Magazine article Sunset

Food-Truck Pours

Magazine article Sunset

Food-Truck Pours

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When dinner is a drive-by grab from your favorite rolling restaurant, what wine should be waiting at home? By Sara Schneider

in terms of workplace perks, Sunset might be a ping-pong table shy of nearby Facebook or Google. But our view across the street every Monday evening puts us one-up on most offices. That's when a convoy of food trucks rolls in and starts passing out tasty examples-from rôtisserie chicken to spicy Indian kathi rolls-of this now Westwide dining trend. Dinner in hand, the next question: what wine to drink with that? We tasted through our favorite food-truck fare to nail five great pairings.

SOUTH AMERICAN COMFORT

THE DISH

Beef empanadas (from El Sur)

the wine Grenache-based red Rhone blend

The tangy red fruit of a GSM combo (Grenache, Syrah, and Mourvèdre) is a perfect foil for the sweet-leaning, warm spices in traditional empanadas, while the herbal qualities of Syrah and the meatiness of Mourvèdre match the briny olives and beef, respectively. great choice: Tablas Creek 2012 Côtes de Tablas (Paso Robles; $35). Exotic spices (think coriander) lurk under sweet plum, dried florals, pepper, and leafy tobacco.

CLASSIC ROTISSERIE

THE DISH

Roast chicken and potatoes (from Roll Rôti)

THE WINE

Chardonnay

The creamy textures of a skillfully oaked Chard and its hint of caramel and apple are a perfect foil for a golden brown bird and spuds roasted in its drippings.

GREAT CHOICE: Pfendler2012 Chardonnay (Sonoma Coast; $38). Pungent fall apple, Asian pear, and honeysuckle with bright, creamy lemon and toasty spice.

INDIAN STREET FOOD

THE DISH

Lamb kathi rolls (from Curry Up Now)

THE WINE

Petite Sirah

The dark, almost sweet flavors of a ripe Petite Sirah pop in company with spicy, long-braised lamb, and the wine's earthy, peppery layers bring out the savory seasonings in the meat. …

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