Not going to lie, there are very few things in life that we love more than good ol' tacos.
Take your dinner to the next level with this Chile Verde recipe and a bottle of Super Geisha, our latest Pét-Nat and current obsession.
We promise you won't regret it.
Makes 1 Gal
5 Yellow Onions, small dice
2 heads Garlic, minced
2 Serrano Peppers, seeded & chopped
2 Jalapeño Peppers, seeded & chopped
5 lbs Pork Shoulder, cut into 1" cubes
1 qt Chicken Stock
20 Anaheim or Hatch Chiles (can substitute canned chiles if fresh are unavailable)
1-2 Tbs Cumin, ground
1-2 Tbs Mexican Oregano
1-2 tsp Corriander, ground
Kosher Salt, to taste
Black Pepper, to taste
Heat oven to 400º F
Dice onion, Serrano and Jalapeño peppers and transfer to a bowl. Mince garlic and set aside.
Heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add onion and chopped peppers to the pan, season with salt & pepper and sweat until soft and onions are slightly translucent. Add minced garlic and cook until fragrant (do not brown). Add Cumin, Oregano and Corriander and stir until fragrant. Remove from heat and set aside.
In a bowl, coat cubed pork with oil and season generously with salt & pepper. Allow pork to marinate for ~5 minutes. Using a dutch oven or heavy-bottomed pot, sear pork over medium-high heat in small batches until browned on all four sides. Deglaze with chicken stock in between batches, adding the deglazing liquid to cooked pork mixture. Wipe pan between uses and add fresh oil to sear the next batch. Once all the pork has been seared, combine with onion, pepper and garlic mixture.
Tip: Don't overcrowd your pan with pork – if cubes are placed too close together, you will not achieve a sear on your meat. The browning process is what helps creates the rich flavor in this dish, so take your time!
Meanwhile, remove and discard papery skins from tomatillos. Place tomatillos on a sheet pan with the whole Anaheim/Hatch chiles (if using canned chiles, only the tomatillos need to go in the oven). Drizzle with olive oil and place pan in oven to cook for approximately 10-20 minutes, or until the peppers are slightly blistered/charred and tomatillos have softened.
After removing sheet pans from the oven, place peppers into a ziplock bag for 5 minutes. This allows the skins to soften. After 5 minutes in the bag, remove skins and seeds from peppers and place them in a food processor or blender with tomatillos and puree until smooth.
Tip: Skins can be easily removed by wiping the peppers with a paper towel or gently scraping with a knife.
Add tomatillo and pepper puree to the pork mixture and simmer over low heat for approximately 2-3 hours, or until pork is fork-tender.
Serve with corn tortillas and your favorite accoutrements.
This recipe freezes well!
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!
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
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.
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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.
What Tank Garage Wine Are You Obsessed With?
What's Your Dream?
Favorite Local Restaurant?
Top 3 Songs To Listen to Right Now
What Are You Doing When You're Not At The Garage?
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.
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!
-The Crew From Tank
I SAY LA LALA LA LA2018 Napa Valley Red Wine
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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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!
Curstin, Tasting Room Manager
What Tank Garage Wine Are You Obsessed With?
What's Your Dream?
To own a '57 Corvette convertible
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. 🤘
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.
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.
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.