Today’s Deal ~ 2014 Outcast Chardonnay (Carneros)

$34.95/bottle or $19.95 on 6+

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EUREKA!  After a brief hiatus the ultimate chardonnay bandit is BACK and with a VENGEANCE! It’s the 2014 Outcast Chardonnay from Carneros and it’s better than ever!  Why is it called Outcast? Because the “big dogs” like Rombauer and Frank Family charge well above $35/bottle for essentially the same fruit and don’t want this diamond in the rough to rain on their parade!  In fact, Outcast is primarily sourced from the Sangiacomo Vineyard found in those behemoths above as well as Auteur, The Prisoner Wine Co., and Charles Creek Solitude.  You see where we are going with this right?

So, it contains solid pedigree fruit…but how does it taste?  When it comes to Carneros Chardonnay this little ditty ticks all the boxes.  You want fruit?  It’s in there!  Succulent RIPE pear, JUICY yellow peaches, and TROPICAL papaya.  You want body?  It’s in there!  With superior weight and depth, the flavors of CRÈME BRULEE and CARAMELIZED VANILLA will coat your palate like wet paint.  Still need convincing?  Try $19.95/bottle on 6+ and SAVE 57% off retail!  Do we really need to say anything more?

We were pleasantly surprised last vintage because we brought in five cases and it sold out in no time!  Today, we literally brought in a “BOAT LOAD” (56 cases), nearly 1/6th of total production of the 2014 Outcast Chardonnay.  Why? Because we knew you would be hard-pressed to find a better-value wine that exudes all the flavors we know and love in a BOLD CHARDONNAY…PERIOD!

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Winery Tasting Notes:

“Shows fresh green apple, ripe Bose pear, tropical melon fruit notes with hints of lemon zest on the nose. On the palate it shows beautiful, bright acidity,which is balanced by a creamy, rich texture showcasing flavors of crisp apple,mineral notes and white tropical fruits. The touch of oak gives this Chardonnay some layers on the nose and palate with traces of toasted almonds, vanilla, flint, and spice.”

Cheers,
Jay

Today’s Deal ~ 2015 Silk & Spice Red Wine (Portugal)

$12.75/bottle or $10.95 on 6+

 

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“Wine Enthusiast” – 90 Points

SILK N’ SPICE = ALL THINGS NICE!!!  Even thought its only July, this wine is a SERIOUS contender for “BEST VALUE of 2017!”  Receiving 90 POINTS from Wine Enthusiast this Portuguese red blend consists of 40% Touriga Nacional, 20% Baga, 20% Syrah and 20% Alicante Bouchet – the finest varieties grown in Portugal.  Don’t let the price of $10.95/bottle (on 6+ bottles) fool you because the fruit comes from the historic growing regions of Dao, Bairrada and Lisboa are not only the best in Portugal…but some of the BEST IN THE WORLD.
INTENSE AROMAS of RED FRUITS???  CHECK

SILKY mouthfeel with hints of VANILLA, MOCHA and SPICE???  CHECK

FULL-BODIED yet BALANCED???  CHECK

SUBTLE TANNINS and LONG FINISH???  CHECK

GOES w/ PORK CHOPS, BEEF DISHES, BBQ & even LASAGNA???  CHECK

ONLY $10.95/bottle???  CHECK MATE

The 2015 Silk & Spice Red Wine wasn’t produced to hang around on your shelves until the newborn twins Johnny and Suzie turn 21…this baby is meant to drink now!!!  Coming in at a conservative 13% alc, this will keep any discerning palate in check and reaching their glass out for a refill!  With all those CHECK MARKS above…you can’t pass on this sweet deal!!!

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Cheers,
Drew

DUCKHORN VINEYARDS TASTING***LAST CALL***

DUCKHORN WINES make their final appearance this Saturday from 1-4pm! Don’t miss out on FIVE DELICIOUS offerings that are simply breathtaking. All but one of Duckhorn’s Wineries is represented featuring a wide spectrum of varieties including; sauvignon blanc, pinot noir, Bordeaux inspired blends, and Washington cabernet sauvignon. This is a tasting opportunity that you cannot get anywhere…UNLESS you visit each Duckhorn property individually. However, they do require an appointment and charge anywhere from $35-$85 per person plus tax making this an tremendous CV Wine Club Member benefit. WANT TO BRING A FRIEND? Bring up to 2 guests per membership (i.e. ONE other couple) for a nominal fee.

