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SOHO Atlanta Restaurant will showcase the wines and flavors of France and the United States on flight night, Wednesday, July 3. Guests can enjoy the wines and tapas introduced during Wednesday’s flight night through Tuesday, July 16.

Vineyards of Monterey, California. From montereywines.org

First, SOHO will pour a 2010 Domaine Laroche Chablis Saint Martin from Burgundy, France. A review from International Wine Cellar describes the wine: “Pale, bright yellow. Dusty stone, lemon drop and wild herbs on the nose.  At once rich and penetrating, with strong acidity and mineral spine intensifying the flavors of grapefruit, lemon drop and wild herbs.  Classic steely Chablis with very good grip.”

Next, SOHO will pour a 2011 Joel Gott Alakai Red Blend from Monterey, California. The winemaker says of the wine: “It has aromas of wild cherry and raspberry, with spicy notes of white pepper and anise. On the palate, the wine has complexity and elegance, rounded out by ripe fruit flavors and smooth tannins.”

Finally, SOHO will pour a 2011 Cloudline Pinot Noir from Willamette Valley, Oregon. The winemaker gives these tasting notes: “The wine has bright, fresh character, lovely mouth feel, and the unmistakable elegance that we love in Pinot Noir. On the palate, there is a delicious array of red and black fruits, framed by very good structure. True to Cloudline and the vintage, the 2011 Pinot Noir brings a classic sensibility to new world fruit.”

SOHO’s executive chef, Joe Ahn, has created three tapas dishes to pair with each wine.

2010 Domaine Laroche Chablis Saint Martin
100% Chardonnay
Paired with: Grilled Argentine red shrimp and peaches with saba and extra virgin olive oil

2011 Joel Gott Alakai Red Blend
Grenache, Syrah, Mourvedre, Carignane
Paired with: Seared mini bone-in filet with shiitake mushroom jus

2011 Cloudline Pinot Noir
100% Pinot Noir
Paired with: Hot smoked salmon with sliced avocado and raspberry coulis

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!