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April 17, 2020 | Tank Garage Winery

Going Home with Daren Thomas Magee

How would you describe your art style to somebody that's never seen it?

I aim to encapsulate a timelessness in my work in hopes that it can live on past our lifetime. Despite my work being digitally created I try to capture the imperfection of the human hand. Timelessness and imperfection. 

What are your inspirations?

My biggest inspiration is existence. In all it’s mystery and awesomeness. That, to me, is a bottomless well to draw from. 

For the piece we used on the wine Going Home, what were you trying to capture?

I was hoping to capture a sense of homesickness and that feeling of being out of place and knowing there’s a place that’s more suited for you than where you are right now. 

Do you see any similarities between winemaking and illustration?

I think within any form of creation there is a similarity. Humans ability to create something from what we have around us. We are innovative creatures and with enough will we can create some truly beautiful things!

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My name is Daren Thomas Magee. I am an Ojai, California based freelance illustrator, muralist and designer. My inspiration comes from many sources, natural and supernatural. The aim of my work is to speak to the space between imagination and reality, my hope is to leave you to float off in that liminal space into someplace entirely new. 

About Going Home

Whether it is your hometown or someplace otherwordly, finding a place of familiarity and comfort in your surroundings represents the journey that all of us are going on. Going Home.

This wine, with artwork by Ojai based artist Daren Thomas Mage, represents our journey of finding a sense of home even in the unknown. With an invigorated drive to double-down on the innovative winemaking techniques that our cellar team has become known for, we set out to create something that's probably never been seen before – an unfined, unfiltered native-yeast carbonic white wine.

Sounds like something from another planet, right? Check it. Carbonic Maceration is a process in which we place grape clusters in a covered tank and pump in carbon dioxide, which removes oxygen. Slowly, the grapes release an enzyme that converts the grape sugar into alcohol, bursting the berries without adding additional yeast. This process, combined with gravity, macerates the grapes into juice before we move them to a traditional press. Native yeasts from the grape skins start the fermentation process, which is a technique used in many natural wines. 

But that's not what makes this wine so cool – carbonic maceration is a technique most often seen on red wines, not white wines. Due to volatile phenols linked to aromatics, it is quite difficult to successfully create a white wine using carbonic maceration. That's probably why nobody does it. Well, except for us. 

It all started when we found this crazy white grape, originally from the southwest of France, called Petit Manseng. This grape has incredibly high natural acidity and tiny berries, and since carbonic maceration lowers acidity we figured it would be the perfect guinea pig for this treatment.

We were psyched when we pressed this experiment and realized the incredible tropical fruit purity that the wine had. After spending 5 months in neutral French Oak barrels sur lees, we bottled this masterpiece unfined and unfiltered, preserving every last drop of beauty in the barrel. It smells like a tropical paradise with notes of pineapple, blood orange rind, and toasted nuts. The palate is ripe and juicy with a broad mouthfeel that carries the fruit flavors of guava, lychee and honeydew over to the crisp yet textured finish.

$35 per bottle | 360 cases made

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Time Posted: Apr 17, 2020 at 11:52 AM Permalink to Going Home with Daren Thomas Magee Permalink
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April 10, 2020 | Tank Garage Winery

What's new in April.

 
 
 
Never Dream Alone

That's our motto here at Tank, and when times are tough we gotta remember that we're all in this thing together.

We have been beyond grateful for the outpouring of support we've seen for the Garage during these unprecedented times. Every time we see another order come in, another shoutout on Instagram, or a message in our inbox, our hearts grow an extra size.

We can't wait for the day that we can open our doors and welcome all of your smiling faces back into the Garage. In the meantime, if you would like to help support our team, the best thing you can do is order our wines online.

From the bottom of our hearts, THANK YOU. We wouldn't be where we are today without people like you. So stay safe, be well, and never dream alone.

 

 
 
New Releases

The next MADE Club release is here.

