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SOHO Atlanta Restaurant will continue to showcase the wines and flavors of Sonoma, California, on flight night, Wednesday, September 18. The wines and tapas introduced on flight night will be available through Tuesday, September 24.

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First, SOHO will pour a 2011 Lioco Sonoma County Chardonnay. The winemaker says of the wine: “The telltale notes of lemon peel and crushed rock are delivered with the kind of precision found only in the coolest years; and 2011 was cool and wet. What may be lacking in sheer weight is made right by a mainline injection of stoney minerality.”

Next, SOHO will pour a 2011 Cline Cellars Cashmere. The red blend is described as: “A very flavorful, smooth wine offering big cherry, raspberry and chocolate notes with hints of cracked black pepper and plum.”

Finally, SOHO will pour a 2008 Schug Sonoma Valley Merlot. The winemaker describes the wine: “This powerful yet elegant Merlot is crafted in the classic Bordeaux style that Walter Schug pioneered in California while winemaster of Joseph Phelps Vineyards. The cooler Sonoma microclimates provide the longer growing season necessary for Merlot to ripen slowly and develop maximum flavor. It has a spicy bouquet, deep color and exhibits full-bodied flavors of cherry and blackberry.”

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

2011 Lioco Sonoma County Chardonnay
100% Chardonnay
Paired with: Crab fritters, arugula, and citrus garlic aioli

2011 Cline Cellars Cashmere
35% Mourvedre, 24% Syrah, 23% Grenache, 18% Petite Sirah
Paired with: Duck leg confit, grilled corn bread and dark cherry jus

2008 Schug Sonoma Valley Merlot
80% Merlot, 10% Cabernet, 10% Cabernet Franc
Paired with: Mussels steamed in a chorizo and paprika broth, and grilled bread

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!