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LAST CALL on PINE RIDGE WINE TASTING!!!

Pine Ridge Wines open for Wine Club Member Tasting?  You’ve got to be kidding…right?  Nope!  Last week we had a huge draw because we offered some pretty amazing discounts on one of THE staples for wine in the Napa Valley.  If you missed last week’s Tasting, then fear not!  You can go for ROUND 2 this Saturday July 30th from 1-4 P.M.  So, carve out some time Saturday and stock up on some amazing vino! (please remember two person maximum per wine club membership, no guests)

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2014 Pine Ridge Chenin Blanc + Viognier (Napa Valley)

$12.99/bottle or $10.99/bottle on 6+

imgres.101829Winery Tasting Notes: “The newest release of our intriguing blend delights the nose with a charming bouquet of enticing aromas of fresh Meyer lemon, fuzzy peach, ripe honeydew melon and yellow plum, mingled with touches of citrus blossom and white tea. The clean, vibrant palate enters with juicy pomelo, sweet lychee and honeyed tangerine fruits, balanced by vibrant acidity and hints of yellow apple and key lime pie that last through the crisp and refreshing finish.”

Wine Advocate Notes: 90 Points “A consistent, big-time winner in the value sweepstakes, the 2014 Chenin Blanc / Viognier is a blend of 80% Chenin Blanc and 20% Viognier (145,000 cases produced) is aged totally in stainless steel, has malolactic blocked, and offers what consumers love – big, flowery, fresh honeysuckle and tropical fruit, a light to medium-bodied mouthfeel, beautiful purity, texture and a long finish. Drink it over the next year.”

 

2013 Pine Ridge Chardonnay (Carneros)

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$25.95/bottle or $19.95/bottle on 6+

Winery Tasting Notes: “Light gold color, our 2013 Dijon Clones Chardonnay busts with alluring aromas of grapefruit, lemon thyme and honeysuckle, interlaced with subtle notes of lemon bar, buttery biscuit, brioche and cinnamon. The wine presents a juicy mouthfeel with refreshing acidity, opening with bright flavors of lemon juice, sweet lemon candy and white flowers, leading into hints of nectarine, honeyed pear and vanilla pudding that linger through the lengthy finish.”

 

 

 

 

2012 Forefront Cabernet Sauvignon (North Coast)

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Winery Tasting Notes: 82% cabernet sauvignon, 11% syrah, 6% cabernet franc, 1% merlot

“The fruit for this wine was sourced from three different and distinctive appellations. The lush mouthfeel and bright characters of Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah from Lake County elegantly balance the vibrance of Sonoma County Cabernet and the dark berry fruit and deep complexity of the Napa Valley Cabernet and other Bordeaux varietals.”

 

 

 

2012 Pine Ridge “Stag’s Leap” Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa Valley)

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Winery Tasting Notes: “Flaunting an opaque ruby hue in the glass, this wine offers a lush bouquet of ripe red cherry, red raspberry and plum aromas that dance beneath layers of cinnamon sugar, sweet sage and licorice. The entry is plush and silky, filling the mouth with flavors of cherry preserves, red currant and ripe blackberry fruits that lead into hints of vanilla toast, crème brûlée and lavender soda on the impeccably structured, lingering finish, supported by fine, velvety tannins.”

Wine Spectator Notes: 93 Points “Delivers a rich and massive, yet elegant, core of extracted dark berry, mocha, loamy earth, black licorice and dried herb. Impressively elegant, with diverse and developing flavors. Drink now through 2028. 1,133 cases made.” –JL

If you can’t make Saturday’s tasting and want to purchase some of these wines…feel free to order by replying to this email, or calling me directly at 530-823-0320 x105.

 

Cheers,

Jay

Today’s Deal ~ 2014 Roserock Pinot Noir

$34.95/bottle or $29.95/bottle on 6+

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BURGUNDY GENIUS DAZZLES IN OREGON!!!

WOW!!!  This 91 POINTER has got some serious PEDIGREE!  The 2014 Roserock Pinot Noir is made by Veronique Drouhin.  Name ring a bell???  YES…That is the same Drouhin…as in Maison Joseph Drouhin…one of THE most established Burgundy houses of all time.   The Drouhin Oregon Roserock chapter is the NEWEST in a lineage of winemaking that extends four generations back to 1880 when Joseph Drouhin first began in Beaune…The HEART of Burgundy.

