Today’s Deal ~ 2015 Boneshaker Zinfandel (Lodi)

$23.95/btl or $17.95/btl 6 +

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SERIOUSLY!!!  You could not have a better name for a Lodi Zinfandel than the 2015 Boneshaker!!!  The white on black label pays homage to the 1869 bicycle made with a stiff wrought-iron frame, wooden wheels, and tires of iron.  OOOH WEE!  My back hurts just thinking about it!  Believe me though, there is nothing uncomfortable about this JUICY ZIN deal…the 2015 Boneshaker  Zinfandel will ROCK your palate with the INSTENSE, RIPE, and ZESTY flavors we’ve come to LOVEfrom Lodi Zin’s but at only $17.95/bottle on 6+!!!

The 2015 Boneshaker Zinfandel is made by the renowned Hahn Family of Wines.  Ring a bell??  If you thought Smith & Hook you’d be spot-on!  S & H has been one of Carpe Vino’s BEST-SELLING cabernet sauvignons under $20/bottle since we opened the doors back in 2002.  So, when we found out we had an opportunity to lock down a zinfandel of the same pedigree, we knew it was WIN-WIN for all!!!   So, how does it taste, you ask?  Answer=Money!!!  SEDUCTIVELY SMOOTH with layers of BAKED BLACKBERRY cobbler and the right amount of SMOKINESS, make this a perfect match for BBQ!!!  Ah but it doesn’t end there.  Think cold weather comfort foods like pizza or spaghetti and meatballs…pair that with a Tuesday night price and you’ve got a “bone shaking” combination!!!

~ THE DEAL ~

2015 Boneshaker Zinfandel (Lodi, CA)

$23.95/bottle or $17.95/bottle on 6+ bottles

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Wine Enthusiast” Tasting Notes: 90 Points

“Flavorful but also gentle on the palate, despite the brand name, this is a lushly textured, full-bodied wine that lifts beautiful blueberry and blackberry flavors on fine-grained tannins. It has lightly spicy aromas, a mouthfilling viscosity and long finish.”

 

Winery Tasting Notes: 

“Older vines make bolder Zins. The main sources of this Zinfandel, the Bruella and Fathom Vineyards, are home to vines over forty years old. These vines produce intense, robust Zinfandel with full-tilt flavors. Brick red and deep purple in the glass, a bit of sweetness with a structured palate. Fruity at first, vanilla cream mid, and cacao chocolate with at bit of oak to finish. A delicious bright, and fruit forward with many deep fruit characteristics standing out such as plum, cherry, and boysenberry.”

Cheers,

Jay

Get While We Got Them Tasting…Limited Availability!

imagesjj.100729Here is a Saturday Tasting that you won’t want to miss. We have a stellar lineup of excellent vino with excellent discounts that are sure to please. Two of the wines are at the end of vintage and one made the “Wine Spectator” Top 100 of 2017! But, don’t blink because once they are gone, they are gone for good! So, drop by CV this Saturday between 1 P.M. and 4 P.M. to sip, swirl, and savor an array must see/have vino! Scan the lineup below and we’ll see you soon: (please remember two person maximum per wine club membership).

 

 

Corvezzo “Terre Di Marca” Prosecco 2016 (Italy)

$17.95/bottle or $15.95/bottle on 6+

362681.101714Winery Tasting Notes:
“The centuries-old passion for viticulture, and sincere love for the land, comes a product that identifies the present and the future of the Family Corvezzo.

Extremely fine, and for this reason even more valuable, Terre di Marca Prosecco contains Bio the true taste of nature lovers with passion and guards its precious fruits.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FoxtrotCHD.102044Foxtrot Chardonnay 2014 (Naramata, BC)

$45.00/bottle or Standard WC Discounts

Last THREE Cases!

Winery Tasting Notes:
“This wine from the 2014 vintage with a medium to light lemon colour has aromas of stone and citrus fruit, rounded out by tropical fruit framed by light spicy notes from the barrel aging. These flavours continue on the palate with a complex minerality framed by a full round mid palate and a refreshing crisp finish. This wine can be consumed in the near term or aged for 5 to 8 years.”
 

