Wine served from a keg rather than a bottle reduces packaging waste and ensures optimal freshness. Plus, it’s quicker for staff to pour wine from a keg than pop open a bottle. Here are five restaurants serving wine on tap so you can sip smartly.
Tap & Barrel, Vancouver, British Columbia
Tap & Barrel serves wine exclusively from a tap and offers over a dozen options. “We offer wine on tap because it allows us to showcase the best wine that British Columbia has to offer — and as fresh as the winemaker intended,” says beverage director Ryan Craig. “Wine on tap also aligns with our commitment to sustainability, reducing the number of bottles, caps, corks, and cardboard that usually ends up in our landfills.” A B.C. wine flight is also available from a tap. Wine on tap is also featured at Tap & Barrel’s two additional locations. Make a reservation at Tap & Barrel.
C3 Bar, Bloomington, Indiana
C3 Bar rotates wine on tap seasonally, but Troublemaker Rhone Blend, a house favorite, remains available year-round. Allison Smith, general manager of C3 Bar, cites a few benefits to wine on tap. “Wines are dispensed at cellar temps for optimal drinking experience,” she says. “Each keg holds 107 glasses of wine. To pour that same amount from bottles would require more than 26 bottles. Most wines come in recyclable plastic kegs or re-useable stainless-steel kegs, and there’s no waste from bad bottles.” Make a reservation at C3 Bar.
AVANT, San Diego, California
AVANT offers six wines on tap. “With the right equipment and attention to detail, wines on tap can provide exemplary wine with a much smaller and greener footprint,” says Rob Mondavi, Jr, fourth generation Napa Valley Winemaker. “We’re pleased to be showcasing our Spellbound Petit Sirah through AVANT’s program. Vibrant color, unbridled berry character, and plenty of texture create the perfect balance in this exciting wine.” Make a reservation at AVANT.