Did you ever imagine you would walk into a bar and ask what wines they have on tap? Wine on tap has become quite the trend, and there are some definite reasons for this trend to continue growing. 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.
WHY WINE ON TAP?
Waste is a major concern for any restaurant or bar. Wine often “goes bad” due to cork taint or oxidation and ends up getting poured down the drain. Wine on tap solves this problem. When the wine leaves the keg, nitrogen fills the space so that oxygen never reaches the wine. Wine can remain in its original state from the winery, in a keg, indefinitely. Businesses can now purchase wine straight from the winery with a guarantee of non-flawed juice.
And then there is the cost factor. Because wineries will not be paying for the bottles, corks and foil for labels, they can sell the kegs at a lower cost, and you, the consumer can buy your wine for a lower price when dining out. And, of course, there is the smaller carbon footprint that comes with wine on tap. There is no waste to dispose of, which makes going green with wine on tap a breeze.
WINE ON TAP IN HOUSTON
We have gone in search of where you can get wine on tap in Houston, and we encourage you to get out and try these ruby, rose and white gems that we have found.
Ruggles Green City Centre boasts local and organic ingredients, making it a great stop for those looking for a healthier option. They also have a wide variety of vegetarian and gluten-free options. With a menu ranging from tacos to sandwiches, to pasta, and more, there is something here for everyone.
As the name suggests, L’Olivier serves French fare and wine on tap from Texas’ own Duchman Family Vineyards. This is an excellent choice if you are looking for a more upscale experience as they offer tasting pairings ranging from three to eight courses. Chef Olivier has a habit of stopping by patrons’ tables, so you may even get a chance to meet him.
Another Round is a wine bar in Katy offering a casual atmosphere and a variety of treats and small plates. In addition to wine by the glass, they also have wine flights as well as assorted beers to choose from. Do keep in mind they have a strict 21 and over policy inside, so be sure everyone in your party is of age. They have happy hour Monday through Friday from open until 7 pm.
Harold’s Restaurant and Bar in the Heights is home to Southern and Creole cuisine, representing a perfect blend of the owner’s South Carolinian hospitality and the chef’s New Orleans culinary style. They also have an upstairs terrace which offers a fantastic view of the city. Be sure to check out their Tap Room, which is open past regular restaurant hours serving up a variety of beer and wine on tap, as well as specialty cocktails and small bites.
Combining wine and delicious American comfort food, Max’s Wine Dive Houston has two locations, one on Washington Ave. and the other on Fairview. Their motto is actually “Fried chicken and champagne? Why the hell not?!”, so whether your pairing preferences are traditional or imaginative, you’ll never be judged at Max’s.
Local Pour also has two locations, one in Houston-proper and the other in the Woodlands. They have daily specials throughout the week, including Big Pour Tuesday on select wines and Sunday Mimosas by the carafe or glass with brunch. Local Pour is also perfect for a late night spot as it’s open until 2 am seven days a week.
As you may have guessed, Buff Burger has a wide variety of burgers available on their menu, including tasty takes on the classic, as well as an Ahi Tuna Burger and Fritter Burger. They also offer a couple of delicious salad options if someone in your party is looking for a lighter option. If you’re planning to bring the kids along, they eat free every Monday! Currently on tap: Franciscan Chardonnay and Saved Red Wine.
Give some of these places a try and let us know what you think!