Memorial Day Sale/Tasting ~ Saturday May 27th 1-4pm

We’re taking a break from the “Winery Specific” Tasting this weekend so we can make room for new inventory! Saturday May 27th from 1-4pm, we will be having a store-wide sale of 20% OFF or BEST PRICE on CASES (mix/match). Several wines will be open for tasting as well, so here is your chance to stock up for your weekend festivites. The offer is good for this Saturday ONLY! Want to bring a friend? Wine Club Members may bring up to 2 guests per membership (i.e. ONE other couple) at NO charge this weekend. So, without further delay, here is what we are pouring:


2014 Quinta das Bageiras Espumant (Portugal)

quinta-das-bageiras-colheita-2003.091949$14.99/bottle or BEST DISCOUNT $11.99/bottle

Tasting Notes: “Mário Sérgio makes his bubblies in an absolutely uncompromisingly dry style that shines a spotlight on the powerful earthiness of Bairrada. Bracing, pure and appley, this demands food and offers exceptional value for such character.”










2015_Albarino_1024x1024.092614 2015 Ferdinand Albarino (California)

$19.95/bottle or BEST DISCOUNT $15.96/bottle

Winery Tasting Notes:
“The flagship of the Ferdinand project; this 2015 Albarino honors its Galician heritage with varietal aromatics of lime zest and a distinct salinity. Respecting its Californian origins the wine is barrel fermented and rests on lees for 8 months, giving the wine savoriness and providing a rounded balance to its natural acidity and freshness.”












Withers.0927202016 Withers Rose (El Dorado County)

$21.95/bottle or BEST DISCOUNT $18.95/bottle

Winery Tasting Notes:
“Our 2016 Rose is a dead ringer for a classic Bandol, highlighted by the color, flavors and aromas of apricot, cherry, watermelon rind nectarine and peach. The wine is buttressed by strong balancing acidity, with excellent tension and lift over its medium bodied, layered and textured frame. Balanced and elegant, it is best served at cellar temperature and can be paired with oysters, shellfish, seafood, pasta and fowl. It will be enjoyable immediately on release but should improve in bottle for 3-5 years.”








CitizensBandPinotNoir.0931262014 Citizens Band Pinot Noir (Santa Lucia Highlands)

$23.95/bottle or BEST DISCOUNT $19.16/bottle

Winery Tasting Notes: “Silky with aromas and flavors of rich dark fruit and cherries. Hints of anise and cola. Bright acidity, soft tannins and a touch of spice.”










Bedrock1-152x362.0933522015 Bedrock Wine Co. “Old Vine” Zinfandel (Sonoma)

$24.95/bottle or BEST $19.95/bottle

“Wine Spectator” Tasting Notes: 93 Points
“Rich and supple, this is an explosion of pure, decadent fruit. Floral huckleberry and Chinese five-spice powder aromas open to layered blackberry, dark chocolate and licorice flavors that linger. Drink now through 2026.”







BONUS: 2013 Sergio “Arcano Vineyard” Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa Valley)

Sergio.093820$125/bottle or BEST DISCOUNT $75/bottle

“Wine Advocate” Tasting Notes: 93 Points
97% Cabernet / 3% Petit Verdot
“The 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon Arcano Vineyard is a big, deep, rich, typical 2013, with large proportions, plenty of tannin, but superb depth and ripeness. It should go the distance of 20 years or more.”
If you can’t make the Saturday Tasting but are interested in purchasing some of these wines, feel free to respond to this email, or contact me directly at 530.823.0320 x 105.

530.823.0320 x 105.




Whoa Nellie…do we have a special treat for you!  Tonight and tonight only, its our take on the “Kentucky Hot Brown.”  Consisting of House Smoked Turkey Breast on Texas Toast, Slow-Roasted Tomatoes, Mornay Sauce, Pecorino Cheese, Applewood Smoked Bacon, Watercress.  This baby is beyond delectable and packed with flavor and rich creamy deliciousness!

