110 Degree Temps!  Earthquake in Lake Tahoe!  Is it Armageddon out there?!?  Well, probably not!  BUT, you should still make a point of coming down to CV and having some of the TASTIEST ST.  LOUIS SPARE RIBS around…just in case!  NO HEAT WAVE is going to slow down Pitmaster Spencer Smith and his “CINDER-PIT” which was fired up oak logs earlier this morning!  Starting at 5pm, these gorgeous and delectable St. Louis Spare Ribs will be available for $20 in both the Carpe Vino Bar & Restaurant!

St. Louis Spare Ribs | southern-style bacon braised greens.

Of course, you have your choice of sauces:

Shred Sauce (Pitmaster Smith’s cult favorite creation) ~ Carolina-style mustard sauce, vinegar-based w/ little kick! 


Bourbon BBQ Sauce ~ perfect blend of flavors with a delightfully tangy finish!

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Today’s Deal ~ 2016 Olema Chardonnay (Sonoma County, Ca)

$15.95/btl or $13.95/btl on 6+




Back in the summer of ’17, we introduced a little gem to the Carpe Vino “wine-ciety” and the response was nothing less than spectacular.  The wine was the 2014 Olema Chardonnay which Robert Parker of “The Wine Advocate” named his #1 selection of the “Top Three Value Wines of 2016.” Retailing for $15 per bottle, receiving 87 Points and dubbed a “terrific value and sleeper selection” made clicking the “BUY NOW” button seem automatic for Chard drinkers!

We have been anticipating the new release of the 2016 OLEMA (by Amici Cellars) CHARDONNAY and GUESS WHAT…that day is finally here!  With it’s highest Parker rating ever (88 Points), this vintage not only stands up to the 2014, but surpasses it with an unbelievable depth of flavor, but still balanced and refined.  Drink now or forever hold your peace!


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James Suckling: 91 Points!!!

“Loquat and lots of white flowers to this chardonnay as well apples and pear drops. Medium body, fine acidity and a fruity finish.”

Winery Tasting Notes

“This opulent but well-balanced chardonnay opens with aromas of ripe pear, quince, warm toast and vanilla bean. On the palate, ripe apple and notes of pie spice are highlighted by fresh citrus, the melody of complex flavors lingering long on the finish.”


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Winemaker Tony Biagi

The 2016 Olema Chardonnay is produced from premier vineyards in the Sonoma Coast and Russian River AVA’s of Sonoma County.  The winemaker is industry veteran Tony Biagi, who has worked for many of Napa Valley’s CULT wineries including; Plumpjack, Duckhorn, Cade, Odette, and Hourglass just to name a few.  Biagi’s experience and dedication to the excellence of his craft is what makes this wine such an absolute FIND & VALUE!!!

THE WINE ADVOCATE:  review of 2014 Olema

Rated #1 of the “Top 3 Value Wines” worldwide of 2016;  ”The 2014 Chardonnay Olema at $15.00 from Sonoma is a heck of a bottle of wine, with honeysuckle, lemon blossom and a touch of white peach all present in this wine that offers clean, pure fruit, medium body and a distant hint of wood. This is a terrific value and sleeper selection. Drink it over the next year.”




WHOA – Pictures just don’t do justice for the shear enormity of these decadent beef ribs…aka “DINO BONES.”  Also, known as the “Plate Short Ribs” (diagram below) they are the biggest, meatiest beef ribs, with one single rib tipping the scales at 1 – 2.5 lbs PER RIB!   Pitmaster Spencer Smith will be smoking these gargantuan bones, smothered in salt, pepper and mesquite seasoning, over oak for seven hours.  We only have limited amount of “Dino Bones,” TOMMOROW ONLY, available at 5pm both in the bar & dining room.

smoked “dino bone” beef short rib (1 bone per serving) | creamy grits & smoky braised greens - $35 

Drop by Carpe Vino or submit your booking for tonight (or an up-coming night) simply by clicking the button below.

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National Hot Dog Day + Wiener Wednesday = Win



Today, Wednesday July 18th, 2018 is “NATIONAL HOT DOG DAY” and guess what…it’s the only day this summer with NO MLB BASEBALL BEING PLAYED!!!  That’s not going to stop us at CARPE VINO, because we have our famous Chicago Dog’s available from 4-9PM in the BAR!  To top top it off…you can score a PBR and COLLECTOR’S EDITION “CV WIENER WEDNESDAY KOOZIE” for only ONE BUCK!!!

