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Throughout the month of November, SOHO will showcase the wines and flavors of Australia and New Zealand. The tour continues on flight night Wednesday, November 11. The wines and tapas introduced Wednesday will be available through Tuesday, November 17.

Photo credit: Yangarra Estate

Photo credit: Yangarra Estate

First, SOHO will pour a 2012 Yalumba ‘The Strapper” GSM from Barossa, Australia. Wine Spectator says of the wine, “Rich, ripe and velvety, this is dense without being heavy-handed, with cherry, blackberry, pomegranate and spice flavors that dance through the vigorous finish.”

Next, SOHO will pour a 2012 Pikes ‘Eastside’ Shiraz from Clare Valley, Australia. The winemaker offers the following notes, “Aroma: Ripe plum and black cherry fruit with hints of mocha, graphite and some spicy notes as well. A nice touch of charry French oak in the background mix. Palate: Medium-bodied with the ripe, dark fruits to the fore with balanced acidity and savory tannins giving length and structure to the wine.”

Finally, SOHO will pour a 2013 Yangarra Old Vine Grenache from Kangarilla, McLaren Vale, Australia. The winemaker describes the wine, “One of the more perfumed vintages, the Old Vine Grenache has pretty floral aromas and bright red fruits. The palate shows lots of bright cherry fruit and the vineyards typical fine line of sandy mineral tannins and acidity.”

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

2012 Yalumba ‘The Strapper’ GSM
40% Grenache, 35% Shiraz, 25% Mataro
Paired with: Grilled salmon with teriyaki shiitake mushrooms

2013 Pikes ‘Eastside Shiraz
100% Shiraz
Paired with: Seared duck breast with apples and mustard

2013 Yangarra Old Vine Grenache
100% Grenache
Paired with: Pork tenderloin with carrot ginger puree and honey & spice glaze

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!