We were all sitting at one of the tables at D. Vine Fine Wines having a grand old time, and isn’t that what wine should all be about? One of the joys of being at a wine bar is to try new wines. There is always something new to be discovered. There are new wineries, new countries to explore, new varietals and new vintages. While we may have some “stand by” wines at the house that we can always rely on for that relaxing glass in the evening, I always want to find something new. There are even times when I have to change what my Bride will order, just for the sake of something different, to broaden the learning curve, not to mention that it would be very boring if I always wrote about the same wines at different events.
“Never Dream Alone” is the tag line that was on the back of two different wines that we were trying and it turns out that they are both from the same winery in Napa Valley, California. Tank Garage Winery is a new winery for me, which was started by two friends that were already in the business. They have an establishment in a 1930’s era gas station in Calistoga, a city which we have visited in the past.
The first wine that we tried was Stars Like Ours Rosé 2015 which had that soft color that I tend to look for in this particular type of wine. The wine is a blend of Pinot Noir, Grenache Noir and Syrah Noir, but this wine carried the Appellation of California, so the fruit was harvested from anywhere in the state and blended at the Garage. There is something refreshing about this type of wine when the weather is hot and humid and it was a pleasure. The other wine that we tried from them was All or Nothing Red Wine 2013 and this wine carried the Appellation of Napa Valley. This was a meatier wine of course compared to the first wine and it was blended from Zinfandel, Petite Sirah, Cabernet Sauvignon and Carignan. This wine was aged for fourteen months in oak and it would be enjoyable with many meals and venues that don’t require any big guns; and to be truthful we are at more functions of that nature than the latter. So chalk up two more wines that I may not have bought by sight, but well worth checking into.