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SOHO Atlanta Restaurant will showcase red varietals from around the world throughout the month of January. The tour of fantastic reds begins with the Pinot Noir varietal on flight night, Wednesday, January 7. The wines and tapas introduced Wednesday will be available through Tuesday, January 13.

Copain winery

Copain winery

First, SOHO will pour a 2012 Calista Pinot Noir “The Coast Range” from Sonoma, Menocino and Monterey counties in California. The winemaker says of the wine, “The Pinot Noir is deep ruby red in color with aromatics of dried cherries, rose petal, violet and roasted coffee bean. Rhubarb, cherry and notes of cranberry flow through the palate to a balanced and lengthy finish of mixed dark fruit and black tea.”

Next, SOHO will pour a 2012 Copain Pinot Noir “Tous Ensemble” from Anderson Valley, California. The winemaker describes the Pinot, “The Pinot Noir is a blend of fruit harvested from several parcels within the Anderson Valley. The delicately perfumed aromatics of spice and floral notes frame the soft supple body with flavors of just-ripened red fruits and rich earth. Bright acidity carries through for an elegant finish.”

Finally, SOHO will pour a 2012 Etude Pinot Noir from Carneros, California. The wine is described, “The 2012 Carneros Estate Pinot Noir defines the classic Grace Benoist Ranch style with lifted red fruit aromas, ranging from pomegranate and red cherry to wild strawberry and raspberry, and a spicy entry of baking spice, forest floor and sandalwood. Refined tannins and ideal natural acidity frame the lush, intricate flavors. Despite the wine’s strength, it possesses a persistent fruit finish and elegance that make it uplifting and polished.”

SOHO’s executive chef, Scott Warren, has created a tapas plates to pair with each Pinot Noir.

2012 Calista Pinot Noir
Paired with: Lamb stew with root vegetables

2012 Copain Pinot Noir
Paired with: Hot smoked salmon with apple cherry risotto

2012 Etude Pinot Noir
Paired with: Grilled flank steak with BLT smashed red potatoes

Sample each wine in a flight (three three-ounce glasses) for $14.25. Or, pair the flight with a tapas plate for $19. Try a full glass of wine and tapas plate for $13. Of course, the wines and tapas are available individually as well ($9.50/glass and $6.50/tapas). See you soon!