It doesn’t stop there. These wines all have great price points but the CV Wine Sleuths have worked hard to get you even better discounts when you purchase 6+ bottles (mix/match). So, carve out some time and stock up on some fantastic wine. SIDENOTE: (We have full access to other Duckhorn & Co. Wines but we found these below to be best suited for the tasting).

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2016 Duckhorn Sauvignon Blanc (Napa Valley)

2016-Duckhorn-Vineyards-Sauvignon-Blanc-750.155706$29.95/bottle or $24.95/bottle on 6+

Winery Tasting Notes: 84% sauvignon blanc, 16% semillon
“Alluring aromas of lychee, pineapple cake and nectarine leap from the glass, along with zesty notes of grapefruit and lime. On the palate, this beautifully structured wine strikes a seamless balance between its rich, silky texture and the crisp acidity that adds poise and freshness to the abundant layers of bright citrus fruit.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2015-Migration-Russian-River-Valley-Pinot-N.1600522015 Migration Pinot Noir (Russian River Valley)

$39.95/bottle or $33.50/bottle on 6+

Winery Tasting Notes:
“Classic Russian River Valley aromas of ripe red raspberry, Bing cherry and pomegranate explode from the glass. These vibrant red berry flavors are echoed on the lush, silky palate, where they mingle with notes of blackberry and hints of French oak-inspired spice.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2014-Decoy-Sonoma-Co-Red-Wine-750.1602572014 Decoy Red Wine (Sonoma County)

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

Winery Tasting Notes:
52% Merlot, 22% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Petite Sirah, 8% Cabernet Franc, 8% Petit Verdot
“Rich and concentrated, this wine reveals lush layers of blueberry, blackberry and sweet rhubarb. Hints of caramel and toasty oak add depth and complexity, while framing the voluptuous fruit, and drawing the flavors to a long, multifaceted finish.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

2014-Paraduxx-Napa-Valley-Proprietary-Red-7.1608082014 Paraduxx Red Wine (Napa Valley)

$47.95/bottle or $37.95/bottle on 6+

Winery Tasting Notes: 65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Zinfandel, 5% Merlot
“Rich and complex, this wine begins with inviting aromas of cherry and ripe wild strawberry, combined with hints of wood smoke and toasted marshmallow from barrel aging. On the palate, juicy layers of brambleberry, black cherry and nectarine are supported by firm, yet refined, tannins and impressive weight. Excellent structure from the Cabernet draws this wine to a full, rich finish.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2014 Canvasback “Red Mountain” Cabernet Sauvignon (Washington)

2014-Canvasback-Red-Mt-Cab-750.161155$39.95/bottle or $33.95/bottle on 6+

Winery Tasting Notes:
87% Cabernet Sauvignon, 9% Merlot, 2% Malbec, 2% Cabernet Franc
“This fragrant wine begins with alluring aromas of blackberry, plum and mountain huckleberry intermingled with brighter notes of Bing cherry and ripe wild strawberry. As it evolves in the glass, layers of anise and sarsaparilla are revealed, alongside hints of caramel and espresso from barrel aging. On the palate, the entry is supple, weighty and rounded, with deliciously ripe tannins and juicy acidity coming together to create a classically structured Cabernet. Underscoring its lush character and fruit intensity is a lovely freshness that carries the wine to a bright, lingering finish.”

“Wine Advocate” Tasting Notes: 91 Points
“Not far behind the more expensive Grand Passage cuvee, the 2014 Red Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon checks in as 87% Cabernet Sauvignon, 9% Merlot and the balance Malbec and Cabernet Franc. Notes of black raspberries, cassis, black cherries, licorice and graphite all emerge from this perfumed, complex and elegant red that has medium to full-bodied richness and a clean, classy finish. Drink it anytime over the coming decade.”

 

 

 

If you can’t make either of the Duckhorn Tasting but are interested in purchasing some of these wines, feel free to respond to this post, or contact me directly at 530.823.0320 x 105.

Cheers,

Jay

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“A Midsummer’s Night Feast” Only 7 Tickets Remain

Our next “Sunday Evening Series” event this weekend is perilously close to being sold out. . .just 7 tickets remain for “A Midsummer’s Night Feast,” a decant feast in which Chef Alexander’s menu pushes the boundaries of civility with a whole roasted pig as the centerpiece of his menu.

