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November 11, 2020 | Tank Garage Winery

West Coast Perspective with Frank Maddocks

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If you’re a fan of Green Day, Linkin Park, Deftones, or Gary Clark Jr., you’ve probably seen Frank Maddocks’ work. A 20-year vet with Warner Music Group, Frank is the man behind some of the most iconic album covers of our time. And as an artist, he’s only getting started.

Born and bred in Los Angeles, Frank grew up within Venice’s burgeoning culture of surf, skate, and music and attributes his viscerally textured aesthetics to the DIY street art found throughout Southern California. After graduating from the ArtCenter College of Design and a few freelance surf gigs, Frank found a way to break into the world of music and his first album project was a big one.

deftones record

“My first cover was White Pony for Deftones in 2000. I was such a fan of the band and had gone to their concerts and shown them my work. When I learned they had a new album in the works, I reached out to Maverick Records and they decided to hire me to work on the art.”

Creating a visual identity for music can be a challenging responsibility. “You have to be fair to the musicians,” Maddocks says. “I’ll talk to them about their mindset when they wrote the album, pour through the lyrics, and do 5-10 comps with a range of ideas, themes, and approaches. An album cover informs the listener as a viewer and should be a good representation of the music and emotions within it.”

His process is lo-fi and old school. Frank starts most designs with hand-drawings and compositions before introducing digital tools to amplify the analog feel. He loves to do shit practically. For the cover of Green Day’s Revolution Radio, he rented a studio, hired a special effects crew, and lit the boombox on fire for real.

green day record with burning boombox

Frank’s ability to capture unique moments is deeply inspired by his love of street photography. “I take a lot of pictures. I feel like something's missing when I'm not taking new photos.” The image used for WEST comes from a scene Frank spotted on the streets of Los Angeles. A simple word, behind a cagey chain-link fence, communicated the right balance of beauty and danger. That juxtaposition, Frank describes as a “west coast perspective.”

Of all of his work, the pieces he feels most connected to come from these caught moments. In particular, the cover for Linkin Park’s One More Light. “That last album released just before Chester passed and had a photo I captured of my kids in the ocean. All the members of the band were getting older and becoming parents and having that human element was really cool. It’s just one of those caught moments you can’t recreate.”

linkin park record cover kids at ocean

Recently, Frank’s been creating more for himself. Collages, paintings, sketches, a potential punk rock-inspired clothing line. He’s still got plenty of creative dreams to chase. And luckily, he always has new inspirations. “I’m really loving artists these days uploading their own songs and making their own artwork for them. That lo-fi, wild west approach, it’s cool because it’s not overthought or corporate.”

To check out Frank Maddocks' latest work, including artwork for the new Deftones album Ohms, visit his official website frankmaddocks.com and Instagram @frankmaddocks.

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October 30, 2020 | Tank Garage Winery

Name That Variety

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October 26, 2020 | Tank Garage Winery

Wine Quiz

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September 30, 2020 | Tank Garage Winery

What the hell is an orange wine?

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One of the most satisfying things we get to do at the garage giving people their first taste of "orange" wine. While the orange wine movement is often attributed to the so-called "hipster" wine movement, it's actually an OG winemaking technique that is thousands of years old.

First thing's first, these wines aren't made from oranges, they are made from grapes. The term "orange" wine comes from the warmer hues of color extracted through skin-contact during fermentation. And having made several of these wines over the past 6 years, the color can range from dark yellow to Sunkist soda orange and dark copper.

