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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. 

Arcade machine
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

Arcade games
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

GrapesGrapes falling

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.

TypewriterTypewriter keys

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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September 20, 2017 | Tank Garage Winery

The Terrible T-Kid

Man next to graffiti wall

"I'm not a brand. I'm a time traveler whose art tells a story of what was and what is. A story of chaos, turmoil, disillusion, survival, redemption, absolution, success. That is my innate talent. To tell that story in the graffiti I paint!"

Two b-boys with graffiti jackets
Julius Cavero, better known as the Terrible T-KID 170, is a legend in the graffiti world. Hailing from the Bronx, New York, T-KID is shaped by the streets. He was a gang member with the Bronx Enchanters and then the Renegades of Harlem in the '70s and '80s.

Where's the terrible part come from? Well...He's stolen. He's been addicted to drugs. He's beat the shit out of people. And in 1977, he was shot three times.

Graffiti wall

But that's where his redemption began. Confined to a hospital bed for weeks, Cavero spent his time endlessly drawing, sketching and tagging. As soon as he healed, he got a mentor and started a graffiti crew. The rest is history.

No longer illegally tag-bombing train cars and overpasses, today our man is exhibiting his artwork in galleries across the planet. You can check out T-KID's Instagram here.

Nothing Gold Can Stay Bottle

Time Posted: Sep 20, 2017 at 6:00 PM Permalink to The Terrible T-Kid Permalink
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August 29, 2017 | Tank Garage Winery

Liquid Light Show

Man with projector

Inspired by the colors, textures and sounds of 1960s psychedelia, we knew this wine needed an authentic label. So we went to Bill Ham, the father of the liquid light show.

Trippy ink on projector

First, a history lesson. Nobody is certain of exactly when or why, but sometime in 1965, Ham began experimenting with colored mineral oils, light and overhead projectors to create colorful, kinetic backdrops to accompany progressive concerts and theatric performances. Light art was born.

Trippy ink on projector

Ham's team, called Light Sound Dimension (LSD), would combine different color mineral oils and dyes with alcohol in clock cover glasses. The heat from the overhead projector lamp would cause them to swirl, pulse and bubble. The results would be projected on a screen behind acts like the Grateful Dead and Bo Diddley.

Filmore poster

After a stint in the military and fine arts college, Mississippi-born Ham moved to San Francisco in 1959, just in time for the counterculture movement of the 1960s. After touring the world for nearly 5 decades, Ham transitioned his light shows into gallery art and collaborative pieces, which you can read more about here.

Trippy ink on projector

Now through August 20th, you can experience Ham's liquid light shows firsthand at The Summer of Love Experience: Art, Fashion, and Rock & Roll at the de Young Museum in San Francisco.

Liquid Light Show bottle

Time Posted: Aug 29, 2017 at 11:00 AM Permalink to Liquid Light Show Permalink
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August 2, 2017 | Tank Garage Winery

Tank Garage Winery x Shawn Barber

Shawn f***ing Barber, ladies and gentlemen. If you don't know the name, it's time to recognize.

Shawn in mirror

Shawn is one of the country's hottest tattoo artists. He owns and operates Memoir Tattoo in Los Angeles. His ink is spectacular and his oil painting...it's taking the world by storm.

Memoir Tattoo

Raised in upstate New York, Shawn has an interesting history with tattoos. When he was 14, he made a deal with his local parlor. He'd illustrate some artwork for them, and in exchange, they'd give him his first tattoo. It's of Spider-Man. It looks OK.

Hand tats

After graduating high school, Shawn bounced around. First to Alaska, where he worked the graveyard shift in a factory and become irreversibly nocturnal. Then, eventually, to Florida to attend fine arts college.

Paint tubes

It wasn't until his mid-30s that Shawn considered becoming a tattoo artist himself. He needed a way to fund his passion for oil painting and obviously had the chops, so he asked a close friend for an apprenticeship. Not long after, both of his careers exploded.

Shawn with canvas

Shawn's figurative style blends photorealism with abstraction. His paintings depicting nude, tattooed figures are hauntingly expressive. Many of which can be found in the world's most respected private collections.

Painting of man getting tatted

Three years ago, we approached Shawn and asked if would create a label for a new limited edition wine called Ink. He agreed.

Wall of paintings

Our collaboration process is simple. We describe to Shawn the wine and story we want to tell. Then, a few weeks later, he sends us something fearless and breathtaking.

Three wines


Time Posted: Aug 2, 2017 at 12:30 PM Permalink to Tank Garage Winery x Shawn Barber Permalink Comments for Tank Garage Winery x Shawn Barber Comments (1)
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March 31, 2017 | Tank Garage Winery

Garage Sale Arcade Challenge

On March 19th, we decided to get our Calistoga Wine Club members, friends and neighbors together to sip some wine, eat gourmet hot dogs and blast space invaders for our first Garage Sale of the year. In between challenging high scores and building crazy Jenga towers, Sonny poured Lost at Last straight from a keg and there were some heated cornhole battles. 

Be sure to check out our events page to stay up to date with what kick-ass parties we are planning next! We think they're the best things to do in Napa but we'll let you be the judge. Special thanks to our friends at Rebel Dog and All You Can Arcade for making this day so awesome. 

Arcade machineArcade machineWineArcade machineLubrication SignWine KegWine drinkersHot dogHot doggerHot dogsArcade machinesArcade machinesPeopleArcade machinesArcade machinesJenga!CornholeBackroom

Time Posted: Mar 31, 2017 at 11:00 AM Permalink to Garage Sale Arcade Challenge Permalink
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February 15, 2017 | Tank Garage Winery

Lost at Last the Movie

Time Posted: Feb 15, 2017 at 6:05 AM Permalink to Lost at Last the Movie Permalink
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