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SOHO Atlanta restaurant will showcase the wines and flavors of Italy throughout the month of March, beginning on flight night, Wednesday, March 5. The wines and tapas introduced Wednesday will be available through Tuesday, March 11.

bruno giacoso vineyardsBruno Giacosa vineyards

First, SOHO will pour a 2011 Casa Vinicola Bruno Giacosa Barbera d’Alba from Piedmont, Italy. Says the winemaker of the Barbera d’Alba, “[The wine offers] intense ruby red color with violet reflections. Intense bouquet recalling sour cherry and spices. Lively, generous, and full flavor.”

Next, SOHO will pour a 2010 Volpaia Chianti Classico DOCG from Tuscany, Italy. Says International Wine Cellar of the wine, “Very intense purple-ruby color. Plum, blackcurrant and inky herbs on the nose. Suave and dense on the palate, with juicy flavors of small black forest berries offering excellent clarity and cut. The long finish shows a beautiful mouth-watering quality, with harmonious acids that really extend the flavor.”

Finally, SOHO will pour a 2011 Speri Valpolicella Ripasso DOC from Veneto, Italy. Of the wine, the winemakers note, “This is a young, immediate red which retains the essence of the earth from which it was cultivated. It is characterized by fragrant scents and fresh flavors.”

SOHO’s executive chef, Scott Warren, has created three tapas dishes to pair with each Italian wine.

2011 Casa Vinicola Bruno Giacoso Barbera d’Alba
Paired with: Slow-roasted ribs with roasted tomato sauce and butternut squash risotto

2010 Volpaia Chianti Classico DOCG
Paired with: Pizza Margherita

2011 Speri Valpolicella Ripasso DOC
Paired with: Chicken Roulettes stuffed with proscuitto and asparagus over goat’s cheese and fresh sage polenta

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!