The folks at Roserock are definitely on to something good here…SHOOT onto a GOLD MINE is more like it!!!  Crafted in the traditions and techniques that have made the Drouhin wines a staple over the years, the 2014 Roserock Pinot Noir marries BALANCE, FINESSE, and CHARACTER.  While the nose offers FLORAL and SPICEY notes this pinot is much more FRUIT FORWARD than you’d expect from an Oregon wine.  BOLD flavors of BING CHERRIES and BOYSENBERY JAM are commingled with just a KISS of earthiness.  A GO-TO paring for this would be spiced duck confit however I found myself and my better half polishing off a bottle of this MAGNIFICENT wine all on its own last night! It’s that GOOD!  If you love a sophisticated and complex pinot noir, THIS is the real deal!

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“Wine Advocate” Tasting Notes: 91 Points  “The 2014 Roserock Pinot Noir offers blackberry and briary scents on the nose with a touch of earthiness – well defined and quite vivacious in the glass. The palate is medium-bodied with dusky blackberry and blueberry fruit. It exerts a gentle grip in the mouth and delivers white pepper sprinkled over the finish that is nicely detailed. This should drink well over the next 8-10 years and at this price, I would be loading up.”

Cheers,
Jay

Today’s Deal ~ 2015 Prescription Chardonnay

$19.95/bottle or $15.95/bottle on 6+

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CHARDONNAY GURU ROB LLOYD STRIKES LIQUID GOLD!!!

Ladies and gentlemen, the DOCTOR will see you now!  That’s right Rob Lloyd, former head winemaker of Rombauer Vineyards and current longtime winemaker of Lloyd Cellars, WOW’S us again with another BUTTERY-STYLE wine for all the HARDCORE Cali Chard fans…AND he did it for HALF the price!  It’s the 2015 Prescription Chardonnay from Clarksburg.  At just $15.95/btl on 6+ it’s a win-win!

 
Rob Lloyd knows a thing or two about chardonnay.  A career that sported stints at La Crema, Rombauer Vineyards, not to mention he has even consulted on the chardonnay JUGGERNUAT of century Butter.  With a pedigree as distinguished and storied as that, Rob is THE MAN when it comes to making ULTRA-LUCIOUS buttery goodness in a bottle.  A combination that makes chard fans swoon!

 
The 2015 Presciption Chardonnay is antidote for what ails you on any night of the week.  With all the TELL-TALE aromas of TROPICAL FRUIT and LEMON CURD, this baby Lloyd Chard is where it’s at!  MOUTHWATERING flavors of PINEAPPLE, PASSION FRUIT and the ever so popular CRÈME BRULEE shine through with a CREAMY mouthfeel that is accentuated by just a kiss of acidity. Easily COIFFABLE on its own but pair this with an herb crusted halibut or Alaskan crab legs and you’re GOLDEN!

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Winery Tasting Notes: “Lively aromatics of high toned citrus, lemon peel, tropical fruits and fresh cream lead into a refreshing and mouthwatering palate. Flavors of guava, papaya, key lime and crème brulée flow throughout a long, smooth, mineral-laced finish.”

Cheers,
Jay

Saturday Tasting Line-UP 7/23/16 & 7/30/16

UPDATE – Wine Club Tasting Schedule 7/23/16 & 7/30/16 PINE RIDGE VINEYARDS

Come on down to Carpe Vino this Saturday from 1-4PM and taste 4 special wines from the highly acclaimed Pine Ridge Vineyards. For the next two Saturday’s we are featuring these wonderful wines and the best part of it is your tasting is absolutely FREE! Another outstanding perk is that we can offer these incredible wines at significant savings to you. All have attractive six bottle + discounts that you won’t want to miss. So, carve out some time this Saturday or the next and stock up on some amazing vino! (please remember two person maximum per wine club membership, no guests).

