It’s one of those absurdly beautiful wine-country Sundays, when the sun warms a grid of vines across an impossibly inviting valley. This is what winemaker Dan Donahoe and his wife, landscape designer Alexis Woods, see every day from the windows of their Sonoma home. Their friend Mike Lata admires the view as he bastes a leg of lamb for lunch, filling the house with its scent, then tears hunks of bread for a panzanella salad he’ll toss with asparagus, watermelon radish, hard-boiled egg and ricotta salata.
Despite the scenery and smells from the kitchen, everyone’s attention is on a sleek stainless steel box in a windowless corner. Topped by a tower with four slender handles, it is a wine “kegerator” (a cooler designed for kegs) with two temperature zones—the first of its kind. It holds four stainless steel kegs of wine: two reds at 62 degrees and two whites at 42.
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Jordan Kivelstadt, one of the guests at the party, approaches the machine. He and Donahoe co-founded Free Flow Wines, the groundbreaking new company that fills those kegs. Kivelstadt pulls a tap, filling his glass with wine.