Back in July, I spotted a "Coming Soon" banner for The Ruby Tap during a visit to Wauwatosa, and I was intrigued. Then in August, I was with co-workers at Yo Mama! when I noticed that The Ruby Tap was open for business, but it wasn't until today that I finally got a chance to sip wine there.
After visiting, I can tell you that I love the concept, the location and the space. Today I was there with my friend Sarah who prefers sweet white wine, while I love dry red wine, so their wine machines worked beautifully for us.
There are many things I like about The Ruby Tap, in addition to their wine machines. The space is divided into two areas, one with tables and the other with couches and comfy chairs. Sarah and I chilled out on a couch, while sipping our wine in front of a fire place.
Chris loves venues that offer games, and The Ruby Tap has several such as Scrabble, cards and a dice game I hadn't seen before, but which Sarah told me was fun to play. It almost felt like hanging out at home, not feeling pressure from a waitress to vacate a table (or couch, as the case may be) and being able to pour ourselves more wine any time we liked.
I ended up trying two different wines, a Malbec from Lote 44 and a Sangiovese from Peterson. I definitely preferred the Malbec, and am now wishing I had bought a bottle. I love that the bottles are for sale directly below the wine machines!
We didn't try anything from their menu this time around, but I really liked the look of it. It's essentially a build-your-own meat and cheese plate menu that is focused on Wisconsin food producers.
The cheese is from Carr Valley and Clock Shadow Creamery. The charcuterie is from Bolzano Artisan Meats and Underground Food Collective, while the desserts come from Simma's Bakery in Wauwatosa.
What prompted me to finally visit was an article in the November 2012 issue of Milwaukee Magazine, cleverly titled "Oh, Tannin Balm" which reminded me that I still hadn't tried The Ruby Tap yet.
Then a couple days ago, I saw on their Facebook page that City Tins 2013 were available and I knew I needed to stop in this weekend because I've heard that City Tins can sell out quickly.
The Ruby Tap
1341 Wauwatosa Ave