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Top 5 BBQ Wines for Under 20 Bucks

With Summer here it’s prime BBQ time!  This weeks theme is the Top 5 BBQ Wines for under 20 bucks.  For our exclusive Wine Club Members, drop by CV this weekend to stock up on some real party pleasing wines, that you can share with your friends, and not break the bank.  Saturday’s Tasting starts at 12noon and ends promplty at 4pm.  So, here are the “detes” on the goods:

Lucy (by Pisoni) Rose of Pinot Noir 2013 (Santa Lucia Highlands)

lucy-152x362.125405$17.99/bottle or $14.99/bottle on six +

Winery Tasting Notes:
“Light strawberry in color, the 2013 Lucy Rosé is fresh and bright with highlights of rose petal, near-ripe strawberry, orange peel and seashells. The palate is crisp with refreshing acidity, indicating a wonderful pair with a wide variety of dishes and occasions. Enjoy chilled.”

Jay’s Take:  “Only a limited amount of this wine is produced each year.  Light, refreshing, and arromatic, perfect for any occasion. Can’t go wrong with a Jeff Pisoni wine!”

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Wonderwall (By Field Recordings) Pinot Noir 2013 (Edna Valley)

Wonderwall-152x362.125741$19.99/bottle or $17.99/bottle on six +

Winery Tasting Notes:
“Barkish, round, yummy in the land of Narnia. You just rolled out in your whip. Now there’s a fruit roll up in a usable section of tea tree bark your grandfather kept in a vintage cigar box. Your brother always hid from you. Dark orange energy magnetically pulls you. You find yourself in an abandoned Studebaker factory where all the ripe rootsy flavors of unsweetened chocolate, orange rind and Dr. Emmet Brown are making bright cherry pie. They let it cool on the windowsill while your scratch off lottery ticket reveals the three cherries. You win. Clean up your pencil shavings and guzzle.”

Jay’s Take: “Unsure if it was him or the grapes, Winemaker Andrew Jones always felt there was a barrier between him and the wine he wanted.  Now, he has broken through with Wonderwall Pinot Noir.”

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Skyfall Cabernet Sauvignon 2012 (Columbia Valley, WA)

skyfall_cab-152x362.125926$15/bottle or $12.99/bottle on six +

Winery Tasting Notes:
“Inviting aromas of boysenberry, vanilla and dark chocolate swirl in the glass. Rich flavors of ripe black cherry coupled with hints of creme brulee sugar crust and butterscotch weave through the palate. Balanced acidity and polished tannins on the finish.”

Jay’s Take:  “This is a brand new winery to the scene.  This wine exhibits balaced acidity, firm tannin, and ripe fruit structure that is beggin’ for BBQ.”

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Smith & Hook Cabernet Sauvignon 2012 (Central Coast)

1302313.132554$19.99/bottle or $14.99/bottle on six +

Winery Tasting Notes:
“Vibrant purple color with expressive aromas of blackberries and cassis. The spectacular 2012 vintage produced fruit with incredible intensity throughout the Central Coast. Sourcing grapes from vineyards in San Antonio Valley, Arroyo Seco and Paso Robles, this vintage of Smith & Hook is multilayered and balanced blend from these different regions. This wine pairs a vibrant purple color with expressive aromas of blackberries and cassis. Richly textured on the palate, this wine?s robust tannins provide a frame for black cherry flavors and spicy notes of vanilla and cloves.”

Jay’s Take:  “Smith & Hook, part of the Hahn Family of Wines, is a great representation of cabernet from the Central Coast.  This wine received Best in Class from the California State Fair, and it normally retails for $25 at the winery.”

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Merkin Vineyards “Shinola” Red Wine 2012 (New Mexico)

MerkinVineyard_shinola-152x362.13152522.95/bottle or $18.95/bottle on six +

Winery Tasting Notes:
25% Dolcetto, 25% Primitivo, 25% Refosco, 12.5% Sangiovese, 12.5% Montepulciano
“Aged in neutral French oak. Medium bodied, garnet colored, easy drinking aromatic blend of Italian varietals. Strawberry Jello mix, cherry, dark berry, citrus and spice. Anise and Beefsteak tomato. Stepping barefoot on a summer sidewalk strewn with fallen blackberries…. Pair with Pizza, pasta, salumi, grilled chicken … A good sipper on it’s own as well.”