 

 

colene-152x362.101257Colene Clemens “Dopp Creek” Pinot Noir 2014 (Oregon)

$29.95/bottle or $24.95/bottle on 6+

Winery Tasting Notes:
“Vibrant ruby red in color, La Brisa Pinot Noir opens with hints of earth, crushed violet, and red fruits laced with a “sauvage” character. Intense flavors of crushed raspberry, cola, freshly turned soil, and tobacco linger on the palate. The texture is rich and leads into a warm finish with balanced oak and fresh minerality.”

 

 

 

 

 

ORCS15_CLIPPED_1000x400px1.102406Obsidian Ridge Cabernet Sauvignon 2015 (Red Hills / Lake County, CA)

$31.95/bottle or Special Discount at Tasting

Winery Tasting Notes:
“Dark aromas of ripe blackberries and black currants mulled with spicy cloves and anise rise from the glass, complemented by hints of cacao beans and dark chocolate nibs. On the palate, the wine is dense and full-bodied, with a core of black fruit compote and hints of licorice. is is a textured wine with medium tannins, nishing with a dusting of light oak tannin. While still youthful, this is quite the impressive rendition of our Estate offering.”

 

 

 

 

 

If you can’t make the Saturday Tasting and want to purchase some of these wines, feel free to contact me directly at 530.823.0320 x 105.

Cheers,

Jay

Today’s Deal ~ 2014 Colene Clemens “Dopp Creek” Pinot Noir

$29.95/btl or $24.95/btl 6+

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Last Ten Cases of 2014 Vintage!!!

It’s been WAYYYY too long since we threw a “haymaker” of a pinot noir over the wire! So, we brought in this perfect 91 POINTER that boasts some serious pedigree, stellar accolades, and sports an alluring discount.  It’s the 2014 Colene Clemens “Dopp Creek” Pinot Noir hailing from the Chehalem Mountains in Oregon’s prime pinot growing region.  $29.95/bottle gets you in the door but box up six or more and you can score this “sneaky good” little gem for just $24.95/bottle!!!

The folks at Colene Clemens are really on to something good here…SHOOT on to a GOLD MINE is more like it!!!  Crafted in classic traditions and techniques, the 2014 Colene Clemens “Dopp Creek” Pinot Noir marries BALANCE and FINESSE.  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 RASPBERRY preserves are commingled with just smidgen of earthiness.  The perfect match for this ROBUST yet ELEGANT wine would be 5-Spice Duck Confit with Pomegranate Glaze…can you say “Dopp It Like It’s Hot!”  See what we did there?!

About The Chehalem Mountains

The contiguous land mass known as the Chehalem (pronounced “Sha-HAY-lum”) Mountains is home to an estimated 150 vineyards. With an average size of 12.5 acres, this patchwork of small, family-owned vineyards on varying soil types and elevations from 200 to well over 1000 feet above sea level is an exciting source for exquisite wines.

The Chehalem Mountains American Viticultural Area includes several wine growing regions gaining independent recognition for their wines. Currently, the most well known of these is the distinctive Ribbon Ridge AVA. In due course, as vineyard plantings intensify and more wineries unfold, it is likely that other regions will emerge as AVAs within the boundaries of the larger Chehalem Mountains AVA.

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“Wine Spectator” Tasting Notes: 91 Points

“Firm and focused, with cinnamon notes floating around red berry and floral flavors, finishing with gentle persistence against lively acidity and fine tannins. Best from 2018 through 2022. 3,100 cases made.”–HS

“Wine Advocate” Tasting Notes: 90 Points

“Pale to medium ruby-purple, the 2014 Pinot Noir Dopp Creek has a very expressive nose of red currant jelly, raspberry preserves and mulberries with hints of violets, Marmite toast, truffles and garrigue. Medium to full-bodied, it fills the mouth with generous red berry preserves and earthy flavor layers with a solid frame of velvety tannins and a lively backbone, finishing long with an herbal lift.” -Lisa Perrotti Brown

Cheers,

Jay

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Chicago Dogs CANCELLED TODAY – RETURNS NEXT WEEK

With a completely “booked” dining room for Valentine’s Day, we unfortunately won’t be having Chicago Dogs available today.  Don’t worry…they will be back next Wednesday!  Same time, Same Place.

