White wine = freezing cold, Red wine = Room temperature, right? Well, not necessarily. While that’s a pretty basic rule to live by, and probably what you learned at the start of your wine journey, serving temperature in wine can be a lot more nuanced than you might think, especially when you start to get into the tannic structure, varietal…and all kind of nerdy wine stuff like that. At Tank, we’re obsessed with staying on our toes and making new cool shit all the time, that means a LOT of different styles of wine, and to get the most out of it, the right serving temperature can be everything. So, let’s break it down, shall we?
Generally speaking, sparkling wines and very light-bodied white wines are best served at an freezing temperature: generally 38-45 degrees F. There is slightly more variation with Rosés! A very light, crisp Provençal-Style rosé is often best served around this temperature too.
If a lighter wine tends to have more aromatic flavors, or more of a full body, it will generally be at its full potential if it is a little bit warmer. This is best observed for something like, a fuller-bodied Chenin or Chardonnay, most skin-contact wines, and tannic rosés. At Tank, we love working with interesting varietals, making carbonic and skin-contact wines, so we have lots that fall into this category! Serve these around 45-55 degrees F to have the best drinking experience!
While it’s a long-time myth that all red wines are best served “room temperature”, there’s a plethora of lighter-bodied reds that are best served with a very slight chill, around 55-60 degrees F. We love this for a lot of carbonic reds, and ones with a much lighter tannic structure.
Bigger, bolder reds are best served a little closer to “room temperature”. But even this means a serving temperature of around 60-68 degrees F. If you reside in a much warmer climate, it’s not recommended to leave your red wines out. Serving around 60-68 degrees will give you the fullest expression of subtleties, structure and aromas.
Orange wine? What the heck is this? Is it made from oranges? Why does it look like that? WHAT? It’s not made from oranges. Don’t worry. We’re going to get to the bottom of this. Then you’ll have a little awesome context next time you crack the top of your next Acapulco Swim Club bottle.
Wondering where this trend came from? Why are all the hipsters and wine nerds flocking to this mysteriously colored juice? Who came up with this new, kooky idea? Well, it turns out making orange wine is nothing new, in fact, it’s a technique that’s even older than the making of some other old-world varietals such as Syrah or Riesling. Orange wine has been made in The Caucasus Mountains of Georgia for over 6,000 years.
First, let’s get to the bottom of what actually makes something an orange, or skin-contact wine. The color of all wines depends on the time the wine's juice is left to macerate with its skins. Generally, in the white wine-making process, the grapes are pressed directly after being picked, and the skins, seeds, and stems are discarded. When we make an orange wine, we take the white grapes, and subject them to something like the red wine making process: once the fruit is crushed, it is then fermented with the seeds, skins and stems (also known as the ‘must) and left with them for the desired number of days. The longer the contact with the must, the more intense the color will be.
Assyrian Monks in Georgia began packing crushed grapes into qvervi, large egg-shaped Terracotta clay pots, with their stems and all, and then burying them underground for natural refrigeration. This provided a longer maceration period for the juice and skins, that would have spoiled the wine if left above ground. The extended maceration also helps develop an increase in aroma and flavor profiles in qvervi wines. Farming families and communities all over the area began to carry out these practices and pass on through generations. Super cool, right? So, where’d they go for so long?
With their lack of electric refrigeration years and years ago, this skin-contact technique was a way of extracting color, tannin and other oxygen-scavenging elements in order to preserve the wine the best they could. Once refrigeration was on the scene, people were able to start making more “polished” and technically “correct” white wines, and sometime around the start of the 20th Century, they were being produced on a much larger scale. This largely erased the culture of this ancient tradition for economic favor (you know…capitalism).
In the last 20 or so years, orange wine has come back into popularity, and the heritage of its tradition is being honored. Winemakers in Slovenia, Friuli and Croatia were inspired by the culture of the Georgians, and have now been making orange wine for hundreds of years, and are now returning to their roots and gaining recognition. In 2013 Qvervi wine-making tradition was also inscribed onto the UNESCO World Heritage List to mark its intangible connection to Georgian culture and humanity.