On July 23 starting at 6 p.m., we honor one of our own when we fete Gail Avery Halverson on the publication of her debut novel, The Boundary Stone. Join us for a Renaissance-inspired evening when long tables will groan with a profligate array of hearty, regal fare served family-style. Here’s the menu:

First Course: Potage of Summer Vegetables with Farmstead Cheddar Dumplings and Ale Broth

Second Course: Honey-Glazed Suckling Pig Roast Chicken with Green Herb Sauce Selection of Chutney and Marmalades
Potatoes Roasted with Ancient Spices
Garden Vegetables
Strange and Unusual Tomato Salad from The New World
Land of Fruits and Nuts

Dessert: “Blackbird Pie” with Blackberries, Clotted Cream

This event is inclusive of wine, tax and tip; each couple attending and every single participant will receive a copy Gail’s softcover book, which she will be pleased to sign at your table. The cost is $99 per person, all in. This is a “ticketed” event; you must purchase your ticket on our here to confirm your reservation by clicking here. Like all our Sunday Series programs, we are unable to issue refunds. Just 9 tickets remain.

A long-time customer, we’re very proud of Gail’s success: her novel has been richly rewarded with the Chatelaine Award for romantic fiction in Chanticleer Book Review’s International Writing Competition. She was also a finalist in two additional competitions, the Chaucer Award (Historical Fiction) and the Cygnus Award (Speculative Fiction). Learn more about Gail at www.gailhalv.com.

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Celebrate National Hot Dog Day Tonight at 5 p.m

It’s the second biggest holiday in July. . .National Hot Dog Day today. . .and guess who’s celebrating in Old Town?  That’s right, starting at 5 p.m. we’re rolling out our newly upgraded hot dog cart and we’ll be parked in front of Carpe Vino all evening.   To show the love, we’re offering Chicago Hot Dogs at $5 each, including a bag of chips. . .limit two hot dogs per person.

The National Hot Dog and Sausage Council designated July as National Hot Dog Month starting in 1991 (by the power invested in them), with the actual National Hot Dog Day changing every year.  Actually, there may be some basis for recognizing the popularity of tube steaks:  the retail market amounts to $2.4 billion annually, and nearly 20 million hot dogs are consumed annually in ballparks around the U.S. of A.

We have a passion for Chicago-style hot dogs nurtured in our home town of the Big Windy.  Chef Alexander, after intensive instruction, has mastered the craft of creating cult dogs.  Come and get yours tonight!

If you can’t make it, we’ll also have our hot dog cart in Downtown Auburn on for the first rendition of “Downtown Co-Op” Street Party on Thursday (July 20) starting at 5 p.m.

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“A Midsummer’s Night Feast” Only 9 Tickets Remain

Our next “Sunday Evening Series” event this weekend is perilously close to being sold out. . .just 9 tickets remain for “A Midsummer’s Night Feast,” a decant feast in which Chef Alexander’s  menu pushes the boundaries of civility with a whole roasted pig as the centerpiece of his menu.

On July 23 starting at 6 p.m., we honor one of our own when we fete Gail Avery Halverson on the publication of her debut novel, The Boundary Stone. Join us for a Renaissance-inspired evening when long tables will groan with a profligate array of hearty, regal fare served family-style.  Here’s the menu:

First Course:  Potage of Summer Vegetables with Farmstead Cheddar Dumplings and Ale Broth

Second Course:  Honey-Glazed Suckling Pig Roast Chicken with Green Herb Sauce Selection of Chutney and Marmalades
Potatoes Roasted with Ancient Spices
Garden Vegetables
Strange and Unusual Tomato Salad from The New World
Land of Fruits and Nuts

Dessert: “Blackbird Pie” with Blackberries, Clotted Cream

This event is inclusive of wine, tax and tip; each couple attending and every single participant will receive a copy Gail’s softcover book, which she will be pleased to sign at your table.  The cost is $99 per person, all in.  This is a “ticketed” event; you must purchase your ticket on our here to confirm your reservation by clicking here.  Like all our Sunday Series programs, we are unable to issue refunds.  Just 9 tickets remain.