1/2 POUND – SMOKED CHICKEN WINGS – TOMORROW 2/15/18

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TOMORROW - THURSDAY – FEBRUARY 15th - and only while wings last - we will be offering up a HALF POUND of SMOKED CHICKEN WINGS.  With such a successful response last week, Chef Eric Alexander and Pitmaster Spencer Smith decided to fire up “Big Burda” and smoke some wings again this week!  These babies are rubbed in garlic salt, lemon pepper, mesquite/chili powder all while basking in smoke from oak and mesquite wood!

Your HALF-POUND of Chicken Wings can be sauced with either a CLASSIC BUFFALO and/or Chinese-Style Coca Cola Glaze!

Can’t wait to see you!

Carpe Vino Crew

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Cupids Arrow Strikes Deals For Wine Club Members

VDAY.105013Got the perfect evening lined up Valentine’s Day but don’t have the perfect wine yet? Then drop on by CV this Saturday between 1 P.M. and 4 P.M. to taste and stock-up on some delicious heart-pounding vino! We’ll have FOUR tasty gems versatile enough to be enjoyed on their own or paired with your Valentine’s favorite meal. As the saying goes, “chocolate is nice, roses are fine, but nothing says I love you like a nice glass of wine.” Here is the lineup and we’ll see you Saturday: (please remember two person maximum per wine club membership).

 

 

Gerard Bertrand Cremant de Limoux Brut – Rose Sparkling Wine 2015 (France)

$17.99/bottle or $13.99/bottle on 6+

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“A blend of Chardonnay (70%), Chenin (20%), and Pinot Noir (10%) grapes from the highest vineyeards in the south of France where hot days and cool nights ensure freshenss, fruitiness and elegance in this unique sparkling wine. Salmon rose color with very fine bubbles. Complex bouquet of red fruit aromas (strawberry, raspberry) and toasted bread notes. Lively, rich with very good length.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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$42.00/bottle or $29.95/bottle on 6+

Winery Tasting Notes:
“This wine reflects the depth of the vintage with its golden color, platinum hue, bright aromas and rich taste. Alluring aromas of caramel, apricot, white peach, lemon peel, and green apple are balanced with subtle minerality. A rich and creamy mouthfeel carries flavors of apple, custard, and butterscotch. The mid-palate shows excellent acidity and further notes of jasmine and white chocolate.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

35011.113341VML Pinot Noir 2013 (Russian River Valley)

$34.95/bottle or Special WC Discount at Tasting

Winery Tasting Notes:
“Vibrant ruby red in color, La Brisa Pinot Noir opens with hints of earth, crushed violet, and red fruits laced with a “sauvage” character. Intense flavors of crushed raspberry, cola, freshly turned soil, and tobacco linger on the palate. The texture is rich and leads into a warm finish with balanced oak and fresh minerality.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

KK-152x362.110805Kith & Kin (by Round Pond) Cabernet Sauvignon 2015 (Napa Valley, CA)

$34.95/bottle or $23.95/bottle on 6+

Winery Tasting Notes:
“Inviting and approachable, this wines bouquet prepares the palate with aromas of cherry jubilee, coco-dusted red berries, and subtle hints of spice. Red fruit driven, the supple entry teases with bright notes of fresh cherry and licorice immediately lead into darker, fleshier notes. This full-bodied Cabernet shows a beautiful balance of fruit, acid, spice, and tannin. Earthy notes of forest floor, dark chocolate, and sage linger for a full, yet remarkably soft finish.”

