We built Tank as a bastion for dreamers and those looking to defy conventions. A winery that celebrates misfits, bootleggers, and daredevils. This summer, tune in as we celebrate the fellow dreamers of our world with our guest blog series.
This month, we're sitting down with culinary blogger Rosie Ellis, the mastermind behing @theregular_ and theregular.com.
Tell us a little bit about yourself. Who are you?
I’m a San Francisco native who escaped to New York for a decade and is slowly dipping her toe back into California by way of Los Angeles.
Last year I launched a website called The Regular –– a culinary source for the bon vivant. On the site, you can find interviews about food with an eclectic lineup of people in every industry, city restaurant guides written by professional chefs, kitchenwares to shop and essays from writers that I love. When I’m not heads-down on the website, I consult for other digital brands. (And when I’m not working, I’m usually planning my next meal.)
What’s your favorite Tank wine right now and why?
The Self-Love red wine is incredibly drinkable with any meal. It has lovely cherry and peppery notes without drowning out the flavors of whatever dinner you’re devouring. If you’re looking for a versatile bottle –– maybe if you’re bringing something to a friend’s house and you don’t know what they’re making –– this bottle will not only pair well but will please all types of pallets. Not only that, you help raise money for the National Alliance of Mental Illness and Health with every bottle you purchase.
What's your dream?
I like to live vicariously through the general ethos of The Regular –– where it seems everyone lives in Paris, shops at local markets, eats fresh pasta every night, summers on the Amalfi coast and listens to 60s crooners on the radio. One day I’ll make this daydream my reality.
If you could see anyone in concert right now, who would it be?
I don’t think this is a current option, but I love listening to the live recordings of The Rat Pack in Las Vegas. They just seem to be having so much fun on stage –– and I love the idea of those old-timey performances where you get a proper dinner and a show. I always wonder why that setup went out of style.
What’s your favorite spot in California?
I grew up on Russian Hill in San Francisco, so I’m biased. One of my favorite spots in the city is the Ferry Building –– I love an oyster from Hog Island, the to-go station for spring rolls at Out the Door and a long lunch at Boulettes Larder overlooking The Bay.
Favorite type of food to pair with wine?
My favorite wine activity (wine-tivity?) is probably cooking –– stick me in a kitchen with friends, a bottle of wine, a playlist and a charcuterie plate and I’m a happy camper –– so I think I’d have to say my favorite food to pair with wine would probably be small bites that I can pick at –– dolmas, prosciutto, Marcona almonds, Raincoast crackers, Majestic hummus, Castelvetrano olives ... I love a Mediterranean spread.
Dream dinner or wine tasting guest?
Probably Fran Lebowitz or Roxane Gay … a sassy say-what-you-mean type of woman is who I aspire to be and always who I’m drawn to. Elaine Stritch also would have been a wonderful dinner party guest in her day.
Preferred wine type (red, white or rose or all)? Elaborate!
I don’t discriminate, but if I had to choose … I love a big red with dinner and would choose a brut rose or a pet nat during the day.
Create a pairing for one of our wines (food, music, movie, etc.)
Somewhere Out On That Horizon –– with Sam Cooke on the record player and a bolognese on the table.