This special is limited to 15 “Hot Browns” starting @ 5PM which will be available in both the RESTAURANT and/or WINE BAR!!!  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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The Story Behind The “Hot Brown”


In the 1920′s, the Brown Hotel drew over 1,200 guests each evening for its dinner dance. By the wee hours of the morning, guests would grow weary of dancing and make their way to the restaurant for a bite to eat. Sensing their desire for something more glamorous than traditional ham and eggs, Chef Fred Schmidt set out to create something new to tempt his guests’ palates. His unique dish? An open-faced turkey sandwich with bacon and a delicate Mornay sauce. The Hot Brown was born! –

Today’s Deal ~ 2015 Bedrock “Old Vine” Zinfandel

$24.95/bottle or $19.95 on 6+



KO!!!  This may be the BEST zinfandel to come our way thus far in 2017!!!  The 2015 Bedrock “Old Vine” ZinfandelTOP-RATED and flies in under the $20 radar.  Think Mike Tyson vs. Michael Spinks…91 seconds into the fight the match was over!  Your palate won’t stand a chance either when you pop a bottle of this heritage vineyard zin blend.  You’ll be floored by BOLD, RICH flavors that are second to none and here is a twist that you never saw coming just like Tyson’s left hook, the DISCOUNT:  Bottle one price is $24.95 but purchase 6+ today and score your own KO at $19.95/bottle on 6+!!!

Here’s the tale of the tape.  The 2015 Bedrock “Old Vine” Zinfandel is the brainchild of burgeoning winemaker Morgan Twain-Peterson.  Bedrock Wine Co. through Morgan’s vision, is distinctly known for their work in preserving the heritage and ancient vineyards that have a storied history dating back to the late 1800’s.  The Bedrock “OV” is comprised of a unique robust combination of 90% zinfandel with the rest being petite sirah, alicante bouschet, grenache, carignan, mataro (aka mourvedre), as well as many other eclectic varietals mostly from Sonoma County.  The result is a zin that is FLAT-OUT DELICIOUS!!! 

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“Wine Spectator” 93 Points

“Rich and supple, this is an explosion of pure, decadent fruit. Floral huckleberry and Chinese five-spice powder aromas open to layered blackberry, dark chocolate and licorice flavors that linger. Drink now through 2026.”

“Wine Advocate” 90 Points

“The reds start with the 2015 Zinfandel Old Vine, which comes from many different old-vine vineyards largely based around three farms in Sonoma planted in 1888, 1896 and 1905. In addition, there is a kitchen-sink blend of other old-vine sites as well. Peterson guesses that the average age of the material in the blend is at least 80 years. The bend is 90% Zinfandel and the rest Petite Sirah, Alicante Bouschet, Grenache, Carignan, Mataro and a few other eccentric black varieties. This delicious wine shows terrific fruit, loads of steak tartare, ground pepper, black raspberry and blackberry fruits, licorice, creosote and an Amarone-like character. It is dense, full-bodied, vibrant and energized. Drink it over the next 5-6 years if you can wait that long.”


Today’s Deal ~



Recently, SUPER-STAR Gwenael Laroche, co-owner of Domaine Laroche Winery (Chablis, France), came to California for the Pebble Beach Food & Wine Festival.   Her primary mission was to visit the PBFWF and secondarily work the Sacramento & San Francisco markets.  Due to our outstanding relationship with her distributor (or maybe it was serendipitous) we were able to secure an EXCLUSIVE ONE-NIGHT ONLY tasting event here @ Carpe Vino.  With Gwenael in attendance, we paired FIVE classic Chablis wines perfectly with apps produced by Chef Alexander.  The tasting lineup covered the entire Laroche spectrum; from their largest produced (delicious & affordable) Chablis to their Premier Cru, and finally not one, but TWO…Grand Crus.  The tasting “sold out” two hours after being announced and when all was said and done, was one of the most spectacular evenings at Carpe Vino this year.  Gwenael even said:

“The chef did such a good job. I really did appreciate what he made/worked on. It was stunning!  I was in SF last night having dinner at Luce talking about your place with Keith -the sommelier- told him it was the best food this week!!”

The wines were amazing as well and the two that reigned supreme were, the Laroche “St. Martin,” and Laroche “Les Vaillons.”  Today, we are offering these wines which both received 90 points from Wine Advocate and truly represent the Best of Chablis!

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Best-Selling Wine @ Tasting!

The 2015 Domaine Laroche “Saint Martin” is a top-notch value driven Chablis that comes in under $20/bottle.  Exhibiting excellent acidity and remarkable finesse the “Saint Martin” is a delightful un-oaky chardonnay that exudes a beautiful crisp minerality perfect for the hot summer days ahead.  Not only is it a wonderful aperitif but it will pair excellently with seafood, prawns, or my favorite…OYSTERS! Online Price: $24.956+ Bottle Price: $19.95

“Wine Advocate” – 90 Points

“The 2015 Chablis St Martin has what you might describe as a “dainty” nose at first, a little timid, but it soon finds it voice courtesy of its apple blossom and fresh pear aromas, perhaps with a hint of peppermint in the background. The palate is well balanced with a crisp line of acidity. I appreciate the tension of this Chablis: taut and linear, quite saline in the mouth and this serves to prolong the finish. This is a well-crafted and very delicious Chablis from Gregory Viennois and his team. This comes recommended.”