“Wine Spectator” Tasting Notes: 90 Points
“A striking example of a balanced wine, featuring ripe, juicy dark berry, spice, herb and dusty oak, with firm yet tender tannins that let the flavors glide happily along. Drink now through 2028.”

 

 

 

 

 

If you can’t make Saturday’s Tasting and want to purchase some of these wines, feel free to click on the links or by contacting me directly at 530.823.0320 x 105.

Cheers,

Jay

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Wiener Wednesday Starts @NOON Today!

“WIENER WEDNESDAY” is today and from noon-9pm (THAT’S RIGHT – LUNCH BABY) Carpe Vino will be offering up our famous “Chicago-Style” Hot Dogs!  With “SPRING TRAINING” for MLB starting next week…why not treat yourself to a little taste of the ole ball field with one of Carpe Vino’s Classic Chicago-Dogs!

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, Wednesday’s are YOUR day to treat yourself to one of the best little secrets in town! Available in the Carpe Vino Wine 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!

***NEXT WEDNESDAY WE WILL NOT BE SERVING CHICAGO DOGS DUE TO VALENTINE’S DAY***

1/2 POUND – SMOKED CHICKEN WINGS – TOMORROW

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TOMORROW - THURSDAY – FEBRUARY 8th - and only while wings last - we will be offering up a HALF POUND of SMOKED CHICKEN WINGS.  Maybe it was REBA from that Super Bowl commercial but most likely it’s this AMAZING weather that inspired Chef Eric Alexander and Pitmaster Spencer Smith to fire up “Big Burda” and smoke some wings.  These babies are rubbed in garlic salt, lemon pepper, mesquite/chili powder all while basking in smoke from oak and mesquite wood!

Your HALF-POUND of Chicken Wings can be sauced with either a CLASSIC BUFFALO and/or Chinese-Style Coca Cola Glaze!

Can’t wait to see you!

Carpe Vino Crew

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Four Great Wines Open For Your Super Sunday

LIIa.085821This week for the Saturday CV Wine Club Member Tasting we are featuring FOUR excellent wines that are sure to be a hit for any Super Bowl Party. Whether you are firing up the BBQ, having your favorite pizza delivered, or making your own “Snack Stadium” you can’t miss with these delicious gems! We’ll start the tasting at 1 P.M. and end at 4 P.M. So, swing on by and stock up for the BIG GAME! Here is what we are pouring: (please remember two person maximum per wine club membership).

 

 

La Marca Prosecco NV (Italy)

$14.99/bottle or $11.99/bottle on 6+

Lamarca.112936Winery Tasting Notes:
“This sparkling wine is a pale, golden straw in color. Bubbles are full textured and persistent. On the nose the wine brings fresh citrus with hints of honey and white flowers. The flavor is fresh and clean, with ripe citrus, lemon, green apple, and touches of grapefruit, minerality, and some toast. The finish is light, refreshing, and crisp.

Always serve La Marca Prosecco chilled between 46-50*F. A versatile Italian Sparkling wine, La Marca Prosecco can be served in sparkling flutes or white wine glasses. A full bottle serves approximately 5-7 glasses. After pouring the first round, seal the opened bottle with a bottle stopper to keep remaining wine fresh and effervescent and keep the wine chilled to 46-50°F. An opened bottle should last about 3-4 hours with the bottle closure.”

 

 

 

 

 

Outcast1-152x362.112801Outcast Chardonnay 2014 (Carneros)

$34.95/bottle or $15.95/bottle on 6+

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.”