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2014 Pine Ridge Chenin Blanc + Viognier (Napa Valley)

$12.99/bottle or $10.99/bottle on 6+

imgres.101829Winery Tasting Notes: “The newest release of our intriguing blend delights the nose with a charming bouquet of enticing aromas of fresh Meyer lemon, fuzzy peach, ripe honeydew melon and yellow plum, mingled with touches of citrus blossom and white tea. The clean, vibrant palate enters with juicy pomelo, sweet lychee and honeyed tangerine fruits, balanced by vibrant acidity and hints of yellow apple and key lime pie that last through the crisp and refreshing finish.”

Wine Advocate Notes: 90 Points “A consistent, big-time winner in the value sweepstakes, the 2014 Chenin Blanc / Viognier is a blend of 80% Chenin Blanc and 20% Viognier (145,000 cases produced) is aged totally in stainless steel, has malolactic blocked, and offers what consumers love – big, flowery, fresh honeysuckle and tropical fruit, a light to medium-bodied mouthfeel, beautiful purity, texture and a long finish. Drink it over the next year.”

 

2013 Pine Ridge Chardonnay (Carneros)

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$25.95/bottle or $19.95/bottle on 6+

Winery Tasting Notes: “Light gold color, our 2013 Dijon Clones Chardonnay busts with alluring aromas of grapefruit, lemon thyme and honeysuckle, interlaced with subtle notes of lemon bar, buttery biscuit, brioche and cinnamon. The wine presents a juicy mouthfeel with refreshing acidity, opening with bright flavors of lemon juice, sweet lemon candy and white flowers, leading into hints of nectarine, honeyed pear and vanilla pudding that linger through the lengthy finish.”

 

 

 

 

2012 Forefront Cabernet Sauvignon (North Coast)

forefrontcab.102314$23.95/bottle or $18.95/bottle on 6+

Winery Tasting Notes: 82% cabernet sauvignon, 11% syrah, 6% cabernet franc, 1% merlot

“The fruit for this wine was sourced from three different and distinctive appellations. The lush mouthfeel and bright characters of Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah from Lake County elegantly balance the vibrance of Sonoma County Cabernet and the dark berry fruit and deep complexity of the Napa Valley Cabernet and other Bordeaux varietals.”

 

 

 

2012 Pine Ridge “Stag’s Leap” Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa Valley)

stags.102451$125/bottle - Special Pricing Available at Tasting

Winery Tasting Notes: “Flaunting an opaque ruby hue in the glass, this wine offers a lush bouquet of ripe red cherry, red raspberry and plum aromas that dance beneath layers of cinnamon sugar, sweet sage and licorice. The entry is plush and silky, filling the mouth with flavors of cherry preserves, red currant and ripe blackberry fruits that lead into hints of vanilla toast, crème brûlée and lavender soda on the impeccably structured, lingering finish, supported by fine, velvety tannins.”

Wine Spectator Notes: 93 Points “Delivers a rich and massive, yet elegant, core of extracted dark berry, mocha, loamy earth, black licorice and dried herb. Impressively elegant, with diverse and developing flavors. Drink now through 2028. 1,133 cases made.” –JL

If you can’t make Saturday’s tasting and want to purchase some of these wines…feel free to order by replying to this email, or calling me directly at 530-823-0320 x105.

 

Cheers,

Jay

Today’s Deal ~ 2012 St Andre de Figuiere “Atmosphere” Brut Rose

$24.95/bottle or $19.95/bottle on 6+

CV STAFF FAVORITE!!!  #1 WINE THEY PURCHASED THIS YEAR!!!

HOLY BUBBLY!!!  One of the best-tasting/ best-selling sparkling wines in CV history is on LAST CALL!!!  We have the last 90 bottles in California so truly…THIS IS THE LAST SHOT to score this terrific sparkling wine and our BEST PRICE EVER!  The 2012 St Andre de Figuiere “Atmosphere” Brut Rosé  retail priced at $24.95/bottle however, get the best discount by purchasing six bottles or more @ $19.95/btl (20% OFF!).  

There has been only one thing missing from Provençal wines over the years and that was a true sparkling wine.  Dominated by killer still roses (WE CARRY SEVERAL), Provence has been the standard by which roses exist.  Why not introduce a sparkling???  Well, the folks from St Andre de Figuiere took heed and embarked on an ambitious quest to create one of the first of its kind.  After conforming to specific viticultural rules of the region, terroir, and grape varieties, St Andre de Figuiere created a bubbly like none other!!!  SURPASSING ALL EXPECTATIONS they created festive bottle of bubbly-delight perfect for sharing with family and friends for any occasion.

