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The countries of New Zealand, Australia, and South Africa offer incredible options for those who enjoy complex and diverse wines from different regions.  Throughout the rest of the month of November at SOHO, we are featuring many of these wines from the Southern Hemisphere!  This week’s Flight Night begins on Wednesday November 23rd, and the wines and their tapas will be available through November 29th .


First, SOHO will pour a 2012 Loveblock Pinot Noir from Central Otago, NZ, and offers the following tasting notes,

“Colour: Crimson with purple edges.  Aroma: Intense dark fruit, Black Doris plum and blueberry, forest floor and cloves and spices.  Palate: Up front tannins with Shitake mushroom and dark fruit. Finishes with dark fruit sweetness.”

Next, SOHO will pour a 2013 Campbells Rutherglen Durif from Rutherglen, Victoria AU.  The wine is described as,

“Opaque ruby red. Full black cherries on the nose with a lifted floral edge.  The integrated oak ads depth, spice and a hint of char. Intense dark cherry and black plum fruit fill the mouth and slowly give way to a beautiful texture and aromas of ironstone and coffee grounds. The wine finishes with lingering dark fruit, char and very fine tannin.”

Finally, SOHO will pour a 2015 The Chocolate Block from Swartland, South Africa.  The winemaker says,

“The 2015 Chocolate Block is deliciously decadent, with a nose of ripe raspberry, damson, liquorice, nutmeg and orange rind. The palate is rich and full-bodied with flavours of black cherry, blackberry and cocoa. The wine has a long, lingering finish reminiscent of Swiss dark hazelnut chocolate which finishes fresh and framed by powdery tannins.”

SOHO’s Executive Chef, Jeff Sigler, has created a suggested tapa plate to pair with each of the wines!

2012 Loveblock Pinot Noir
100% Pinot Noir
Paired with: Charcuterie Plate with Finocchiona, Bresaola, Spanish Chorizo

2013 Campbells Rutherglen Durif
100% Durif (Petit Sirah)
Paired with: Grilled Steak Skewers, Chimichurri

2015 The Chocolate Block
Syrah (71%), Grenache Noir (15%),Cabernet (8%), Cinsault (5%) and Viognier (1%)
Paired with: Butternut Squash Dumplings, Roasted Squash, Spiced Pecans, Brown Butter Cream

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

We can’t wait to see you!