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July 31, 2018 | Tank Garage Winery

One Small Step for Man

3 space crush bottles in different colors

We're taking one giant leap for winemaking with our first Pét-Nat Sparkling Wine.
First of all, what exactly is Pét-Nat? Good question. Short for Pétillant Naturel and translated to "Natural Sparkling," this is the OG French method of making sparkling wine and dates back to the early 16th century. While most sparkling wines have their effervescence added during a second fermentation, Pét-Nat wines are bottled before they complete their first fermentation and the bubbles are produced by natural sugars in the grape juice. 

The process is laborious, expensive and hard. The first two times we attempted to make a Pét-Nat, things didn't go as planned. Two years of learning and refinement later, we finally perfected the craft and the result is Space Crush.

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Our friends from Babcock Ranch in Solano County hooked us up with a few small lots of their celestial Riesling. After some manual foot-stomping and a run through the basket press, the fermentation process began. After a few weeks, we moved the juice to bottles where the fermentation continued.

Then, we had to hand bottle and top each and every one of these using this filler and bright red Ferarri (yes, like the car) crown capper. Every. Single. Bottle. By. Hand. If that doesn't make Pet-Nat isn't a labor of love, we don't know what does. 

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Notice how the bottles look a little hazy, or might have some "stuff" in them? Space Crush is a natural wine and was not fully filtered. Because of this, there will be sediment inside each bottle from the Pét-Nat process that tells you it is legit. It's dirty, embrace it. 

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The label is fit for a Warhol exhibit. Since our first Pét-Nat was so out of this world, we decided on a retro cosmonaut theme, available in three mod colorways. The fun part? You'll receive a completely random color when you order.

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And how'd it turn out? OH MY GOD. We nailed this one. It's fresh, crisp and complex with a floral perfume and green apple, peachy notes that endlessly orbit around your mouth. The texture is fascinating, the bubbles so satisfying and the finish extends to the moon.

3 space crush bottles

Time Posted: Jul 31, 2018 at 4:00 PM Permalink to One Small Step for Man Permalink
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June 8, 2018 | Tank Garage Winery

Spa Day

Long before the masses started to flock to Napa Valley to sip on world-class wines and savor stupendous food, Calistoga’s majestic hot springs promised relaxation and healing to visitors both near and far.

So, we went to the spa. Why? Why not! We hit up our friends at the Moon Acre Spa at the Calistoga Motor Lodge to indulge in some stylish pampering and complete relaxation.

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bath saltsNothing in Calistoga is ordinary, including spa treatments. Darby opted for the Wine Country Scrub, a luxurious exfoliation with a little bit of wine-country swagger thanks to the scrub made from crushed grape seeds.

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water buckets

rose wine on table

dripping mud

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mud massage

mud massage

water poured on back

Next up, Grace got Perfectly Muddled. A spin on Calistoga’s famed historic mud baths, you get down and dirty in the garden, slathering your skin in mud and relaxing under the sun as it dries. 

back scrub

lounge chair

 shower outside

brush mud

brush mud

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 sunbathing with mud on faceMario stepped up to get the Groom and Go. This one’s for the guys and their skin needs. Curated, manly products (nothing frilly) help shed dead skin cells and replaced with newer, healthier ones. The result: Glowing skin and one happy Mario.  

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foot massage

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Bertus soaked his cares away in a gorgeous clawfoot tub during the Splish-Splash, an ode to the social bathhouses of days gone yonder. 

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color pencils


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bath salts

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coloring book in tub
Sigh. So relaxing.

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 people cheersing in robe

Cheers to treating yo'self and thanks again to the homies at the Calistoga Motor Lodge and Spa for the heavenly day. We'll be back! 

Time Posted: Jun 8, 2018 at 4:30 PM Permalink to Spa Day Permalink
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May 30, 2018 | Tank Garage Winery

4th Birthday Party

Time Posted: May 30, 2018 at 10:45 AM Permalink to 4th Birthday Party Permalink
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April 30, 2018 | Tank Garage Winery

'70s In SoCal

Spot landed in Hermosa Beach in the mid-1970s. When he wasn't serving as the album producer and sound engineer for punk bands like the Misfits and Black Flag, the photographer, who goes only by Spot,  was out roller-skating around Hermosa with a camera and a keen eye for SoCal beach and punk culture during the late 70s. 

He started taking photography seriously in 1969. Spot grew up with magazines like LIFE and was inspired by the black and white journalistic photos he saw, and when he got a Pentax, he was inseparable with his camera. 

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skater in car
skate handstand
women skater trophy
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stage diving
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girl in roller skates

Time Posted: Apr 30, 2018 at 7:00 PM Permalink to '70s In SoCal Permalink
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March 12, 2018 | Tank Garage Winery

March 2018 Garage Sale

Best. Garage. Sale. Ever. 

