Wine on tap is growing in popularity among the Seattle area bar and restaurant scene. As more establishments offer this option, restaurant goers are intrigued about this new way of storing and serving wine.
Carrying wines on tap has numerous benefits for restaurants and diners, including the positive environmental impact. Since each keg holds 27 wine bottles, there’s less packaging waste. According to Trywineontap.com, wine kegs offer a 96% reduction in their carbon footprint compared to wine poured from bottles over 20 years. And, each keg saves 2,340 lbs. of trash from the landfill over its lifetime.
Another perk is the wine stays fresher, for longer. You don’t have to worry about an open bottle losing its quality because kegs have no oxidation or corkage. There is also less wastage which makes wine on tap a great option for restaurants and their bottom line. Efficiency is important, too, as staff can easily pour tasters, glasses and liters quickly, making the kegs a bartender’s best friend.
It’s no wonder Water’s Table: A Lakeside Kitchen + Bar at Hyatt Regency Lake Washington is “crushing it” with wine tap sales according to beverage director Carl Zinn. Customers love the keg wines and are surprised that such high-quality wines come out of a keg not to mention are the featured house wines, which are typically every day, low-cost options.
Currently, Water’s Table is featuring four Washington wines: Charles and Charles Rose (Walla Walla), North by Northwest Chardonnay (Columbia Valley), Chateau Ste Michelle Cold Creek Merlot (Columbia Valley) and Chateau Ste Michelle Canoe Ridge Cabernet Sauvignon (Horse Heaven Hills).
Drawbacks to carrying wine on tap are few. The units expensive, not to mention the cost to purchase the higher quality gas needed to keep the wine preserved. Space can be an issue. The keg units are big! Zinn would like to eventually add more kegs when he has the space. Then there is the residual wariness left over from a lifetime drinking bottle wine, the romanticism and mood that people associate with it, and the reluctance to try something new.
For wine lovers and restaurants, wine on tap is an exciting offering that can yield delicious, high-quality wine. Give it a chance – it may surprise you.
Water’s Table is located at 1053 Lake Washington Blvd N in Renton inside the Hyatt Regency Lake Washington. Restaurant hours and menus available online.