What is on a Chicago Dog?  - It all starts with essential raw materials imported from the Windy City:  poppy seed buns, steamed before serving; all-beef Vienna brand hot dogs; neon green relish; sport peppers; dill pickle spear; tomato, onion and yellow mustard (French’s is traditional).  The secret ingredient is celery salt (plus Chef Alexander’s expertise); the poppy seed bun is essential.  Oh…and no ketchup.  Sorry!

So…whether you have had one of our dogs or not, today you should treat yourself to one of the best little secrets in town!  Available in the Carpe Vino Bar Only all “Chicago-Dogs” will be served w/ delicious and perfectly executed CRINKLE CUT FRIES!!!  Single Dog $7 or double down and do Two Dogs for $12!  AND YES…WE HAVE PLENTY TO GO ROUND!!!

Can’t wait to see you!








WHOA – Pictures just don’t do justice for the shear enormity of these decadent beef ribs…aka “DINO BONES.”  Also, known as the “Plate Short Ribs” (diagram below) they are the biggest, meatiest beef ribs, with one single rib tipping the scales at 1 – 2.5 lbs PER RIB!   Pitmaster Spencer Smith will be smoking these gargantuan bones, smothered in salt, pepper and mesquite seasoning, over oak for seven hours.  We only have 12 Bones available, “TONIGHT ONLY,” starting at 5pm both in the bar & dining room.

smoked “dino bone” beef short rib (1 bone per serving) | creamy grits & smoky braised greens - $35 

Drop by Carpe Vino or submit your booking for tonight (or an up-coming night) simply by clicking the button below.

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Today’s Deal ~ 2016 “IF YOU SEE KAY” RED WINE (Paso Robles, CA)

BEST PRICE $16.99/btl on 6+




SIX THOUSAND FIVE HUNDRED BOTTLES = 542 CASES = 9.5+ PALLETS = THAT’S A LOT OF VINO!!!!  That’s how much of the “IF YOU SEE KAY” Red Wine we have sold since selling our first bottle on 8/23/2012!   This label was designed to grab your attention, from its BRIGHT blue background, TATTOOED portrait of a woman named “KAY” and of course…the play on words.  What wasn’t expected was the amazing depth of flavors and sophistication cult winemaker JAYSON WOODBRIDGE produces inside the bottle.

Jayson Woodbridge is no stranger to making great wines as HUNDRED ACRE, CHERRY PIE and LAYER CAKE are all his babies.  Historically, fruit for this monstrous wine came from the last place you would think…Lazio, Italy!  HOWEVER, this vintage consists of fruit sourced from right here in California…Paso Robles to be exact.  The expectation would be that the wine would be distinctively different based on the continental grape change alone!  Now taking into consideration the blend (grape varieties) is different…WHO KNOWS…what this wine will take like?!?  WELL…in typical Jayson Woodbridge fashion, the wine is FANTASTIC.

Oddly enough, we can’t believe how similar this wine tastes to it’s past vintages (from Italy), but again all fruit from PASO ROBLES, CA.  The blend is 46% Cabernet Sauvignon, 33% Petite Sirah, 14% Zinfandel and 7% Petit Verdot

Tasting Notes:  “A deep, dark purple color opening with opulent aromas of mulberries, dark ripe Bing cherries and hints of leather alongside dashes of cedar and vanilla. On the palate, succulent juiciness balances out firm yet fine-grained tannins. Dense flavors of ripe plum and dark cherry fruit flavors create a full, well-structured mouthfeel, with lively acidity that creates a powerful yet elegant sensation through the cherry-toasted laden finish.”

If there wasn’t a sleek new bottle (tall & narrow) with a stelvin cap, we doubt you would ever notice a difference.  AS ALWAYS…we have one of the best prices around, with your lowest cost coming on a purchase of 6+ bottles!  Wine is in stock and ready to-go today!!!


