Show Your Valentine the Love at Carpe Vino

For you hopeless romantics out there, taking your beloved to Carpe Vino on Valentine’s Day is a great way to demonstrate the depth of your emotion and caring.  It’s also a slick way to rack up easy points and score yourself a great meal. . .a classic win-win opportunity if ever there was one!

That’s the good news.  The bad news is this special prix-fixe event is selling out quickly.  We’re already half subscribed before even announcing the menu (click here for details).  So delay on this opportunity, and on February 14th you could find yourself in the drive-thru lane at In-N-Out.

Our Valentine’s Day menu is five courses, with main anchors of Seared Dayboat Scallops and Roasted Angus Filet Mignon.  There are no options, but vegetarians will be accommodated.  Cost is $85 per person, plus tax and tip.  Make reservation by calling 530-823-0320 only; OpenTable has been disabled for February 14.

Note to the Ladies: dessert is Chocolate Espresso Torte with blood orange ice cream and caramelized cocoa nibs!

The local Fox affiliate heard Carpe Vino was just the place for romantics, so Chef Eric Alexander has been invited to preview V-Day menu items.  Check him out on Fox 40’s News at 9 a.m. with Paul Robins the morning of Valentine’s Day.

200+ Jam the Friendly Confines for “Wine Thing”

More than 200 people packed Carpe Vino last Saturday for our 14th rendition of Wine Thing, our mega tasting and sale.  This Wine Club Member-only event was absolutely amazing, with roughly 75 wines open for tasting and discounts ranging up to 24%.   Another compelling reason to join the Carpe Vino Wine Club (now pushing 800 members).

Even if you were not able to attend, you should be aware of four wines that stood out for me.  All awesome for different reasons, they should be top sellers once we get all of the purchases sorted out.  I can’t promise how much more we’ll be able to source, but take my word for it, these are outstanding finds:

borsao_berola.160105Best Value of the Day:  2009 Bodegas Borsao Berola Red Wine (Spain), a blend of 70% granacha (grenache), 20% syrah and 10% cabernet sauvignon, this wine retails for just $15 per bottle, yet wine critic Robert Parker awarded it 90 points.  In his review, he said:  “This has been one of my go-to wineries for many years, given their relationship between quality and price.  Once you taste these wines, you will probably ask the same question many people have—why do I need to spend more?”

Just 1,400 cases were made and, and Parker described it like this:  “Abundant notes of black currants, black cherries, licorice, flowers, vanillin and spice box are found in the aromas and flavors of this medium to full-bodied, silky, well endowed wine.  Unbelievable!”  That’s high praise from a world class critic who has seen and tasted it all.

trione.165248-Two Killer Bordeaux-style Blends:  2008 Trione Vineyard & Winery Red Wine (Alexander Valley).  A compilation of 53% cabernet sauvignon, 22% merlot, 11% petit verdot, 10% cabernet franc, and 4% Malbec, this wine won Silver at 2013 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition.  Retail is $48 per bottle, but we’re looking into positioning this as a Gary’s Wine Deal of the Week, so stay tuned for more information and, hopefully, a screaming deal.

Also, the 2009 Inspire “Boyanci” Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa Valley), a very limited Mia Klein entry that is 76% cabernet sauvignon, 12% cabernet franc, 6% petit verdot, 3% Malbec and 3% syrah.  Just 384 six packs were produced ($59.99 retail).

-My Favorite Cab: 2010 Mount Veeder Winery Cabernet Sauvignon(Napa Valley), a marvelous example of how a Mt. Veeder cab should taste ($29.99 retail).

All of these wines are still available for sale, though the Mount Veeder is in very limited supply.  So, if you’d like to order, it is on a first-come, first-served basis.  I loved them, and I think you will, too!


Current Prix Fixe Menu (January 22 to 26)



“Wine Thing” Mega Tasting is Set for January 26

No other event comes close to matching the magnitude of Carpe Vino’s annual “Wine Thing” tasting, set for January 26 from noon till 3 p.m. Though our signature tasting is entering its 11th year, it is still a huge draw because we’ll open between 75 and 100 bottles of wine for this free event, open to Wine Club members only.

For newbies, here’s how it works: Check in at the door and grab a stem and a spreadsheet listing all the wines and prices. We’ll have stations set up in each room and you can taste any wines you like. You can sample wines of every description and price range. Take notes and pace yourself. . .this is a tasting, not a drinking competition.

With the crazy discounts we offer, it’s important to understand this is a buying event. Discounts are incredibly deep: you get a minimum of %5 off the first five bottles; 1% for each additional bottle up to 24 (two cases). So, you get an 18% discount on 18, maxing at 24% on two cases, mix & match. Some wines may be “best price” already, but they do count in building to a two-case discount.

Our veteran club members always come early to beat the crowd, starting in the furthest rooms rather than in the bar. We recommend spit the wine instead of swallowing because we want everyone to get home safely. You’ll still get a great impression of the wine, and you’ll leave us safe and sober.

No wine will be delivered the day of the event; we will charge your purchase to your credit card on file (unless you supply another card). Orders will be accepted no later than the close of business on Wednesday, January 30, and they will be fulfilled within two weeks. We’ll email you when your wine is ready for pick up.

Please don’t ask to pick up wine club shipment unless you are visiting from out of town.

Not a Wine Cub member? This is a great time to join. . .otherwise, you’ll be left in the cold, nose pressed against the storefront window, lamenting about what could have been!

More information
Carpe Vino (Find Us) 1568 Lincoln Way Auburn, CA 95603
Phone Number: 530-823-0320
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Bar & Restaurant Hours Tuesday - Saturday
4:00pm - 10:00 p.m.
Closed: Sunday and Monday
Dining Room Hours Tuesday - Saturday
5:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Closed: Sunday and Monday
Make A Reservation Guests must be 21 years of age or older.
Reservations are suggested for preferred seating, especially on weekends.