And now here we are in good ‘ole California! At Tank, we’ve been making orange wine since 2015 with the 2016 release of van Zyl (named after our awesome wine maker), and we’ve never looked back. They are so fun to make and to taste, with the range of grape skins giving off such a kaleidoscope of different textures, aromas, and flavors. Skin-contact wines can really range in color from very light, pale amber like our 2021 Trousseau Gris, Occhiali da Sole to a much deeper and more vibrant hue, like our most recent orange exploration with Acapulco Swim Club. We recommend serving most skin-contact wines in a cool but not cold temperature range: around 55 degrees Fahrenheit, so that you’re able to experience the whole expression of its aromatics and awesome-ness.
Oh, and orange wines LOVE food. Once they are paired with a cheese plate, all is right in the world. These wines can often hold up to more robust and bold flavors, so don’t be shy, buy those funky cheeses and get weird. It also provides an ideal middle ground when deciding between red and white: still offering that refreshing light quality but providing more texture and tannin.
New to the world of orange wine? We suggest starting with something easy and approachable like the aforementioned Occhiali da Sole, which received 2 days of skin maceration, as opposed to the 9 days that was executed for Acapulco Swim Club. Both are absolutely killer, and perfect for summer. Also check out our other orange blend, Love Saves the Day, if you want something right in the middle! Crack ‘em open with your friends and give them the history lesson they didn’t know they needed!
We're here to give you the inside scoop on all the best California places to hang out this summer, and we've got the perfect wine to match each vibe.
This killer skin-contact blend is best enjoyed poolside in late afternoon heading into a perfect golden evening. We think Palm Springs is the ideal setting for sipping on some Acapulco Swim Club. With the strong summer heat and a desert setting, head here to lounge at a luxury resort or boutique hotel, take in the mid-century modern architecture, or unwind at a stylish cocktail lounge. Stay at Casa Cody or The Thompson, and check out The Penney for delicious food and drinks.
Pack up your cooler and pop open some Hippy Sippy an epic cliffside. After a perfect hike through Julia Pfeiffer or Andrew Molera State Park, this is the perfect light and bubbly refreshment for your picnic lunch as you bask in the salty breeze and look out for whales on the horizon. After your afternoon of exploration, head to the Henry Miller Library to browse books, or see some live music, and then to the Big Sur Bakery and Restaurant for dinner.
The gritty energy of Los Angeles’ Venice Beach will have you quoting “Fuck Yeah,” all day. Watch the skaters make strut their stuff at the legendary Venice Skate Park, head to Gjusta Bakery for breakfast or lunch, stroll the canals, eat tacos from Teddy’s Red Tacos, and finish the day off with our perfect take on a Super-Tuscan, while you chill on the beach and watch the surfers catch waves.
Marvel at these amazing trees (basically modern-day dinosaurs) as you wander through the magical trails of Sequoia National Park. After a full day of exploring amazing wonders like the biggest tree in the world, Muir Grove and Crystal Cave, settle down at your campsite for some perfect stargazing and pop open this bottle of this Sonoma County Cabernet Sauvignon and take in beautiful woodland odors of cedar and oak while you start up the fire.
San Luis Obispo is the coolest place to visit in the Central Coast of California, and with grapes sourced from The Edna Valley, just outside of town, our Grüner-forward, Alright Fight Club, is the ideal partner to a day of adventure in the Pacific breeze. Visit some cool wineries like Biddle Ranch Vineyard while you’re there, check out the cute restaurants and boutique shops downtown and stay, or at least go and ogle the unmatchable kitschy-ness of The Madonna Inn. Bring your wine to the Sea Chest Oyster Bar for the perfect pairing!
Boating, biking, water sports, climbing, swimming…the list goes on. It’s really easy to have an action-packed time, really anywhere you travel in Lake Tahoe. We picture that a bottle of our Trailer Park Pretty White Zin is the perfect accompaniment to a daytime boat ride or afternoon post-swim. No matter what your plans are, this rosé is guaranteed to quench your thirst after a day of adventure on the water. If you're staying in South Lake Tahoe make sure to check out Burger Lounge for legendary nosh, and The Hangar for a great beer, and an even greater hang.
