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July 21, 2022 | Tank Garage Winery

Decanting 101

A $0 Trick to Make Any Bottle of Wine Taste Even Better

Baelei holding one of our 750 Ml decanters and one of our 1.5 L decanters.


Decanting wine is the art of slowly pouring your wine from its original bottle into a glass vessel or decanter. Decanting has numerous benefits, including separating the sediment from the liquid. This is especially helpful for red wines, especially older wines and vintage ports, which hold the most sediment while young white wines contain the least. Sediment is not harmful, but tastes...unpleasant.

Decanting also enhances a wine's flavor by exposing it to fresh air and allowing it to "breathe." Aeration enhances a wine’s flavor by softening tannins and releasing the gases that have developed in the absence of oxygen. Decanting wine lets the dormant flavors and aromas to expand.

1. Sit 'Em Up

If you've been storing your wine horizontally (as you should ðŸ‘), now is the time to sit them upright to let any sediment settle to the bottom. Usually 24 hours before serving is recommended.

2. Pour

Slowly pour your wine into the decanter vessel. Our laboratory-quality glass Erlenmeyer flasks are perfect because they come in two sizes: 750 Ml or 1.5 L. If sediment starts pouring to the top, sit it upright again and let it settle. Repeat until there is no wine left in the bottle.

A .gif of a bottle of wine being poured into a 750 Ml decanter.

3. Swirl

Swirl the wine in the decanter and let it sit. A general rule of thumb is to decant most red wines for 15 minutes. 

A .gif of wine being swirled inside of the decanter.

4. Serve!

Make sure to recork the decanted wine within 18 hours.

A .gif of wine being poured into a wine glass.

*Tips & Tricks*

Can you decant white wine?

Yes, especially orange wines or expensive white wines that taste a little tight. Generally speaking, you should try the wine before decanting to determine if it could benefit from a bit of oxygenation. 

No decanter?

No problem. Any clean glass vase, carafe, pitcher, etc. will do. The vessel does not matter. The point is to introduce the wine to some air.

Broken Cork?

Occasionally, a cork may break, dispersing pieces you don’t want in your wine glasses. While pouring, the cork gathers near the neck of the bottle as you decant into another vessel (same as sediment). If the cork disintegrates, you can use a strainer while decanting to filter out the smaller pieces.

Which wines don't need decanting?

Sparkling! Generally speaking, sparkling wines thrive most when they have a bounce, which decanting and aerating reduce (like a flat soda). Although, lately it has become trendy to decant sparkling wines that need opening up. Always try your wine first before deciding!

How long should I decant?

Red Wines: 20 minutes to 2 hours, depending on the style

White Wines and Rosé: up to 30 minutes

Sparkling wines (if you dare): up to 15 minutes

 

Now through 7/31, take 5% off our decanters with code DECANTEVEN

🧪 Just be sure your goofy hump-backed assistant refills it with wine and not some experimental concoction 🧪

Time Posted: Jul 21, 2022 at 12:00 AM Permalink to Decanting 101 Permalink
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June 10, 2022 | Tank Garage Winery

Softcore Red Wine X Ravioli all'arrabbiata

Ravioli with arrbiata sauce cooking on a stovetop in a cast iron pan. A bottle of Softcore wine is sitting on the counter top with a glass of wine next to it. There are two ceramic utensil bins behind the wine and the corner of a kitchen towel can be seen on the counter.

Turn up the heat on your next date night in with this classic Roman dish. Shout out to our friends over at Cayenne Agency for this killer recipe. 🔥

Stock up on any 4+ bottles and score 10% off your next order with ARRABBIATA at checkout through 6/14.