Going Home
2019 El Dorado County Carbonic White Wine
56% Vermentino, 44% Petit Manseng

I Love You, California
2019 California Red Wine
95% Sangiovese, 5% Sagrantino

Thundercloud
2019 California Red Wine
97% Syrah, 3% Viognier

 

 
 
Stay In Specials
 


While the Garage is closed, we're bringing the rad deals straight to your doorstep.

Don't forget, orders of 12+ bottles ship for just $1 all day, every day.

 
 

 
 
 
 
 

 
 
In the Cellar

With bottling on the horizon in June and July, we are in the maintenance phase of the winemaking process. That means that we are busy doing a lot of rack and returns. This process moves wine from the barrel to tank and back from the tank to the barrel, with a primary goal of removing excess sediment and introducing more oxygen into the wines. Oxygen helps freshen up reductive qualities as well as smooth out tannin structure, so it's a very important step for our Bordeaux varietals as well as more tannic grapes like Petite Sirah and Tempranillo.

There are two tools that we use to complete the racking process – a bulldog or a pump. A bulldog displaces the wine using inert gas to pressurize the barrel, while a pump is a more aggressive type of movement that introduces more oxygen into the wine. We sample each barrel before racking to determine which tool is best for the job.

The other important step of the racking process is barrel maintenance. While the wine is being held in the tank, we clean each barrel and rinse with Ozone, which kills any organisms in the barrel and ensures that the vessel is in tip-top condition for the rest of the aging process. After one day in the tank, the wine is placed back into the barrel and left to age.

 

 
 
Meet Bertus, Winemaker Extraordinaire

What Tank Garage Wine Are You Obsessed With?
Current Release- Revolution Will Not Be Televised
Future Release - Going Home

Favorite Varietal?
Mourvèdre

What's Your Dream?
Making wines that will bring people joy

Favorite Band?
Old School - Bruce Springsteen
Current - Yoke Lore

Favorite Local Restaurant?
La Taberna

Top 3 Songs To Listen to Right Now
Yoke Lore - Beige
Young The Giant - Superposition
Rainbow Kitten Surprise - Heart

What Are You Doing When You're Not At The Garage?
Hiking, trail running, biking or working on our garden that we just established this year

 

 
 
Time Posted: Apr 10, 2020 at 12:46 PM Permalink to What's new in April. Permalink
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February 25, 2020 | Tank Garage Winery

Meet Our Winemaker

Bertus van Zyl

The man, the myth, the legend. If you didn't already know, we have the coolest cat in town runnin' our winemaking. This dude cranks out some of the best juice in the Valley and his relentless dedication to his trade continues to inspire us year in and year out. Bertus is truly one-of-a-kind, maintaining relationships with the best growers across California and gaining access to the coolest grapes we didn't even know existed. His blends are a work of art and each year we look forward to tasting his insanely-addictive cool California wines. 

Bertus grew up in Cape Town, South Africa. Both of his parents loved wine tasting and he remembers running around vineyards and wineries from the time he was quite young. He attended a boarding school in Stellenbosch (a.k.a. South African wine country) and it was there that he took his very first wine appreciation course at the age of 14. He went on to study Viticulture and Enology at the University of Stellenbosch before taking the adventurous leap to the Napa Valley.

When he's not spending time tending to our barrels and blends in the cellar, he's on the road to one of the many vineyards we source from. Bertus has spent years tracking down the growers dedicated to maintaining the old vines, the underdogs and the lesser-known varietals across California. His search knows no bounds – we're pickin' clusters from Mendocino down to Santa Barbara, up to the Sierra Foothills and all the way out to the Sonoma Coast.

There's not much we can really say about Bertus that hasn't been said before. He's hands down one of the coolest people we've ever met and we can't wait to see what he's got in store for us next. 

Time Posted: Feb 25, 2020 at 8:32 AM Permalink to Meet Our Winemaker Permalink
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January 27, 2020 | Tank Garage Winery

Garage Happenings in January

 
 
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2019 was an incredible year for us at Tank, and we can't wait to see what 2020 will bring. From the fun times at our Garage Sales to releasing our first vinyl record, every day was an adventure. We feel so fortunate to get to spend time hangin' out with people like you. This next year, we promise to keep pushing boundaries, keep releasing cool California wines, and spreading those good vibes. We hope to see you around the Garage soon!