So why is it orange? Good question. But let's start by talking about red wine. The reason red wines are indeed red in color is that we press red grapes and let the juice sit on the red grape skins for a certain amount of time, where they extract color. Now with white wines, traditionally we pick white grapes and only let the juice and the grape skins have limited contact to preserve lighter colors and produce crisper wines. With orange wines, all we do is use white grapes and ferment them like red wine, allowing the white juice to sit on the skins for 5-21 days before the final pressing. This allows the juice to extract color from the white grape skins which typically produce a darker, oranger wine.

skin contact grapes in vessel hatch

See, not that complicated. But we think these wines are due a little more credit. Firstly, the wine is fucking ORANGE in color. How cool is that? Secondly, we find that our orange wines have these amazing tropical and floral aromas unlike any we have smelled in traditional white wines. The flavors get even more interesting, creating richer wines with tastes ranging from banana laughy-taffy to creamsicle and pineapple. We've worked with several varieties like Vermentino, Chardonnay, Verdelho, Trousseau Gris, and Bourboulenc, and continue to find new flavors and textures.

orange wine next to oil gan

We like to think of our orange wines as more versatile cousins to Rosé. Orange wines pair well with everything from sushi, to curries, and dessert. We like to serve them chilled, but they can also show more complexity at room temperature. Frankly, we're surprised more wineries don't make them.

Lastly, there's a little bit of a debate whether orange wines deserve their own category of classification versus just saying they are skin-fermented white wines. Honestly? Who gives a fuck. Just enjoy 'em for what they are: delicious wines.

Time Posted: Sep 30, 2020 at 10:56 AM Permalink to What the hell is an orange wine? Permalink
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September 15, 2020 | Tank Garage Winery

For the love of Rioja

Chorizo and Potatoes

If you’ve been following along, our love for Spanish Rioja is no secret and Tempranillo is something we just can’t quit. It's full in body, with the perfect amount of tannin and juicy red fruit flavors. Our 2019 SRR Red Wine brings Tempranillo together with Graciano, adding deep, dark color and beautiful aromatics that make the wine a knockout pairing for your next dinner. 

This Chorizo and Potatoes recipe takes SRR to the next level and brings out some really amazing savory qualities in the wine. Snag a few bottles for your next night in and score $1 shipping on a 3+ bottles of SRR with code: CHORIZO at checkout through 9/21.

Chorizo and Potatoes

Serves 4


1 med Yellow Onion, small dice
12 oz Pork Chorizo
3-4 med Yukon Gold Potatoes, large dice
2 tbs Garlic, minced
2 cups Arugula, loosely packed
Olive Oil, as needed
Salt & Pepper, as needed


In a large bowl, toss diced potatoes with 1-2 tbs of olive oil to coat and season with salt and pepper.

Heat a cast-iron skillet over medium heat and add approximately 2 tbs of olive oil to the pan. When the oil begins to ripple, add onions, season and cook until softened. Add garlic and stir until fragrant. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Remove from pan and set aside.

Add a small amount of oil to the pan and bring the heat back up to medium-high. Add pork chorizo to the pan, breaking the meat up into medium chunks. Brown on all sides and stir occasionally until cooked. Deglaze with a bit of water, and scrape the bottom of the pan with a rubber spatula to loosen any brown bits. Add to the garlic and onion mixture and set aside for later.

Bring heat back up to medium and add another tbs of olive oil to the pan. When the oil begins to ripple, add potatoes. Keep your heat at medium-low and stir occasionally until brown and crisp on all sides and the centers are fork-tender. This process typically takes 20-25 minutes. 

When the potatoes are finished, add pork and garlic mixture back to the pan and gently stir to combine and re-heat. Just before serving, add arugula, gently stir to combine and season to taste. 

Tip: This is a great recipe to cook over the fire on your next camping trip!

Recipe by Grace Coyne

Time Posted: Sep 15, 2020 at 7:00 AM Permalink to For the love of Rioja Permalink
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September 9, 2020 | Tank Garage Winery

New in September

bertus loading truck at sunrise
It's Harvest, Baby
We met Bertus at sunrise on August 11th for our first pick of the 2020 season at Sierra de Montserrat Vineyard in the small town of Loomis, CA. The vineyard crews were already busy at work, making their way through the vines at lightning speed and filling our bins to the brim with Barbera clusters. Fans of Pop-Nat should take notice – those bodacious berries are destined for one hell of a pét-nat that'll be dropping sometime next year. Get excited. 🍾