Pasta all' Arrabiata

[time: 30 min] serves 4

Ingredients
- 1 pound of pasta
- 1 14-ounce can of crushed tomatoes
- 1/2 cup tomato paste
- 2 cloves garlic
- 2 shallots
- 4 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
- 6 basil leaves
- lots of crushed red peppers, to taste
- 1 1/2 cup Pecorino Romano
- sea salt & black pepper
Directions
 
1. Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Salt the water til it tastes like the ocean! Add noodles of your choice and cook for about 2 mins less than the package says. We want our noodles al dente! Drain pasta, but save 1/2 cup of water to add to sauce.
2. In a saucepan heat olive oil, garlic, and chopped shallots over medium heat. Cook until golden and fragrant.
3. Add tomato can and crush till you reach your desired texture. Continually stir while adding in tomato paste. Begin to spice things up with crushed red pepper! Let simmer on moderate heat for around 8 minutes.
4. Add in pasta and toss, covering noodles evenly. Add a little cooking water if needed to loosen up the pasta.
5. Plate, top with freshly grated cheese, basil and black pepper.
6. Buon appetito!
Time Posted: Jun 10, 2022 at 10:32 AM Permalink to Softcore Red Wine X Ravioli all'arrabbiata Permalink
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May 23, 2022 | Tank Garage Winery

♻️ We're ReCORK Partners! ♻️

We recently became a private collections partner with @recorkofficial, North America's largest wine cork recycling program! 

ReCORK was launched in 2008 by Canadian footwear company SOLE. They are an alliance of businesses and individuals who work together to collect and repurpose natural wine corks. They use these corks to innovate and create natural, sustainable alternatives to petroleum-based foams and plastics.

A bag of Tank wine corks on the bottling line.

Cork oak trees are fantastic carbon sinks. They absorb carbon from the air we breathe and lock it away in their bark. When the time comes to harvest the bark of the tree, which is what wine corks are made of, it is done so by hand only every nine years. This process causes no environmental damage and not a single tree gets cut down. Harvesting a cork oak tree's bark can extend the tree's lifespan to over 300 years. Every time a cork oak is harvested, it begins to regenerate its bark again. This process is also great for the planet as more carbon is taken out of the atmosphere and locked away in its new bark. The harvesting of the cork oak is one of the finest examples of traditional, sustainable land use. Cork oak forests are harvested for generations and cover nearly 2.7 million hectares of Portugal, Spain, Algeria, Morocco, Italy, Tunisia, and France.

A grove of cork oak trees.

Every year, the equivalent of over 31 billion bottles of wine are consumed worldwide. Too many of the corks used as stoppers in these bottles are thrown away and litter our landfills.  🚛 With the help of thousands of partners across North America, ReCORK has collected over 110 million natural wine corks.  🤩

A few open Tank bottles with the corks sticking out.

Cork is an extremely versatile material with benefits that extend far beyond being a great bottle stopper. Cork's naturally durable, moisture-wicking, lightweight, and rot-resistant qualities make it perfect for repurposing into a wide variety of eco-friendly products. Check out their 100% recycled cork products here.

A photo of shoes by ReCork using recycled corks for the bottoms.

As soon as we learned about the program, we immediately reached out to sign up. At Tank, we know that recycling our corks goes a long way to making a positive environmental impact. Since joining, we have donated over 30 pounds of corks. Recycle your corks and encourage others to do so!
 

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Time Posted: May 23, 2022 at 10:53 AM Permalink to ♻️ We're ReCORK Partners! ♻️ Permalink
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May 21, 2022 | Tank Garage Winery

Time to Fuel Up

It's time to fuel up your soul and hit the road.

Harkening back to our roots, Soul Fuel is a dark, luscious Napa Valley blend that is a complete throwback to wines like All or Nothing. That's right, we're back to big Zinfandel blends and vintage motorcycles, and it feels so good. ðŸ·

Hannah holding a bottle of Soul Fuel next to her jeans with red star pockets.

You love Zinfandel. We love Zinfandel. Everybody loves Zinfandel. So we made it the core of this wine. The fruit we got for this blend comes from the legendary valley floor where it enjoyed hot days and cool nights during the growing season which created the intensely concentrated blueberry flavor in this wine. 

The back of the Soul Fuel bottle featuring the blend with the ocean in the background.

