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SOHO Atlanta restaurant will showcase the red varietal Syrah for flight night on Thursday, January 30. The wines and tapas introduced Wednesday will be available through Tuesday, February 4.

Thorn-Clark winesThorn-Clark winery, Australia

First, SOHO will pour a 2011 Taken “Complicated” Red Wine from Central Coast, California. The winemaker said of the red blend, “Instantly appealing on the palate, the 2011 Complicated offers surprising complexity. Finely grained tannins, and a mid-palate sweet spot, result in a very soft, velvety mouth feel. Ripe, rich black cherry and well-integrated French oak yield to a seductively long finish.”

Next, SOHO will pour a 2008 Shane “The Judge” Syrah from Bennett Valley, California. Says the winemaker, “This is an effusive wine. The initial fruit flavors are surrounded by cocoa, creosote, anise, nicoise olives, and baking spices. It unfurls into a muscular and brawny wine. Structure abounds and verve emanates. The wine saturates the mid-palate and releases graphite, dried herb, and savory aspects.”

Finally, SOHO will pour a 2011 Thorn Clarke “The Shotfire” Shiraz from Barossa Valley, Australia. The winemaker says of the Shiraz, “A lifted nose of clean blackberry fruit accompanied by cedar wood characters, the oak elements are complex and layered with mocha and spices. The palate shows sweet fruit characters dominated by blackberry and plum, complimented by sweet Indian spices. The sweet fruit characters are balanced by interesting savory elements adding to the complexity.”

SOHO’s chefs have created three tapas plates to pair with each wine.

2011 Taken “Complicated” Red Wine
50% Syrah, 43% Grenache, 7% Carignane
Paired with: Curried lamb with garlic naan

2008 Shane “The Judge” Syrah
100% Syrah
Paired with: Three pepper seared hanger steak with geofrette potatoes

2011 Thorne Clark “The Shotfire” Shiraz
100% Shiraz
Paired with: Grilled mini pizza with prosciutto and arugula

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!