Klinker Brick Wine Sale Saturday February 25th – Don’t Miss Out

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KB.091747Here is a tasting not to be missed! The next two Saturday’s between 1 P.M. and 4 P.M. Carpe Vino will offer some of the best wines to ever come from Lodi made by the illustrious winery, Klinker Brick. Six generations of skill and expertise have culminated in producing these wines from vines as old as120 years. The term “Klinker Brick” describes the highly-prized bricks that architects would use on many of the historical buildings in Lodi. They were sought after for their distinctive deep rich color and enormous density which is the perfect metaphor to describe the wines from this esteemed winery. So, mark your calendars and come on down to CV to taste/stock up on some incredible vino! (please remember two person maximum per wine club membership).

 

2016 Klinker Brick Albariño (Lodi)2015Albarino.100613

$14.95/bottle or $12.75/bottle on 6+

Winery Tasting Notes:
“Lighter than previous vintages, this Spanish-style Albariño is clear and vivid with a dazzling light golden hue. Aromas of stone fruit, pear, and honeydew melon lead into full, elegant flavors of green apple and peach laced with subtle minerality. With a crisp, clean and balanced palate, the Albariño is prime to drink instantly. Best paired with fresh white fish, chicken and a variety of cheeses.”

 

 

 

 

2013_OldGhost2_t11.1016222014 Old Ghost (by Klinker Brick) Zinfandel (Lodi)

$42.99/bottle or $34.95/bottle on 6+

Winery Tasting Notes:
“The Old Ghost represents the best Zinfandel that Klinker Brick produces each year. Brambleberry fruit aromas intermingled with anise, clove and exotic spice, echo previous vintages. Smaller berries harvested from this vineyard block tend to offer more “skin to flesh,” providing a greater level of smooth yet firm tannin and structure to this wine. Pair with your prime porterhouse or grilled lamb.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2013_1850_t11.1006422013 Klinker Brick “1850°” Red Wine (Lodi)

$26.95/bottle or $22.95/bottle on 6+

Winery Tasting Notes:
“1850° is a unique Lodi red wine blend designed by our winemaker and is comprised of 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Petite Sirah and 10% Old Vine Zinfandel. Aromatics of black currant, blackberry, black licorice, eucalyptus and just a hint of black pepper create an enticing aroma. On the palate, dense layers of raspberries and ripe stone fruit are coupled with cinnamon and spice. 1850° is the temperature at which a Klinker Brick is fired.”

 

 

 

Farrh.1005492014 Klinker Brick “Farrah” Syrah (Lodi)

$20.00/bottle or $17.00/bottle on 6+

Winery Tasting Notes:
“The 2014 Syrah exhibits aromas of ripe plum, cacao, and smoky oak with subtle earthy and floral notes. The palate is greeted with bright and vibrant flavors of blackberry, anise and exotic spices. Supple tannins and superb balance lend structure to this full-bodied Syrah with a long, lingering finish. Enjoy with grilled meats or mushroom risotto.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

If you can’t make the Klinker Brick Tastings and want to purchase some of these wines, feel free to respond to this email or contact me directly at 530.823.0320 x 105.

Cheers,
Jay

header-black.100213Mi Sueño Winery is On Deck for CV Wine Club Member Tasting!

Mark you calendars and join us Saturday March 4th and Saturday March 11th for another exciting line-up of excellent wines made by famed winemaker Rolando Herrera!

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Saturday Wine Club Tasting

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Save The Dates:
February 18th & 25th Klinker Brick Tasting

KB.091747Here is a tasting not to be missed! The next two Saturday’s between 1 P.M. and 4 P.M. Carpe Vino will offer some of the best wines to ever come from Lodi made by the illustrious winery, Klinker Brick. Six generations of skill and expertise have culminated in producing these wines from vines as old as120 years. The term “Klinker Brick” describes the highly-prized bricks that architects would use on many of the historical buildings in Lodi. They were sought after for their distinctive deep rich color and enormous density which is the perfect metaphor to describe the wines from this esteemed winery. So, mark your calendars and come on down to CV to taste/stock up on some incredible vino! (please remember two person maximum per wine club membership).

 

 

 

 

2016 Klinker Brick Albariño (Lodi)2015Albarino.100613

$14.95/bottle or $12.75/bottle on 6+

Winery Tasting Notes:
“Lighter than previous vintages, this Spanish-style Albariño is clear and vivid with a dazzling light golden hue. Aromas of stone fruit, pear, and honeydew melon lead into full, elegant flavors of green apple and peach laced with subtle minerality. With a crisp, clean and balanced palate, the Albariño is prime to drink instantly. Best paired with fresh white fish, chicken and a variety of cheeses.”