Zinfandel has a long history in Napa. Existing in somewhat protected, historic vineyards may be the main reason it’s held on, if just barely, against the surrounding waves of Cabernet Sauvignon. Zinfandel’s lost past was only recently found within the last 20 years, when Carole Meredith, Ph. D., a professor at the Department of Viticulture and Enology at the University of California at Davis, determined its Croatian roots. Today, Zinfandel is the third-leading wine grape variety in California, with more than 44,400 acres planted, according to The Wine Institute. It is grown in 45 of California’s 58 counties.

Next up in the blend is some peppery Syrah we sourced from the Carneros region, plus some Petite Sirah from Calistoga for tannins, and then a dash of Tempranillo, Primitivo, and Grenache. ðŸ‡

Hannah using a bottle of Soul Fuel to shield the sun.

So what is soul fuel? We believe that too often people find themselves burnt out, and that sucks. But we believe burnout comes not from doing too much, but from doing too little of what you love. You know, the shit that makes you smile. The shit that makes you present. The shit that makes you feel invigorated. That's soul fuel. ðŸª„

A vintage photo of the garage back when it was operating.

The story behind our love for motorcycles begins with Eddie Bratton, a young fella from Fargo, North Dakota. He bought his first motorcycle bike in 1926 at the age of 15 and eventually rode out from Fargo to California, surviving solely on onion sandwiches and potatoes he'd dig up from rural farms. Eddie started at Hap Jones' Indian Motorcycle dealership in San Francisco, tuning bikes and manufacturing custom "Bratton Cams," his rendition for the nation’s top riders looking for an extra boost. 

Eddie Bratton racing motorcycles.

 He opened up his shop where Tank sits today, racing and repairing classic bikes until retiring in the early 80s. His custom 1947 Indian Chief still sits in our brick hallway with his trophies lined on the wall behind it. Some of our tasting room staff may say that Eddie still hangs around the back hallways of the garage. True legends never die but don’t worry, he’s not the hell-raiser he used to be.

A vintage photo of the garage back when it was operating.

Nothing but speed and excitement ahead. Go fuel up.

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Time Posted: May 21, 2022 at 2:10 PM Permalink to Time to Fuel Up Permalink
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April 19, 2022 | Tank Garage Winery

The Queens of Punk Rock 🎸

If you know Tank at all, you know we are considered the punk rock winery of Napa Valley. Punk rock is one of our core inspirations, informing both our labels and our winemaking. 

The female experience and feminism empowered women's participation in punk rock beginning in the 1970s. So move over, boys, and make room for the queens of punk rock. The following ladies’ unique music and style shaped the movement and the image of punk.

Joan Jett

Joan Jett (The Runaways, Joan Jett & the Blackhearts)

Starting out strong with Joan Jett whose careerbegan at just 17 years old with the glam rock band, The Runaways. The band achieved overnight success before founding member Cherie Currie left the group. Joan went on to pursue a stellar solo career and is regarded as one of the founding ladies of punk rock.  In 2015, Joan Jett & the Blackhearts were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Listen on Spotify

Chrissie Hynde

Chrissie Hynde (The Pretenders)

The American-born musician worked in London at Vivienne Westwood’s ‘SEX’ shop before finding success with her band The Pretenders. Hynde was a part of the London punk movement which had a huge influence on her personal style. Hynde was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2005 as a member of the Pretenders. In the past five years, Chrissie Hynde has rekindled her love of painting, something that started even before creating music. You can see some of her work here: https://chrissiehynde.art/

Listen on Spotify

Patti Smith

Patti Smith

Patti Smith ranks among the most ambitious, unconventional, and challenging rock & rollers of all time. A prominent member of the New York punk scene, Smith’s debut album ‘Horses’ was a huge hit. Smith has even been referred to as the "punk poet laureate."

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Debbie Harry

Debbie Harry (Blondie)

Blondie’s most successful hits were a fusion of calypso, pop, and rap music but Debbie Harry came of age in 70’s New York and was a part of the American punk movement. Before forming Blondie, Harry was in a string of punk bands and her cool-girl aesthetic has solidified her as a punk icon.