On March 11th, we started Garage Sale season off right with a straight-up banger. We released the magical 2017 vintage of Stars Like Ours Rosé, sold every last bottle of Facing Fire to benefit California wildfire victims, ate way too many tacos and two club members even got engaged (Congrats Deb and Ken!)

You all are the best members, friends and neighbors in the world, thanks for partying with us. 

Trust us, you're not going to want to miss the rest of our 2018 Garage Sales.

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Time Posted: Mar 12, 2018 at 5:30 PM Permalink to March 2018 Garage Sale Permalink
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February 28, 2018 | Tank Garage Winery

5 Reasons to Come Party

1. Give Back

Come early to snag an ultra-rare masterpiece called Facing Fire. Only 24 cases exist of this 100% whole-cluster-fermented Grenache from our beloved Calistoga. $60 per bottle (plus discount) and a portion of the proceeds will go to victims of California wildfires. Line-up starts at 10:30am! 

Wine bottle for firefighters.
Tank party line.

2. Love in the Form of Tacos

It's called Taco Addiction for a reason and it's easily Napa's hottest food truck. Owner and bad-ass chef Enya draws crowds with her jubilant spirit and seriously delicious handmade tortillas. You get 3 fresh, life-changing tacos included with your ticket. First come, first-served! 

Taco truck!

3. Rosé For Days

You read that right! This Garage Sale will mark the official release of the 2017 vintage of our legendary Stars Like Ours Rosé. If you can't make it, don't fret, it will be available online in a few weeks. 

Rose bottle

4. 25% Off Everything 

It's no secret that our Garage Sales are hands down where our best deals are at. Whether you want to re-stock your cellar, ship some new releases to someone special or grab a bottle to take with you to dinner later that night, this is the time to buy anything and everything you've had your eye on. 

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Tank boxes

5. Games

We're filling up the garage with the classics and need your help shattering their high scores, no quarters necessary. Watch this to get inspired

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Arcade machine

So, you in?

Garage Sale - Arcade Challenge
Sunday, March 11
11:00 am to 3:00 pm

Wine Club Members - Free plus 3 guests
Non-Club Peeps - $30 per person. Includes tacos, wine and games! 

SOLD OUT! Thank you! 

Time Posted: Feb 28, 2018 at 10:00 AM Permalink to 5 Reasons to Come Party Permalink
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January 19, 2018 | Tank Garage Winery

The Making of a Storm

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Inspired by the bold wines of Bordeaux, we blended some incredible Petit Verdot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Cabernet Franc into the perfect storm of flavors and textures. 

BarrelBertus drinking wine

To make a powerful wine, we needed powerful fruit. This is where the Petit Verdot comes in. Petit Verdot is an underdog. It's underrated and typically not seen on its own or as the star of blends because of its intensity. Bertus and our team wanted to give this varietal a chance to shine, and you better believe they did just that.

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Awhile back, we found ourselves on a serious Hemingway kick, obsessed with reading about the life and times of this deeply flawed yet adventurous and artistic man. When we learned that his first typewriter was a Corona #3, we tracked down and purchased the same vintage and model to see how it felt and if it would inspire us. And it did.

The devil whispered in my ear, you're not strong enough to withstand the storm. Today, I whispered in the devil's ear, I am the storm.Typewriter

For this intellectual blend, we decided to sit down and type out one of our favorite quotes about standing up to adversity, looking it dead in the eye and saying, “bring it on”. 

Labels on roll.Bottle of I am the Storm

Intense aromas of plum, blackberry, violets and thyme hint towards the velvety mouthfeel and luscious dark flavors that make this blend a striking and downright cerebral wine. 

I am the Storm.

Bottle of I Am the Storm

Time Posted: Jan 19, 2018 at 4:00 PM Permalink to The Making of a Storm Permalink
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December 14, 2017 | Tank Garage Winery

Surf's Up


A lot of people ask us about the surfboard in our garage, so here's the story.


Quick history lesson first. About 100-something years ago, three Hawaiian princes brought their redwood boards on a vacation to Santa Cruz, California.


Ever since, surfing has been symbolic of California culture. You could say the two go together like wine and garages.

Naturally, Tank needed its own board. But it couldn't just be off the rack, it had to be something unique and original.


So we hit up Dan Taylor, a legendary board builder out of Costa Mesa, California. Dan is a staple of the surfboard industry, known for building quality, high-performance boards.

His business started over 30 years ago as a high school hobby, handcrafting custom boards out of a garage.

Obviously, he was our guy, further reinforcing our mantra to Never Dream Alone.


