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Imagine, if you will: It’s a clear, warm day in Italy.  The sun is shining, and people are going about their daily routines around you.  You are sitting on a beautiful patio, surrounded by green trees, red flowers, and little bits of Italian conversations from the locals. You sip a glass of Barolo, and nibble on Antipasto without a care in the world.

Back to reality!  Most of us are NOT in Italy, but it’s really nice to pretend, yes?  This month at SOHO, we aim to bring you (as close as possible) this experience with Italian wines and tapas pairings specially chosen by Jeff Gelfond and Frank Smith, our resident wine guys!  Enjoy…

This week’s Flight Night begins on Wednesday February 15th, and the wines and their tapas will be available through February 21st.

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First, SOHO will pour a 2013 Pipoli Aglianico del Vulture DOC  from Basilicata, and offers the following tasting notes,

“Well-knit and fresh, with dusty tannins and ground spice layered with flavors of crushed mulberry, mocha, bergamot and herbs de Provence. Silky in texture and appealing, this is lightly juicy through to the expressive finish.”

Next, SOHO will pour a 2014 Lamùri Nero D’Avola Sicilia DOC from Sicily.  The wine is described as,

“Intense ruby-red in color, Lamùri offers lush aromas of black cherry, black fruits, vanilla, tobacco, and wild herbs.  On the palate, velvety tannins and refreshing acidity make for an elegant, expressive, crowd-pleasing wine.”

Finally, SOHO will pour a 2013 Papale Primitivo di Manduria Linea Oro DOP from Puglia. The winemaker says,

“In the bouquet dark berry fruits and some pleasantly stinky minerals. On the palate very ripe dark fruits, some metal, smoke, sweetness, mild acidity and tannin. Certainly a pleasant wine.”

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

2013 Pipoli Aglianico del Vulture DOC
100% Aglianico
Paired with: Baked Medjool Dates Stuffed with Cacio de Roma 

2014 Lamùri Nero D’Avola Sicilia DOC
100% Nero d’Avola
Paired with: Marinated Grilled Lamb Kebabs, Cous Cous

2013 Papale Primitivo di Manduria Linea Oro DOP
100% Primitivo
Paired with: Elk Carpaccio, Marinated Cherries, Arugula

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!