Wine on tap

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2013/04/30 23:27:34 (permalink)

Wine on tap

I was just reading that Florida passed a law allowing bars, restaurants and catering companies to serve wine from taps instead of requiring bottles. Maybe this has been done elsewhere and is not a particularly new thing but I was not aware of it. They said it could reduce the price of a glass of house wine considerably. I've become a recent fan of wine as I really don't care much for beer and the hard stuff anymore but going out for 2-3 glasses of wine can get a little pricy. I think the article said something about stainless steel "casks" and specialized tap equipment. Anyone familiar with this method?
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    road.eater
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    Re:Wine on tap 2013/05/02 03:56:57 (permalink)
    I don't get the idea of wine on tap. The first thing that came to my mind about this is something like wine float. I don't know. Hehe...
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    Re:Wine on tap 2013/05/02 07:21:16 (permalink)
    The only time I have ever seen this is at Santarpio's.  They only offer Paul Masson Wines and it dispensed through their beverage tap system.  The wine is horrible to begin with, so I don't know if running it through a tap made a difference.
     
     
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    Re:Wine on tap 2013/05/02 08:22:11 (permalink)
    This is the closest I have gotten to "tap" wine. It is actually quite good and can stay open 4 - 6 weeks without compromising taste. Good if you only want a glass every day or two.
     

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    Re:Wine on tap 2013/05/02 08:56:21 (permalink)
    I encountered wine on tap at http://veracerestaurant.com/ on Long Island, so I assume NY has no problem with it.
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    Re:Wine on tap 2013/05/02 09:22:19 (permalink)
    I view most box wines to be better in quality than most "house" bottled wines.  But the box is stigmatized as cheap, rather than inexpensive.
     
    In the Motherland, you order vino rosso/bianco della casa and you get the wine from the region you are in.  Sometimes poured from a barrel in the back room.
     
    Tony Bad

    This is the closest I have gotten to "tap" wine. It is actually quite good and can stay open 4 - 6 weeks without compromising taste. Good if you only want a glass every day or two.



     
    The collapsible bag used in box wines could definitely be used in larger containers.
    post edited by joerogo - 2013/05/02 09:34:50
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    Re:Wine on tap 2013/05/02 23:10:46 (permalink)
    Not only do we have wine on tap in Arizona:
    http://blogs.phoenixnewtimes.com/bella/2011/06/wine_on_tap_have_you_tapped_th.php
    We have TEQUILA on tap as well. Not just regular taps----these taps are super chilled so that by the time the TEQUILA comes out of the tap, it's as if it just came out of your freezer!! Only colder!!!
    TQLA in Dana Park Mesa AZ
    Located in the upscale Dana Park community lifestyle center in Mesa, AZ, our newest location features a special tasting room for our extra aged tequilas, handpicked by our own certified tequilier. We also feature 4 Tequilas on tap cooled to a chilly 5°F. A smooth and icy cold pairing to one of our many signature Southwestern dishes.
    They're also in Houston, TX
    http://tqla.com
    The neat thing is it's only a 1/2 mile from my house! I can crawl home!!! AND this is CINCO De MAYO Weekend!!!
    post edited by Foodbme - 2013/05/02 23:17:55
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    Re:Wine on tap 2013/05/03 00:49:21 (permalink)
    Since that article is a couple of years old Foodbme, wine on tap must be pretty common in your neck of the woods, funny it was illegal here in Florida until a few days ago.
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    Re:Wine on tap 2013/05/03 02:15:30 (permalink)
    ces1948

    Since that article is a couple of years old Foodbme, wine on tap must be pretty common in your neck of the woods, funny it was illegal here in Florida until a few days ago.

    Yep, there's even more places now.
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    Re:Wine on tap 2013/05/03 03:12:23 (permalink)
    Interesting! Wine on tap sounds new for me.
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    Re:Wine on tap 2013/05/03 07:32:41 (permalink)
    I thought I read that it was that the wine was available for growlers ...  but, that might have been in another state I passed through.
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    Re:Wine on tap 2013/05/03 10:00:23 (permalink)
    Funny you should mention growlers. Just read the other day they remain illegal here in Florida. An attempt was made to legalize them in the legislative session which ends today but it never got to a vote. Only 32 and 128 oz containers are legal. Many say "big beer" is against it.
     
    wheregreggeats.com

    I thought I read that it was that the wine was available for growlers ...  but, that might have been in another state I passed through.