Jay’s Take:  “This wine should excite all the “Tool” fans out there.  Maynard James Keenan jumped into the wine world to bring us awesome BBQ wine.  A must see!”

 

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Can’t make Saturday’s tasting but want to purchase some of these wines?…feel free to use our online order site and enter “JayJ” in the Order Notes Section to make sure you receive the best discounts available.

If you have any questions…feel free to contact me at your earliest convenience by replying to this email or calling me at 530-823-0320 x105.

Cheers,
Jay

 

In Case You Missed It…Check this Deal Out!

CarneHumana-152x362-1.145123Today we are offering our lowest price ever for the 2011 Carne Humana Red Blend which is $24.95/bottle on purchases of 6+ bottles or more (ONLY 28 CASES AVAILABLE).  This is a one-time offering and we will not be able to get this pricing again.  This time of year is crazy and opportunities come about where all parties involved can win!  Too get that pricing, we had CV’s own “utility man” Spencer head to the winery to pick-up the juice!  This is a perfect wine for those upcoming 4th of July BBQ’s to keep you and all of your friends drinking well!  I know its early, but hit that BUY NOW button because once this wine is gone…its $24.95/bottle pricing is gone too!

2011 Carne Humana Red Wine (Napa Valley)

$34.95/bottle or $24.95/bottle on 6+ Bottles (Save 28%)
(While Supplies Last)
Winery Tasting Notes:
“A scarlet purple edge in the glass with a crimson black core confirm the bright freshness and ripe intensity of the wine. Aromas include cool pomace, dried fig, black licorice and cranberry. Supple tannin and mild acidity complement the fleshy fruit character – A broadly extracted wine with mild grip and texture and a full polished finish.”
Blend:40% Petit Verdot, 30% Petite Sirah, 10% Zinfandel, 10% Syrah, 5% Charbono, 5% Cabernet Sauvignon
Cases: 1600

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SAVE 10 BUCKS a BOTTLE on CARNE HUMANA RED…BEST PRICE EVER!

Since Carpe Vino opened it’s doors over 12 years ago, Carne Humana ranks among the “Top 10″ selling wines of all time.  Similar to “The Prisoner” (of earlier vintages), this no nonsense Napa Valley red blend is “off the hook.”  Produced by Derek Beitler (nephew of Caymus Vineyards owner/winemaker Chuck Wagner) has taken advantage of his heritage, and produced a wine made from the grapes of six different vineyards in Calistoga, St. Helena, and Rutherford.  This wine retails for $34.95/bottle with an already low discount of $27.95/bottle when purchasing 6+ bottles (best price online is $29.99/bottle).

Today we are offering our lowest price ever which is $24.95/bottle on purchases of 6+ bottles or more (ONLY 28 CASES AVAILABLE).  This is a one-time offering and we will not be able to get this pricing again.  This time of year is crazy and opportunities come about where all parties involved can win!  Too get that pricing, we have CV’s own “utility man” Spencer heading to winery to pick-up the juice!  This is a perfect wine for those upcoming 4th of July BBQ’s to keep you and all of your friends drinking well!  I know its early, but hit that BUY NOW button because once this wine is gone…its $24.95/bottle pricing is gone too!

Carne Humana Red Wine 2011 (Napa Valley)

CarneHumana-152x362.051908$34.95/bottle or $24.95/bottle on 6+ Bottles (Save 28%)
(While Supplies Last)

Winery Tasting Notes:
“A scarlet purple edge in the glass with a crimson black core confirm the bright freshness and ripe intensity of the wine. Aromas include cool pomace, dried fig, black licorice and cranberry. Supple tannin and mild acidity complement the fleshy fruit character – A broadly extracted wine with mild grip and texture and a full polished finish.”

Blend: 40% Petit Verdot, 30% Petite Sirah, 10% Zinfandel, 10% Syrah, 5% Charbono, 5% Cabernet Sauvignon
Cases: 1600

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All orders will be processed in the order received.