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Siouxsie Sioux

Siouxsie Sioux (Siouxsie and the Banshees)

Siouxsie Sioux friend of the Sex Pistols found major commercial success with her band, Siouxsie and the Banshees. Sioux’s punk goth style gave her a unique image and created a strong identity for her band.

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Debbie Harry

Kathleen Hanna (Bikini Kill)

The frontwomen of Bikini Kill, Kathleen Hanna gave young girls and queer youth a voice. The band was a reincarnation of punk and created what was to become the ‘riot grrrl’ movement. Hanna’s live shows challenged gender politics and binary stereotypes.

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Debbie Harry

Kim Gordon (Sonic Youth)

Kim Gordon found fame as a member of the 90’s punk rock band Sonic Youth. The bassist, guitarist, and vocalist has been regarded for her effortless sense of style and even launched a clothing line, X-Girl back in 2003. The X-Girl clothing line featured campaigns fronted by Chloë Sevigny and Sofia Coppola.

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Wendy O'Williams
Wendy O. Williams 

Wendy O. Williams was an American singer, songwriter, and actress. She came to prominence as the lead singer of the punk rock band Plasmatics. She was known for her onstage theatrics, including chainsawing guitars. She performed her own stunts in videos and often rocked a mohawk. In 1985, during the height of her popularity as a solo artist, she was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Female Rock Vocal Performance.

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Wendy O'Williams

Belinda Carlisle (The Go Gos) 

Belinda Carlisle was the lead singer of the Go-Go's, the most successful all-female rock band of all time. After the dissolution of the Go-Go's in 1985, Carlisle went on to have a successful solo career. The Go-Go's were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in October 2021, and they celebrated by launching another tour.

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Time Posted: Apr 19, 2022 at 12:00 AM Permalink to The Queens of Punk Rock 🎸 Permalink
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March 26, 2022 | Tank Garage Winery

Girl Scout Cookies & Wine

Make Money Red Wine surrounded by Girl Scout Cookies

It's Cookie Season 🍪

If you've been eyeing up that sleeve of Thin Mints after popping your favorite bottle of red wine, you're not alone. We may or may not have stocked up on an entire freezer full of our favorite Girl Scout Cookies to ensure we have those delicious, crunchy treats for the months ahead. Click the button below to discover which cookies pair best with Tank wines!

Lemonade/Lemon-Up Girl Scout Cookies Fever Dream Pét-Nat Try it with:
Fever Dream Pét-Nat

Why it works:
This little lemon shortbread cookie packs a punch and perfectly complimented the vibrant citrus notes found in Fever Dream. Be careful – you might just eat the whole package at once.
Samoa/Caramel Delites Girl Scout Cookies Wild Child Rosé Try it with:
Wild Child Rosé

Why it works:
The bright and juicy watermelon and strawberry fruit flavors in Wild Child are just what you need with the gooey caramel and tropical coconut vibes that Samoas deliver.
Thin Mints Girl Scout Cookies Soul Fuel Red Wine Try it with:
Soul Fuel

Why it works:
In what just might be our favorite pairing, these crispy chocolate and mint cookies play off of the coffee and mocha notes soooo well in Soul Fuel.
Adventure-Fuls Girl Scout Cookies Make Money Red Wine Try it with:
Make Money Red Wine

Why it works:
Something as rich and decadent as a buxom Napa Valley Cab deserves a cookie of equal standard. The rich, crunchy chocolate and caramel cookie is just that, and was a knockout for Make Money.
 

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Cookies and Wine Four-Pack

$193 per pack (normally $215)
contains one bottle each:
2021 Fever Dream Sparkling Pét-Nat
2021 Wild Child Rosé
Soul Fuel Red Wine
2019 Make Money Red Wine

Cookies not included

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Time Posted: Mar 26, 2022 at 1:23 AM Permalink to Girl Scout Cookies & Wine Permalink
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March 24, 2022 | Tank Garage Winery

5 Spots to Drink Wild Child This Summer in Sunny Northern California ☀️

Wild Child Rosé during sunset at Baker Beach in San Francisco.