IF YOU SEE KAY Red Wine 2016 (Paso Robles, CA)

$19.99/bottle retail

SALE PRICE – $16.99/bottle on 6+ ($0.71/oz)


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Today’s Deal ~ Hess Collection “Napa Valley” Chardonnay (Napa, CA)

FLASH SALE $13.95/btl on 6+






Only 28 Cases Available @$13.95/bottle – Once it’s gone, it’s gone!

“WHOA, WHOA, WHOA…STOP THE CLOCK!!!”  Carpe Vino is coming out HOT this week with a FLASH SALE on one of Napa’s most historic Chardonnay producers.  The final days of June brought last minute deals and we scooped this one up knowing our chardonnay fans would see the value and BUY, BUY, BUY.  With only 28 cases available at this flash sale price, its guaranteed this wine will not last long.  For those who need not look further, here is the pricing and BUY NOW button:

2016 Hess Collection “NAPA VALLEY” Chardonnay (Napa Valley, CA)

$22.00/bottle Winery

$19.95/bottle Carpe Vino

$13.95/bottle on 6+ Bottles!!!

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Hess is an absolute monster in the wine industry.  Starting in 1978, Donald Hess acquires his first land on Mount Veeder, eventually establishing HESS COLLECTION in 1986.  Over the next three decades, Hess would grow his small winery into a large empire including, several different labels (under Hess) and family-owned wineries spanning from California, Argentina and South Africa.  Today, Hess Family Wine Estates is recognized as one of the premier family-owned and family-led companies in the world of wine.

The wine that we are offering today, 2016 Hess Collection NAPA VALLEY Chardonnay, would be considered their mid-tier chardonnay.  It’s already an absolute value for Napa Valley fruit at $22/bottle but at $13.95/bottle – you might just feel like you are stealing!!! 

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Director of Winemaking, David Guffy – WINEMAKING - “We take care in farming the Su’skol vineyard in order to develop fruit with bright acidity and balance, and to showcase the impact of the moderate temperatures influenced by nearby San Pablo Bay. We choose to focus on the aromatic and delicate musque clone, which requires a light touch with both oak and malolactic fermentation. To highlight this beautiful clonal material, we put 70% of the blend through stainless fermentation to retain fresh flavors of pear and nectarines and preserve the wine’s natural acidity. So as not to overwhelm the blend, the remaining 30% sees just a light touch of oak–9% new (French) oak–and only 30% of the overall blend is allowed to undergo secondary fermentation. Aged for 9 months in barrels and lees stirred weekly for 4 months, results in a textured and viscous wine that offers aromas of jasmine and honeysuckle, complemented by stone fruit flavors enveloped in smooth, creamy notes of vanilla and lemon meringue.”

Executive Chef, Chad Hendrickson – PAIRINGS - “This wine pairs well with poached or grilled seafood, shrimp or crab with spicy aioli, baby greens tossed in citrus honey vinaigrette, avocados, fruit salsa, shaved fennel, tangerines and triple crème cheeses.”


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Today’s Deal ~ Belle Glos “Clark & Telephone” Pinot Noir (Santa Maria / Santa Barbara)

SALE PRICE $89.95/btl

REGULAR PRICE $119.95/bottle



ONLY 180 MORE DAYS UNTIL CHRISTMAS!  (eye roll)  Honestly, we had no idea either, but the KCRA news team (Tamara Berg nailed the days) was talking about it yesterday morning and got it us thinking…let’s sell something that would make a great gift!  How about a MAGNUM of 2016 Belle Glos “Clark & Telephone” Pinot Noir?  How about at $30 off retail and at $89.95/bottle???  Regular price is $119.95/bottle so you are SAVING 25 PERCENT!  Sounds good to us!

This wine needs little explaining, so with ONLY 16 BOTTLESAVAILABLE hit the BUY NOW button and reserve your MAGS today!

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Belle Glos “Clark & Telephone” Pinot Noir MAGNUM (Santa Maria/Santa Barbara)

$119.95/bottle – RETAIL

$89.95/bottle SALE PRICE

Winery Tasting Notes:  “The color is a deep scarlet-red with lush aromas of blackberry bramble, nutmeg, and hint of caramel. The wine is fresh and exuberant in the mouth with sumptuous strawberry jam, ripe black cherry, cranberry and warm gingerbread. It is perfectly balanced with refreshing acidity, velvety tannins and a hint of toffee carrying through its long finish. When asked to describe this wine, I simply say it’s like a taste of Christmas, all year long!”