Since the beginning of August, we've brought in over 40 tons of fruit from across California. With nearly 50 vineyard sources to pick from in 2020, there's much to look forward to on the horizon. 
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New Vibes
Outdoor tastings are here to stay and we've got the coolest set up in town. Taste through four of our latest and greatest releases under the shade of our brand new tents. Our current lineup includes:

2019 Wasted Love, Rosé Wine, California
2019 The Revolution Will Not Be Televised, Red Wine, Sierra Foothills
2018 Somewhere Out On That Horizon, Red Wine, Mendocino County, Fox Hill Vineyard
2018 Thundercloud, Red Wine, California

We're open 7 days a week from 10 am to 5 pm by reservation only.
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The next MADE Club release is coming...
In our most exclusive release yet, we're pumping out three brand new reds that are sure to make you swoon:

2019 Marlenas from Reseda, Red Wine, Sierra Foothills
2018 Bring Black Roses, Mixed Blacks, Napa Valley
2019 Money Honey, Red Wine, Mendocino County, Fox Hill Vineyard

These wines are in short supply and MADE members gain first access. Don't miss out on these legendary slated to drop in the next MADE club release on September 21st.
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Meet Christie, Cellar Hand
What TGW wine are you currently obsessed with and why?
The 2020 pét-nat, no questions asked. I've never seen a blend like this before and I'm amped. And it's already the first wine of the 2020 vintage in bottle!

What's the most interesting thing you've done/seen this harvest?
There's a puncheon of MV Nebbiolo in the cellar that makes me smile because, while I adore Nebbiolo, I know firsthand how hard it is to grow (especially outside of Piemonte). I've personally thought the best way to be successful with it as a single varietal wine in California is to make it multi-vintage to try and capture a more refined expression... and then I walk in and see exactly that AND in large format cooperage? Hell yeah. Hellllll yeah.

What's your favorite varietal and why?
Chenin Blanc! I love the versatility of this grape. Still or sparkling, sweet or dry, lean or round, drink tonight or cellar for years. It can show lanolin slickness, vibrant orchard fruit, minerality, nuttiness, delicate florals, creaminess. It does it all! My francophile heart will always favor Savennières and brut Vouvray, but I'll drink it from anywhere and everywhere. #TeamSteen

What's your dream?
For all queer people to have safety, love, support, access to affordable, quality healthcare, and to live authentically without fear of persecution and discrimination. (And for people to someday walk into a wine shop and ask for a Christie Basinas import the way they do for Kermit Lynch today.)

What's your favorite band? 
Fleetwood Mac. I've got my mom's vintage Rumours album on vinyl and it's one of my prized possessions. Thanks, Ma!

Favorite local restaurant + dish to get?
This is too hard! But I can say that the first dish that popped into my head was Dustin Valette's signature Day Boat Scallops en Croute. I'm a hedonist and can't resist this with a glass of Champagne. 

Top 3 songs to listen to right now?
Savage Remix – Megan Thee Stallion ft. Beyoncé
Move Your Body – Sia
Now I'm In It – HAIM

What are you doing when you're not in the cellar?
Singing karaoke, hiking to explore/celebrate NorCal, watching Sonoma Coast sunrises and sunsets, tending to my herb garden, watching a lot of drag, writing poems, going dancing.
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A Note of Gratitude
We'd be remiss if we didn't show our extreme gratitude to all of the vineyard workers and their families that help make this industry possible. These amazing individuals work relentlessly behind the scenes, even in the face of fires, a pandemic and whatever else nature decides to throw their way. Without them, there wouldn't even be a harvest.

If you'd like to say thank you, please consider donating to the California Farmers Foundation, a non-profit organization that gives back to Farmworkers in California and empowers them to have a voice in their communities. The programs and services provided by this meaningful organization help individuals develop personal and professional skills that help enhance their quality of life. 