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    Re:Wine on tap 2013/05/04 01:12:14 (permalink)
    What's a Growler????
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    Re:Wine on tap 2013/05/04 10:40:25 (permalink)
    A growler is a re-fillable bottle for beer from tap. Typically they are 64 ounces in size. Microbreweries under a certain size in Minnesota are allowed to sell beer this way in tap rooms where the beer is brewed. I've had growlers from Ketchikan Brewing Co. in Alaska, Church Brew Works in Pittsburgh and the Old Bizbee Brewery in Arizona. Here are some local growlers from the Twin Cities when family got together and each contributed his favorite. The Excelsior Brewing Co. is in my town. I usually fill up every week. Once open you need to drink it in a day or two.
     

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    Re:Wine on tap 2013/05/04 16:38:52 (permalink)
    Davydd,
    Thanx for the info. I've been drinking beer since I was 14 years old, (My hometown, St Marys PA was 98% Germans, www.straubbeer.com ) and never heard of a Growler! Live & Learn.
    post edited by Foodbme - 2013/05/04 16:40:14
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    Re:Wine on tap 2013/05/04 17:01:53 (permalink)
    Several wineries and wine bars in CA are doing it now. Here's Callaway Vineyard's one. Takes a credit card and pour your own.
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    Re:Wine on tap 2013/06/08 10:29:25 (permalink)
    Greenblatt's Deli & Fine Wine Shop in West Hollywood has 28 wines on tap...

    http://westhollywood.patc...eli-serves-wine-on-tap

    http://greenblattsdeli.com/


    Save the Deli. Drink the wine.
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    Re:Wine on tap 2013/06/08 15:04:34 (permalink)
    There's a small bar near me in Redwood City, CA called The Living Room which serves wines on tap.  Here's a brief article about it and wines on tap generally:
     
    http://vinetimesonline.co...-2010january-2011.html
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    Re:Wine on tap 2013/06/08 16:33:45 (permalink)
    I'd bet a flight of fine wine that (like every other wonderful thing in the culinary universe) wine taps are found @ the Ferry Building. I know flights of wine are available there.
    post edited by CCinNJ - 2013/06/08 16:38:20
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    Re:Wine on tap 2013/06/08 21:08:36 (permalink)
    No reports of wine on tap here in Florida yet. Just became legal a couple of months ago.
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    Re:Wine on tap 2013/06/08 22:09:51 (permalink)
    Wow, even with wine "on tap" they still charge $8-10 a glass according to the article as opposed to $3.50 for a Coors. Maybe I'm not cut out to be a wine drinker.
    BTW is the living room still open? The article below is a couple of years old and the link given at the end for the bar is "dead"
     
    love2bake

    There's a small bar near me in Redwood City, CA called The Living Room which serves wines on tap.  Here's a brief article about it and wines on tap generally:

    http://vinetimesonline.co...-2010january-2011.html


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    Re:Wine on tap 2013/06/08 23:19:24 (permalink)
    Yep--I was there just a couple of weeks ago.  I don't know if that link for their Web site has ever worked! They have a semi-active FB page, though:  https://www.facebook.com/thelivingroomrc
     
    You're right--it's not cheap.  Rents in that neighborhood are pretty high, and beer and wine are all they sell!
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    Re:Wine on tap 2013/07/02 14:33:34 (permalink)
    If you are afood fan…you want to check out rock-the-vine.com. Not only do they have the hippest “themed” wine club….but they have the merchandise to match. Flaming guitar/motorcycle/super cool wine stoppers…flashing wine glasses, stirrers and rock n roll wine openers. Stay cool and visit rock-the-vine.com for that special gift or central caifornia wine selection. 
     
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