Santé Wine Bar and Tap Room is a European style wine bar featuring wines by the glass and bottle with flights and light fare including cheese boards, dips, salads and sweets. Wine-lovers at Santé were recently treated to a cutting-edge concept in winemaking: wine from a keg. Santé’s keg system is the first in the state to feature twelve taps solely dedicated to wine, and it’s an idea whose time has come.
The benefits of serving wine from a keg are many. First, it’s better for the environment. Waste reduction is a key selling point for many keg wine proponents. One keg holds about two cases of wine, but without the glass bottles, corks, boxes and packaging. Plus, transporting kegs is more efficient and better for fuel consumption since kegs weigh less than their traditional counterparts. Second, the system is airtight which means no oxidizing and no spoiling, so the last glass is as fresh as the first.
While Santé may be partial to wine, they also offer four local beers on tap as well as light fare to compliment the wine. Selections include several cheese boards, salads, handmade pizzas as well as an assortment of house-made dips including olive tapenade, hummus, and roasted red bell pepper, among others. Santé also offers a myriad of choices of wine by the bottle, and has no plans to change that anytime time soon. Says Baden, “We realize there will still be times that customers will want to buy a bottle of wine to drink here or enjoy at home. Our new keg system will not change that but will simply offer more choices.”