Sunday, June 20
Wine On Tap
Wine on tap? Yep, seems to be the new eco-friendly and economical way to serve wine.
The latest technology -- well, maybe not so new -- of putting wine on tap just might take the snob factor out of drinking wine. There are only a few wine bars serving wines on tap and they seem to be in a testing mode. Though they are saying that their customers are young and are willing to take chances and be open-minded.
The economical and environmental factors are enough for some popular bars to "set 'em up" with a couple of wines as well as beers.
It's economical for both the winery and the vendor as the packaging costs are lower. That savings is passed on to the consumer as well. Good deal!
Then there is the environmental effect. Some bars say their trash is 30 percent less with kegs -- can't beat that either. There is also no left-over wine in bottles that is past its prime. That can be money down the drain unless the bar has a kitchen. Good deal again!
So what wines are being poured from the tap? It seems that there are a few bars who are serving fresh and light summer wine like sauvignon blanc, a rose and merlot which seem to fare well on tap.
This is a great way to enjoy a glass of wine when you are in the bar scene. However, if you really enjoy the total wine experience, it's best to be in a restaurant setting and have the wine steward or sommelier open the bottle of wine at your table. This is all just a matter of personal preference and lifestyle.
For me, I think this might be an adventure. Curiosity always gets to me and I have to check out the facts. I'll be looking for the bars where taps are flowing vino and I'll be back to let you know how my quaffing adventure turns out.
It might take me a month or two since we are in vacation mode around here, but this adventure is on my "bucket list" for sure.