Written By Treve Ring Folks Mar 1, 2011 Bubbles at the Bar SHARE VIA: Facebook Twitter Pinterestimage: Prosecco on the bar at Fiamo, credit: Treve RingFor a few months now, a little restaurant on lower Yates has been doing something no one else in Canada can – pouring Prosecco on tap.You read that right. Prosecco, the frizzante Italian wine that is all the rage, is available in draft at Fiamo. How civilized – cozy up to the bar, order a cheese and charcuterie board, and have the bartender fill your flute with bubbles pulled from a bar tap. Quite common in Italy, and now seen throughout Europe, Asia and Australia, the practice is slowly making its way onto North American soils (Fiamo was 2nd to employ the system after a NYC resto).The technology that makes it all possible is the KeyKeg. The revolutionary and innovative KeyKeg can be utilized for any liquid, though it is especially suited for carbonated beverages. You’ve heard of bag-in-box? This is bag-in-ball. Pressurized by the tap, the wine is fresh and fizzy, glass after glass, just like draft beer. In appearance the KeyKeg comes off as a cross between a giant plastic light bulb and an astronaut helmet. Extremely lightweight, and completely recyclable, the 30 Litre keg holds 40 bottles of wine, and when drained weighs in at a mere 1.4kg. This is not just a revolution in dispensing technology, but also a giant leap in the greening of wine. The uber-lightness of the KeyKeg results reduced shipping costs. All pieces are recycled by the vendor, meaning no empty kegs have to be shipped back to Europe (or wherever) for refilling. Easy to store, easy to handle and easy to use. Easy to like.According to Fiamo bar manager Scott Vanwyck, there is even more to like about KeyKeg. Staff love the convenience and ease of the product. It’s a great feature to chat up guests, and no time is wasted on chilling and opening bottles in a rush. For Vanwyck, traditional Prosecco cocktails such as the Aperol Spritz and the Bellini are now cost effective. According to Vanwyck, it’s a no-brainer. “This will revolutionize pub culture”.The keg wine at Fiamo is produced by Montelvini, the Italian leader in wine on tap. They have the largest keg filling plant in Italy and, most likely, in the world. Located in the village of Venegazzù in Veneto, Italy, the winery was established in 1969, and been a leader in keg wine production since the inception of the practice in 1988. In addition to Prosecco (Montelvini Prosecco IGT della Marca Trevigiana) Fiamo also has a fresh and fruity red and softly perfumed white wine on tap. Here’s your house wine at the ready, with no worries about freshness or spoilage.All this is fine and good, but what about the taste? Their Prosecco is pleasant, appealing, refreshing, quaffable – all the things Prosecco needs to be. Fiamo customers are sold – the Montelvini Prosecco outsells draft beer. Salute!www.fiamo.cawww.keykeg.comwww.montelvini.itFolksRestaurant NewsVancouver Island Food Scene SHARE VIA: Facebook Twitter Pinterest Written By: Treve Ring Treve Ring is a wine writer, editor, judge, consultant and certified sommelier, and has been with EAT Magazine for over a decade.\r\n\r\nIn addition to her work with EAT, she is a Wine Critic and National Judge for ... Read More You may also like Food Events / Food News September 18, 2019 EAT Buzz Up-Island & Tofino September|October 2019 The Buzz Up-Island It’s high time for festival season! I anticipate this time of the year all year long when fresh produce is in abundance, ... Read More Causes / Chefs / Events / Victoria August 30, 2019 Mary Ploegsma—The Tattoo Series I It was an unforgettable afternoon. Mary Ploegsma served us David’s Tea’s vanilla chai with sweet local strawberries and chocolate biscuits. The ... Read More Causes / Chefs / Events / Food Heroes / Sustainability August 30, 2019 An Evening with Chef Ned Bell and Ocean Wise On August 20, 2019, Ocean Wise and Eagle Wing Whale and Wildlife Watching Tours teamed up to present the first in a series of speaker events in ... Read More Food Events / Food News July 3, 2019 EAT Buzz Up-island & Tofino July|August 2019 The Buzz Up-island July 2019 “First we EAT, then we do everything else”(M.K.Fisher) – at least I do anyway. Never short of ... Read More Events / Food News / Places June 27, 2019 City EATS July|August 2019 Summertime means eating al fresco, whether on one of our city’s many lovely outdoor patios or packing a picnic and heading to a park or ... Read More Events / Food News / Places May 3, 2019 City EATS May 2019 Summer is on the way! This seems like a good time to remind you about Victoria’s incredible small batch ice cream and frozen treat makers, just in ... Read More Comments are closed.