The Perfect Pour for St. Patrick’s Day and Beyond

Whether your venue is a busy hotel lobby, restaurant, bar, or cruise ship, hospitality venues are bustling places with guests typically outnumbering busy staff. Holidays and events exacerbate the discrepancy, making providing frictionless service seem next to impossible. So how can you ensure staff have the capacity to provide frictionless service to each and every guest? One touch Smart Dispensing can help bridge the gap, allowing staff to efficiently serve the perfect pour of Guinness, Jameson, and more on St. Patrick’s Day and beyond.

Behind the Bar

Not only does Smart Dispensing dispense the perfect pour every time, it allows staff to fulfill beverage orders while engaging with guests. This attention results in better service and tunes staff into changes in guest behavior and needs. 

Self Service

Self-service stations are also an effective option for freeing up staff to engage with guests. Whether mobile bars or tap walls, self-serve stations dispense the same perfect pour as permanent bars and can be set up to automatically limit the number of beverages each patron can dispense. Mobile apps, BYOD technology, PINs, and RFIDs are all options for implementing personalized self-service that associates individuals with their specific orders and pours. Whether all guests are cut off after a predetermined number of pours or have to check in with staff to initiate each pour, self-service makes staff more available to pay attention to guest needs, habits, and behaviors. 

In addition to freeing up staff attention, Smart Dispensing improves the guest experience by reducing wait times, encouraging guests to order that second (or third) Guinness.

St. Patrick’s Day Classics

Guinness may be a St. Patrick’s Day staple but it’s not the only festive beverage you can dispense on tap. Smart Dispensing also supports wine, cocktails, liquor, coffee, kombucha, and more. So whether your guests are team Bushmills or team Jameson, your venue can dispense shots and cocktails without the need for measuring glasses or speed pourers

Ready to have Smart Dispensing on your side? Contact Sestra today to learn more about how one touch and self-service dispensing can benefit your venue.

The Best Wine For Selling Out This Holiday Season

‘Tis the season for wine. Ok, ok- it’s always the season for wine so which wine will be flying off the shelves (and out of kegs) this holiday season? Bold beauties and fruity finishes are making us want to curl up in front of the fireplace with a glass (or three) all season long. While these wines likely have their year-round fans, they’re holiday favorites thanks to their compounds that allow them to pair well with Turkey and all its fixings. Are you ready to refresh your kegs and serve some festive wine on tap? These varietals are sure to delight your customers’ palates. 


Holiday Wine on Tap From Sestra

Cabernet Sauvignon

Cabernet Sauvignon has higher levels of a compound called Methoxypyrazine, which is why it’s noted for aromas of black pepper, green peppercorn, and black currant. Wonder why Cabs pair so well with fatty steaks and other comfort foods? Researchers found that the tannins in Cabernet Sauvignon act as “scrapers” to fats and proteins that collect on your tongue from the food that you eat. Steak has higher levels of these proteins and fats, making Cabernet Sauvignon the perfect wine to pair with your fatty favorites.

Check out Cabernet Sauvignon from: Napa Valley, Spain, Northern Virginia, Chile

Pair with: Steak and other fatty meats


Velvety Malbec is perfect for sipping while watching your favorite Christmas movie, listening to carolers, or wrapping presents. It’s just so easy to drink, it doesn’t have to be accompanied by a hearty meal but pairs well with one, nonetheless. Malbec grapes are small and dark in color with thick skins, producing a wine that has spicy and savory fruity flavors and medium tannin levels. Malbec wines are often higher in alcohol than Merlot or Pinot Noir, containing up to 15% ABV. 

Check out Malbec from: Chile, California, and Mendoza wine region in Argentina

Pair with: Turkey, chicken, and lean cuts of beef or blue cheese for those avoiding meat

Pinot Noir

High in acidity and extremely versatile, pinot noir pairs perfectly with turkey, as well as numerous other comfort food staples. Its light body, complex structure, and elegant tannins make it a great wine to pair with fatty fish and seafood, veggie inspired dishes like roasted carrots, caramelized cauliflower, and mushrooms, and gamey meats like duck and rabbit. Pinot Noir’s earthy character is accentuated by its long, smooth finish and its light body makes it easy to drink.

Check out Pinot Noir from: Oregon, California, Australia, and Burgundy, France.

Pair with: Duck, rabbit, turkey, and hearty vegetables


Ok white wine lovers, I hear you. A rich and oaky, fruit forward Chardonnay is sure to pair well with your holiday offerings. Known for its ripe fruit notes, ranging from apple and lemon to papaya, melon, and pineapple, Chardonnay is a dry, medium to full bodied wine that is easily manipulated and personalized by the winemaker and their techniques. 

Chardonnay is the most popular white wine grape, is easy to grow, and depending on its body, can pair well with most of your menu.

Check out Chardonnay from: Sonoma County, Oregon, and Virginia

Pair with: Baked chicken, fried chicken, any chicken you can get your hands on, your holiday turkey, fresh cheese, and firm fish

While wine is never out of season, there are certain varietals that pair better with holiday favorites like turkey and hearty veggies. Not only do wines that pair well with Thanksgiving and Christmas dishes allow your guests to embrace the holidays, seasonal menus see 26% more orders. Will you be changing out your taps for the holidays?