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Meet the world’s first chromed-glass wine bottle

A Californian service station-turned-winery pays tribute to the classic American automobile with this special, limited-edition release.

Sep 07, 2017 | By Pameyla Cambe

We’ve seen wine bottles crafted out of cardboard and even recycled keys, but now there’s a new addition to the list of unconventional materials that you can use to house your wine: chrome. That’s the case that Tank Garage Winery has made with Chrome Dreams, its limited-edition chromed-glass bottle that comes complete with a shiny mirrored surface.

The Californian winery has made this special release in homage to the classic American automobile, as evidenced by the wing-wheeled emblem on the bottle that recalls vintage cars and American metalwork. In a heartfelt statement made by the former service station, cars represent “America’s greatest hopes and dreams” at a time when the world was disconnected, “living pump-to-pump with the windows rolled down.”

Paying tribute to the “artful vessels of freedom” that had carried “the American dream westward across Route 66” didn’t come easy. It took Tank Garage Winery a whole year with a packaging manufacturer to perfect the proprietary chroming process, before coming out with the beautiful — and aptly named — Chrome Dreams bottle.

Its contents are equally exquisite: a 2015 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon-based blend, layered with the aromas of creme de cassis, vanilla and caramel, and hinting traces of bay leaf and star anise in the background.

Only 500 cases of Chrome Dreams will be produced, so for those eager to get their hands on one, we suggest you head over to Tank’s headquarters in Napa Valley soon. The bottles will also be made available online later this month.

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