Carpe Vino Nails Sixth OpenTable “Diners’ Choice” Award

OpenTable.091501Last month, Carpe Vino was the only Sacramento-area restaurant to make Open Table’s prestigious “Fit-for-Foodies” Diners’ Choice Top 100 award for 2013.  This month, the restaurant was named to the Diners’ Choice Top 100 list for “Restaurants with the Most Notable Wine Lists.”  This makes the sixth Top 100 award Carpe Vino has received over the past three years from OpenTable, the default reservations service for fine-dining restaurants across the nation.

“This is the third year in a row we have been named to OpenTable’s list for best restaurant wine lists, so this is no fluke,” said Carpe Vino co-owner Gary Moffat.  “Our most important critics—the people who dine with us—continue to praise Chef Alexander’s remarkable menus, our value-driven wine list, an immensely talented service staff and our 19th century, historic venue in Old Town Auburn.”

Also making the list this year were notables including Yountville’s The French Laundry, Veritas in NYC, Wine Cask in Santa Barbara and Auerole in Las Vegas.  Twenty-one California restaurants were named to the list, including two others in the Sacramento area:  Enotria and Back Wine Bar & Bistro.

OpenTable Diners’ Choice lists are based on more than 5 million reviews from diners who have fulfilled their reservations.  The reviews are submitted over a full year, from October 2012 to September 2013 and are based on dining experiences at more than 15,000 restaurants in the OpenTable network.

Carpe Vino was also named to OpenTable’s  Top 100 Restaurant lists in 2011 and 2012; 2013 winners will be announced soon.  In August, the restaurant received its second Wine Spectator Restaurant Award for its wine list, one of 3,800 establishments to be recognized worldwide.

“In my mind, OpenTable recognition is set apart from other ‘best of’ lists because it can’t be influenced by mass email appeals,” Moffat said.  “It takes year-round blocking and tackling—excellence on every level—and we’ve delivered. . .in fact I’d venture we’re on a very short list of restaurants nationwide that have been named to six lists.”

Gary has Returned from Spain. . .Details to Come!


Here’s Gary’s Crew, 21 happy travelers who wined, dined, and toured their way from Madrid to Bilbao to Barcelona (in the lobby of the Parador Hotel, a former monastery in Santo Domingo, Spain).

Thirteen days seemed to flash by in an instant, and that’s because my Wine Tour of Spain was a monumental success.  This was the first time I had ever participated in an organized tour. . .much less help organize and market one. . .but it rolled out with barely a hitch.

There were 21 of us thrown together, mostly strangers, but our group gelled instantly and thanks to a combination of an amazing guide (Cesar Escuín of Earthbound Expeditions), incredible wine, amazing meals and stunning cathedrals, palaces and art museums.  We crammed so much into two weeks my head is still spinning, but I hope to have my thoughts and photos organized soon so I can share the highlights with you.

A number of my traveling friends told me it was “the trip of a lifetime,” and I have to agree!


Wine Club Membership Finally Passes 900

cv_wineclub_home_buttonHow about these statistics:  Carpe Vino just passed 1,300 “likes” on Facebook, and at nearly the same time, we signed up our 900th Wine Club member.  As of this date, we have 913 members, and we’re hoping to hit the magical 1,000 milestone by Christmas.

Despite economic slowdowns, government shutdowns and fiscal cliffs, membership has risen steadily over the past two years…though it slowed a bit in recent months.  If historical precedents hold, however, we’ll have a very nice surge of new memberships in November and December.  That’s when people start purchasing gift memberships; plus we can expect a bump from people who realize they must be members to attend our Holiday gala.

Stay tuned for details, and be sure to sign up if you’re not currently a Carpe Vino Wine Club member.

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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
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Reservations are suggested for preferred seating, especially on weekends.