Vancouver’s urban winery rolls out wine growler program

At 32 ounces, Burnt Bridge wine growlers fill 7 - 6 ounce glasses plus a little more for good measure. Burnt Bridge Cellars

At 32 ounces, Burnt Bridge wine growlers fill 5 – 6 ounce glasses plus a little more for good measure. Burnt Bridge Cellars

Beginning Wednesday, May 4 Vancouver’s only urban winery—Burnt Bridge Cellars—takes another step into the realm of innovation by offering refillable wine growlers.

At 32 ounces, they’re comparable in volume to the more well-known beer growlers. Doing the math, that’s 5 – 6 ounce glasses plus a little more for good measure. With great attention to the bottling process and the addition of oxygen absorbing caps, wine stays fresh for several days after opening.

Burnt Bridge is rolling out their keg wines with their 2013 Merlot and 2015 Carte Blanche white blend. There are currently a limited amount of growlers, so put this high up on your to-do list to take advantage of the fruits of winemaker Ben Stuart’s labors.

Keg wine has several advantages and many of them are passed on to the consumer. As a result of the winery saving money on labels, corks and bottles, growlers are filled with the same quality vino as a 750 ml bottle for less money. So long as the growlers are properly cleaned (I.e. rinse them in hot water after they’re emptied and run them through a dishwasher cycle), they can be reused over and over.

As near as Portland and as far away as Italy, residents bring their growlers and jugs to the neighborhood wineries on market day to be filled up and brought home along with fresh-baked bread and garden-fresh fruits and vegetables. It’s a cultural thing that creates a little slice of la dolce vita and the Burnt Bridge crew is now bringing that feeling direct to the ‘Couve.

In tandem with the wine keg rollout, Burnt Bridge is expanding their hours to be open every Wednesday (beginning May 4th) from 4 – 7 p.m. for growler purchases and fills. Watch for secret midweek bottle specials, as well.

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I am a Clark County native. I am Level 2 WSET (wine and spirit education trust)-certified and enjoy pairing wine with my passion for travel and fondness of food. My most prized possessions are the memories of places I've been with my husband, the chance encounters we've been blessed to have along the way and my carry-on bag. I can often be seen around town and in tasting rooms with our two beautiful, double-Merle Australian shepherds, Challenge and Baby Girl.

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