August 3rd, 2012
Tap, Tap, we're here!
Wine from a bottle? That's so 2010.
From San Francisco to Vancouver, the wine-on-tap movement means fresher wine by the glass, less recycling, and for you and me, and more choice. Working with dozens of B.C. wineries, the FreshTAP program at Vancouver Urban Winery has names you know (Nichol, Laughing Stock, Joie) plus a delightful house Sauvignon Blanc from its own Roaring Twenties Wine Co label available for purchase by the bottle ($14.95) or case.
Now open to the public Monday-Saturday, the 7,000-square foot industrial-chic 1920s space boasts a custom 36-tap wine tasting bar (pictured, with owners Steve Thorp and Mike Macquisten).
Twenty-dollar tasting menus include five 1-inch pours of wine, with a tasting board of local meats, breads and cheeses to complement them. Swing through the fun wine shop for Union Wood Co cutting boards and other rustic wine accessories, or sit back and watch the ins-and-outs of the local talent, keeping a sharp eye out for the charming Ryan Holmes, whose Hootsuite tech empire is headquartered right next door. Won't you be my neighbour? —Sarah Bancroft
Vancouver Urban winery, 55 Dunlevy St., Vancouver, 604-566-9463, www.vancouverurbanwinery.com
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