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We’re in the thick of Atlanta summer now, and weary from the heat. After long days of working and sitting in traffic, we need something to look forward to, and Sonoma wines are just the ticket! This week, we have a pinot noir, a merlot, and a beautiful red blend to share with you, to make your summer woes a little more palatable. Also, these 3 paired tapas are AMAZING, so if you’re not coming hungry, then you’re doing yourself a disservice!

This week’s Flight Night begins on Wednesday, August 8th, and the wines and their tapas will be available through August 14th.

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First, SOHO will pour a Banshee Pinot Noir 2016 from Sonoma County. The winemaker offers,

“The 2016 edition is an exciting, yet friendly wine, bursting at the seams with aromas of macerated wild berries and an elegant, soft earth undertone. The flavors combine both sweet and tart, reminiscent of Santa Rosa plums and wild blackberries that grow so commonly in Sonoma Wine Country. The finish is bright, slightly herbal, and savory making this an excellent food wine, as well as a charming drinking experience by itself.”

Next, SOHO will pour a Bench Knights Valley Merlot 2016 from Knights Valley. The wine is described by the winemaker,

“Brilliant ruby red hue, the nose is expressive with cherry cream, blackberry reduction and cedar. The palate is creamy and lush, flavors of pie crust, dark forest fruits and tangy Marion-berries meld together on a lasting, elegant finish.”

Finally, SOHO will pour a Highway 12 Red Blend 2015 from Sonoma County. Notes on the wine,

“A fruity, leathery nose offers a glimpse into what unfolds on the palate. Hefty bright notes of ripe plum, currant jelly and a tinge of sweet tobacco fill the senses with the first sip. As this breathes, it morphs into something exceptionally smooth and round, a result of the introduction of soft tannins and lightly burnt toffee oak. The fig jam finish lingers but just long enough to go in for the next sip.”

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

Banshee Pinot Noir 2016
100% Pinot Noir
Paired with: Grilled Prime Sirloin, Mushroom Polenta, Red Wine-Cherry Reduction

Bench Knights Valley Merlot 2016
100% Merlot
Paired with: Whipped Goat Cheese Crostini, Berry Compote

Highway 12 Red Blend 2015 
61% Merlot, 12% Cabernet, 12% Petit Verdot, 5% Cab Franc, 4% Syrah, 4% Malbec
Paired with: Tagliatelle Pasta with Braised Short Rib and Roasted Oyster Mushroom

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)