Time Posted: Sep 9, 2020 at 2:41 PM Permalink to New in September Permalink
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August 30, 2020 | Tank Garage Winery

In the Kitchen with Tank

garlic shrimp in skillet with bottle 

"There are few things I love more than good food and a killer wine pairing. When I first tasted our new white wine release, Summer of '69, I knew I had the perfect recipe to match. This Garlic Shrimp and Chorizo appetizer was inspired by a dish I cooked in culinary school, and holy $@!#  is it delicious. Combined with the tingling acidity and texture of the wine, this pairing is a straight-up party in your mouth." 
-Grace, Marketing Team

Recreate the pairing at home and score $1 shipping on any 3 bottles with code: INTHEKITCHEN at checkout through 9/5. 

Garlic Shrimp and Chorizo
Serves 2-4


8 oz Rock Shrimp
8 oz Ground Pork Chorizo 
2 tbs Garlic, minced
1 c Dry White Wine
2 tbs Butter, cubed
1 tsp Parsley, chopped
Olive Oil, as needed
Foccacia, sliced, for serving.


Heat a cast-iron skillet over medium heat. Add approximately 1 tbs of olive oil to the pan. When the oil begins to ripple, add pork chorizo to the pan, breaking the meat up into small chunks. 

When the pork sausage is two-thirds of the way cooked, lower the heat, add garlic and stir until fragrant. Bring heat back up to medium and deglaze with 1 cup of white wine. Add rock shrimp to the chorizo mixture. Season with salt and pepper and continue to gently stir to cook.

Add butter and stir to incorporate into the juices from the shrimp and chorizo mixture. Check doneness on shrimp and chorizo and season to taste, as needed. Garnish with chopped parsley. 

Serve with grilled Foccacia or your favorite crusty bread and enjoy!

Tip: There are two different styles of chorizo – for this preparation, you are looking for raw ground sausage, not smoked.

Recipe by Grace Coyne

Time Posted: Aug 30, 2020 at 9:15 AM Permalink to In the Kitchen with Tank Permalink
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August 19, 2020 | Tank Garage Winery

Reborn with Dwight White II

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If you don't know the name Dwight White II yet, don't worry, you will soon. This Chicago-based painter is one of the hottest emerging artists on the block right now, known for blending realism with expressionism, creating art with soul and empowerment.

White describes himself as a thought leader and a son of good parents. Raised in Houston, he departed from his Texas roots to pursue football at Northwestern University just outside of Chicago. His Junior season came to a sudden end after a medical retirement forced him to give up the game he loved and his identity as an athlete with it.

Though he had long kept his creative inclinations on the back-burner, White began to indulge his talents and slowly began to paint a new version of self through art. "I had to start seeking a new version of myself. Tough times, but a lot of beauty came out of it."

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He strives to "paint truthfully," using color to provoke emotion, capturing his ever-evolving moods and beliefs. "What makes my art special to me is I include hidden elements and symbolism and the only way to pick them up is to travel with me. Each piece has different elements from the different times I'm working on it. One day, one stroke, another day, another stroke."

Great art, White tells us, requires points of tension, and in the piece used for Reborn, he sees a young man, with his back to the world, trying to find beauty in the struggle. It's a significant message to him because it is about change.

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That message of change remains an important impetus to White, one he wishes to pass on. "What I want young people to know is to be ready and open to change. Magical changes can happen. We get that opportunity several times in our life. Lean in to change, into discomfort. Get comfortable being uncomfortable."

Reflecting on racism and change in America, White has two perspectives. First, as a young Black man who has himself been deprived of acknowledgment. The second, as an artist, who feels an obligation to help inspire people through his work. "We can use humanity and love to grow apart or grow together. Empathy is a beautiful thing."

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August 3, 2020 | Tank Garage Winery

New in August

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Outdoor Tastings Now Available
Sunny days are on the horizon – it's time to book your outdoor tasting at the Garage!

