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Throughout the month of November, SOHO will showcase the wines and flavors of Australia and New Zealand. The tour begins on flight night Wednesday, November 4. The wines and tapas introduced Wednesday will be available through Tuesday, November 10.

AustraliaFirst, SOHO will pour a 2014 Greywacke Sauvignon Blanc from Marlborough, New Zealand. The winemaker offers the following tasting notes: “A musky fusion of sweet scented fruits – nectarines, peaches and nashi pears with a dash of orange zest – intermingled with a floral perfume reminiscent of star jasmine and citrus blossom. A generous palate with citrus and cassis flavors, deliciously ripe and succulent, finishing with that classic Marlborough zing.”

Next, SOHO will pour a 2014 Kim Crawford Pinot Noir from Marlborough/Central Otago, New Zealand. The winemaker describes the wine, “Smell: Rich, ripe fruit aromas of red and black berries, complemented by hints of licorice and spice, with subtle oak influences. Taste: Deliciously ripe dark cherry and blackberry flavors provide a pleasant sweetness. Silky soft tannins give structure and weight to the wine and wonderful acidity balances the sweet fruit characteristics.”

Finally, SOHO will pour a 2014 Wirra Wirra ‘Catapult’ Shiraz from McClaren Vale, Australia. The winemaker says: “Bouquet: Bright and lifted blueberry, sweet raspberry and pepper. Layers of youthful shiraz fruits are complimented by sweet spices, dry herbs and delicate florals. Palate: The palate shows stylish, medium-bodied structure while offering generous volumes of flavor and texture. A heady mix of blue fruits, damson plum, anise and peaty, savory notes is countered with bright acidity and silky, plush tannins. This elegant balance produces a long and supple palate that continues to invite another taste.”

SOHO’s executive chef, Scott Warren, and sous chef, Chris Lyons, have created a tapas plate to pair with each wine.

2014 Greywacke Sauvignon Blanc
Paired with: Grilled chicken and vegetable kebabs with cumin spiced yogurt

2014 Kim Crawford Pinot Noir
100% Pinot Noir
Paired with: Braised lamb and mushroom risotto with mint and thyme

2014 Wirra Wirra ‘Catapult’
99% Shiraz, 1 % Viognier
Paired with: Spiced beef short rib and vegetable cous cous

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!