Monday, January 7, 2013

Mea Culpa, Mea Maxima Culpa

I'll be the first to admit I am wrong.

About a year and a half ago, I reviewed Silver Star, one of Nicosia's favorite wine bars and awarded it only 3 out of 5 Sparkling Spatulas. At the time, I disliked its carelessly decorated interior and limited wine selection for a bar owned by a cava located across the street. On my next visit a few months ago, though, things couldn't have shone brighter. With The Wife, Ph.D., horizontal on our red couch thanks to Little Miss Despot's nine-month synchronized swimming training for the 2032 Summer Olympics, My Zolpidem Supplier and I sat on the stools outside and had a Malbec-fueled rager for the ages.

Silver Star—its outdoor patio in particular—shines as a happy hour haunt. That evening we drank our livers to the ground, suited men and women, students and artists shared the narrow sidewalk, bottles of fine wine and stacked yet carefully selected local and imported cheese and charcuterie platters. The menu includes about twenty-five options by the glass and a note informing the dissatisfied, fickle or greedy like myself that the cava's wines are available for consumption at only a 10 Euro surcharge on their retail price, a practice I applaud. Likewise, DJs spin down-tempo electronic music that add a cool vibe to the sidewalk seating, and the service is friendly yet professional.

At the end of the night, after picking a bottle of 2008 Kir Yianni Ramnista Xinomavro as our nightcap—in retrospect, a grave mistake that sent me on a path not unlike that of an early-rising two-month pregnant woman—I introduced myself and this blog to Silver Star's owner. Fueled by the bottles of 2010 Amalaya Red and 2009 Colome Malbec we had earlier imbibed, I apologized for my—unbeknownst to him—mediocre review and complimented them for the few yet crucial improvements that have elevated the joint's overall quality.

Whine On The Rocks' (Revised) Rating: 4.5 out of 5 Sparkling Spatulas 

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