa Maria Valley. The winemaker says of the Pinot Noir: “Dark ruby red in color, this Santa Maria Valley Pinot Noir displays aromas of blueberry and cherry, leading to flavor notes of blackberry, plum, caramel, red licorice, cedar and chocolate. As the palate deepens, notes of earth, forest floor, mushroom and tobacco leaf emerge. This is a complex wine with a well-balanced body, soft tannins, and a long, fruity finish.”

SOHO executive chef Joe Ahn has created three tapas plates to pair with each California wine.

2011 Joel Gott Chardonnay
100% Chardonnay
Paired with: Seared sea scallops with passion fruit butter

2009 Pietra Santa Sassolino
70% Sangiovese and 30% Cabernet
Paired with: Apple and cornbread stuffed pork with a port wine reduction

2008 Villa Mount Eden Grand Reserve Bien Nacido Pinot Noir
100% Pinot Noir
Paired with: Smoked duck breast and apricot-wild rice salad

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!