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Australian and New Zealand wineries are such a delight to feature!  There’s more difference than similarity in what they offer, of course.  New Zealand is best known for sauvignon blanc and pinot noir.  Australia, which is best known for its amazing shiraz (the grape known elsewhere as syrah) is really a wildly diverse country with a bunch of divergent regions that specialize in grapes of all sorts. We could happily drink these wines for MONTHS and not be able to enjoy them all!

This week’s Flight Night begins on Wednesday, November 7th, and the wines and their tapas will be available through November 13th.

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First, SOHO will pour a Kim Crawford “Rise and Shine” Pinot Noir 2014 from South Island, NZ. The winemaker offers,

“Color: Dark red. Aroma: Lifted red berry fruit aromas with dark cherry notes, complemented by savory undertones and spicy oak. Palate: Ripe, dark berry flavors of blackberry and black currant. Subtle hints of oak help fill out the palate.”

Next, SOHO will pour a Small Gully “The Formula Robert’s Shiraz” 2014 from Adelaide Plains, AU. The wine is described by the winemaker,

“A big full flavored Shiraz produced from 50+ year old vines grown at Robert’s vineyard on the Adelaide Plains. Well balanced and textured, this wine shows savory notes of tar, leather and spice intermingled with chocolate and raisins. Soft persistent tannins and excellent length.”

Finally, SOHO will pour a Franklin Tate Cabernet Merlot 2016 from Margaret River. Notes on the wine,

“Flavors of ripe blackcurrants and dark plums dominant the palate with a savory hint of black olive. The fruit is integrated with oak flavors of cinnamon and cedar spice. Chalky tannins give this wine length.”

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

Kim Crawford “Rise and Shine” Pinot Noir 2014
100% Pinot Noir
Paired with: Cocoa Rubbed Prime Sirloin, Red Wine Risotto, Cherry-Red Wine Reduction

Small Gully “The Formula Robert’s Shiraz” 2014
100% Shiraz
Paired with: Short Rib Stuffed Piquillo Peppers, Red Wine Demi

Franklin Tate Cabernet Merlot 2016
Cabernet & Merlot
Paired with: Lamb Sliders, Black Olive-Sage Tapenade, Sundried Tomato-Goat Cheese

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!