1. Baker Beach

Every once in a while, the sun shines bright in San Francisco, and everyone flocks to the nearest park or beach to soak up the sun and day drink. With a stunning view of the Golden Gate Bridge, head to Baker Beach with a cooler full of wine and snacks because once you get here you won't want to leave. Look out for Gray-green serpentine protruding among the cliffs between Fort Point and Baker Beach. Serpentine forms when rocks deep in the earth’s crust are altered and forced to the surface. The northernmost end of Baker Beach is frequented by clothing-optional sunbathers if you're into it! ðŸ˜œ

Lake Tahoe's vibrant blue water surrounded by trees.

2. Lake Tahoe

Lake Tahoe is nature at its best! This large freshwater lake (the nation's second deepest lake) is located in the Sierra Nevada Mountains, straddling the border of California and Nevada. The crystal clear water is perfect for swimming, kayaking, paddle boarding, and boating. The mountains tower above in all directions boasting miles of hiking trails, and loads of natural vistas. Fun fact: The water in Lake Tahoe is 99.994% pure, making it one of the purest large lakes in the world!

Point Arena Lighthouse on the Mendocino Coast.

3. Mendocino Coast

With jaw-dropping views with each turn of the road, the Mendocino Coast is truly a hidden gem and not to be missed if you are traveling to Northern California! Rural and desolate in the best way, many of Mendocino's first residents came from Maine, so it is not surprising that the architecture resembles that of a New England village, with charming Saltbox cottages, and stately Victorian mansions. Don't miss the Point Arena Lighthouse, an iconic landmark on California's northern coast!

Big Sur's famous Bixby Bridge along the coastline.

4. Big Sur

Jagged cliffs pummeled by enormous waves line the scenic Pacific Coast Highway along Big Sur, creating some of California's most memorable ocean vistas. Give yourself plenty of time for stops along the way! The Point Lobos State Reserve has amazing coves, seals and otters swimming, tidepools, and more. The view at McWay Beach in Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park is well worth the short trek, with a waterfall flowing straight into the ocean. Bixby Bridge, one of the most photographed bridges in California, is a marvel of engineering from the 1930s. 

Geothermal pools in Lassen Volcanic National Park.

5. Lassen National Park

When planning a trip to Northern California, folks tend to go to Lake Shasta, the Redwood National Forest, and of course, Yosemite. Don't make the mistake of missing this rad park! Like a mini Yellowstone, Lassen Volcanic National Park is a geological wonderland. Only 400,000 people make their way to Lassen across all four seasons, significantly less than the other famous parks in the area. California's most underrated national park has great trails for hiking, colorful lakes, hydrothermal sites, and volcanic peaks. 



Email or DM us a picture of your Wild Child Rosé in the wild and we'll send you a code for $1 shipping on your next order of 2 or more bottles ðŸ˜‰ 

Time Posted: Mar 24, 2022 at 12:00 AM Permalink to 5 Spots to Drink Wild Child This Summer in Sunny Northern California ☀️ Permalink
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February 15, 2022 | Tank Garage Winery

The One Where Tank Goes To Hog Island Oyster Co.

California Gigolo and a menu from Hog Island Oyster Co.

We ❤️ Hog Island Oyster Co.

With incredible acidity and juicy flavors that practically explode in your mouth, California Gigolo is the perfect pairing to the briny sweetness found in oysters, and more specifically, oysters from Hog Island Oyster Co.

While we love taking road trips out to the coast to visit their oyster farm in Tomales Bay, we're grateful to have Hog Island Oyster Co.'s Napa location a hop, skip, and a jump from Tank Garage Winery. Started in 1983, Hog Island is known as one of the top oyster locations on the west coast, raising five different oyster varieties as well as Manila clams on 160 acres of intertidal lands in Tomales Bay. 

The back label of California Gigolo and two shucked oysters.


So why does California Gigolo work so well with Oysters, you might ask? The Grüner-Veltliner, which represents 60% of the blend, was sourced from the rolling hills of Edna Valley by San Luis Obispo. The vineyard's close proximity to the Pacific Ocean offers diverse soils rich with volcanic and marine sediments, which translates to a complex minerality that works brilliantly with shellfish.

