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Wines On Tap at new Simi Winery Food Truck

For many people, Cinco de Mayo means “drinko” de mayo, but at Newport Dunes, they hosted the annual Stinko de Mayo, a fundraiser for Rock the Autism.

What caught my attention was the Simi Winery food truck that served Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir on tap, paired with small bites: Sonoma spring roll with rice, noodles, cabbage, mint, dill, tarragon, and chicken, served with sweet chili citrus sauce; and Tuscan meatballs made from a secret recipe handed down to Simi Chef Kolin from his grandmother.

Having a food and wine truck makes it easy for Simi to be a SonomaCounty wine ambassador, but why Newport? Seems they made our seaside town their first stop on the way to Las Vegas for the annual Vegas Uncorked wine and food fest.

“Simi Winery is 136 years old, but we’re still innovative,” noted Tanya Beers, Associate Marketing Director for Simi Winery. “We encapsulate what Sonoma stands for. We love to share our rich history with others, and there’s no better way than to make the winery mobile.”

Given the current food truck craze, it’s surprising that Simi is the first winery on wheels, but serving alcohol from a food truck does limit where and how it can be served. Still, this could be the start of something big. In fact, why not get Newport Beach Winery to launch its own food and wine truck and become ambassadors for Newport Beach? And then maybe the Great Food and Wine Truck Race between Simi and Newport. The possibilities are as endless as the varietals of wine they serve.

For more information on Simi Winery, visit

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Christopher Trela


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This entry was posted on May 16, 2012 by in Restaurant Experience, Wine Tasting and tagged , , , .
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