A long-time customer, we’re very proud of Gail’s success:  her novel has been richly rewarded with the Chatelaine Award for romantic fiction in Chanticleer Book Review’s International Writing Competition.  She was also a finalist in two additional competitions, the Chaucer Award (Historical Fiction) and the Cygnus Award (Speculative Fiction).  Learn more about Gail at www.gailhalv.com.

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Celebrate National Hot Dog Day with Us on Wednesday

It’s the second biggest holiday in July. . .National Hot Dog Day on July 19th. . .and guess who’s celebrating in Old Town?  That’s right, we’re rolling out our newly upgraded hot dog cart and we’ll be parked in front of Carpe Vino all evening.   To show the love, we’re offering Chicago Hot Dogs at $5 each, including a bag of chips. . .limit two hot dogs per person.

The National Hot Dog and Sausage Council designated July as National Hot Dog Month starting in 1991 (by the power invested in them), with the actual National Hot Dog Day changing every year.  Actually, there may be some basis for recognizing the popularity of tube steaks:  the retail market amounts to $2.4 billion annually, and nearly 20 million hot dogs are consumed annually in ballparks around the U.S. of A.

We have a passion for Chicago-style hot dogs nurtured in our home town of the Big Windy.  Chef Alexander, after intensive instruction, has mastered the craft of creating cult dogs.  Come and get yours on Wednesday.

If you can’t make it, we’ll also have our hot dog cart in Downtown Auburn on for the first rendition of “Downtown Co-Op” Street Party on Thursday (July 20) starting at 5 p.m.

The Ultimate Wine Tasting Featuring Duckhorn Wines ~ July 15th & July 22nd

Mark your calendars today and get ready for one of the best Saturday Tasting lineup’s thus far. That’s Right! DUCKHORN VINEYARDS is back and with a vengeance! The next two Saturday’s from 1-4pm we are featuring FIVE DELICIOUS offerings that you won’t want to miss. All but one of Duckhorn’s Wineries is represented featuring a wide spectrum of varieties including; sauvignon blanc, pinot noir, Bordeaux inspired blends, and Washington cabernet sauvignon. This is a tasting opportunity that you cannot get anywhere…UNLESS you visit each Duckhorn property individually. However, they require an appointment and charge anywhere from $35-$85 per person plus tax making this an tremendous CV Wine Club Member benefit. WANT TO BRING A FRIEND? Bring up to 2 guests per membership (i.e. ONE other couple) for a nominal fee.

It doesn’t stop there. These wines all have great price points but the CV Wine Sleuths have worked hard to get you even better discounts when you purchase 6+ bottles (mix/match). So, carve out some time and stock up on some fantastic wine. SIDENOTE: (We have full access to other Duckhorn & Co. Wines but we found these below to be best suited for the tasting).

 

2016 Duckhorn Sauvignon Blanc (Napa Valley)

2016-Duckhorn-Vineyards-Sauvignon-Blanc-750.155706$29.95/bottle or $24.95/bottle on 6+

Winery Tasting Notes: 84% sauvignon blanc, 16% semillon
“Alluring aromas of lychee, pineapple cake and nectarine leap from the glass, along with zesty notes of grapefruit and lime. On the palate, this beautifully structured wine strikes a seamless balance between its rich, silky texture and the crisp acidity that adds poise and freshness to the abundant layers of bright citrus fruit.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2015-Migration-Russian-River-Valley-Pinot-N.1600522015 Migration Pinot Noir (Russian River Valley)

$39.95/bottle or $33.50/bottle on 6+

Winery Tasting Notes:
“Classic Russian River Valley aromas of ripe red raspberry, Bing cherry and pomegranate explode from the glass. These vibrant red berry flavors are echoed on the lush, silky palate, where they mingle with notes of blackberry and hints of French oak-inspired spice.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2014-Decoy-Sonoma-Co-Red-Wine-750.1602572014 Decoy Red Wine (Sonoma County)

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

Winery Tasting Notes:
52% Merlot, 22% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Petite Sirah, 8% Cabernet Franc, 8% Petit Verdot
“Rich and concentrated, this wine reveals lush layers of blueberry, blackberry and sweet rhubarb. Hints of caramel and toasty oak add depth and complexity, while framing the voluptuous fruit, and drawing the flavors to a long, multifaceted finish.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

2014-Paraduxx-Napa-Valley-Proprietary-Red-7.1608082014 Paraduxx Red Wine (Napa Valley)