California Gigolo with Oysters on the half shell and french fries

We ordered a sampler of five different oyster varieties: Sweetwaters, Atlantics, Kumamoto, French Hog and Olympia. Our personal favorite was the Hog Island Sweetwaters, which offer a slightly sweet and briny flavor with an almost smoky finish, bringing out the juicy peach and citrus notes in California Gigolo.

Person drinking California Gigolo

A little more on California Gigolo

Every Woman's Dream. Every Man's Fantasy. Or so we're told.

If you're looking for pleasure, let us give you a card for California Gigolo, a sexy, groovy white wine that'll make your tongue moan.

A California blend of 60% Grüner Veltliner, 26% Roussanne, 8% Chenin Blanc, and 6% Grenache Blanc, we went for a quaffable, poundable (😘) style that just tastes yummy. The star of this wine is the Grüner we sourced from the rolling hills of Edna Valley by San Luis Obispo. Just east of the Pacific Ocean, this is one of the coolest viticultural areas in California, with long passionate growing seasons, and diverse soils with volcanic and marine sediments and throbbingly rock hard shale. 

So how did we make it? Picked for flavor, hand-harvested, whole cluster direct to press, racked off of gross less, chilled fermentation in stainless steel and Austrian puncheon! The result is Grüner Veltliner that is both round with flavor while maintaining a fresh and crisp finish. Damn, we love this Austrian grape, it swings both ways. Add in the Roussanne for some additional herbal complexity, plus a few more friends, and we truly have a delicious wine.

How 'bout we unbutton its shirt and get a big waft of that sexy cologne. Wads of gorgeous aromas of citrus and nectarine swirl out of the glass, unzipping the pants to delectable herbaceous flavors of grapefruit, lemongrass, and peach supported by notes of white pepper and dill. With incredible acidity, the juicy flavors practically explode in your mouth, and drip down your neck and chest (RECORD SCRATCH)... ok, maybe we took it too far.

So, ahem, the label.

Sometimes we feel like the only winery truly celebrating the late '70s and early '80s. In this case, we're drawing on our nostalgia and busting out that old Betamax tape we've been hiding under our mattress. Though Betamax would ultimately lose the war against the technically inferior VHS format, we have fond memories of its high-quality presentation and retro packaging. Ok, it's also another nod to old porno films, but if we don't carry that torch, what winery will?

 
California Gigolo and fries
Time Posted: Feb 15, 2022 at 10:00 AM Permalink to The One Where Tank Goes To Hog Island Oyster Co. Permalink
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January 31, 2022 | Tank Garage Winery

Down the Bottling Line

Every winery has its own unique way of bottling. Curious about how your favorite winery in Napa does it? Everything is done on-site in our winemaking facility in Napa...on the back of a big rig backed up to our warehouse, of course. Our bottling process is simple and straightforward with quality in mind. Workers monitor each station and the whole process operates like a choreographed dance.  For the day, the cellar buzzes with the non-stop whirr of equipment and clink of bottles as they move down the line.

Let's take it step-by-step.

Step 1:

Empty bottles are taken from their cases and placed onto the conveyor headed straight to the bottle filler. 

Ed emptying bottles onto the conveyer.

Step 2: 

As the bottles move onto the wheel, vacuum and compressed air blow out any cardboard dust. The wine feeds from the tank inside the winery into a reservoir on the top of the bottle filler which fills 6 bottles at a time. 

A bottle of Pleasure Trip surrounded by Mcdonalds french fries.

Note:

A gas line delivers nitrogen which serves two purposes: it protects the wine from exposure to oxygen and degasses the wine, removing any lingering carbon dioxide. 

A bottle of Pleasure Trip surrounded by Mcdonalds french fries.

Step 3: 

The filled bottles are moved down the line, where a screwcap or a traditional cork is added to seal the bottle. Any guesses on what the wine pictured below could be? 

A bottle of Pleasure Trip surrounded by Mcdonalds french fries.

Hint: "For the label, we’re taking it back to our vintage roots with an image of a woman adorned in flowers."