During the 1960s, San Francisco became a hub for the hippy movement, attracting free-spirited individuals seeking peace, love, and artistic expression. Today, many landmarks in San Francisco serve as reminders of that vibrant time, and in the spirit of our new Pét-nat, Hippy Sippy, we thought it was the perfect time to celebrate and explore some of these iconic hippie landmarks in the city!
Golden Gate Park itself deserves recognition as a prominent hippy landmark. This sprawling urban oasis provided a haven for the counterculture movement. The park's vast meadows and serene lakes offered spaces for outdoor concerts, meditation sessions, and artistic performances. Hippies would gather in groups, forming vibrant communities rooted in shared values of peace, love, and environmentalism. The park's enduring legacy as a cultural and recreational center makes it an essential stop for anyone interested in exploring San Francisco's hippy heritage.
Nestled within Golden Gate Park, Hippy Hill became a gathering place for hippies to celebrate and commune with nature. With its lush greenery and breathtaking views, it provided an ideal setting for music, poetry, and free-spirited gatherings. Today, this spot is also the location of one of the biggest 4/20 events! People from all over gather here to celebrate the right to freely use Cannabis.
A mere stone’s throw away from Hippy Hill is the Janis Joplin tree! This majestic tree stands as a tribute to Joplin's influential role in the hippy movement, calling back to when she used to play her songs right underneath it’s shady canopy. Joplin, known for her raw and powerful vocals, embodied the spirit of rebellion and individuality that defined the era. The tree serves as a symbolic gathering place, where fans and admirers pay homage to her legacy.
While in Golden Gate Park, we also stopped at the AIDS Memorial Grove with our newest Tank Cares wine, Out of the Closet! The idea for the National AIDS Memorial was first conceived in 1988 by a small group of San Francisco residents representing a community devastated by the AIDS epidemic. This beautiful area is a dedicated space in the national landscape where millions of Americans touched directly or indirectly by AIDS can gather to heal, hope, and remember. You can still donate to AIDS Healthcare and research by making a Tank Cares donation here.
The Haight-Ashbury district is another cornerstone that became synonymous with the hippy movement, drawing countless young people seeking an alternative lifestyle. The neighborhood's colorful Victorian houses, vibrant murals, and eclectic shops created an inviting environment for artists, musicians, and free thinkers. This area has the former homes of Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix, and The Grateful Dead.
Baker Beach was our last spot, where we decided to pop open our bottle of Hippy Sippy and chill till sunset. Located near the iconic Golden Gate Bridge, Baker Beach offers a scenic escape from the bustling city. During the 1960s, it became a popular spot for clothing-optional sunbathing and communal gatherings. People would come together, shedding societal norms and embracing freedom and self-expression. Although the clothing-optional scene has diminished over the years, Baker Beach is still a pillar of the Hippy movement, where communities gather and take in the beauty of San Francisco.
Talk about branching out. This past Sunday we teamed up with our Calistoga homies from Field Trip to put on a dried stems workshop for Mother's Day...and it was a stemsational!
Owned by Dyana and Andrew Lovold, Field Trip is a Calistoga purveyor of plants, dried stems, and other oddities. That's right, it's not your step-mom's kind of flower shop. Drawing inspiration from everything from the desert to The Addams Family, this is the spot to get the dope stuff you need to mood up your home. Make sure to check them out next time you're in Calistoga.
For this special event, we poured exclusive wines, listened to cool tunes and put together these vibey dried stems arrangements with our members and guests. Under the guidance of our on-crew experts Baelei and Devon, we helped members craft the perfect arrangements for Mom. What's our secret to arranging the different materials in a natural way? "Always work in odd numbers," says Baelei.
A special shout out to Dyana, Andrew, and Casey from Field Trip, and a big thanks to everybody who came for making the event so much damn fun.
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Is there anything better than baked pasta? We're obsessed with those crispy corner pieces where the cheese gets golden and right on top of those noodles that get a little crunchy! This dish has everything you could ever want for your perfect night in. You might be chilling but your tastebuds will be on the adventure of a lifetime.
This dish is PERFECT with our new take on delicious Cal-Ital table wine, Gioventù Bruciata. Break out your Italo records and dig in.