Peace Out,

-The Crew From Tank



New Releases
 

I Say La LaLa La LA and Alto Basso bottle shots
 


MADE Wine Club members received these two cool new blends in their Winter release last month, and both are now available on the website:

I SAY LA LALA LA LA2018 Napa Valley Red Wine
92% Cabernet Sauvignon, 4% Merlot, 2% Cabernet Franc,1% Petit Verdot, 1% Malbec


Alto BassoCalifornia Red Wine
57% Zinfandel, 15% Petit Sirah, 11% Dolcetto, 10% Barbera, 3% Primitivo, 15% Grenache, 1% Syrah, 1% Charbono, 1% Mourvédre

 

In The Garage
 

Pourin' $hit Photo
 
Winter in the Valley – it's one of our favorite times of year. Don't let the gloomy weather fool you, January is the perfect month for a trip up to good 'ol Calistoga. This quiet time of year means less crowds and more space up at the Garage making for a chill hang with our rad staff members and cool California wines. Speaking of, we've released some killer new blends in the last few months. You're gonna wanna give them a try. See you cool cats soon.

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In The Cellar
 

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After wrapping up one of the craziest Harvest seasons on record, Bertus and his team are as busy as ever. We’re officially pressed off of all of our lots, and the wines will finish their fermentation and aging process nestled in French and American Oak barrels. After the wines have finished aging in barrels, we'll go through blending trials to determine exactly what will end up in the bottle(s) sitting on your table. 

Speaking of which, just before the winter holidays, we finalized some of the latest Tank blends and put them into bottle. Get ready, because these new wines are some of the best that we’ve made. MADE Wine Club Members will be the first to try the wines when they are released early next month!
 

Meet The Team
 

Curstin
Curstin, Tasting Room Manager
 

What Tank Garage Wine Are You Obsessed With?
Alto Basso

Favorite Varietal?
Grenache

What's Your Dream?
To own a '57 Corvette convertible

Favorite Band?
Sweet Spirit

Favorite Local Restaurant?
Palisades Saloon in Napa

Top 3 Songs To Listen To Right Now
"The Power" - Sweet Spirit
"Bored & Razed" - The Raconteurs
"Cold Hard B!tch" -Jet

What Are You Doing When You're Not At The Garage?
Hitting up a concert with the boyfriend. 🤘
 
 
 
Skateboarding
 
 
 

Time Posted: Jan 27, 2020 at 3:03 PM Permalink to Garage Happenings in January Permalink
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November 22, 2019 | Tank Garage Winery

There's no day like Garage Sale day.

THERE'S NO DAY LIKE GARAGE SALE DAY

A few times a year, we get to bust our doors open for one day filled with pinball, rad wines, and even cooler people. This past Sunday marked our last Garage Sale of the year, and damn, did we have a good time. 80º and sunny, it was the cherry on top of our crazy-fun harvest season. Along with our favorite friends over at Pinball Pirate, we had our homies from Das Bus with their vintage VW Photobooth to capturing the festivities and Platinito Pupusas slingin' the foods (p.s. the pupusas were f*&king BOMB).

Naturally, shenanigans ensued:

This is what happens when you cram the team in a photo booth. 

Gibran and Jett always keepin' things chill behind the bar. 😎

Hannah sharin' all the good vibes and soakin' up that sunshine. 

Austin grabbin' that new high score. 

Until next year, homies. 

Time Posted: Nov 22, 2019 at 10:00 AM Permalink to There's no day like Garage Sale day. Permalink
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September 4, 2019 | Tank Garage Winery

Mario Month!

Tank ❤'s Mario

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. 