Cheers,
Jay

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CV Presents: La Sirena Wines by Heidi Barrett

This Saturday from 12noon to 4pm, stop by Carpe Vino, and taste the much anticipated wines from Heidi Barrett.  As you know from the email earlier this week, and going forward, the tasting format will be slightly different.  Because of the wines being offered have a retail value of $320, we are assessing a nominal tasting fee of $10-per-person.  However, the good news is that we will waive the tasting charge when you purchase six or more bottles of the featured wine of any combination. We have every expectation that our Wine Club Members will understand why we are doing this.  However,  when the wines are more modestly priced, the tastings will be complimentary for Wine Club Members only…and we’ll let you know up front in a weekly email previewing the line-up.  So, enough with the formalities, and here is this weeks amazing lineup from La Sirena!

 

2012 La Sirena “Moscato Azul” Muscat Canelli (Napa Valley)

Azul.161400$29.95/bottleReg. Wine Club Discounts Apply

Winery Tasting Notes:
“Our unique white wine made from Muscat Canelli – (it’s NOT a dessert wine!) in our signature blue bottle. Floral and tropical aromas and flavors in a crisp yet perfumed dry style. Simply delicious!”

Jay’s Take: “When Heidi’s daughter, Remi, stopped by CV last week to show us these La Sirena Wines, we were absolutely impressed! This Muscat Canelli is perfect for the hot summer days ahead, and we think you’ll agree.”

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2011 “Pirate TreasuRed” by La Sirena Red Wine (Napa Valley)

Pirate.161453$59.95/bottleReg. Wine Club Discounts Apply

Winery Tasting Notes:
“Pirate TreasuRed returns for its 5th swashbuckling vintage, the 2011. There’s no reason you can’t have a bit of fun with high quality wine and, trust me, we did! I make wine from a number of different varieties each year to be able to have more blending options. (It’s a bit like adding more colors to your palette if you are an artist.) The first year I worked on this wine (07) the result was not what I expected, but something even better. The blend I came up with was so delicious that an entirely new wine was born. Because the original blend used seven varietals, the ‘treasure of the seven seas’ idea was a natural and so was the Pirate name. Each year the blend percentages change slightly depending on the vintage but the 2011 once again has seven varietals; Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Grenache, Petit Verdot, Cabernet Franc, and Petite Sirah. As you can imagine, it’s a pretty big, black, raucous blend, completely mouth filling and bold, yet made with finesse. It’s actually a serious wine but with fun packaging.”

Jay’s Take: “Only 300 cases were produced of this awesome red blend, and they are packaged in handy six packs.  The description above fits it perfectly, and it definitely will be worth it’s booty.”

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2010 La Sirena “Le Barrettage” Red Wine (Napa Valley)

SirBarretage.161537$79.95/bottle – Reg. Wine Club Discounts Apply

“Wine Advocate” Tasting Notes: 91 POINTS
“The two most serious wines include the 2010 Le Barrettage, which is combination of Heidi?s last name and The Rhone Valley Hermitage. Made primarily from Syrah, it possesses a dense ruby/purple color as well as a big, sweet nose of blackberries, licorice, spring flowers and camphor, good balance and richness, and a heady finish. It should drink well for 7-8 years.”

Jay’s Take: “Robert Parker gave this a score of 91, but I think he was being a little too stiff.  This was definitely one of my favorites, but with this lineup, it’s a toss up.  This wine is made up of almost entirely Syrah, and from the first sip, it will have you hooked!”

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2010 La Sirena Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa Valley)

SirenaCab.161625$149.95/bottle – Reg. Wine Club Discounts Apply

“Wine Advocate” Tasting Notes: 93 Points
“Heidi Barrett has always done marvelous work with Cabernet Sauvignon, and this opaque purple-colored, rich 2010 displays classic notes of smoky creme de cassis intermixed with hints of wood smoke and spice, impressive purity and texture, and a full-bodied mouthfeel. It is built for 10-20 years of aging.”

“Wine Spectator” Tasting Notes: 91 Points
“Very tight and tannic, with an underlying charm imparting a measure of finesse and refinement that bodes well for the future. Ends on a graceful note. Best from 2015 through 2025.”

