Mario's been kickin' it with us at Tank for three years now, and it's no secret that we kinda like the dude. So when we were tasked with coming up with our next Instagram challenge, we decided to create Mario Month. We challenged you to snap a picture with him (or his cool life-sized cutout) and share it with us on the good old 'gram.
What inspired you to get into wine?
One of the main reasons I decided to join the wine industry was my dad. My dad worked for Franciscan Winery as a vineyard worker in the 90s and that was my first exposure to the wine industry. My biggest inspirations are my parents. They are the best. It's because of them that my biggest dream is to start up my own winery and brewery someday.
If you had to pick one blend from Tank to drink for the rest of your life, what would it be, and why? Any bottle past or present.
Space Cowboy Cab (nice choice, dude.)
How did you find Tank?
I found Tank 3 years ago when I decided to leave the wine cellar and move into a tasting room job. I always thought that it was a really cool tasting room.
What is your favorite part of your day at the Garage?
My favorite part of the day would be rolling in the sign and starting up the day.
What's goin' down when you aren't slinging wine behind the bar? Favorite past times?
When I'm not behind the bar I really enjoy cooking and making my own beer/ hard ciders. I am a huge sports fan so I love watching sports on tv.
What has been your favorite thing about growing up in the Napa Valley?
The best part of growing up in Napa Valley was enjoying the summer I got to hang out with my friends and be able to go fishing and hiking swimming. The summertime was always the best part.
Any last words for our Tank Friends?
Finally, to all my Tank people: Stay thirsty and enjoy all the great Tank blends.