$47.95/bottle or $37.95/bottle on 6+

Winery Tasting Notes: 65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Zinfandel, 5% Merlot
“Rich and complex, this wine begins with inviting aromas of cherry and ripe wild strawberry, combined with hints of wood smoke and toasted marshmallow from barrel aging. On the palate, juicy layers of brambleberry, black cherry and nectarine are supported by firm, yet refined, tannins and impressive weight. Excellent structure from the Cabernet draws this wine to a full, rich finish.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2014 Canvasback “Red Mountain” Cabernet Sauvignon (Washington)

2014-Canvasback-Red-Mt-Cab-750.161155$39.95/bottle or $33.95/bottle on 6+

Winery Tasting Notes:
87% Cabernet Sauvignon, 9% Merlot, 2% Malbec, 2% Cabernet Franc
“This fragrant wine begins with alluring aromas of blackberry, plum and mountain huckleberry intermingled with brighter notes of Bing cherry and ripe wild strawberry. As it evolves in the glass, layers of anise and sarsaparilla are revealed, alongside hints of caramel and espresso from barrel aging. On the palate, the entry is supple, weighty and rounded, with deliciously ripe tannins and juicy acidity coming together to create a classically structured Cabernet. Underscoring its lush character and fruit intensity is a lovely freshness that carries the wine to a bright, lingering finish.”

“Wine Advocate” Tasting Notes: 91 Points
“Not far behind the more expensive Grand Passage cuvee, the 2014 Red Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon checks in as 87% Cabernet Sauvignon, 9% Merlot and the balance Malbec and Cabernet Franc. Notes of black raspberries, cassis, black cherries, licorice and graphite all emerge from this perfumed, complex and elegant red that has medium to full-bodied richness and a clean, classy finish. Drink it anytime over the coming decade.”

 

 

 

If you can’t make either of the Duckhorn Tasting but are interested in purchasing some of these wines, feel free to respond to this post, or contact me directly at 530.823.0320 x 105.

Cheers,

Jay

OMG…A Burger So Big…look what we got at CARPE VINO!!!

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Forklift Table Side Service?!?

Starting in 3 Hours (5 PM) the Wednesday Night Special or CARPE VINO BURGER will be available on a first come, first served basis (no reserves) in both the RESTAURANT or WINE BAR!!!

If the picture doesn’t get your mouth-watering, maybe this description of a SUCCULENT, SCRUMPTIOUS & SATIATING, HALF-POUND ANGUS BURGER  w/ toasted “everything” brioche bun, house fondue cheese, caramelized onions and steak fries..will!?!

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 ~ 2014 “VDR” Red Wine (CA)

$26.95/bottle or $21.95 on 6+

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600 Six-Packs Produced – Down 50% From 2013 vtg.

NO JOKE – last year this was the SINGLE-MOST-REQUESTED wine club selection to be “repurchased” by our faithful membership!  We quickly sold over a pallet of this wine and depleted our supplier’s allocation which forced us to deliver the unfortunate answer of “sold out” to the countless customers so desperately wanting more!   That’s why your CV sourcing team couldn’t wait to get their grubby ‘lil paws on this year’s vintage which just hit the CV floors this morning!

What do you get with
63% Petit Verdot & 37% Petite Sirah?

UMM…you get a BLOCKBUSTER wine of EPIC proportions that will STIMULATE the palate of any wine drinker who craves lip-smackin flavors which will surely stain their teeth!  It’s not too often that the name of the wine is exactly what it is but with “VDR” AKA “Very Dark Red” – well, that’s exactly what it is!

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WHAT’S IT TASTE LIKE?

“Petit Verdot is a grape of dark color, stout tannins and concentrated flavors.   The small berries of Petite Sirah mean a more intense maceration of skin-to-juice ratio and some of the longest tannins of any vinifera. Together they create a dark, concentrated wine that can be enjoyed now but will age well for a decade or more. VDR is full-bodied yet supple, with deep, ripe fruit flavors of black currant and black raspberry perfumed by delicate notes of crushed violet. A firm, chalky tannin structure belies the velvety, luscious mouthfeel. Dense flavors integrate beautifully for a long, layered finish.”

 

THE DEAL

2014 VDR “Very Dark Red” Red Wine (California)

$26.95/bottle or $21.95 on 6+

 

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Cheers,
Jay

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Phone Number: 530-823-0320
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