Step 4: 

The bottles continue down the line where two to three workers place capsules over the mouth. 

Christie placing caps on bottles.

Step 5:

Each bottle is placed onto a pedestal, where the machines rotate the bottle 180 degrees to perfectly apply the front and back labels. Peep the example bottle displayed on the left, to make sure the machine is operating correctly. Quality control, folks!

Left: Dopamine on a pedestal for comparison. Right: The back labels of Dopamine.

Step 6:

Once the bottles have made it through each station, they are re-packaged into the same boxes they started in.

Hands placing bottles of Make Money into empty case boxes.

Step 7:

The cases are labeled, pushed through a tape dispenser, and placed on pallets. Ready for transport! 

That's a wrap!

Michael seran wrapping cases of Make Money.

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Time Posted: Jan 31, 2022 at 7:00 AM Permalink to Down the Bottling Line Permalink
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January 20, 2022 | Tank Garage Winery

Mushrooms and Wine

If there’s one thing we love about winter in California, it’s the abundance of wild mushrooms growing up and down the coast. Chanterelles, Black Trumpets, Hedgehog and Porcini mushrooms are just a few of the fantastic fungi we’ve come to love, and they make an excellent pairing to the cool, California wines found at Tank Garage Winery.

Wild mushrooms in tree

So, what are mushrooms exactly, and why do we love pairing them with our wines? Mushrooms, as we know them, are the reproductive fruiting bodies of certain types of fungi and the majority of the organism grows beneath the soil's surface in a vast network known as mycelium. Fungi are different from plants and animals and belong to their own kingdom. You are probably most familiar with the edible species Agaricus Bosporus, more commonly known as the white button mushroom, cremini or portabella mushroom, depending on its growth stage. These, along with the countless other edible mushroom species, make a wonderful pairing for both red and white wines, depending on the preparation. We have our minds set on making a mushroom risotto (scroll down for the recipe), which we think will pair swimmingly with our limited release, Barn Dance Mourvèdre.

A large Hedgehog mushroom.

Some of our favorite species of mushrooms are not cultivated commercially, so the only way to access them is through foraging or connecting with a local mushroom purveyor. To celebrate our love of nature and newly found hobby, we took a trip to Salt Point State Park, located in Sonoma County CA for a day of mushroom hunting and taking in the beauty of the California Coast. Salt Point State Park is the only California state park that allows mushroom collecting for personal use, and there is a bag limit of three pounds of mushrooms per person, per day. We’re very fortunate to have access to these lands and it is important that we pay our proper respects.

Therefore, we follow these guidelines while foraging:

- Only pick what you will consume, and never pick more than 10% of what’s growing in a specific area to ensure mushrooms will continue to fruit in that area for years to come.
- Don’t disturb the vegetation. The ground cover is essential to the mycelium (mushroom ‘roots’) growing underneath so it is important that you do not dig into or rake away the soil in search of mushrooms.
- Don’t litter! And if you see trash on the trail, pick it up. We’ve got to take care of our Mother Earth, so always leave the trail better than you found it.
- Only pick mushrooms where it is legal to do so.
- Last, and certainly not least, we do not recommend consuming wild mushrooms unless you are or are working with an experienced forager to help identify your finds. Remember – many mushrooms have lookalikes and some can be deadly toxic. The number one rule to remember is “When in doubt, throw it out.”

It was a perfect day for foraging, and we were blessed with an abundance of Black Trumpet and Hedgehog mushrooms growing along the trail. In addition to these amazing finds, we also spotted a few Oyster mushrooms and a Yellowfoot Chantrelle. After hiking 15+ miles over the course of the day, we finished our hike at sunset along the coast, watching the waves crash against the rocky shoreline. We're already counting down the days until our next mushroom adventure!

Grace showing off a handful of Black Trumpet mushrooms foraged on our hike.

