A wise wine expert once said that the only truth behind the art of tasting and enjoying wine was to trust one’s palate and therefore believe in its judgment and preferences. If this means that you will have to call a $2,000 bottle a perfect specimen of garbage juice, then so be it.
This advice came to mind, while the cork from a bottle of Gülor’s Malbec Öküzgözü, only one from among many bottles on display at Solera Wine Bar in Galatasaray, slowly slid out of the narrow space of its bottle neck, allowing the compressed to dissipate. The owner of the space, Süleyman Er, looked on as the first and most decisive sip was taken, with the tips of three fingers directing the glass forward and up, allowing for the inevitable reaction between crimson liquid and palate to occur. The reaction was extremely positive.
Er continued to pour, something he has done many times, with a past in the restaurant wine serving business and an interest in wine that took him all the way to the vineyards of South America for self-initiated research. Now, as the owner of Solera, Er’s passion for the grape has turned into a small and consequently intimate space decorated with a giant print of wine grapes on one wall and black and white photography, from one of his trips to Katmandu, on the other. Shelves display an array of bottles, both domestic and international, brought in from independent boutiques, among others. Shiraz, Malbec, Öküzgözü, Boğazkere, Merlot goes the list and up to a variety above an impressive number of 1100.
Apart from the wine, a light menu of cold appetizers is served, and if you choose to take your wine home, a 25% discount is automatically presented, since the bar is also a small wine shop. The photos also happen to be on sale for those interested, while the collection of other photographers are put up for sale intermittently.
Whether you are a wine enthusiast or not, Solera offers a place to have a conversation without interruption, before or after a night out. And if you need some advice about which bottle to open, Er will surely show you the way. Yeniçarşı Caddesi No.4; P: (0212) 252 27 19