Chill outside under the shade of a tent and taste through four of our latest releases. Current favorites on the menu include:

🥂 2019 Super Geisha, Pét-Nat Sparkling, El Dorado County
🥂 2019 Going Home, Carbonic White Wine, El Dorado County
2019 The Revolution Will Not Be Televised, Red Wine, Sierra Foothills
2017 Wild Eyes, Red Wine, Napa Valley
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New Release!

2018 SRR Red Wine, Sierra Foothills
68% Tempranillo, 32% Graciano
475 cases made

If you’ve been following along, our love for Spanish Rioja is no secret and Tempranillo is something we just can’t quit. Full in body, with the perfect amount of tannin, and juicy red fruit flavors, Tempranillo is really fun to work with. Especially when paired with Graciano, another Spanish grape we use to add deep, dark color and beautiful aromatics.

So SRR? Shake Ridge Ranch, where we get our Tempranillo from. This world-famous vineyard in Amador County is about as legit as they come. Owned by famed viticulturist Anne Kraemer, this legendary vineyard sits 1,800 feet above sea level and soaks in cool air from the Sierras to extend the growing season, which helps our Tempranillo retain acidity and texture. SRR was aged for 16 months in neutral oak. This longer aging was done to soften the big, bold tannins that Tempranillo is known for. With a bit of time in barrel, the tannins are fully ripe and frame this wine beautifully. The bold fruit commands the palate, with incredible layers and complexity – we're talking mixed berries, chocolate-covered coffee beans, vanilla, and nutmeg...want to try some yet?

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Rorick Heritage Vineyard
Located just outside the town of Murphys in Calaveras County, CA, Rorick Heritage Vineyard is home to some of the best organically farmed grapes around. ⁠

The site has been cultivated since the mid-1800s, though the vineyard gained notoriety in 1974 when Barden Stevenot, the "godfather of modern Calaveras County Winegrowers," planted Wente Chardonnay vines on their own rootstock – a selection of those vines still remain today. Over the years, the vineyard was expanded to nearly 75 acres and in 2013, our good friend and one hell of a winemaker, Matthew Rorick, purchased the legendary vineyard.

So, why is this vineyard très cool? First, it's at an elevation of 2000', which means hot days and cool nights. The significant change in temperature from day to night, known as diurnal shift, leads to concentrated flavors in the wines, incredible tannin structure, and lively acidity in the grapes.

Second, the soils found in this area of California are, ahem, f*cking dope. The vineyard consists of schist topsoil, which is a type of metamorphic rock that retains heat and water exceptionally well – something that this definitely needed in dry California summers. The base soil layer is made of limestone, which is touted by many to be the best wine-producing soil in the world. The combination of the two soil types lends amazing minerality and aromatics in the wine. 

The third and final reason why we love this vineyard so much is the people behind the grapes. Matthew Rorick and his team are true masters of the vine, and their dedication to organic practices produces some of the finest grapes we've gotten our hands on. This year, we are lucky enough to have scored Grenache for the 2020 harvest. We'll just have to wait and see what Bertus has in store once the grapes make their way through our cellar doors. 
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Meet Conary, Garage Crew

What Tank Garage Wine are you obsessed with?
I am obsessed with SRR. Tempranillos are my favorite red and I was stoked to see a Rioja style blend come to our shelves. It's really cool that we use neutral oak on this blend to really let the Tempranillo and Graciano show without the oak being too much of an influence.   

Favorite varietal?
Tempranillo is my favorite varietal for 3 reasons: 
1. I love the smoke, tobacco and leather qualities balanced with that chocolate and red fruit you get from the grape. 
2. A bottle of Tempranillo gave me the courage to try salsa dancing on a first date. 
3. The first wine I ever made was Tempranillo. My buddy and I decided we wanted to give it a try, so we pooled our money together, borrowed our friend's F350, and headed out to the vineyards of Lodi to pick up our very first vintage of grapes. It was a long but exciting day and the wine turned out just how we wanted it. I always have good memories when I'm drinking Tempranillo.

