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Throughout January, flight night at SOHO Atlanta restaurant will showcase red varietals from around the world. The world tour continues on Wednesday, January 19, when Malbec is the featured varietal. The wine and tapas introduced Wednesday will be available through Tuesday, January 26.

Waterbrook Winery

Photo courtesy of Waterbrook winery

First, SOHO will pour a 2013 Piattelli Reserve Malbec from Mendoza, Argentina. The winemaker offers the following tasting notes: “A striking, slightly smoky wine with a deep burgundy hue, this wine’s fruity bouquet delights the senses and warms the palate with notes of blackberries, blueberries and lavender. It lingers with a gentle tannin pull and finishes with subtle flavors of toasted hazelnuts.”

Next, SOHO will pour a 2013 Renacer Punto Final Malbec Reserva from Mendoza, Argentina. The winemaker says, “This Malbec is a deep ruby red color with violet highlights. On the nose, a combination of red and black fruit aromas mingle with earthy mineral and floral notes highlighted by sweet spice and vanilla from the French oak. Black raspberry and plum flavors dominate the palate along with more subtle flavors sof tangy cherries, vanilla and mocha. The sweet tannins carry through the long robust finish.”

Finally, SOHO will pour a 2012 Waterbrook Reserve Malbec from Columbia Valley, Washington. The winemaker notes, “The wine offers aromas and flavors of blackberry cobbler and boysenberry preserves. Elegant tannins and a lingering finish of chocolate and sweet oak make this a very approachable wine.”

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

2013 Piattelli Reserve Malbec
100% Malbec
Paired with: Crispy braised pork shoulder with orange fennel broth and creamy horseradish

2013 Renacer Punto Final Malbec Reserva
100% Malbec
Paired with: Corn taco with chili-rubbed smoked chicken, grilled corn, confit tomatoes, and cilantro guacamole

2012 Waterbrook Reserve Malbec
100% Malbec
Paired with: Roasted Portobello mushroom with grilled peppers, crabmeat, mozzarella, and paprika

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!