Many of the edible species we gathered on our mushroom hike can be found at groceries here in California. Two of our favorite purveyors in California are Far West Fungi and Foggy Dew Fungi, who both offer a wide array of mushrooms (and even your own mushroom growing kits). Edible mushrooms species can be found throughout the United States, and we recommend checking out your local mycological society for information on mushrooms in your area.

mushroom harvest on table

A few tips on cooking mushrooms:

- Always clean your mushrooms! While you may have heard an outdated warning that washing leads to waterlogged mushrooms, w recommend placing your mushrooms briefly in a large bowl of water to rinse away any debris. Afterward, you can use a damp paper towel to remove any remaining debris. If you are using wild/foraged mushrooms, you may need to use a brush to aid in the cleaning process. Gently pat your mushrooms dry with a paper towel and they are ready for cooking!

- We recommend a 'dry fry' method by placing cleaned mushrooms in a hot pan without oil. As the mushrooms cook, they release their juices and evaporate, leading to a more concentrated flavor. Once the mushrooms begin to brown (about 5-10 min), add a bit of oil or butter to achieve a crispy exterior and season them to taste. We prefer to use a cast iron pan for this process, but you can use any non-stick pan you desire.

 

mushroom risotto

Mushroom Risotto 

Serves 6

Ingredients:

1 qt mushroom stock
water, as needed
2 lbs mushrooms, sliced (we recommend using several varieties)
olive oil
1 ea yellow onion, minced
1 head garlic, minced
1/2 c dry white wine
1 1/2 c Arborio rice
4 tbs butter
1 c parmesan cheese, finely grated with a microplane 
kosher salt, to taste
black pepper, to taste
microgreens (optional) to garnish

Tools Needed:
chefs knife
cutting board
1 sheet pan
mixing bowl
1 large cast-iron skillet or sauté pan with 4" sides or a dutch oven
1 wooden spoon or heat-proof spatula
1 microplane
tasting spoons
serving bowls

 

 

Method:

Bring mushroom stock to a low simmer over the stove and hold for later use. 

Using the dry fry method, cook mushrooms in batches in a hot cast iron or nonstick pan without oil. This method allows the mushrooms to cook in their own juices, leading to a more concentrated flavor. Once the mushrooms begin to brown (about 5-10 min), add a bit of oil or butter to achieve a crispy exterior and season them to taste. Set a side on a sheet pan lined with paper towels for future use. 

While your mushrooms are cooking, mince onion until the pieces are approximately the size of a grain of rice. Mince garlic and set aside.

In a large cast-iron skillet, heavy sauté pan or dutch oven, heat approximately 2 tablespoons olive oil until you see a slight ripple indicating the oil is hot. Add minced onions, season with salt and sweat over medium heat until translucent and completely soft (taste the onions to make sure they are soft. Nobody likes crunchy onions in risotto). Do not brown your onions! Once onions have cooked, turn the heat to low, add garlic, season and stir until fragrant. Add Arborio rice and stir to coat with oil. Keep on stirring to parch the rice – do not brown the rice!

When the rice has taken on a slightly translucent appearance (approximately 2-3 minutes), add the wine and stir continuously. Tip: Make sure to rub your spatula across the bottom of the pan to pick up any bits of fond from cooking the onions and garlic! Reduce wine while stirring gently until fully absorbed. 

Adding 1/2 c of stock at a time, gently but continuously stir the rice until all the liquid has been absorbed. This process may use more than 1 qt of stock – if you need more liquid, water can be used to finish the cooking process.  Note: The continuous stirring, along with the slow additions of liquid, is what creates the creamy texture Risotto is known for. Don't rush this step, and don't leave your pan unattended. Taste the rice throughout this process to test for doneness and season as needed. Rice should be al dente. 

Add butter and parmesan and stir until fully incorporated. Add mushrooms, reserving a few of each variety for garnish. Taste and season as needed.

To serve, garnish with a bit of the reserved mushrooms, a bit of freshly grated parmesan and herbs (optional). 

Tip: Have leftovers? Cool mixture and form into 1" balls or small disks. Coat with flour, egg wash and panko to fry up for some killer Arancinis later on in the week! (These can also be frozen for up to 1 month)

Recipe by Grace Coyne

Time Posted: Jan 20, 2022 at 12:19 PM Permalink to Mushrooms and Wine Permalink