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SOHO Atlanta restaurant will spotlight the wines and flavors of Australia and New Zealand throughout the month of November. The celebration of the southern hemisphere begins on flight night Wednesday, November 6. The wines and tapas introduced Wednesday will be available through Tuesday, November 12.

First, SOHO will pour a 2012 Babich Hawke’s Bay Chardonnay from New Zealand. The wine is described as featuring: “Finely focused aroma of citrus and peach.  Biscuit notes. Soft fruited entry, nectarine and toffee flavors.”

Next, SOHO will pour a 2010 Tait Ball Buster from Barossa Valley, Australia. The winemaker describes the red blend: “An expressive, heady bouquet gives out candied red fruits, potpourri and Asian spices, with a smoky nuance gaining power in the glass. Rich but lively, offering vibrant raspberry and cherry-cola flavors and notes of allspice and star anise. Sweet and silky on a finish that keeps on with impressive tenacity and spiciness.”

Finally, SOHO will pour a 2010 d’Arenberg “The Footbolt” Shiraz from McLaren Vale, Australia. The wine is described: “The nose is full of the fresh berries and spice synonymous with McLaren Vale, with a slight eucalypt lift. The palate is mouth-coating and plush with red and purple fruits mingling with orange peel and earth. There is a welcomed kick of five spice on the back palate. The lifted and fine fruit tannins provide structure and pull the wine together nicely.”

SOHO’s executive chef, Joe Ahn, has crafted three tapas plates to pair with each New Zealand and Australian wine.

2012 Babich Hawke’s Bay Chardonnay
100% Chardonnay
Paired with: Chicken schnitzel with roasted lemon

2012 Tait Ball Buster
77% Shiraz, 16% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Merlot
Paired with: Braised pork cheeks with rapini and white beans

2010 d’Arenberg “The Footbolt” Shiraz
100% Shiraz
Paired with: Beef bourguignon with puff pastry

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!