WHY WE LOVE IT
  • BLEND
    Red Blend
  • APPELLATION
    Sierra Foothills
  • ALCOHOL
    14.50%
  • SIZE
    750ml

Maybe it was all the talk of waves and surfing, but these chill vibes led us down a path of crazy generosity this fine day today. Oh yeah, we’re talking 68% OFF a wicked cool, super delicious, Tempranillo-focused red blend from the amazing team at Tank Garage honoring the Art of Surfing. $16 a bottle folks!! Can’t argue with this goodness. 

Inventive, creative, eclectic, and maybe a bit eccentric, the team at Tank Garage have shattered the notions of a “traditional” winery and craft wines that are not only ridiculously cool and hip, but are inspired by their own lives and experiences. This approach makes them one of the most sought after, kick-back and chill destinations in Calistoga. If you’ve ever cruised up Highway 29, you’ve probably seen their corner gas station blaring music and packed with trendsetters and connoisseurs alike.

The inspiration for this wine came from a conversation between owners, Jim Regusci and James Harder, and their photographer/surfing buddy, Marco Arellano. It started with the idea to create a surfboard inspired by their shared passions and, as Marco put it, "capture all the laughs, f*ck-ups and satisfaction of the entire process.” The wine features 6 different photographs of the final board on its maiden voyage in a top secret surf spot between Half Moon Bay and Santa Cruz (so know that the label on the bottle you receive may not match this photo).

Sourced from the Sierra Foothills, the blend is comprised of mainly Tempranillo, Sangiovese and a bit of Barbera. The result is a juicy wine with modest tannins to shape the ripe notes of red and black cherries, blueberries, cocoa, cedar, licorice and a hint of smoke and tobacco.

So whether you’re into surfing or not, this wine will only bring good vibes and good times. $96 a 6-pack with shipping included. Get it!

TASTING NOTES 

Juicy with modest tannins that shape the ripe notes of red and black cherries, blueberries, cocoa, cedar, licorice and a hint of smoke and tobacco

THE STORY TO KNOW

Tank Garage Winery comes to life in a 1930s era gas station in the Napa Valley town of Calistoga, California. An area graced with world-class vineyards and cool California made wines.

The winery and tasting room are the dream of two longtime friends — who, after decades of collective experience in farming and creating world-class wine, decided to celebrate the heart and soul of vintage California culture and creativity.

The result is a small collection of “one off,” uniquely-crafted wines that draw heavily on the owners’ personal lifestyles and experiences. Belief in the notion that ideas and influences continually surround us, tease us, and tempt us is at the heart of Tank Garage Winery.

About the Art of Surfing from Tank Garage Winery:
If we define art by 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. This project came to be after a simple conversation with our surfing friend and talented photographer, Marco Arellano. Together, along with a few other friends, we decided to create a board inspired by our shared passions and, as Marco put it, “capture all the laughs, fuck-ups and satisfaction of the entire process.” Art of Surfing features 6 unique photographs of our beautiful board making its maiden voyage in a top secret spot between Half Moon Bay and Santa Cruz.

For this blend, Bertus starts with Tempranillo from Shake Ridge Ranch, a vineyard in the Sierra Foothills that straddles the ridgeline at 1,700 feet above sea level. Tempranillo is a Spanish varietal and Bertus loves its tannins and cherry flavors. To complement these characteristics, he adds a small lot of Sangiovese and Barbera, two lighter Italian varieties he feels will add additional brightness to our sun-kissed blend. One thing is for sure, Bertus got something very right with this one. Juicy aromas of cherries and cocoa make way for a smoothe ride across the palate and mouthwatering finish.

We owe a special debt of gratitude to Marco Arellano for inspiring this project and helping us make it happen. During the creation of this project, Marco made the gutsy decision to quit his nine to five gig and pursue surf photography full-time. In January of 2019, Marco bought a one-way ticket to Hawaii and set up camp on the North Shore of Oahu, a spot considered the Mecca of surfing.