 

 

 

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Walt “La Brisa” Pinot Noir 2015 (Sonoma County)

$44.95/bottle or Special WC Discount at Tasting

Winery Tasting Notes:
“Vibrant ruby red in color, La Brisa Pinot Noir opens with hints of earth, crushed violet, and red fruits laced with a “sauvage” character. Intense flavors of crushed raspberry, cola, freshly turned soil, and tobacco linger on the palate. The texture is rich and leads into a warm finish with balanced oak and fresh minerality.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ESTATECAB-GENERIC.114036Buehler “Estate” Cabernet Sauvigon 2014 (Napa Valley, CA)

$39.95/bottle - Special WC Discount at Tasting

Winery Tasting Notes: “The aromas hint at black fruit: ripe black cherries and black plums. Enticing barrel qualities of cola and spice complement the fruit aromas. On the palate, the wine shows layers of deeply extracted flavors that only mature hillside vineyards can give. Enjoy for 15- 20 years from the vintage.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

If you can’t make Saturday’s Tasting and want to purchase some of these wines, feel free to click on the links or by contacting me directly at 530.823.0320 x 105.

Cheers,

Jay

NEW OWNERSHIP – SAME MANAGEMENT

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At the end of 2017, Carpe Vino changed ownership when co-founder Gary Moffat retired after 16 years.  Carpe Vino was the vision of Mr. Moffat and due to his hard-work, along with the hard-working team members (past & present), Carpe Vino has truly become an amazing business that has stood the test-of-time.  Though his departure will be a change, the future is bright for Carpe Vino in 2018 and beyond.

The new ownership will consist of Drew Moffat, Chef Eric Alexander, Spencer Smith and introducing Debra A. Smith.  As you know, three of the four owners are long-time employees of Carpe Vino.  Debra A. Smith has been a resident of Placer County since 1999 and actually was one of CV’s first customers back in 2002.  Ms. Smith has an extensive professional background in business development/infrastructure which will help Carpe Vino grow and expand for years to come.  Though Ms. Smith will have limited involvement with our daily service/retail sales, her focus will center on Carpe Vino’s future growth/expansion plans along with marketing tactics for the future.  Ms. Smith will also be frequenting Carpe Vino’s wine bar/restaurant welcoming and attending to our wonderful patrons.

WHAT CHANGES CAN YOU EXPECT?

For now, management will remain the same for day-to-day operations.  Chef Alexander, Patti Gonzalves, Jay Johnstone, Vicki Revak, Spencer Smith, Drew Moffat, along with the rest of our dedicated staff will continue to do what they do best!  That said, we did say we had “EXCITING CHANGES COMING” so here we go:

1.)    Carpe Vino is currently in escrow for a TYPE 47 spirits license.  With the addition of a TYPE 47 license Carpe Vino will be introducing a craft cocktail/spirit list, along with allowing UNDER 21 into the premises.  This process does take some time, so stay tuned for future announcements.

2.)    “Pied-A-Terre Auburn” @ 165 Court Street.  This is a very cool project/concept that we are super excited about seeing come to fruition.  As many of you know, we own a restored Victorian house that seconds as our offices/warehouse.  Within that building, there is a large 400 sq ft room that will be converted into an overnight hospitality suite.  One room, one building, one awesome experience. 

3.)    Carpe Vino remodel – yes, it’s happening.  When Carpe Vino was first conceptualized, the idea of being a restaurant was never in the cards.  After four years of being open, the demand for dinner service increased to the point we had to take the plunge.  Obviously, it’s been a major component of our business and we (actually, Chef Alexander and his team) have been extremely successful producing food with minimal space/equipment available.  After 12 years, we know what we need to do to be more efficient and successful in providing our clients with a great dinner or bar experience.  To do so, this will require us shuttering the restaurant/wine bar for a few weeks during the summer.  Though the restaurant will be closed, we will have numerous wine events planned along with opportunities for Chef Alexander (and team) to cook offsite.

4.)    We have several other items on our checklist, but this is a good start!

The important message being delivered today is that Carpe Vino is NOT closing.  It’s under new ownership, with the same players and managers, just some awesome upgrades in the works.  As changes and dates become definitive, we will be sure to update you immediately.  Carpe Vino has always been a great business, our goal is to make it even better all while improving the overall customer experience.  We look forward to the future and hope you will too!  Cheers!

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.