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It’s the ultimate conundrum: it’s really hot in Atlanta, but we still want to drink red wine! What’s a wine lover to do?

Spoiler: you drink some fabulous french reds that don’t make you feel like you need a nap in an air-conditioned room! We have three of our favorites for you this week, and some fan-favorite french inspired tapas that are perfectly light, and perfectly paired.

This week’s Flight Night begins on Wednesday, July 18th, and the wines and their tapas will be available through July 24th.

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First, SOHO will pour a Joseph Drouhin Laforèt 2016 from Bourgogne. The winemaker offers,

“A wine full of charm: bright ruby colour and a nose rich with aromas of red fruit (raspberry, red currants, wild strawberry). On the palate, the wine is pleasant, fruity and refreshing, with light tannins and great elegance.”

Next, SOHO will pour a Chateau De Saint Cosme Côtes du Rhône – Les Deux Albion 2016 from Rhone. The wine is described by the winemaker,

“Les Deux Albions is one of the outstanding wines of Louis Barruol’s collection and highlights the exceptional value that can still be found in the Côtes-du-Rhône category. The wine combines depth, structure, and finesse with aromas and flavors of roasted game, mesquite, and olive, crushed plum, and black currants.”

Finally, SOHO will pour a Clos Sainte-Anne Côtes de Bordeaux 2014 from Bordeaux. Notes on the wine,

“Cardinal red with a deep concentration. Red and black fruit, black pepper, licorice, vanilla, cassis, and mocha. Nice attack on black fruit, good freshness, well balanced, silky tannins, great structure, excellent bottle.”

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

Joseph Drouhin Laforèt 2016
100% Pinot Noir
Paired with: Prime Beef Carpaccio, Ossau-Iraty, Red Wine-Cherry Reduction, Toast

Chateau De Saint Cosme Côtes du Rhône – Les Deux Albion 2016
50% Syrah, 10% Mourvèdre, 20% Grenache, 15% Carignan, 5% Clairette
Paired with: Red Wine BBQ Chicken Skewers

Clos Sainte-Anne Côtes de Bordeaux 2014
90% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Franc
Paired with: Pan Roasted Meatballs, Jasmine Rice, Mole Rojo

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!