Published November 14, 2013
Up in the quiet hills of Auburn, where few Sacramentans dare to tread, lies a little wine shop and restaurant called Carpe Vino. Within its quaint space exist stacks and racks and boxes of bottles, each jostling for attention. These bottles—and their support staff—encourage you to “Sit down, relax, have a glass. Something to eat, perhaps?”
“Well, of course,” you answer before being escorted to a table and presented with the electronic wine list, a tablet device that lists wines by type, with awards, prices and tasting notes.
Of course, there is a printed menu. “Please note,” we’re informed, “the menu is different from online. I just printed out this new one a minute ago, as one of the sparkling wines is now out of stock.” We’re given a recommendation for a brut rose by Lucien Albrecht instead, which turns out to be more affordable and of even better flavor than our sold-out original selection.