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Everybody loves this time of year in Atlanta.  Summer is finished, kids have gone back to school, and we all get back into our routines before the holidays sneak up on us again. It’s that amazing time when patio weather is just starting to be an option again, and you can find our guests and friends catching up over a few glasses of wine and some good conversation.

Everybody loves the month we feature Sonoma County, and for good reason!  With so many vineyards to choose from, we delight in the choices of wines and particularly enjoy tasting what Chef Joe Zelinka is going to create for the tapa pairings each week! If you haven’t taken a moment to breathe, and enjoy a glass of wine yet, then come see us at SOHO.  We’ve missed you!

This week’s Flight Night begins on Wednesday August 16th, and the wines and their tapas will be available through August 22nd.

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First, SOHO will pour a 2014 Sbragia Chardonnay from Dry Creek Valley, and offers the following tasting notes,

“Farmed by our family for decades, Home Ranch Vineyard is located at the southeast end of Dry Creek Valley, where temperatures are cooler than most of the appellation. This vintage shows wonderful aromas of melon, fig, green apple and citrus with slight oaky spice. Expect bright acidity and a long finish.”

Next, SOHO will pour a 2013 LOLA Pinot Noir from Russian River Valley.  The wine is described as,

“Deep garnet color, this wine has the aromas of fresh wild strawberry, cherry, red currant, and a hint of vanilla bean, complimented by notes of cedar and cinnamon. Refreshing acidity and delicate tannins reveal themselves in the long finish.”

Finally, SOHO will pour a 2014 Rodney Strong Cabernet from Knights Valley.  The winemaker says,

“This deeply colored Cabernet is bursting with aromas of spicy dark plum, crushed blackberries and wild raspberry. The complex layers of spice and mocha chocolate on the palate are framed in rich, velvety tannins with a long lingering fi nish. Enjoy this Cabernet now with a grilled leg of lamb, a burger with gruyere cheese and sautéed mushrooms or cellar it to enjoy over the next 3 to 5 years.”

SOHO’s Executive Chef Joe Zelinka has created a suggested tapa plate to pair with each of the wines!

2014 Sbragia Chardonnay
100% Chardonnay
Paired with: Tempura Firefly Calamari, Chardonnay Aioli

2013 LOLA Pinot Noir
100% Pinot Noir
Paired with: Finocchiona Flatbread, Arugula, Goat Cheese, Pickled Shallot, Strawberry Thyme Vinaigrette

2014 Rodney Strong Cabernet  
93% Cabernet Sauvignon 7% Malbec
Paired with: Pork Confit Croquettes, Heirloom Tomato Jam

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!