If you're throwing a big summer party, whether it's in your backyard, for a wedding reception, or a giant picnic in a local park, you still want to keep it classy. Rosé wine is both elegant and summery, but the more people you have, the more wine you need, and all those bottles can get a bit logistically complex.
Enter the wine keg, your new party essential. Yes, you can now get wine on tap, which is surely a sign of an advanced civilization. Bridge Lane wine kegs hold up to 26 bottles of wine (around 130 glasses) and keep up to six months unopened. Plus, the kegs come in a sturdy, but still cute light blue, 100 percent recyclable plastic shell container.
The Bridge Lane Rosé keg is perfect for outdoor summer shindigs of all kinds. It's Cabernet Franc-based with notes of guava and peach blossom followed by flavors of strawberry and watermelon.
If rosé isn't your thing, or you want to have a variety on hand, Bridge Lane also offers Sauvignon Blanc (flavors of citrus, grapefruit and freshly cut grass), a Red Blend (Bordeaux-style with flavors of red fruits, black cherries and a hint of oak), and White Merlot (made from gently pressed red Merlot grapes so that you get the flavor without the red color). The company offers a Chardonnay, though their website says they're out of it right now.
Each keg costs $240, which means each glass will run you under $2, an excellent value for good wine. And you don't have to return the keg when you're done with it, just recycle it and move on to the next party!
Bridge Lane is part of Lieb Cellars, a winery in Cutchogue, New York on the North Fork of Long Island. In addition to the kegs, Bridge Lane offers bottles, cans, and boxed wine.
The company does ship the kegs (check the website for the fine print) and you can use any standard tap or you can buy one of their pony pump taps when you order the keg.