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Throughout the month of May, SOHO Atlanta restaurant will showcase the wines and flavors of Napa Valley, California. The first wines and tapas from Napa Valley will be showcased on flight night, Wednesday, May 7. The wines and tapas introduced Wednesday will be available through Tuesday, May 13.

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First, SOHO will pour a 2012 Freemark Abbey Chardonnay. The winemaker describes the wine, “Youthful greenish straw in color, this Chardonnay exhibits ripe fruit aromas of banana, apple, pear, coupled with tropical fruits. Adding to the complexity, the oak aging is fairly integrated adding spice, like nutmeg, vanilla, fresh coconut, and the nuance of angel food cake with a slight butterscotch. This wine has great viscosity, depth and an intriguing minerality. The flavors on the palate are predominantly citrus, lemon-lime and peach.”

Next, SOHO will pour a 2011 Markham Cellar 1879 Blend. The winemaker says of the wine, “This is quite possibly the most intriguing wine to make here at Markham, as the blend is about creating ultimate drinking pleasure. The 2011 vintage, while devoid of Malbec, successfully mimics it’s character with violet, boysenberry, plum and tobacco aromas. Interesting graham cracker, vanilla and spicy fruit flavors are layered over a ripe, lush mouthfeel. The juicy texture hides the tannins which provides for immediate enjoyment.”

Finally, SOHO will pour a 2011 Charles Krug Yountville Cabernet Sauvignon. The winmaker notes, “Our vineyards in Yountville produce Cabernet Sauvignon of exceptional intensity and complexity. This polished wine opens with aromas of black cherry, currant and a hint of tobacco. On the palate, cocoa and cassis blend with supple tannins that lead to a graceful, elegant finish.”

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

2012 Freemark Abbey Chardonnay
100% Chardonnay
Paired with: Salmon sliders with cucumber dill dressing

2011 Markham Cellar 1879 Blend
60% Merlot, 13% Cabernet Sauvignon, 11% Petit Verdot, 6% Syrah, 5% Petite Syrah, 5% Zinfandel
Paired with: Grilled lamb chops with Rosemary potatoes

2011 Charles Krug Cabernet Sauvignon
85% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Merlot, 5% Petit Verdot
Paired with: Buttermilk fried quail with milk gravy.

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!