 

 

 

 

2013_OldGhost2_t11.1016222014 Old Ghost (by Klinker Brick) Zinfandel (Lodi)

$42.99/bottle or $34.95/bottle on 6+

Winery Tasting Notes:
“The Old Ghost represents the best Zinfandel that Klinker Brick produces each year. Brambleberry fruit aromas intermingled with anise, clove and exotic spice, echo previous vintages. Smaller berries harvested from this vineyard block tend to offer more “skin to flesh,” providing a greater level of smooth yet firm tannin and structure to this wine. Pair with your prime porterhouse or grilled lamb.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2013_1850_t11.1006422013 Klinker Brick “1850°” Red Wine (Lodi)

$26.95/bottle or $22.95/bottle on 6+

Winery Tasting Notes:
“1850° is a unique Lodi red wine blend designed by our winemaker and is comprised of 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Petite Sirah and 10% Old Vine Zinfandel. Aromatics of black currant, blackberry, black licorice, eucalyptus and just a hint of black pepper create an enticing aroma. On the palate, dense layers of raspberries and ripe stone fruit are coupled with cinnamon and spice. 1850° is the temperature at which a Klinker Brick is fired.”

 

 

 

Farrh.1005492014 Klinker Brick “Farrah” Syrah (Lodi)

$20.00/bottle or $17.00/bottle on 6+

Winery Tasting Notes:
“The 2014 Syrah exhibits aromas of ripe plum, cacao, and smoky oak with subtle earthy and floral notes. The palate is greeted with bright and vibrant flavors of blackberry, anise and exotic spices. Supple tannins and superb balance lend structure to this full-bodied Syrah with a long, lingering finish. Enjoy with grilled meats or mushroom risotto.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

If you can’t make the Klinker Brick Tastings and want to purchase some of these wines, feel free to respond to this email or contact me directly at 530.823.0320 x 105.

Cheers,
Jay

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Tasting Features Four Regions of Italy

It won’t be all play, however.  We’re very excited (really) to announce that Natalia will conduct a tasting of four Italian wines she has selected from four distinct regions of Italy–Sicily, Sardinia, Veneto and Abruzzo–with pairings created by Chef Alexander.

Here are the wines Natalia will extol through her personal introductions along with the appetizers to be paired, created by Chef Alexander:

• 2013 Tenuta Terravia Montepulciano D’Abruzzo Lui (Abruzzo) Selection of Italian Salumi and Cheeses with Seasonal Condiments, Nuts and Crostini (Stationary Platters)

• 2011 Cristo Di Campobello Lu Patri Nero d’Avola (Sicily) Sicilian Lamb Meatball with Currants, Pine Nuts and Smoked Eggplant Purée

• 2011 Monte Cariano Valpolicella Classico Superiore Rippaso (Veneto) Fried Duck Confit Arancini with Amarena Cherry, Arugula and Parmigiano Reggiano

• 2014 Mesa Cantina BUIO Carignano del Sulcis (Sardinia) Fregola Salad with Sheep Ricotta, Wild Mushroom, Roasted Onions, Cabbage and Red Wine Vinaigrette

 
Our Italian Tasting & Pairing is set for Sunday, February 26 at 4 p.m. The cost is $45 per person plus tax and tip. Of course, if you find wines you’d like to take home, we’ll be taking orders.

Since this event is on a Sunday afternoon when we are normally closed, we are unable to take reservations on OpenTable.com.  Please call the restaurant at 530-823-0320 to reserve; we have room for 40 people, and 30 spots are available.

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The party never stopped in Montepulciano, with Natalia,fourth from left.

 

Direct From Rome: We Welcome Natalia Mandelli

Natalia Mandelli

A familiar scene: Natalia on her phone greasing the next stop on the tour.

Join us on 2/26 for a
Very Special Italian Tasting & Pairing

Over the past four years I have organized three international wine tours, indulging my late-in-life quest of traveling the globe to discover all I can about the soul-satsifying power of wine.  For much of my early professional life outside of Carpe Vino, I was perpetually seated on airplanes, traveling abroad on business.  While the work was vastly different, there was one commonality:  wherever I landed, I met wonderful people who helped ease the difficulties of navigating distant, strange places.  Sadly, after returning home, I never saw any of them again. Ever.

Well, that changes this week when Natalia Mandelli comes to Auburn.

