San Diego Wine & Food Festival's SWISH: Serious Sips & Urban Eats @ Fifty Seven Degrees

November 15, 2012

By Heather Reineke

If every Wednesday included an event like SWISH: Serious Sips & Urban Eats, we would all curse hump day far less...and would probably make it to work on Thursday far less.  Nestled in an area next to Mission Brewery and the SAN airport, Fifty Seven Degrees boasts a large, open floor plan that lent itself perfectly to the occasion.  The seemingly endless rows of wine bottles, enormous cork-filled columns, and the red-tiled floor that made me feel like a celeb on the red carpet were the subtle touches that made this space really stand out.  Let the indulgence begin!

Upon entrance to Fifty Seven Degrees, attendees were handed a glass and then given free reign to sample any of the wines from a vast selection of vendors.  The headliner and sponsor of SWISH, Simply Naked Wines, was there showing off their collection of crisp and bright wines that are crafted sans oak barrels, allowing the true varietal characteristics to shine without the influence of oak (their wines are aged in 100% stainless steel!).  For those with a taste for beer, Stella Artois was served in chalices, and for those benevolent designated drivers of the evening, JOIA all-natural soda, San Pelligrino, and Acqua Panna were plentiful.

Not So Fast!'s Beef Burger.
In addition to the beverages, a three-person band filled the air with a mix of sound waves that didn't overtake conversations and alluring wafts of deliciousness beckoned our noses to the food trucks lining the parking lot perimeter.  Vouchers were provided to attendees so that they may sample offerings from four-wheeled kitchen geniuses like Bitchin' Burgers, Chop Soo-ey, Corvette Diner, Devilicious, God Save the Cuisine, Not So Fast!, Two for the Road, Mangia Mangia Mobile, and Thai 1 On. My date and I sampled the burger from Not So Fast!, a paleo food truck.  I've had a lot of burgers in my time, and this one was damn good with super chunky ketchup made with fresh tomatoes, and perfectly crisp and salty bacon. Mmmm!

Whether on a date, having a girls' night, or even a bro-mance, the event seemed to be a hit for all in attendance and is definitely worth checking out next year if you missed out this round!
SDV Contributor Heather Reineke and fiance loving life!
Visit Fifty Seven Degrees at 1735 Hancock Street. Every third Friday of the month, Fifty Seven Degrees hosts its Third Friday Food Truck Extravaganza.

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Vendors in attendance: California Fruit Wine, Double Bond Winery, Ferarri Carano Vineyard & Winery, King Frosch, Middle Ridge Winery, Mountain Peoples, Niner Wine Estates, Oglo Wines, ONEHOPE Wine, Peltier Station Winery, Rutherford Wine Company, Saint Helena Road Winery, Saintsbury, Sidney Frank Importing Company, SiKa Wine, STANGER, Stark Raving, Venteux Vineyards, and Zilaro Cellars.