Without wine, grapes would be forced to become raisins, wrinkled and weathered before their time and toasted only when trapped in a slice of bread. Celebrate the full potential of the fruit of the vine with today’s Groupon: for $15, you get $30 worth of drinks and appetizers at Solera Wine Bar.
In Solera, owner John Fanning creates an accessible and inviting wine bar with knowledgeable staff, a wide selection of fine local and imported wines, and gourmet nibbles. Visitors can sip a glass of 2007 Mendoza chardonnay from Argentina ($6) or 2007 Jeanne Marie California merlot ($6) while grazing on an artisan-cheese board with three imported cheeses, sliced apples, baguette, and honey-drizzled apricots ($10). A bottle of French Domaine Dupeuble beaujolais from France ($28) or Indian Chenin blanc ($28) pairs well with both promising or tedious first dates, and effervescent conversation finds its match in a bottle of sparkling Australian shiraz ($32). Suds seekers can nab an Ithaca pale ale, Brooklyn lager, or Victory prima pilsner, among other brews ($4 each), while sampling an olive-oil flight with sliced baguette and sea salt ($7).
Solera looks the part of an elegant, cozy wine bar with exposed brick walls set off by high wooden ceilings, twinkling strands of white lights, and candles to illuminate faces and glasses filled with the liquid equivalent of rubies or diamonds. Outdoor tables let guests share and pair surrounded by soft breezes and occasional lunar eclipses.