Last October I escorted a group of 27 Wine Club members for 10 days visiting wine estates in Tuscany and Umbria, scratching a personal itch to taste Chianti, Brunello, Barolo, Amarone, Sangiovese and more–all at the source.  It was at once inspiring, hedonistic and unforgettable.  But without Natalia, I can’t imagine it would have been as wonderful.

Natalia was our indefatigable guide/mother hen/fixer from the time we hooked up at a hotel in Florence until we said our teary goodbyes at the trip’s terminus in Rome.  The quintessential leader, Natalia has the dual competencies of being an expert in every hidden part of Italy as well as a legitimate sommelier. . .the perfect blend of skills to ensure the successful exploration of vineyards, barrel rooms and restaurants across a wide swath of epicurean delights.

Everyone in our group was genuinely smitten by Natalia; we connected quickly and my fellow travelers were truly saddened when it was time to depart.  For once, however, I vowed this goodbye would not be final.

Natalia will be arriving in Auburn this Saturday, and she’ll spend two weeks seeing what all of the fuss is about in California as well as observing how we do hospitality at Carpe Vino.  Her trip is being underwritten in large part by the folks on the tour who will fete her at a reception early next week.  She’ll have a full dance card because we’ll all take turns escorting her around NorCal. . .from visiting wineries to checking out the dining scene in Sacramento to hiking the American River Canyon.

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Saturday Tasting ~ Valentine’s Day

 


Wine Club Tasting Features Valentine’s Day Wines

VDQY.125536Got the perfect evening lined up Valentine’s Day but don’t have the 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 vino! We’ll have FOUR excellent selections that can be enjoyed on their own or be 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 what we are pouring: (please remember two person maximum per wine club membership).

 

 

 

 

Schramsburg “Mirabelle” Brut Rose NV (California)Schramsberg_Mirabelle_brutrose.130005

$24.95/bottle or $27.95/bottle on 6+

Winery Tasting Notes:
“The Mirabelle Rose has generous aromatic nuances of strawberry, cherry and raspberry jam. The bountiful berry aromas are accentuated by notes of citrus, mandarin orange and juicy pineapple. Upon first taste there is a tropical essence, of mango and pineapple that is followed by dark cherry. The viscous palate lingers and finishes with a snappy acidity.”

 

 

 

 

 

Vigneto-di-Evo-Zinfandel1.1150392014 De Morgenzon “Maestro” White Wine (South Africa)

$32.00/bottle or $27.95/bottle on 6+

Wine Advocate” Tasting Notes: 91 Points
“The 2014 Maestro White, now in bottle of course, has a lively, slightly grassy bouquet with touches of gunflint developing in the glass. The palate is well balanced with crisp acidity, and there is good fruit intensity with fresh pear and citrus lemon combining nicely with the subtle pepperiness on the finish. This fulfills the potential it was showing last year.”

“Wine Spectator” Tasting Notes: 92 Points
“Solid, offering a big core of yellow apple, anise, white peach and mirabelle plum flavors, backed by enticing honeysuckle and jasmine notes. Has weight and cut, with a minerally underpinning on the finish. Roussanne, Chardonnay, Grenache Blanc, Chenin Blanc and Viognier. Drink now through 2018.”

 

 

 

 

 

lands-edge-pn.1308202014 Hartford Court “Lands Edge” Pinot Noir (Sonoma County)

$49.95/bottle or Standard WC Discounts

“Wine Advocate” Tasting Notes: 92 Points
“The only 2014 tasted was the early-bottled 2014 Pinot Noir Land?s Edge Vineyards, which come from a vineyard four miles from the Pacific Ocean. Aged in 32% new French oak, the wine displays raspberry and blueberry fruit, damp earth, fresh porcini mushrooms and plenty of minerality. This is a juicy, tightly knit, but concentrated and promising Pinot Noir that has that forward fruit of this vintage well displayed.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Vigneto-di-Evo-Zinfandel.1319502013 Martinelli “EVO” Zinfandel (Russian River Valley)

$32.00/bottle or $27.95/bottle on 6+

Winery Tasting Notes:
“The 2013 “Vigneto di Evo” Zinfandel has aromas of dark red fruit, Bing cherries, and hints of conifer and rose petal. The palate is medium weight with flavors of sour cherry, raspberry, and red plum skin, with a slightly earthy/mineral finish.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

Cheers, Jay

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Saturday Tasting ~ Top 5 Wines for Super Bowl Weekend

 

TbP44AA8_400x400.111700This week for CV Wine Club Member tasting we are featuring FIVE excellent wines that will be the highlight to any Super Bowl festivity. Whether you are firing up the BBQ, having pizza delivered, or making a Snack Stadium you can’t miss with these excellent wines. 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).