Jay’s Take: “Oh man! What’s not to like about this beautiful Cabernet!  Who would not be enticed by a mermaid if she came bearing this enchanting wine.”

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We’ve generated quite a following with our Saturday series of Wine Club tastings.  But, if you can’t make Saturday’s tasting and want to purchase some of these wines…feel free to use our online order site and enter “JayJ” in the Order Notes Section to make sure you receive the best discounts available.

If you have any questions…feel free to contact me at your earliest convenience by replying to this email or calling me at 530-823-0320 x105.

Cheers,
Jay

28 Cases of Sequana Russian River Pinot Noir are Here

Folks, this is just plain & simple.  If you are looking for a steal on a fantastic pinot noir, then look no further, because we secured a pretty sweet deal on 28 cases of the 2010 Sequana “Russian River” Pinot Noir.  Because we snagged such a massive quantity, we can pass massive savings on to you.  So, we are giving  Wine Club Members first crack at this one shot opportunity before we release this wine to the masses.  Don’t delay and click the “BUY NOW” button to get this wine for over 37% off retail!  Here are the details:

2010 Sequana Pinot Noir (Russian River Valley)

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2010 Sequana “Russian River” Pinot Noir fresh out of the box

$39.99/bottle or $29.99/bottle on six +

Or for Maximum Discount:  $24.99/bottle on a case or more!

Savings of over 37%!

Winery Tasting Notes:
“This wine has a distinctive and recognizable Russian River flavor profile. On the nose, the wine carries a bouquet of rose petal and spice that lead to flavors of bing cherry and raspberry on the palate. The finish is layered and balanced, with dusty earth overtones.”

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You won’t see the case discount posted on our website, but we will make sure it is applied at the time of processing.

Cheers,
Jay

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“A World Cup of Cuisine” is a Gooooooaaaaaaal!

You don’t have to be a World Cup fan to get yourself psyched for our next prix-fixe event, though it seems like all of America is following the action now that the U.S. team has defeated arch-rival, Ghana, in a massive upset.  Clearly, Chef Alexander also drives the ball to the back of the net with his inventive menu being served in the friendly confines from June 24 to 29.

One of his most ambitious outings yet, Chef Alexander has created a globe-trotting slate of dishes that will cause you to ponder at length before you fill out your bracket.  Your dilemma is to select from 10 dishes from 10 countries, all of which are represented in the World Cup competition now underway in Brazil.  Word up, though, Chef is thinking outside the toque by keying on countries other than the typical soccer powerhouses of Spain, Italy and France.

This could be standing room only, so better get your seats reserved now so you don’t have to rely on Stub Hub.  Cost is $59 plus tax and tip per person, and you can make reservations now by calling 530-823-0320 or by going online to www.opentable.com.

WorldCup.154622I met the Chef in my garden office behind Carpe Vino recently, and he described the menu, dish by dish:

First Course (choice of one):

Roasted N.C. Blue Prawns (Greece):  The prawns may be from North Carolina, but this dish clearly speaks Mediterranean.  You get two large, head-on prawns , and chef says you need to follow the lead of the people who live on the Adriatic coast by eating everything.  The shrimp are prepared in a cast iron casserole with olive oil, dill and two ingredients that make this especially Greek:  feta cheese and Ouzo, the anise-flavored aperitif.  Served with creamy white beans in a simple tomato sauce.

Lamb Merquez (Algeria):  The centerpiece of this dish is a North African-inspired lamb sausage house-made by Smokey Ridge, a Placerville-based charcuterie that is also a regular at the Saturday Auburn Farmers’ Market.  The sausage is made with garlic and a host of spices including chili and cumin and rests on a chickpea salad prepared with cilantro, mint, lemon juice and olive oil.  It is served with fiery harissa, a red chili condiment with heat eased a bit with a yogurt companion.

Tuna Ceviche (Honduras):  This appetizer has its roots in the Honduran-style of ceviche in which coconut milk is featured.  In this dish, Ahi tuna is cubed and tossed with a dressing comprised of the aforementioned coconut milk, lime juice, ginger and jalapeño.  It is served with fried, thinly sliced, potato-chip like plantains with micro cilantro shoots arranged on top.

