Already a hit with our neighbours in the US, wine on tap has made its way over the pond and, over the last 2 years, has become 'a thing'. Starting with a mere tap or two in some of our most innovative venues, we’re now seeing bars opening that are fully embracing the technology and making this their main focus - Martello Hall in Hackney and Tap & Bottle in London Bridge are pretty much fully fledged tap rooms with 12 and 10 taps respectively. And it's not only bars - restaurants such as Blacklock, Clipstone, Brunswick House, Trinity and Magpie all have huge ranges on tap and feature fantastic wines that they've often expertly paired to dishes on their menu... a glass of Le Grappin Macon ’16 with a plate of pork chops at Blacklock sounds like perfect winter fodder if you ask me.
As a drinker the benefits are multiple - less packaging and shipping costs means a retail value of around 15% less, so contrary to expectations that it’s reserved for cheaper wines you’ll actually be getting a better value glass for your money - at Magpie you'll currently find a Fino En Rama on tap or if you're visiting the Tate, pop for a glass of their house Godello which I'm told by London's leading WOT merchant - Rupert Taylor of Uncharted Wines - is 'insane value for money'. Wine in kegs is not exposed to light and air so it’ll preserve and taste better than an open bottle on the back bar, plus it’s much more eco-friendly than transporting tonnes of glass around the world. Also much like a beer tap room - you’ve got the opportunity to taste what’s on offer before committing to a bottle.
So, if you’ve not yet converted to the trend then now is time, and there’s plenty of brilliant bars in which to get tasting - see our collection of the best bars with wine on tap here!