Wine kegs in restaurants are nothing new—in other parts of the world, anyway. Traveling in the French countryside I’ve sometimes been served local wines from a small barrel delivered to a restaurant by the winemaker. In fact, one of my fond memories involves being in the Beaujolais region in late November—right around the time that the Nouveau arrives in the U. S. Le propriétaire recommended a local Nouveau, and we were delighted when he dipped a pitcher into a wooden barrel on the counter and carted it to our table. It was, as he had predicted, fantastique! [READ MORE]
Archive for May, 2010
You may have noticed wine kegs have weaseled their way into some of the more respected restaurants in San Francisco, like Frances, Delfina and Salt House. At some of these spots, wine directors are commissioning custom blends for wine-on-tap programs: like Gus Vahlkamp, wine program manager at Charles Phan’s Out the Door, who’s sourcing exclusive creations from Scholium Project and LIOCO for the restaurant’s state-of-the-art tap tower. But it doesn’t have to be that complicated. Other Bay Area restaurants, like Coda in Oakland and Salt House in SF, choose blends from Free Flow Wines’ newly launched Silvertap. The first brand in the country to create a winery for the sole purpose of producing high quality wine for keg distribution, effectively streamlining the process from vineyard to tap. [READ MORE]
Whether you are a wine connoisseur or amateur, one of the most difficult dining decisions can be deciding which wine to choose. Most restaurants and bars only offer a few wines by the glass, and many people are unwilling to purchase a bottle of wine that they’re not familiar with. However, the wine tasting bar concept has become an increasingly popular way to expand wine horizons.
A wine tasting bar offers a variety of wines by the glass or by the taste, as well as by the bottle. In most restaurants, the challenge with having a large number of wines by the glass is in ensuring that the wine stays fresh after opening. A wine tasting bar however will have preservation systems for their bottles offered by the glass, some of which can ensure a wine stays fresh for up to 2 months. Tastings in Mystic offers a large variety of wines for sampling. [READ MORE]
Did you ever imagine you would walk into a bar and ask what wines they have on tap? Well, imagine, because those days are here. The new trend throughout California is wine on tap, and it is all for the purpose of going green. If you think about it, it just makes sense, after all, how often do wineries have barrel tastings? And, isn’t this just the same thing? Wouldn’t you love to have a wine kegger party for a change of pace? Well, now you can. [READ MORE]