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August 24, 2016

Wine on Tap?

The Slippery Mermaid in Sewickley, PA, is an unusual place - in more ways than one.

It is a Sushi place with an Hawaiian atmosphere. They offer sushi and sashimi, but their signature dishes are sushi rolls - some of them very creative. One of them, the ''Steeler Pleaser'' roll, is made with beef instead of fish. No, I have not tried that one, and I probably never will. Their Poké, a Hawaiian specialty of cubed Yellowfin tuna with cabbage and onion in an amazing spicy dressing, is out of this world.

The other unusual thing about the Slippery Mermaid is this: Wine is on tap and beer is in bottles. That's not the way things ought to be; that's not in our comfort zone. They call their wines ''artesan wines'', all eight varietals emanate from plastic bags inside plastic or steel containers, depending on the origin of the wine, and all are ''poured'' from a tap.

They claim that wines in bags does not get exposed to oxygen, which sort of guarantees their consistency and quality, and it reduces waste and shipping costs. Wines are also always at the right temperature. I can't argue with any of that, because all the wines we have tried so far are actually quite good.

The long and the short of it is that we have been there five or six times, and it has become one of our favorite places to go to.

Note: The Slippery Mermaid has two locations; one in Sewickley, PA, the other one in Navarre, FL. More on their website at slipperymermaid.com

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