Immediately you are captivated by the RAVISHING hue of DREAMY PINK.  Comprised of 50% grenache and 50% cinsault, you are greeted with aromatics of FRESH-CUT WATERMELON and RIPE STRAWBERRY.  Palate-wise…move over bacon, here IS something meatier!  BRIGHT flavors of HONEYDEW MELON and just a tinge of RHUBARB coats your mouth like MELTED WHITE TRUFFLES.  This is a can’t miss for poolside activities, hot summer evening while “tooning” (aka pontoon-ing) around the lake or just anytime you are craving something fresh, crisp and delightful.  Don’t judge me but pair it with a juicy burger and that’s what I call a SURE-FIRE bet!

Winery Tasting Notes: 50% Cinsault and %50 Grenache “The Domaine Saint Andre de Figuiere 2010 “Atmosphere” Cremant de Provence is an extra-brut sparkling rose made from Cinsault and Grenache, a fascinating blend for a sparkling wine. The color is a very pale salmon pink, and the wine shows characteristics of mostly barely ripened fruits, including white citrus, peach, green apple, and strawberry. The bubbles are very fine and the wine is so light, crisp, and clean – it’s a lovely sparkling wine, very unique and beautiful, and perfect for the warmer months.”

Cheers,
Jay

18 Questions Profile our Newest Staffer: Vicki Revack

Our newest co-worker, Vicki Revack, is someone you should meet.  She has taken the helm of the Carpe Vino wine bar, serving as your daytime vino mentor, Tuesday through Friday.  With her deep knowledge of wine and food, she can help demystify your afternoon forays to the Friendly Confines to purchase wine or to relax and enjoy a glass.

As a former sales representative for major wine and liquor distributors, she has a solid education in the nuances of the wine business.  Her goal is to help you discover new wines and find something perfect for your needs in the moment.  She is an immensely pleasant personality behind the bar, and we know you’ll enjoy chatting with her.

Please join us in welcoming her to Old Town and Carpe Vino.  Here are her responses to 18 questions that will tell you everything you need to know:

1.  Position and start date:  Daytime wine bar and sales staff, Monday through Thursday.  Started July 13, 2016.

2.  Birthplace: Phoenix, AZ

3.  Family: Are you married, engaged, children. . .? Engaged, no children.

4.  How did you get started in the hospitality business; where else have your worked?  Started at Taco Bell in high school, worked every position in a couple of local Sacramento restaurants; put myself through college waiting tables.  After graduation I was hired to run Café Donatello and then was recruited as general manager of the Capitol Grill after two years.  From there I moved on to the beverage/alcohol industry as a key account specialist in Sacramento and then to district sales manager for Northern California for two different wine suppliers.

5.  College or formal hospitality training:  Four-year degree from CSUS in Strategic Management.

6.  The part of your job you like best:  Pairing wine with food and teaching others about both.

7.  If you ran this joint, what would you change?  I don’t know yet!

8.  The book on your nightstand is:  Mercy Among the Children

9.  What do you do for fun?  Lunch with the girls, water/snow skiing, hiking and entertaining.

10.  What’s your passion?  Cooking, gardening, wine.

11.  In five years, I’ll be. . .:  Travelling.

12.  Favorite Carpe Vino dish:  Don’t know presently, but every meal has been excellent.

13.  Favorite restaurant, other than Carpe Vino:  Boulevard in San Francisco; The Waterboy in Sacramento.

14:  Favorite wine:  Currently drinking alternative whites; albarino, gruener veltliner and pinot blanc.  Pinot Noir is my go-to with dinner.

15:  What would we be surprised to learn about you?  I am a hippie at heart.

16.  What do you like best about living in the Foothills?  The beauty and serenity.

17.  What one quality of yours do you think makes you most successful at your job?  The desire to please.

18.  Who in the whole world inspires you most and why?  Barack Obama.  I think history will show him to be one of the most accomplished presidents of the modern era, and he has persevered against all odds.

“Provence” Book Signing was an Event on Steroids

With great pre-event press coverage in the Sacramento Bee (thanks Al Pierleoni!) and the Auburn Journal, we were anticipating an excellent turnout last Thursday when New York Times best selling author Elizabeth Bard was in da house for a book signing event celebrating, “Picnic in Provence.”