Second Course (choice of one):

Chilled Summer Vegetable Borscht (Russia):  Think of this as Chef Alexander’s take on Russia delicacy, served chilled with a host of vegetables (including tomato and cucumber) blended together, all in support of the lead ingredient, beets, of course.  The result is a tasty soup rendered in a beautiful magenta color that the Chef says is a great way to beat the summer heat.  Served with classic dill and sour cream and a garnish of vodka-based jelly cut into cubes.

Charred Tofu and Edamame Salad (Japan):  While this summery salad is made from Japanese ingredients, Chef says don’t expect to be able to order it on your next visit to Tokyo.  Tofu is cubed, caramelized and then charred to develop flavors; next it is tossed with white miso dressing (incorporating fermented soybean paste) and fresh soybeans, served with cherry tomato and pea sprouts.

Main Course (choice of one):

Cod á la Cataplana (Portugal):  This is Chef Alexander’s riff on a popular dish that depends on the use of a Portuguese cooking pan known as a “cataplana”.  This seafood and pork dish delivers huge flavors from linguica, a smoke-cured sausage made with garlic, paprika and other spices; and Portugal’s essential fish. . .cod.  It’s prepared as a stew with crushed tomatoes and fingerling potatoes, and instead of using white wine, Madeira is substituted to add complexity to the spicy broth.

Pork Shoulder Bo Saam (Korea):  With this dish, the Chef gives you everything you need to rock your world. . .DIY Korean lettuce wraps.  He starts by making “Korean Pork Candy,” curing pork shoulder in salt and sugar and then slow cooking it before cranking up the oven to create a crackling crust.  Served with white rice and assorted condiments, the big flavor drama comes from house made kimchi:  Napa cabbage, garlic, ginger, carrot and fish sauce, all fermented for a week (on Funk & Wagnall’s back porch) resulting in nice acidity and incredible textures.  Oh, my!

Asado-Style Grilled Ribeye of Beef, $5 supplement (Argentina):  If you are a meat lover, this is to die for.  Chef starts with five-inch-thick pieces of ribeye that are prepared Asado-style. . .rubbing with garlic salt before being sliced, grilled over a fire using wood trimmings from the Chef’s home orchard and then finished in the kitchen oven.  It is served with Argentina’s classic Chimicihurri condiment, blended from chopped herbs, parsley, cilantro, garlic, chili flakes, oregano and lime juice.  Along side you get potato black bean empanadas, half-moon shaped dough morsels filled with potato, chorizo, goat cheese and black beans that are folded and then baked to a golden brown.  Garnished with an arugula salad.

Dessert Course (choice of one):

Mousse de Maracuya (Brazil):  The host country is being recognized through a very traditional Brazilian dessert, a mousse made with passion fruit and garnished with whipped coconut milk.  Deceptively simple, but delicious!

Ale & Oatmeal Beer Cake (Belgium):  When you think of Belgium, what is the first thing to pop in your head?  Beer, of course, and this dessert is comprised of a cake made from beer and oats, served warm with bing cherries and a sorbet featuring Kriek, a Belgium fruit beer made from cherries.  How sweet it is!

Better queue up now and get your reservations before the stadium is sold out!

Cheers,

gary

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Carpe Vino Presents: Frank Family Wines

For this Saturday’s Wine Club Member Tasting, we are featuring the Frank Family Wines.  From 12noon to 4pm, we will have 5 different wines for you to “try before you buy.”  That’s a tasting value alone of $330, and it’s all part of your Wine Club benefit. We will only have a small amount open, so to make sure you get a taste, arrive early.  Due to the exclusive value of this awesome tasting, it is only available for Wine Club Members.  Worry not!  There will be many events similar to this, so if your friends want to partake in the future, tell them they should join the amazing Carpe Vino Wine Club!
Here is what we are pouring:

 

