Wine on Tap: Where to Tap It in Phoenix

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Gone are the days of ordering wine by the bottle -- not entirely gone, but in some circles, definitely kicked to the curb.

Wine on tap is not exactly a new concept for Phoenix. It's actually not a new idea at all.

A lot of wines are made in large metal casks, and there are vineyards that will fit taps directly to them for a fresh glass pour.

Postino jumped on the wine-on-tap band wagon back in early 2010. And if you've made it over to Windsor (Postino's newly opened sister restaurant), you probably already know all of their wines by the glass are on tap.

So what's the deal with these metal casks of wine with fancy spigots popping up around the Valley? We've gathered a list of Pros and Cons to help weigh in on the answer.

Get a list of places to find wine on tap around town after the jump.

Pros:
*It's more environmentally friendly in the sense that there aren't any glass bottles to ship, store, recycle, etc.
*Better wines at a lower price; less packaging cost means there are more savings to be passed on.
*Longer shelf life; the wine isn't susceptible to oxidation (in the same way it is in a open bottle) because of the nitrogen system used to pull the wine through the tap.

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Cons:

*Most wines on tap have to be produced in bulk for consistent by-the-glass programs in restaurants. This just means no boutique gems.

*The keg design is also limited to wines that aren't meant for aging; often this will mean younger vintages.

*It obviously takes away from the romanticism of wine and has little place for the traditionalist.

 

Now that we've hit the main points, we'll let you be the judge. Check out one of these dozen places around town and tell us what you think. Don't forget the 5 S's of wine still apply: sight, swirl, sniff, sip and savor. Especially savor.


Cave & Ives: 4247 E Indian School Rd, Phoenix
Hotel San Carlos' Ghost Lounge: 202 N Central Ave, Phoenix
Province Restaurant: 333 N Central Ave, Phoenix
Relish Burger Bistro at The Phoenician: 6000 E. Camelback Rd. Scottsdale
Petite Maison: 7216 E Shoeman Ln, Scottsdale
Big Earl's BBQ: 7213 E 1st Ave, Scottsdale
Camelback Inn: 5402 E Lincoln Dr, Paradise Valley
Rancho Pinot Grill: 6208 N Scottsdale Rd, Paradise Valley
Caffe Boa on Mill: 398 S Mill Ave, Tempe
Tempe Tavern: 1810 E Apache Blvd, Tempe
Queen Creek Olive Oil Mill: 25062 S. Meridian Rd, Queen Creek
Satara: 8350 W Paradise Ln, Peoria

Know of other places to get wine on tap in the Valley? Leave word in the comments section.

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2 comments
josh
josh

Oh yeah, they don't pay their employees the money that they're owed either.Dont waste your time. Or your money.

Josh
Josh

Don't fall for the joke we call Caffe Boa on Mill. They're a bunch of liars and crooks.Liars. Liars. Liars. Liars

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