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Today’s Deal ~ Shiner “Release 17.2” Cabernet Sauvignon 2014 (California)

$27.95/btl or $17.95/btl on 6+





50 CASES PRODUCED & ONLY 10 CASES LEFT TO SELL!!!  Another Carpe Vino FOURTH OF JULY WINE SPECIAL that deserves a second look!  Due to the price of fruit/labor drinkable sub-$20 Cabernet’s are becoming nearly extinct in California..  Finding under $20 Cabernet’s made by one of the best winemakers in California – now that’s a “whole nuther” story!  We can’t reveal their name, but we have been selling this winemaker’s proprietary wines (when available) at Carpe Vino for the past eight years!  Specializing in red varieties, these wines are excellently crafted, perfectly balanced and always varietally correct.  Oh… their last 21 of 22 submissions to “Wine Spectator” (back to 2010) have garnered 90+ points with 14 bottles scoring 93-96 points.  What’s the wine we’re selling???

Shiner “Release 17.2” Cabernet Sauvignon 2014 (California)

$27.95/bottle retail

$17.95/6+ bottle ($0.75/oz)

This 2014 predominately Sierra Foothills Cabernet Sauvignon is absolutely delicious and ready to drink now.  Sticking with “4th of July” wines this week…a Carpe Vino regular & good friend would consider this to be a “ding-ding” wine…meaning, APPROVED!  With tasting notes like this…how can it not be?

“Concentrated flavors fill up this full-bodied and well-balanced wine.  Pleasurable aromas of black currant, sweet tobacco, and clove give this wine exquisite character.  Ripe fruit flavors of blackberry and baked blueberry accentuated with baking spice round out nicely on the palate.  Its velvety texture provides a long, lingering finish that would pair well with red wine braised short ribs or charred gruyere cheeseburger.”

Don’t over complicate it with Fourth of July only 8 days away!  Do yourself a favor & stock up now!

Shiner “Release 17.2” Cabernet Sauvignon 2014 (California)

$27.95/bottle – WINERY/RETAIL

$17.95/bottle on 6+ ($0.75/ounce)


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Today’s Deal ~ MARIETTA “OVR” LOT # 67 RED BLEND (California)

$14.99/btl or $11.99/btl on 6+



There isn’t a reason to over complicate this decision.  Fourth of July is only 9 days away and if you are like us you’re probably saying…”We’ve got plenty of time to stock up on wine, beer and booze.”  But, why not get one thing checked off your list so you aren’t scrambling to find that great bottle of wine you aren’t ashamed to share with your estranged Cousin Eddie, or the Johnson’s from down the street!  It’s the 4th, and when the grills get fired up, the sun starts to set, its “WINE TIME” and we have just the bottle.

Marietta Cellars “OVR” Lot Number 67 Red Wine (California)

Owner/winemaker Scot Bilbro has been making wine at Marietta for over 10 years.  He’s a specialist in the big reds especially; Cabernet Sauvignon, Zinfandel, Syrah and Petite Sirah.  These wines our outstanding values and consistently receive 90+ points from the critics while ranging in price from $20-$30ish range per bottle.  That said, the OVR series is Bibro’s best kept secret and as he says, “We take great pride in our OVR Series. Anchored by Old Vine Red, it represents our dedication to producing quality wine that is concentrated, balanced, and delicious. For us, wine is one of the simple pleasures that is part of enjoying food, community, and life.”

Marietta Cellars “OVR” Lot Number 67 Red Wine (California)

Vintage: 2016, 2015, 2014 

Varieties: Zinfandel, Petite Sirah, Syrah, Italian black fruits

“Marietta’s flagship NV Old Vine Red Lot Number 67 is a gorgeous wine to drink now and over the next few years, while the plummy red fruit and floral notes retain their freshness. Bright red cherry, plum, rose petal, mint and sweet pipe tobacco give this fresh, vinous red much of its inviting personality.”


Lot 67 -Not Yet Rated

Lot 66 – 90 Points “Wine Advocate”

Marietta “OVR” LOT 67 Red Wine (California)

$14.99/bottle – WINERY/RETAIL

$11.99/bottle on 6+ ($0.50/ounce)


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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.