What's your dream?
My dream is to have a solar/wind-powered self-sustainable farm with a garage full of classic cars. I want to spend my days cooking food from my farm and wrenching on cars.

Favorite band?

Top 3 songs to listen to right now?
Man in Black - Johnny Cash
Live Forever - Oasis
Feathered Indians - Tyler Childers

What are you doing when you're not at the Garage?
I'm usually working on my car, at the river/lake/ocean, hiking, cooking, reading or tinkering around with something.

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Conary's Favorite Case
$584.00 per case (normally $730)
MADE 3-bottle: $525.60
MADE 6-bottle: $496.40
MADE 12-bottle: $467.20

Contains 3 bottles each:
2019 The Revolution Will Not Be Televised, Red Wine, Sierra Foothills
2018 I Love You California, Red Wine, California
2018 SRR, Red Wine, Sierra Foothills
2017 Lovers, Dreamers, Fighters & Believers, Red Wine, Sierra Foothills
Time Posted: Aug 3, 2020 at 8:00 AM Permalink to New in August Permalink
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July 24, 2020 | Tank Garage Winery

Summer Corn Soup

summer corn soup

To us, there's nothing better than the fresh produce we get our hands on during the summer months. From quaint roadside stands to bustling farmer's markets, we can't help but be inspired by nature's bounty. 

This corn soup is definitely one for the books – and a knockout pairing for our skin-fermented Trousseau Gris, Run Baby Run

Recreate the pairing at home and score $1 shipping on any 3 bottles with code: PERFECTPAIRING at checkout through 7/28. 

Summer Corn Soup 

Serves 4


Olive Oil, as needed
1 C shallot, sliced thin (approx. 2 ea)
2 Tbs garlic, minced 
2-3 Tbs red curry paste (depending on desired spice level)
1 Tbs serrano chile, minced
6 ears Sweet Corn
1 Qt Chicken Stock
Water, as needed
14 oz can coconut milk
Salt and Pepper, as needed

pumpkin seed oil
bacon, chopped
corn kernels (reserved from cooking)
cilantro, roughly chopped
serrano chile, sliced thin

Tools Needed:
chefs knife
cutting board
immersion blender or blender
1 wooden spoon or heat-proof spatula
fine mesh sieve 
large bowl
tasting spoons
serving bowls




Place stockpot over medium heat and add 2-3 tbs of olive oil. When you notice a slight ripple to the olive oil, you are ready to begin cooking. Add sliced shallots and season with salt and pepper, stirring occasionally, until translucent and tender. Add garlic, serrano chile, and red curry paste and cook until fragrant. 

Meanwhile, remove husks and silks from corn and set one ear aside. Using a knife, cut the kernels from the remaining five ears, and break cobs in half. Add kernels, broken corn cobs, and the remaining full ear of corn to the stockpot. Add chicken stock and water as needed until ingredients are just covered. Season with salt and pepper and simmer uncovered for 10-15 minutes. 

Remove the whole ear of corn and allow to cool. Using a knife, cut kernels from cob and set aside for garnish. Continue simmering the remaining soup ingredients for an additional 15 minutes. Remove broken corn cobs and discard. 

Using an immersion blender or countertop blender, puree soup until smooth. TipThis step can take several minutes. Be patient! Once smooth, pass the soup through a fine-mesh sieve to remove any fibers and kernels that may be left behind (this step is optional, but makes a huge difference in the texture of the soup!).

Return soup to the stockpot, add coconut milk, and stir to combine. Depending on desired thickness, you may need to simmer for an additional 10 minutes or add water to adjust the consistency. Taste and adjust seasoning as necessary.

To serve, ladle into soup bowls and garnish with pumpkin seed oil, chopped bacon, corn kernels, torn cilantro, and thinly sliced serrano chiles. 

Tip: This soup can be served warm or chilled. 

Recipe by Grace Coyne

Time Posted: Jul 24, 2020 at 12:00 AM Permalink to Summer Corn Soup Permalink
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