 

Time Posted: Sep 4, 2019 at 11:00 AM Permalink to Mario Month! Permalink
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August 15, 2019 | Tank Garage Winery

Three Days of Peace, Love, and Music

Woodstock

Today marks the 50th anniversary of one of the most monumental events in music history. Woodstock Music Festival was a three-day festival brought together by peace, love, and music. It represented the height of the counterculture movement and its legacy in pop culture and music history still lives on today. The Grateful Dead, Janis Joplin, Jimi Hedrix–these are just a few of of the many legends that graced the stage on that rainy weekend. Let's take a look back at that famed weekend:

The festival was conceived by four young individuals hoping to make enough money from the event to open a recording studio.  Nobody expected the festival to succeed–in fact, the festival almost didn't happen. It wasn't until April of 1969 when Creedence Clearwater Revival became the first act to sign a contract for the event. According to the Creedence drummer, Doug Clifford, "Once Creedence signed, everyone else jumped in line and all the other big acts came on." After being turned down by several other venues, a dairy farmer named Max Yasgur in Bethel, New York offered his 600-acre parcel of land for the gathering. 

Festival producers only expected around 200,000 people to show up that weekend. Little did they know that nearly half a million people would flock to the festival grounds. It didn't take long before festival-goers abandoned their cars and set out on a 10+ mile journey to the venue. So many people showed up at the gates, in fact, that the festival organizers were forced to allow attendees free entry.

At 5:07 pm on August 15th, the festival began and history was made. It was rainy, it was muddy, but 50 years later, the memories still remain in the hearts of those that were there.

As a special 50 year anniversary celebration, the festival is being streamed in its entirety here

Time Posted: Aug 15, 2019 at 3:00 PM Permalink to Three Days of Peace, Love, and Music Permalink
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June 13, 2019 | Tank Garage Winery

Love & Pride: A Celebration of the LGBTQ Community

Let's take a moment to talk about the event in history that ignited a movement.

 

50 years ago was a dark time for our friends in the LGBTQ+ community. Being gay, dressing in drag, and public displays of affection were met with police beatings, verbal abuse, or worse, which forced much of the LGBTQ+ community into the shadows. Enter: Stonewall. The hole in the wall tavern was run as an underground speakeasy and offered one of the only places for New York's queer community to truly be themselves without the watchful eye of law enforcement. In the years leading up to the Stonewall riots, more than 100 men were arrested every week just for being gay. Stonewall was a sanctuary for the community. In a time where other gay bars shunned drag queens and other members of the queer community, Stonewall opened their doors to all. But that wouldn't last for long.

In the early hours of June 28th, 1969, police raided the small Greenwich Village tavern without warning. Those inside were forced to line up against the wall, produce identification, and if their gender didn't appear to match their identification, they were arrested. Those without an ID were forced into a separate room to have their gender verified, and if they refused, they were arrested. 

Outside, a crowd gathered and tensions rose.  After members in the crowd were beaten with clubs and thrown into the backs of the patrol wagons, the crowd began to riot. Police retreated to the tavern, which was soon set on fire. Though the violence ended by 4 am, this was only the first night of protests. The LGBTQ+ community had taken a stand and they would not go quietly away into the night. The protests would last for 5  days. 

Marking the 50th anniversary, Stonewall Forever acts as a living monument to honor this significant time in history.

PRIDE!

This month we honor the brave individuals that paved the way to where we are today and celebrate our LBGTQ+ community. We have come a long way in the 50 years since the Stonewall Riots began, but we must still recognize that we still have much farther to go to achieve equality. We believe deeply in equal rights for all people, which is why when we were tasked with creating our third Tank Cares Label, we set out to create Love & Pride. 

 

We Celebrate the Dreamers.The crazy, the unique, and the bold.The artists The freaks The lovers And the ones that never quite fit in.Our brothersOur sisters Our kings Our queens And Everyone in between.

Love & Pride

At Tank, we say Never Dream Alone–and we mean it. We push boundaries, embrace the bold, and celebrate those that struggle to fit in. This wine means something. The artwork on the bottle, titled Closet Door #1 by Hizze Fletcher-King tells the story of her own coming out journey. And she doesn't play it safe. Adorned with profane, powerful words long considered slurs, Hizze's goal is to establish ownership. "These are our words now. These words give the queer community strength." With our wine, we are proud to support this expression and challenge others to think and empathize with its message. 