1 box large rigatoni shells
Salt and pepper
2-3 cups ricotta cheese
2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
½ cup grated parmigiano-reggiano (or more if you’re wild like us)
2 tablespoons chopped parsley
3 garlic cloves
1 large egg
3 cups store bought or homemade marinara sauce
5-8 tomatoes on the vine (for roasting)
Heat oven to 350 degrees and lightly grease a 9 by 13 inch baking dish.
(Optional) Slice tomatoes on vine into quarters, drizzle with olive oil and 2 sliced garlic cloves and place them on baking sheet in oven. Leave in for 10-15 mins, or until soft and roasted throughout.
Bring a pot of salted water to a boil and add Rigatoni noodles, cooking them till they are al dente. Once cooked, drain and rinse under cold water so that they are easier to handle.
In a large bowl, combine ricotta, 1 cup on mozzarella, Parmigiana-Reggiano, parsley and 1 clove of garlic. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Crack egg into the mixture, and mix together until smooth. Put whole mixture into a pastry bag or re-sealable plastic bag and cut a hole into the corner.
Spread one layer of marinara sauce on the bottom of the baking dish. Arrange a layer of Rigatoni on top of marinara sauce. Place dollops of cheese mixture all over the rigatoni (there’s no too much or too little! Eyeball how much you want). Sprinkle a little bit of the mozzarella if you’d like, and then cover with most of the remaining marinara sauce. Disperse a few more rigatoni on top, as well as the roasted tomatoes, then cover with remaining marinara sauce and mozzarella cheese. Cover with foil and bake for 30 minutes. Take out of oven and remove foil, then place back inside and bake for another 15 mins, or until cheese and pasta are the perfect golden color that you desire!
Pour your Gioventù Bruciata and DIG IN.
At Tank we (obviously) love all things wine…and sex, drugs and rock n’ roll of course. But recently we’ve discovered our newest obsession.
That’s right. We recently did a field trip to Goatlandia Farm Animal Sanctuary in Sebastopol. We cuddled baby goats, the serotonin was flowing, and now we are hooked. With Earth Day on the very near horizon, we thought it was the perfect time to highlight this amazing non-profit, whose mission is to “have fun, while helping animals, people and the planet.”
Deborah Blum, aka the “Goddess of Goats”, started Goatlandia after moving to Santa Rosa from San Francisco 22 years ago, and beginning to acquire some farm animals for her newly acquired acreage. After learning more about the agriculture and dairy industries and feeling shocked and saddened, she became a vegan overnight and began rescuing farm animals. On the gorgeous sunny day that we visited, surrounded by beautiful farmland and good vibes, we were told by Deb and Goatlandia’s Volunteer Coordinator, Lauren Kelly, about the dark side of the dairy industry. They explained that life on dairy farms is cruel and unforgiving, and on top of that, when a male baby goat is born, they are often killed shortly after, as they are not able to milk or give birth. For this reason, they focus on rescuing a large number of male babies from these farms. They also save animals that have been abused, abandoned, injured, or those that have special needs.
One of the coolest parts of Goatlandia is the vegan kitchen they operate. The food we eat is one of the most powerful tools we have in fighting climate change and focusing on vegan and plant-based options is one of the main ways we can make a change. Goatlandia Kitchen offers catering for private events and public affairs. They also do pop-up events with other vegan chefs and bakers, cooking classes, work parties, and lunchtime takeovers, where they provide free, plant-based lunches to local businesses! We were lucky enough to get a magically curated vegan snack plate put together by Deb, which we paired with our newest Tank releases. It was amazing, and literally the perfect way to end a couple of hours playing with adorable goats.
On our visit, we learned so much, had an incredible time, and felt like we were a part of a progressive and environmentally focused community aiming for positive long-term change. Want to give back and be a part of this beautiful community? Check out their volunteer opportunities, which involve being a regular team volunteer (once a week for at least 6 months), or on a lower commitment basis by dropping in on their group volunteer days. Goatlandia also provides group tours to the public! We guarantee you'll leave feeling ovejoyed.
Not near Sonoma County? DONATE HERE! Spread the word about Goatlandia, check out any local non-profits rescuing farm animals, promote environmental advocacy, and consider eating plant-based and vegan alternatives.
