Mobile tasting – what a catchy phrase. As a wine drinker, I like the convenience it suggests. As a former winery owner I love the concept; no tents, no tables, just roll right up, throw open the window and serve.
The idea of trying a wine on the go has always been appealing – the chance to sip and savor in an unusual location may get you to actually enjoy the flavors more. After all, wine lovers have been hopping aboard wine trains for years.
Napa Valley is famous for their wine train, which rolls through wine country on a 3-hour round trip eating and tasting adventure aboard a restored antique train. Definitely a nice way to spend the day.
Another on-track tasting takes place on the Historic Grapevine Railroad in Grapevine, Texas. Enjoy wines from nine of the city’s wineries along with a box dinner aboard “vintage” train cars from the Roaring 20’s.
Union Wine Company of Portland, Oregon has a show-stopping mobile wine option – a 1972 restored Citroen H. Van. Decked out with lights around the windows and a full wine bar inside, the roving wine truck can roll up to festivals and events, ready to pour. It can also be rented out for weddings and parties.
“See Indy From Your Bar Stool!” Really? Yes, now you can drink and exercise in Indianapolis, thanks to the Handle Bar. This 16 passenger Pedal Pub can be rented out for groups on an hourly basis, or single seat tours allow individuals to purchase a ticket to ride along. The catch is that you bring the wine or beer, but still, what a novel way to spend the day and enjoy a glass of wine.
Heard of other mobile wine options? Let me know!