We weren’t expecting, however, that 80 people would crush the joint at the same time for our very first book-signing event to hear Elizabeth discuss her memoir and read selected passages.  Thankfully, the crowd was very understanding. . .especially since we had a healthy supply of Provence wines and a special, one-night Provençal appetizer homage.

The solution was to split the event into two, half-hour sessions.  Elizabeth was absolutely amazing and the people loved her.  The result was a long line of folks patiently waiting to get their books signed.  It was all quite civilized.

When it was over, Elizabeth joined your proprietor and a host of friends for dinner at Carpe Vino.  It was a magnificent evening and we hope to have her back in the future. . .she’s now working on her third book.

Ten Signed Copies of “Picnic in Provence” Remain

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If you were not able to join us for Elizabeth Bard’s visit last week–fret not-–our visiting author and now friend signed the 10 remaining books that went unsold at the event.  We have in stock nine paperback copies for $17 each and one hardcover for $28, tax included.  Come into the restaurant to purchase or give us a call at 530-823-0320 to secure your copy.

Here’s a big “thank you” to Winston Smith Books, Auburn’s independent bookseller, for arranging for copies and selling them at the signing.  All told, 42 copies of Picnic in Provence were sold at the event.

“Dead” Concert is Perfect Venue for “Colors” T-shirt

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Our first ever t-shirt design–a nod to the “Colors” vests of motorcycle clubs–was an instant hit. . .though the edgy skull with a corkscrew design isn’t for everyone.  Carpe Vino fan, Veronica Blake, found the perfect place to show off hers:  at a recent “Dead and Co.” concert in Boulder, Colorado.  Very, very cool!

We sold out our first supply, but we have a brand new shipment back in stock.  This time in black only, selected men’s and women’s sizes for $25 each.  Click here to order from our online store.

Today’s Deal ~ 2015 ZOLO Torrontes

$11.95/bottle or $9.95/bottle on 6+

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SHEESH!! This is a fantastic wine…perfect for summer!!  Back with a vengeance and just in time to get you through hump day is one of Carpe Vino’s BEST-SELLING wines of all time:  The 2015 ZOLO Torrontes.  If you want an INSANELY good, CRISP white wine reminiscent of a sauvignon blanc but on steroids, then this is THE wine for you.  Plus, to top it all off, we’re offering this beaut for just $9.95/bottle on six or more.  Sip after sip, this wine is ready to please!

Indigenous to Argentina, the torrontes grape is their work horse of all white wines.  If you’re unfamiliar with this varietal then think of it as a sauvignon blanc but with elegant floral and peach aromas.  Smooth in texture the wine is simply delightful.  The 2015 ZOLO Torrontes is all 100% Estate grown, sustainably farmed, and hand-crafted from vineyards at 3000 feet in elevation.   Sourced from one of premier grape growing regions of Mendoza, this little number is dialed in.  Aged in stainless steel, low in alcohol, and full of flavor, it is the quintessential wine for the hot days ahead.

How does it taste you ask?  Answer = DELICIOUS!  On the nose you get aromatics HONEYSUCKLE and APRICOTS.  On the palate is where this baby really shines.  It is DRY, has MODERATE ACIDITY and a mouthfeel smooth as SILK.  The ideal food pairing fo the ZOLO Torrontes would be any spicy curry or perhaps your favorite seafood.

So, if you’re ready for one of Argentina’s signature wines with shut the front door, pricing then click the BUY ZOLO NOW button.  At under $10 a bottle this is easily one of the better valued wines out there in the market!

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Winery Tasting Notes: “Grapes are hand harvested and then cooled, then they enter a pneumatic press with a nitrogen blanketing system (the only press of its kind in Argentina). Before and during the gentle pressing of the grapes, nitrogen is introduced which eliminates all contact with oxygen during the whole process. This creates greater aromatic intensity. Overall, the wine is medium straw-colored with a fragrant perfume of honey, spring flowers, and tropical fruits. Ripe, flavorful, dry, and restrained, this is Torrontes at its best. The price makes it a steal.”

Cheers,
Jay

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Phone Number: 530-823-0320
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