It’s a tale as old as time: it’s Friday (or whatever your Friday is), you’re exhausted, but you’re still feeling the weekend vibes. Let’s get real, you don’t wanna cook yet, and you deserve to sit back, relax and unwind from the world’s follies that have been plaguing your work week. This is your time: you deserve a treat (you deserve all the treats). That delicious bottle of wine is calling, but it feels incomplete without that indulgent and salty snack. In come; the chips. Wine and chips are a match made in Heaven, and a perfect simplicity that’s right up our alley. The right combination can really blow those flavor profiles outta this world, and that’s why we’re here to give you our favorite, tried and true pairings. So stock up your snack cupboard, order these Tank wines, and get ready to try ‘em all.
Salty, satiating, delicious. You can’t go wrong with the ole classic potato chip. The perfect Yin to that salty Yang? A crisp, bright rosé that’s quite frankly, refreshing AF. Pick up a bottle of our Provençal-style Wild Child blend of Grenache, Mourvèdre, Cinsault & Counoise. You truly can’t go wrong as flavors of wild strawberries, bing cherry and herbaceous tea provide the perfect “aaaaah!” to that crispy potato that we all love.
Alternatively: A classic potato chip is also awesome accompanied by bubbles. Think sparkling Chenin, Chardonnay, Blanc de Blancs or Rosé champagne.
This one really threw us for a loop. Strawberry pop-tart and rosewater notes with sour cream…and onion? Trust us. It works. The earthiness of Grenache, and the bright fruitiness coming from Mourvèdre get down and dirty with those umami flavors and take us to an underground disco where we’re busting moves we didn’t even know we had in our wheelhouse. An unlikely combo that truly brings out the best in one another.
Alternatively: A tangy and citrus forward white wine : think, La Loba.
Picture yourself here: the rain’s finally stopped, the sun is out, you’re lounging poolside late afternoon with a delectable bottle of our Trousseau Gris: Occhiali da Sole. Who knew that the only thing missing was the tangy crunch of Salt n’ Vinegar chips. For real. The subtle zesty citrus and slightly textural tannin structure of this skin-contact white stands up perfectly to that delightful zing you get with salt n’ vinegar chips. Warning on this one: keeping quantities to a minimum may be quite challenging. Not that we’re speaking from experience…
Alternatively: Riesling or Gewurtzaminer. These aromatic wines are excellent to balance out the acidity of those intense flavors.
We have first-hand experience and can officially deliver this information: Cheetos are the perfect pairing chip for red wines! Because, wine and cheese right? …not quite the same thing. But hey, fancy cheese is expensive, sometimes you don’t want to slice it all and make it look nice on the cheeseboard, and heck, Cheetos are effing delicious. We paired this with our Heavy Metal Life red wine: a blend of 71% Valdiguié, 17% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Zinfandel, 5% Sagrantino, and it turns out it’s silky smooth bright cherry notes are the perfect accompaniment to that fake (but incredible) cheesy goodness.
Alternatively: Ok, so this was pretty much a tie because our Italian blend, Checkered Past (Barbera, Nero d’Avola, Bianchetta Trevigiana and Montepuliano) was also *chef’s kiss*. When the Cheetos are out, and you’re in doubt: go Italian.
Proclaimed by our tasting room staff, “An explosion of flavor” (shout out Max Bidasha) and a “flavor bomb” *hands intertwined alongside self-made explosion sounds* (shout out Kate Kalinowski), this is thee shit. The dark berry and back palette spice that you get from this blend of Malbec, Syrah, Petite Sirah, Valdiguié and Alicante Bouschet brings out equal parts cheesy goodness and peppercorn spice that you get from Spicy Nacho Doritos. Who said wine and chips can’t be a Michelin Star tasting experience?
Alternatively: Syrah. With similar qualities, the subtle heat and deep black raspberry notes would hold up nicely to the weighted, big flavors that come with Doritos. Try Love is Louder than Bombs.
We’re not sure about you, but around here we’re under the belief that the only thing better than wine and food is wine and the perfect vinyl. Music gets us all up in our feels, and we want to help you set the ideal vibe while sipping on your favorite Tank wine. Admit it…you’ve pictured yourself as the star of your own movie; conjuring up the right cinematic lighting and the accompanying soundtrack in your head…
Consider us the curators of your score. All you’ve gotta do is drop the needle, pop the cork, sit back, sip and let those dreams run wild.