2012 Frank Family Chardonnay (Carneros)

FrankFam_12Chard-152x362.110939$33.95/bottle or $28.50/bottle on six +

Winery Tasting Notes:
“The expressive 2012 Carneros Chardonnay is fruit forward and balanced, delivering scents of pear, apple, butterscotch and pineapple, laced with delicate floral notes of honeysuckle. The attack is layered with succulent stone fruit flavors and buttery, toasted pastry dough. The lively acidity, combined with a rich creaminess and almond toffee flavors, give this wine a long, pleasing finish.The expressive 2012 Carneros Chardonnay is fruit forward and balanced, delivering scents of pear, apple, butterscotch and pineapple, laced with delicate floral notes of honeysuckle. The attack is layered with succulent stone fruit flavors and buttery, toasted pastry dough. The lively acidity, combined with a rich creaminess and almond toffee flavors, give this wine a long, pleasing finish.”

Jay’s Take:  “A classic Carneros Chardonnay.  Big, rich, and bold with a long finish that will have you begging for more.”

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2012 Frank Family “Lewis Vineyard” Chardonnay (Carneros)

photolewis.132725$64.95/bottle – Wine Club Discounts Apply

Winery Tasting Notes:
“The Frank Family Vineyards 2012 Lewis Vineyard Reserve Chardonnay is pale straw in color and has scents of mouthwatering roasted almonds, citrus flowers, and rich meyer-lemon meringue.This full bodied wine is lively on the palette showcasing concentrated flavors of peach, pear, and lychee nut which are balanced by sweet vanilla and a hint of cedar from the French oak barrels. The wine’s stunning finish will have you dreaming of the finest French creme brulee.”

Jay’s Take:  “This reserve chardonnay takes it up a notch. This full bodied chard is complex yet finishes with finesse.  We have limited quatites stock, but we can get more.”

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2011 Frank Family Cabernet (Napa Valley)

FrankFamily_cab11-152x362.112001$48.50/bottle – Wine Club Discounts Apply

Winery Tasting Notes:
“Opens with rich scents of black fruit and cedar. This wine is fruit-forward with intense cassis, plum and blackberry flavors, it’s balanced with notes of tobacco, spice, and a solid structure for length on the palate, finishing with a touch of dark chocolate. 20 months in 30% new and 70% once and twice-filled French oak barrels.”

Jay’s Take:  “I’ve always found the Napa Valley Frank Family Cab a solid choice for under 50 bucks.  This wine is composed of 87% Cabernet, 9% Merlot, 3% Petit Verdot, and 1% Cab Franc.”

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2009 Frank Family “Winston Hill” Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa Valley)

photowinston.132743$149.95/bottle – Wine Club Discounts Apply

Winery Tasting Notes:
88% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5 % Cabernet Franc, 4 % Merlot, 3% Petit Verdot “Deep and dense magenta tones give sense of concentration and power. The bouquet opens with a seductive combination of blueberry reduction, brown sugar and spice, while hints of violets and sage scents highlight this expressive blend. Pure and round, the wine palate reflects intensity and depth of flavors with an elegant silky texture that is loaded yet refined.”

Jay’s Take:  “I can’t believe we will have this wine open!  What a treat this wine is!  We have a few on hand, but we can get more for those who can’t live without it.”

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2011 Frank Family Zinfandel (Napa Valley)

photozin.132758$33.95/bottle – Wine Club Discounts Apply

Winery Tasting Notes:
“With a dark magenta core and ruby hues around the rim, the 2011 Napa Valley Zinfandel delivers a delicate scent of red fruit and violets, while hints of sandalwood, sage and pepper embellish the sophisticated nose. The finesse on the palate reflects an elegant Zinfandel that is well balanced. Juicy black cherry pie and adequate levels of oak marry seamlessly.”

Jay’s Take:  “I’m excited about this Zin!.  It is composed of 89% Zinfandel and just 11% Petite Sirah to round it out.  Yum!”

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If you can’t make Saturday’s tasting but want to purchase some of these wines…feel free to use our online order site and enter “JayJ” in the Order Notes Section to make sure you receive the best discounts available.

If you have any questions…feel free to contact me at your earliest convenience by replying to this email or calling me at 530-823-0320 x105.