 

 

 

 

2013 Walter Hansel “North Slope” Chardonnay (Russian River Valley)Hansel.115310

$34.95/bottle or Standard WC Discounts

Winery Tasting Notes: 92 Points
“Fashioned from yields of 2 to 2.5 tons of fruit per acre, the 2013 Chardonnay North Slope sees 30% new and 70% used barrels. It has nowhere near the generosity of its 2012 counterpart, but it exhibits beautiful nectarine, tangerine and other assorted tropical fruit notes, crisp, zesty acidity and a hint of wet stones that provide unmistakable minerality. Drink now-2018.”

 

 

 

 

 

Vigneto-di-Evo-Zinfandel1.1150392013 Martinelli “EVO” Zinfandel (Russian River Valley)

$32.00/bottle or $27.95/bottle on 6+

Winery Tasting Notes:
“The 2013 “Vigneto di Evo” Zinfandel has aromas of dark red fruit, Bing cherries, and hints of conifer and rose petal. The palate is medium weight with flavors of sour cherry, raspberry, and red plum skin, with a slightly earthy/mineral finish.”

 

 

 

 

 

saviah-cellars-dugger-creek-vineyard-nv-bot.1148452014 Saviah Barbera (Walla Walla, WA)

$34.95/bottle or Standard WC Discounts

Winery Tasting Notes: “This Barbera grown at Dugger Creek Vineyard exhibits aromas of red and black fruits, currants, cigar box and a hint of toasty oak spice, followed by flavors of juicy red berries, cranberry, dried herbs and citrus peel. With its velvet smooth tannins and spirited acidity, it is enjoyable with food or without. Pair with lasagna, tomato based pasta dishes or anything grilled on the BBQ! Enjoy!”

 

 

2013-FARM-Napa-Valley-Cabernet-Sauvignon.1148072013 FARM Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa Valley)

$44.95/bottle or $35/bottle on 6+

“Wine Advocate” Tasting Notes: 92 Points
“An attractive wine with terrific purity of Cabernet, the 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon has a dense ruby/purple color, a floral, blueberry and blackcurrant-scented nose, medium to full body, nothing out of place, with light but sweet tannin and adequate acidity. By Napa standards, this is a heck of a value and a wine certainly capable of being drunk now or cellared for 15 or more years. A sleeper of the vintage for sure.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

RedSchoonerV3SDW.114610NV Red Schooner “VOYAGE 3″ Malbec (Argentina)

$44.95/bottle or $34.95/bottle on 6+

Winery Tasting Notes: “It all started with appreciating good Malbec. Red Schooner is a “Red Wine of the World”, an experiment of more than five years in the making and started in the Winter of 2009/2010. You won?t find a vintage date – each vintage will be known by the voyage from which it was produced. This third bottling is made from Mendoza Malbec grapes shipped chilled to Napa Valley and produced in our “Caymus” style. A dense, dark red, this wine opens up with the scent of ripe plums and cherries, layered with hints of baking chocolate. On the palate, it is powerful, concentrated, supple and persistent. This wine is unfined and may throw a bit of sediment, representing the rich and natural concentration of abundant quality.”

 

 

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

Cheers, Jay

Today’s Deal ~ 2014 Metallico (by Morgan) Chardonnay

$21.95/bottle or $15.95/bottle on 6+!

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If you want an excellent quality chardonnay that doesn’t taste like it’s been run through a bag of buttered popcorn and wood chips, then we have THE ONE for you!  It’s the 2014 Metallico (by Morgan Winery) Chardonnay from Monterey.  True to its metallic moniker, the Metallico was aged five months in stainless steel and saw no malolactic fermentation that would mask its beautiful fruit expression.  Normal winery retail is $22/bottle but we scored a deal for you today dropping this baby to $15.95/bottle on six +!

As always, this wine is PURE INTENSE fruit sourced from Santa Lucia Highlands, Arroyo Seco, and Monterey.  It has BRIGHT acidity that offers flavors that span the gamut from HONEYDEW to TROPICAL FRUIT to CITRUS.  Even though the weather outside is not conducive to drinking this poolside, it is perfect for after work or evoking images of Caribbean making the winter just a tad more tolerable.  Pair this with a nice sautéed petrale sole or perhaps some fresh Dungeness crab and you are GOLDEN!

