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SOHO Atlanta Restaurant will continue to showcase the wines and flavors of California on flight night, Wednesday, March 18. The wines and tapas introduced Wednesday will be available through Tuesday, March 24.

Constant sunshine and natural “air conditioning” in the form of fog and breezes ensure world class grape and wine quality. Photo credit:  “Wine Institute of California.”

Constant sunshine and natural “air conditioning” in the form of fog and breezes ensure world class grape and wine quality. Photo credit: “Wine Institute of California.”

First, SOHO will pour a 2011 Hangtime Pinot Noir from Arroyo Seco. The winemaker says of the Pinot, “”A season that ensured slow and even fruit ripening produced a rich Pinot Noir with lovely rose petal aromas combined with supple blackberry and red raspberry flavors, and hints of chocolate, followed by a long, lingering finish.”

Next, SOHO will pour a 2012 Stephen Vincent Crimson from Monterey County. On the nose, the wine offers notes of mocha, licorice, salted caramel and boysenberry. On the palate, the wine has soft tannins with flavors of strawberry, vanilla, and maple.

Finally, SOHO will pour a 2012 Earthquake Zinfandel from Lodi. The wine is described, “Peppery and spicy with plenty of berry fruit (cherries and raspberries) intertwined
with dusty, loamy soil, incense and a Provencial garrigue-like note jump from the glass of this impressive wine.”

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

2011 Hangtime Pinot Noir
100% Pinot Noir
Paired with: Herb grilled lamb chops, flash fried Rosemary polenta, and extra virgin olive oil

2012 Stephen Vincent Crimson
60% Monterey County Syrah, 25% Lake County Petit Syrah, 15% Monterey County Cabernet
Paired with: Penne pasta with spicy tomato sauce

2012 Earthquake Zinfandel
Paired with: Venison tenderloin with a berry demi glace

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!