This zesty blend of Albariño, Marsanne, Malvasia Bianca, Gewürztraminer, and Tocai Friulano is a celebration in and of itself. It’s tart, it’s crisp, and everything you want in a summertime sipper. So pop a bottle, live large, shine bright, and always remember, you’ll never dream alone.

LGBTQ CONNECTION

Love & Pride is our third Tank Cares label, and we are thrilled to be giving back to LGBTQ Connection, a foundation established in Napa and Sonoma counties in 2011. Napa and Sonoma are only an hour north of San Francisco, but they are world's apart in terms of visibility and community for the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and questioning people in those communities. LGBTQ Connection is an initiative fueled by youth and other emerging leadership that fosters a healthier, more vibrantly diverse and inclusive community. We are committed to donating a minimum of $7500 to this powerful organization providing much-needed support to an underrepresented minority in our area. 

 

 

 

 

Time Posted: Jun 13, 2019 at 2:00 PM Permalink to Love & Pride: A Celebration of the LGBTQ Community Permalink
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May 14, 2019 | Tank Garage Winery

The Art of Surfing

This is the story of one of the coolest projects we've ever worked on.

 

 

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Meet Marco. It goes without saying that he is one of the raddest people we know. Aside from being an all-around good dude, he's a badass surf photographer and an inspiration to all of us here at Tank. Earlier this year, he bought a one-way ticket to Hawaii and decided to chase his passions full time. Let me tell you, it paid off

One night last summer, Marco put a bug in our ear about a surf-themed wine. And the more we thought about it, the more that we realized if we define art by the notions of craft, creativity, and expression, surfing may be the ultimate medium. From the shaping room to the water, the ideas expressed in surfing are natural and living in a way that few other art forms can be.  With the help of Marco and a few friends, we decided to create a surfboard, a wine, and a coffee table book inspired by our shared passions and, as Marco put it, “capture all the laughs, fuck-ups and satisfaction of the entire process.”

Now introducing the hippie. We knew we wanted something that truly captured the vintage and free-spirited vibe of Tank, so when we came across the iconic 1960s photo of a naked hippie hitchhiking across the country, we knew we'd found the one. The board itself is an 8-foot single-fin cruiser, and damn does she look beautiful.  No board is complete without a ride in the water, which is where the real fun begins.

Meet Tyler Payne, our shaper and the baller surfer you'll see on the bottles of Art of Surfing. A California kid who grew up in Pacifica, Tyler's been in the water since before he could walk, so it's no surprise that he took to surfing at a young age. He got into making surfboards back in 2011 after realizing that his boards were never going to feel quite right unless he took matters into his own hands. 

For our surfboard, he invested three long hours of hand planing, rasping, and sanding to create the perfectly smooth and symmetrical shape. After glassing and polishing, our board was ready for its maiden voyage in the water. We headed out to a top-secret spot off Hwy 1 with Marco, Tyler, and a few friends, and damn, did we have ourselves a good time. When we started going through all of our shots, we just couldn't help ourselves, so we decided to create six unique labels for the release.

The wine itself is a blend of Tempranillo, Sangiovese, and Barbera–a wine with, as our winemaker Bertus puts it, "a California sun-kissed vibe." Each blend that we make at Tank is something unique, and this wine is no different. Art of Surfing hits you on the first sip with juicy raspberries and pomegranates before taking you on a journey filled with aromas of cinnamon, dark cherries, and tobacco. Needless to say, this is going to be a killer summertime red. If you've got plans for firing up the grill, do yourself a favor and pop one of these bad boys. You won't be disappointed. 

Want to read all the juicy details behind the project? Grab yourself a copy of our Coffee Table book. We documented everything about this project, from the making of the board to the blending of the wine. It's chock full of stunning photography and artists backgrounds. Don't wait though, because this one's in limited supply. 

Time Posted: May 14, 2019 at 12:00 AM Permalink to The Art of Surfing Permalink
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April 9, 2019 | Tank Garage Winery

Find Your California

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