We have plenty in store today so go ahead and click until your heart is content on the BUY METALLICO CHARDONNAY NOW button.  At this discount you would be hard-pressed to find a better unoaked chardonnay for the mula!!!

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Winery Tasting Notes: “Metallico’s aromatics are intense with apricot, nectarine, and fuji apple. The palate has ripe fruit flavors of tangerine, green apple, and a streak of minerality. Crisp, food-friendly acidity keeps this special wine refreshing and bright. A perfect accompaniment to shellfish and lighter summertime fare.”

Cheers,
Jay

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Time to Queue Up: Saturday is “Wine Thing”

This is one of the big reasons why there are 1,200 Carpe Vino Wine Club members:  Our signature wine sale and tasting–Wine Thing–is this Saturday, January 28th from noon until 3 p.m.  We’ll be opening 75+ wines in all styles, varieties and price ranges for the exclusive enjoyment of our beloved Wine Clubbers.

And the best part is, there is no charge for entry.

To sweeten the day, we’ll pile on our best wine pricing of the entire year.  Discounts start at 5% on any purchase, with another 1% added for each additional purchase, maxing out at 24% when you buy 24 bottles (two cases) mix & match.  Discounts are not limited to wines being tasted; just about everything in the store qualifies except limited “net” wines and those that are already heavily discounted, six-pack deals.  However, all wines purchased build to the 24% discount.

Many of you are already familiar with this tasty drill because we’ve reprised it annually since 2003.  We showcase our very best brokers and distributors, so expect some “surprise” wines and maybe even some sleepers.

Caveats:  WINE CLUB MEMBERS ONLY, NO GUESTS.  You must be a card-carrying Carpe Vinian to join us for this one. . .no wannabes or stowaways.  Most importantly, remember that this is a tasting, not a competition.  Drink responsibly and arrange for transportation (we do have Uber drivers in Auburn).

Later this week, we’ll email a password-protected link to a spreadsheet of all wines to Wine Clubbers.  Good idea to plot out what you’d like to taste ahead of the opening bell.  Also, best to get to Old Town early because the Friendly Confines will be SRO.

You will be handed an order form at the door; wines you select will be billed to your credit card instantly, but we’ll send out an email to let you know when to pick up your juice. . .typically within in 10 days.  For those of you who can’t make up your mind on the fly, we’ll keep sales open until January 31.

See you Saturday!!!

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“Citrus Celebration” Prix-Fixe Starts Tuesday

Carpe Vino’s 2017 prix-fixe season launches tomorrow January 24 with “Citrus Celebration,” a virtual walk through the citrus orchards of Placer County that continues through February 4.  Chef Alexander has tapped into relationships throughout the region as well as sourcing fruit from his Four Tines Farm that he operates with his wife and our pastry chef, Courtney McDonald.

Our regular menu runs in parallel with the prix-fixe, so you have a full range of options.  And, we’ll continue with our new program of offering the prix-fixe for two weeks (every other month).  Cost for the event is $59.95++ per person.  Please call 530-823-0320 to make reservations or go online to www.opentable.com

Here’s Chef Alexander’s menu. . .we hope you’ll join us!

First Course (choice of one)

Hamachi Tostada:  Crushed Avocado, Budda’s Hand Slaw, Peanuts, Lime Leaf Vinaigrette

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Crispy Duck Confit Presse:  Satsuma Mandarin, Hazelnut, Kumquat, Chicory, Chinese Five Spice

Second Course

Heirloom Carrot Salad:  Blood Orange Panna Cotta, Bee Pollen, Watercress, Ricotta Salata

Main Course (choice of one)

Alaskan Black Cod:  Pomelo, Cauliflower, Pink Peppercorn, Coconut Emulsion

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Prime N.Y Steak:  Yuzu Hollandaise, Soy-Pickled Mushroom, Grilled Scallion, Potatoes Allumette  ($5 supplement)

Dessert Course

Meyer Lemon Tart:  Pistachio Crust, Citrus Confit, Orange Blossom Meringue

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Make Your Reservations Now for Valentine’s Day

Here’s a head’s up for the gentlemen on our email list:  It’s not too early to make reservations for Valentine’s Day, February 14.  As is our custom, we’ll be offering a set menu, to be locked in soon, along with pricing.  Watch for details, but remember, this is probably our busiest night of the year with peak demand for reservations.  So, don’t risk disappointing your personal Valentine!  Reservations by phone only at 530-823-0320.

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