We swirled our glasses through the San Francisco Vintners Market in October- a little lazily, a little indifferently- and not too impressed with the selection of local offerings. Our taste buds perked a little when we came across the chocolate truffle booth. (Snore.) Our buds finally got a treat, however, when we stumbled upon the20- a new wine on tap pioneer providing wines in custom casks.
The20 is offering classic bag-in-box wine technology with some seriously innovative upgrades. First and most importantly, they’re tapping wines carefully selected to give the quality you’d expect from any premium wine in the bottle. We tried the Jubilation Zinfandel, the Darkhorse Pinot Noir, the Unrequited Sauvignon Blanc, and the DeNovo Bastille (a bordeaux blend). We were excited about all and absolutely loved the Jubilation Zinfandel.
Secondly, they’re serving their wines through innovative and damn good looking casks. No cardboard boxes and plastic taps here. Wine casks come in the classic, unassuming oak with personalized sidebars or funky, refurbished army ammo cases that couple as a fridge chiller.
The20 started with a couple of wine country locals who had a vision for a healthy planet and exciting wines. Not to mention, we loved the staff! Friendly, unassuming, and unpretentious wine lovers focused on the bigger picture.
the20 wines are available through their website and are also popping up in restaurants and bars throughout the country. There is also an option to join their wine club. The best part is that this technology allows a 20-50 percent discount from the price you would pay if found by the bottle. www.the20wines.com
And with that, we swirl our glasses to the best booth of the SF Vintners Market and best cask wine we’ve tried on the market.