The Rise of the Mobile Winebar

We live in a wonderful age of accessible, affordable street food. Food trucks are mobile marvels of modern meal management from which hungry passersby can avail themselves of breakfast, lunch, dinner, or dessert from virtually any cuisine. With the number of options available having climbed steadily over the past several years, it seemed like time to look at food service areas to which less attention has been devoted. Trucks with beverages, particularly alcohol ones, as their main focus have been slower to propagate than their edibles-based brethren, though it seems that these itinerant drink stations are on the rise as well. After all, why go out to the bar when the bar can be brought to you? The following list of mobile bars touches locales all over the world where indulging your love of wine is as simple as stepping toward the curb.
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  • The Saint Emilion Wine Trip, France

  • Red and shiny as a polished apple, this vintage 1976 Citroen panel truck is made at once recognizable by the phrase Saint Emilion Wine Trip emblazoned across its side. Rolled out in March 2016, it will make no less than 15 stops on a road trip through southwest France, Pas de Calais, Brittany, and Alsace, bringing its 16-wine rotation to jazz festivals, antique markets and wine fairs. A sommelier pulling double duty as the vehicle's driver will pour the good times alongside winemakers, who will make the scene at each stop.
  • Castle Wines Mobile Wine Bar, England

  • Serving an extensive list of Champagnes and wines in the UK, and equipped to provide table waiter service to those who are so inclined, this mobile wine bar is available for private events. Whether you want a wine list constructed for you, or prefer to craft one in your own image, this vehicle takes wine on the road with attention to your every desired detail in mind. Included with the wines supplied for your event are glasses, Champagne flutes, and the chilling and serving of your selections.
  • Vive Le Vin, the Netherlands

  • Its forte may be wine, but Vive Le Vin also serves coffee, organic juices, and bottled beer in between the sniffs and swirls of favored reds and whites. The 1964 classic Citroen HY Currus has rolled through all manner of gatherings from festivals to weddings across the Netherlands, and all events in between where wine and laughter are welcomed. For all the curiosity value of its wines, the vehicle itself has a compelling backstory as well, said to have known a former existence as a pickup truck-cum-flower cart at special events throughout Paris. Included among these according to the company's website, is its having been present for the funeral proceedings of French singer Dalida.
  • Clio's Van du Vin, England

  • When you install a bar in a Mercedes Sprinter, Clio's Van du Vin is what you end up with. The little wine truck that could, Clio's Van du Vin does festivals, beach banquets, weddings, tailored wine tastings, and more throughout England. Born, as stated on its website, from "a frustration that good wine was impossible to find at festivals," this wine shop on wheels is doing something about that injustice, wine serving by conveniently mobilized wine serving. From English sparkling to red and whites from locales like Argentina, New Zealand, and Western Australia, one will find a variety of wines being drunk and discussed at length there.
  • The Torres Wine Tour, Spain

  • Family-owned purveyor of Spanish and Chilean wines Bodegas Torres prides itself on having at its disposal not one, but two wine trucks. The larger of the two keeps glasses brimming all around Spain with its own brand of "alternative quality wine drinking" at densely-populated events like music festivals, whileit also maintains a cozier 1964 classic Citroen HY from which good things flow through small-scale gatherings, summertime street markets, and the like. Wherever its Torres Wine Tour (or #TorresWineTour, if you like some hash with your tags on Twitter or Instagram) rolls, a party's sure to follow.
  • Vin Van Voom, England

  • Co-owned by wine maven Kate Goodman (whom you will know from BBC's Food & Drink if you're cool, and you are cool, right?) this customized 50's-style juggernaut encloses 1000 cubic feet of mobile wine bar in a retro-styled trailer and is said to be capable of handling up to 250 discerning palates per hour. Wines from smaller, family-owned and operated wineries from around the world are the focus here, and while reds and whites are afforded as much attention as one would expect, this wine wagon paints it green by utilizing reusable drinking vessels made from recycled material and deriving its lighting from low-power LEDs.
  • CarĂ vin Street Wine, Italy

  • "So, an attorney and a sommelier stepped into a wine truck," might sound like the setup for a joke of questionable comedic merit, but in this case, it's how CarĂ vin was born. Another entry on this list that wants to be your huckleberry with regard to private event bookings, this wine wagon can be spotted taking its wines to the streets of Italy and beyond, running from the Strait of Sicily all the way to the Alps in some cases. It does this by way of bringing the nectar of the vine to parties, weddings, street food festivals, and even on-the-road tastings. Besides an entrepreneurial spirit, its two founders also share the desire to promote Italian wine culture to the masses, so customers can expect to come away from this truck not only with tasty wine on their lips, but also with their Italian wine knowledge expanded.

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