Soft, silky tannins accompanied by soft, silky riffs and vocals. Your tastebuds and your vibes will dance together in other worldliness, and we encourage melting into a lover’s arms the same way these guitar chords melt fantastically into one another. Get lost in a “Cherry-Colored Funk” with delicate ruby hues and spice. Make a fort with bedsheets. Grab a flashlight and play with shadows on the wall. Map the constellations and dream.
Open your Heart of Chambers to a world of luscious flavors and make some memories that won’t fade. Profound chords, emotional lyrics, deep tannins dancing on your palette, delicate crescendos dancing on your heart. These musical notes hit right at the top of that doleful pit in your stomach, and the only antidote might be this espresso and vanilla-bean laced Cabernet from Sonoma County. Close your eyes, surrender to your senses and let those emotions carry you away.
Let’s get real. The journey of self-love and discovery is the most important one of all. We think that Frank Ocean’s masterpiece of entangled emotions and introspection is perfectly accompanied by a sensual and juicy orange wine with an apt message: “Love Saves the Day.” Sip on this mellow and fruit-punchy goodness as you cozy up on your couch after sunset and contemplate what it means to love. We think this wine and this album are one and the same: simple and effortless on the surface, with deeper layers and notes that keep your curiosity alive.
The deep well of yearning and desire in Joni Mitchell’s tonality can only be accompanied by a wine that stays mercurial, and has that rare ability to transport us to another state of mind. This Napa Valley Cabernet is weighty, and you can feel it tingling the depths of your soul as well as it soothes right into your palette. If this were a scene in your movie: you’re braving a cold winter, skies are heavy with clouds, you’ve got a wood-fired stove and a stained-glass windows where the raindrops make mosaic patterns you can stare at for hours.
There’s something about this pairing that feels like floating on a cloud. Picture yourself here: you drop the needle, let the music swell, open your shutters to a sun-drenched meadow of newly blooming flowers, and you pour yourself a botanical, zesty and delectable blend of Northern Rhone varietals. Get ready for a sensory overload, in the best way. This is the perfect duo for a return to longer, brighter, botanical days.
Hop in the VW bus, because we're going on a quick road trip through the 1960s to explore the impact of the hippie movement in California.
Born from the San Francisco Renaissance of the 1950s, which saw beatniks create a more free-thinking counter culture, the hippie movement evolved these ideals into a lifestyle filled with free love, long hair, psychedelics, and progressive music.
1967 became the "summer of love" after nearly 100,000 hippies congregated in San Francisco, establishing the Haight-Ashbury district as the epicenter of hippie culture. Musical talents like the Grateful Dead, Janis Joplin, and Jefferson Airplane, created a harmony for this generation that preached love, acceptance, and peace.
But it wasn't all concerts and communes, hippies served a vital role in advances in civil and human rights during the 1960s. Largely attributed to the young thinkers that emerged from UC Berkeley during this time, hippies represented a loud anti-war voice during the US's involvement in Vietnam.
Which, honestly, pissed quite a few people off. While some loved the hippie ethos of relaxation and reefer, others raged against them, banning "dirty" hippies from their business and demanding them to cut their hair or get jobs.
But the hippie, man, they just marched to a different beat. While much of the movement fizzled nationwide as people became older and took on responsibilities, much of the hippie movement consolidated to places in Northern California like Alameda County, Marin, Sonoma, and Mendocino. In fact, our very own consulting winemaker Tim Milos was born and raised in a hippie kibbutz in Marin.
This brings us to the question. Why does Tank loves hippies? Well, aside from promoting a message of peace, kindness, and diversity, we believe the hippie molecule is interwoven into California's DNA. And being a winery of California, we like to trip to the groovy vibes and play in the mud like hippies do. Which is how we approach winemaking. Keep an open mind, experiment, and work to bring people together.
And that's what we've done with our latest limited release, Hippies Welcome. This "solera" blend combines five successive vintages of California Nebbiolo into a festival of flavor and love. Check it out yourself.