I hope I don’t sound very cliche if I said that old friends are like the best bottles of wine which gives you joy and happiness. Every time I am back to Turkey, my number one priority to meet up with Bartu, Baran and Kayacan who are my brothers over ten years now. This time we met in a part of Izmir that we haven’t met up before. After spending the day on the beach in Çeşmealtı, we needed somewhere which is able to fulfill our hungriness. The address was Mahzen & Kiler which is located in one of the prettiest, most relaxing area of Izmir, Güzelbahçe. They have a great selection of wine, beer, charcuterie, cheese, olive & olive oil and more. You can choose the fresh ingredients for your pizza or anything you would love to eat such as meze, tapas, cheese & charcuterie platter, and Turkish breakfast from the display case. Is it not enough what you ate there? Then you can buy their products to bring back home with you.
We had famous German sausages called Frankfurter Würstel with Weissbier (German Wheat Beer). Later on we shared some delicious pizzas freshly came out of the oven. Suvla Kınalı Yapıncak 2017 matched perfectly with our pizzas. This indigenous varietal wine had a very pleasant apricot and nutty notes. This crispy and creamy wine is just a perfect choice for the summer evenings.
Suvla is located in Eceabat on the eastern shore of the historical Gellipoli Peninsula, on the Dardanelles (Çanakkale Strait). The vineyards of Suvla (Bozokbağ) were established in 2003, with the total area of 60 hectars planted with Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Roussanne, Marsanne, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Syrah, Cabernet Franc, Grenache Noir, Petit Verdot, Pinot Noir and the indigenous varieties that are Kınalı Yapıncak and Karasakız.
Kınalı Yapıncak is an indigenous white variety with reddish freckles grown in Thrace region in Turkey. The wines made by Yapıncak are generally rich, aromatic and complex in flavor. This thin skinned variety ripens generally late during the growing season. However the planted vineyard area of Yapıncak decreases currently. After long years of researches on clonal selection of Yapıncak done by Tekirdağ Viticulture Research Institute, it has been found that the clone number 175, 132, 13 were shown the highest quality.
Some products that you can find at Mahzen & Kiler..
Olive Oil: Cunda – Kesebir, Kaz Dağları – Tayga, Çanakkale Geyikli – Ayvaz, Bozcaada – Oğuç
Charcuterie: Ham, Smoked Beef, Smoked Tongue, Pastırma, Tokat Bez Sucuk, Sucuk, Milano Salami, Prosciutto, Salame Cotto, Krakowska, Bacon, Salame Napoli, Frankfurter
Cheese: Ezine, Aged Kaşar, Tulum, Kolot, Saganaki, Kars Gruyère, Örgü, Civil, Dil, Ditme, Konya Küflü, Karapınar, Halloumi, Ayvalık Kelle, Cunda Kelle, Parmigiano Reggiano, Cheddar, Emmental, Gouda, Edam, Gorgonzola, Danish Blue, Brie, Camembert, Maasdam, Manchego, Mascarpone, Vegan Cheeses