Cheers,
Jay

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Exclusive Silver Oak Tasting for Wine Clubbers

As you know, for this Saturday’s Tasting, we are featuring one of the most iconic wine producers in the world. The highly touted Silver Oak Cellars.  From 12noon to 4pm we will only have four wines available for you to “try before you buy,”  that will surely be fantastic additions to any collection.  The tasting value alone is worth over $275! We will only have a small amount open, so to make sure you get a taste, arrive early.  Besides with temperatures expected to reach 104 degrees tomorrow, you are gonna not want to be out that heat towards the end of the day.  Finally, due to the exclusive value of this awesome tasting, it is only available for Wine Club Members.  Worry not!  There will be many events similar to this, so if your friends want to partake in the future, tell them they need to join the amazing
Carpe Vino Wine Club!

 

 

2013 Twomey Sauvignon Blanc (Napa/Sonoma)

TwomeySB1.152951$25/bottle or $22.50/bottle on six +

Winemaker’s Notes:
“Our 2013 Twomey Estate Sauvignon Blanc beautifully combines citrus, pear, and green apple characters in a complex and balanced expression of this exciting varietal.  It has a light straw color and a nose of grapefruit rind, juniper berry, star fruit, grean apple, pear and elderberry flower.  It has juicy, fruit-sweet attack with notes of honey and citrus on the palate.  The wine has a long, lingering, fresh fruit finish.”

Jay’s Take:  “Just in time for the wonderful hot California weather.  The 2013 Twomey Sauvignon Blanc is so crisp and refreshing, each sip will have you begging for more!”

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TwomeyPN1.1530592012 Twomey Pinot Noir (Russian River Valley)

$50/bottle or $45/bottle on six +

Winemaker’s Notes:
“Our 2012 Twomey Russian River Valley Pinot Noir is a rich, multi-faceted wine with great fruit and spice expression.  It has dark, cherry-red color and a complex nose of potpourri, ripe strawberries, cardamom, nutmeg and peat.  It has a fruit-sweet attack, a fleshy mid-palate and notes of blond tobacco and coffee bean on the long and slightly tannic finish.  With proper cellaring, this wine will give drinking pleasure through 2024.”

Jay’s Take:  “This pinot noir is a blend of two vineyards in the Russian River Valley.  The West Pin Vineyard, and Crinella Vineyard.  The 2012 vintage was a remarkable vintage for pinot noir, and this pinot noir ‘checks all boxes’ for nose, palate, and finsh.”

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06AlexValleyCab.1528482006 Silver Oak “Alexander Valley” Cabernet Sauvignon (Alexander Valley)

$97.50/bottle or $500/6 pack (Wood Box)

Winemaker’s Notes:
“The 2006 Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon combines full body and richness with moderate alcohol.  It has a garnet color and a nose of cassis liquer, nutmeg, and dark chocolate.  On the palate, it has a rich, mouth-coating attack, great expression of fruit, a full-body and beautifully integrated tannins that lead to a long, spicy finish.  Given proper cellaring, this will give drinking pleasure through 2026.”

Jay’s Take:  “This one is a no brainer here!  Silver Oak really pulled out all the stops by re-releasing this 2006 Cabernet.  Once again showing their winemaking prowess on how well their wines are made, and how beautiful they can become with cellaring.”

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2009 Silver Oak “Napa Valley” Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa Valley)

$110/bottle or $95/bottle on six +

Winemaker’s Notes:
“Our 2009 Silver Oak Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon is a ripe, rich, layered, yet elegant wine.  It has a dark, ruby color and a complex nose of cassis jam, mocha, violets and nutmeg.  On the palate, the wine has a delectable berry-laden entry and a rich, mouth-coating mid-palate.  The tannins are beautifully integrated and the wine has a long, satiny finish. Given proper cellaring, this wine should give drinking pleasure through 2032.”

Jay’s Take:  “Perhaps the flagship of Silver Oak, the 2009 Napa Valley Cabernet is composed of 84% Cabernet Sauvignon, 8% Merlot, 4% Cabernet Franc, and 4% Petit Verdot.  The 2009 offers up great ripeness and balance, that we all have come to know and love in Silver Oak Cab’s.”

