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Throughout the month of April, SOHO Atlanta restaurant will showcase the wines and flavors of California. The California tour begins on flight night, Wednesday, April 2. The wines and tapas introduced Wednesday will be available through Tuesday, April 8.

Qupe Bien Nacio Vineyards

First, SOHO will pour a 2011 Hangtime Arroyo Seco Pinot Noir. Says the winemaker, “Hangtime Pinot Noir has vivid red fruit with strawberry flavors, hints of spice, a lithe texture and well-balanced acidity on the palate.”

Next, SOHO will pour a Qupe Central Coast Syrah. Says the winemaker, “This is a classic Central Coast Syrah, combining the spice and acidity of the cool climate grapes with the forward fruit of the warm climate grapes.”

Finally, SOHO will pour the 2012 “Eruption” from Brassfield Estate winery. The wine is described, “The 2012 Eruption is rich and intense. The wine has aromas of fresh blueberries, toasted brioche, black cherries, and mocha, giving way to flavors that are jammy, ripe and unctuous. The palate explodes with blackberries, dark currants, and clove while it layers supple and round coating tannins, making the wine both hedonistic while simultaneously elegant. The texture of this wine is perhaps its most distinguishing trait – mouth-coating with an endless finish.”

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

2011 Hangtime Arroyo Seco Pinot Noir
Paired with: Seared salmon with sauteed snow peas and ginger-soy sauce

2011 Qupe Central Coast Syrah
Paired with: Herbed meatballs with mariana over fettucine

2012 Brassfield Estate Winery “Eruption”
Paired with: BBQ pork spareribs with spring succotash

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!