We sent Dan one of our favorite vintage photos of a California motorbike racer and trusted he'd make us a great board.

Man making surfboard

Dan's first step is molding a polyurethane foam "blank" to form the core of the board.

After the core is set, he cuts the board in half and inserts a wooden stringer down the center to add rigidity, then the halves get glued right back together.

The next step is shaping the board, where Dan works his magic cutting, carving and sanding the board into a gnarly shape.

Finally, Dan lays down our motorbike racer overlay and starts "glassing" the board, a process covering the board in fiberglass and resin.

After a quick buff, polish and a new fin, our first Tank surfboard is officially ready to ride.
You can find our board chilling out in the corner of our garage. Here are the final specs:

Shaper: Dan Taylor
Model: Vintage Tanker
Dimensions: 8'0 x 3 x 22 x 2 7/8
Fin Setup: Single Fin Box
Glass: 6+6 oz. top/single 6 oz. bottom
Price: $1,250 (excluding tax and shipping)

Time Posted: Dec 14, 2017 at 5:00 PM Permalink to Surf's Up Permalink
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November 22, 2017 | Tank Garage Winery

The ’47 Indian

Originally owned by Indian Motorcycle racer and tuner Eddie Bratton, our vintage service station has one of the coolest pedigrees in Napa Valley. Bar none.

Eddie bought his first bike in 1926 at the age of 15 and eventually rode out from Fargo, North Dakota to California, surviving solely on onion sandwiches and potatoes he'd dig up from rural farms. Keep in mind, this was during the depression.

Eddie Bratton on bike"That piston was damn near to the bottom before the exhaust valve opened."

Eddie on his proprietary engine modification

Bikers in Catalina
The infamous Catalina Grand Prix, Eddie's #4

Once he made it to the Golden State, Eddie took up shop at Hap Jones' Indian Motorcycle dealership in San Francisco, tuning bikes and manufacturing custom "Bratton Cams" for the nation's top riders looking for extra power. Eddie was loyal. He only wrenched and raced Indian bikes. Nothing else was good enough.

When he wasn't in the garage, Eddie was on his bike. He competed annually in the Catalina Grand Prix and was famous for a road stunt where he'd balance himself up on a back peg, slide his old lady forward to take the handlebars, then sit back down behind her...without stopping.

Biking trophies

A collection of Bratton's racing trophies

47 Indian Chief Bike
Eddie's '47 Indian Chief Motorcycle

After his days of racing and hell-raising ended, you could find him in his Calistoga garage, wrenching away on his prized '47 Indian Chief bike until he retired in the early '80s. If you asked anybody around town about an old motorcycle mechanic, they knew you meant Eddie.

Right around the time we took over the garage, we heard a local Calistogan had Eddie's old Chief in storage. After months of pleading, they relented and sold it to us, returning Eddie's amazing bike back to its rightful home.

Time Posted: Nov 22, 2017 at 1:00 PM Permalink to The ’47 Indian Permalink
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November 7, 2017 | Tank Garage Winery

Chrome Dreams

Chrome car dashboard

Chrome Dreams is our love letter to the classic American automobile.
We went back to a time when cars weren’t just cars, but artful vessels of freedom, carrying the American dream westward across Route 66. A time when we were disconnected, living pump-to-pump, windows down, roaring up the Pacific Coast Highway.

Streamline 30s car

Streamline 30s ornament

Streamline 30s cars at gas station

Between the 1930s and 1950s, the American automobile was symbolic, a direct reflection of our greatest hopes and dreams. From the austere contours of streamline moderne to the brazen fins of post-war Motorama, these mechanical sculptures spoke to who we aspired to be.

Motorama cars

50s car ad

50s car ad

With Chrome Dreams, we were inspired to bring that spirit of aspiration back. The entire experience, from wine to packaging, is deliberately designed to create a sense of marvel.

50s car taillight

50s car tails

Chrome Dreams is a classic and timeless Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon-based blend. Sourcing premium fruit from our most trusted growing partners, we crafted an ambitious and daring red wine with opulent, soaring flavors of blackberry, raspberry and leather.

The bottle itself is a revolutionary achievement. Through painstaking efforts, we created the first chromed-glass wine bottle in history. With a luxurious mirrored surface and a clear-embossed winged-wheel emblem, we perfectly capture the iconic curves and textures of classic Americana metalwork.

Chrome Dreams is a limited-edition wine with fewer than 500 cases produced, sold exclusively through Tank Garage Winery’s 1930s service station in Calistoga, California.

Chrome Dreams bottle

Time Posted: Nov 7, 2017 at 10:30 AM Permalink to Chrome Dreams Permalink
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