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*THIS SATURDAY’S BONUS OFFER*
Purchase a six pack of any wine above or mix/match a 6 pack, and you are automatically entered into a drawing for a Magnum Bottle of Silver Oak Cellars Cabernet.  So, come on down, and get your six pack!

Also, if you can’t make Saturday’s tasting but want to purchase some of these wines…feel free to use our online order site and enter “JayJ” in the Order Notes Section to make sure you receive the best discounts available.

If you have any questions…feel free to contact me at your earliest convenience by replying to this email or calling me at 530-823-0320 x105.

Cheers,
Jay

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Spanning the Globe with “World Cup of Cuisine”

It’s the Holy Grail of soccer (okay, football), and it only comes around every four years. For 2014 it is FIFA World Cup Brazil, with teams from all over the world competing June 12 through July 13.  Drew is absolutely crazy about the sport, so we’ve put our heads together (in a rugby-like scrum) to bring you our next prix-fixe event, The World Cup of Cuisine, set for June 24 to 29.

Seems like it should be a stretch to create something edible out of soccer, but you’re going to love this.  We’ve come up with a whole new meaning for FIFA (Fédération Internationale de Football Association):  now it is the Foundation for International Food Appreciation, and the menu features dishes from 10 different countries, all participating in the tournament.  We’re literally spanning the globe to please your palate.

Click here to preview the full menu, but a couple of highlights:  Lamb Merquez from Algeria; Chilled Summer Vegetable Borscht from Russia; Wood-Grilled Rib Eye of Beef from Argentina; and how about Oatmeal Beer Cake from Belgium?  Chef Alexander will present his thinking behind the full menu in next week’s email.

Expect four courses with choices for $59 plus tax and tip.  We’ll have some interesting wine pairings, so stay tuned!

Your assignment now is to hop online and make reservations at www.opentable.com, or call the restaurant stat at 530-823-0320.  This is going to be a sold out program, so if you don’t get in gear, you may have to scalp seats at Stub Hub.

We’ve Got a Pruett Flight on Permanent Tasting

PruettLFA.174424One of our local heroes is Scott Pruett– because he is the only winery in Placer County (or Nevada, El Dorado or Amador) to earn a score of 93 points from Wine Spectator magazine.  And, oh yeah, he’s a pretty talented race car driver, too.

We’ve been selling Pruett wines at Carpe Vino since Scott’s first vintage, and we were the venue for his first-ever winemaker dinner (watch for details about another event soon), but here’s the rub:  Scott and Judy Pruett live near Auburn, but because of access issues, an on-site tasting room is not possible.  And with Scott’s racing schedule, truth be told, he’s on the road (literally!) much of the time.

So, if you are Jonesing to taste Pruett wines, now you can put out the fire at Carpe Vino because we’ll always have a flight of three releases for guests to sample.  Right now we’re offering the 2011 Aston Estate Vineyard Pinot Noir ($48), the 2011 Napa Cabernet Sauvignon ($48) and the 2011 CSP Estate Syrah ($36, 92 pts. WS).

Cost to taste is $15 and the price may change in the future depending on the cost of the wines being featured.

Silver Oak Tasting is Wine Club Bennie

silveroak_banner.104510If you ever needed a good reason to join the Carpe Vino Wine Club, here it is:  this Saturday, from noon till 4 p.m., we’ll be tasting four of the latest releases from Silver Oak and its sister winery, Twomey.

The tasting is free, but there is a catch: you must be a wine club member.  No exceptions no guests.  Here’s what to expect in your glass:

2013 Twomey Cellars Sauvignon Blanc
2012 Twomey Cellars Pinot Noir
2006 Silver Oak Cellars Cabernet “Alexander Valley” Library Re-Release
2009 Silver Oak Cellars Cabernet “Napa Valley”

Jay Johnstone is your host, and he’s got a little drawing planned for those people who elect to purchase six or more bottles, mix & match.

Sounds like a tasty way to spend some time in Old Town.

More information
Carpe Vino (Find Us) 1568 Lincoln Way Auburn, CA 95603
Phone Number: 530-823-0320
Get Directions to Carpe Vino
Retail/Wine Bar Hours Tuesday - Saturday
Noon - 10:00 p.m.
Closed: Sunday and Monday
Dining 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.