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Best Value Dollar-for-Dollar Wine!

Want a killer Premier Cru with an extreme value as well?  Then look no further because the 2014 Domaine Laroche “Les Vaillons” is where it’s at!  While there is no crazy discount, this wine is not to be overlooked.  Famous for its Kimmeridgian limestone soils that are consistent with excellent Premier Crus, the grapes in the “Les Vaillons” are from deeply rooted old vines.  This promotes an intense flavor of stone fruit, aromas of spice, and gives it a silky vibrant mineral finish.  Pair this elegant wine with scallops or veal breast with a creamy sauce and your golden!  Online Price: $54.95

“Wine Advocate” – 90 Points

“The 2014 Chablis 1Er Cru Vaillons Vieilles Vignes has a gentle bouquet with hints of popcorn at first, though soon replaced by ripe Satsuma and slightly smoky scents. The palate is fresh on the entry with crisp acidity, modest weight, but with a pleasant salinity that fans out towards the finish. This is a typical Vaillons, but one that is holding itself back for now, so afford this a couple of years in the cellar to get the most from it.”

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Domaine Laroche Winery

The name Domaine Laroche is virtually synonymous with Chablis. For more than 160 years, the Laroche family has been dedicated to producing top quality wines from the Chablis region. The history of Laroche dates back to 1850, when Jean Victor Laroche purchased his first parcel of land in Chablis. In 1967, Michel Laroche, who represents the fifth generation, joined the family business at the age of 21. Convinced of the appellation’s potential for high-quality wines, Laroche embarked on a period of expansion, taking the holdings from six hectares (14.83 acres) in 1967 to nearly 100 hectares (247.11 acres) of prime Chablis vineyards today.

What is Chablis?

Chablis (“Shah-blee”) is a Chardonnay making wine region in the northwest corner of Burgundy, France. Unlike other Chardonnay wines, Chablis rarely uses oak-aging, resulting in a very different style and taste profile. It’s because of Chablis’ renown, that the unoaked Chardonnay style is popular worldwide.

Wines from Chablis are frequently described as having citrus and white flower aromas with dry, lean, light-bodied flavors of citrus, pear, minerality and salinity. Chablis rarely displays flavors of butter – an indication of oak-aging. In fact, one of the most desirable traits in quality Chablis is a long, tingly finish of high acidity and flint-like minerality. Much of the lean and elegant taste of Chardonnay from Chablis is attributed to the qualities of the soil, climate, and traditions of the region. Knowing the peculiarities of this area (and there are a few) will help you find better Chablis wine.


Dogs Good to Go Sunday; Seats Open for “Memphis”

HotDogCart.132332Here are two updates for you weekend visits to Old Town:

—Just under the wire, we’ll have Carpe Vino’s resto-mod Chicago Hot Dog cart street-ready for Sunday’s Old Town Spring Antique Street Fair, which runs from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.  We’ll be on the street in front of the restaurant from 10:30 to 4 p.m. operating our updated cart.  You can get a regular hot dog with beverage and chips for $5 (a kids meal); or a full-on Chicago Hot Dog with chips and beverage for $8.  This is our first foray in the cart biz, so come out and try one while you are foraging for antiques.

—Then at 4 p.m., the doors open for our next Sunday Evening Series event, “Memphis Que,” which is sold out until 7p.m.  We have a few seats at 7:30, and we have open availability starting at 8 p.m.  If you’d like to make reservations, call the restaurant at 530-823-0320.

Have a great weekend, no matter where you are!



Today’s Deal ~ 2015 Butter Chardonnay

$17.99/bottle or $12.99/bottle on 6+!!!



BUTTER CHARDONNAY!  It’s been THE BEST-SELLING WINE @ Carpe Vino for the past SIX years running.  What started out as a smaller production project by famed winemaker John Anthony Truchard has MANIFESTED into one of most INTRIGUING WINE PHENOMENONS in modern-day WINE HISTORY!

This vintage, 2015, marks the 6th vintage of BUTTER CHARDONNAY and TODAY we have one pallet to sell at the NATION’S ABSOLUTE LOWEST PRICE!!!  To RESERVE your case of 2015 Butter Chardonnay (California) $17.99/bottle down to $12.99/bottle on 6+ bottles!  Over the past six years we have sold nearly 1500 CASES of this wine!

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Winery Tasting Notes:  “Rich, bold and luscious, this is an easy-to-love creamy California Chardonnay. Made in the tradition of Californian winemaking, the fruit we choose has juicy, ripe, stone fruit and baked-lemon aromas.  Cold fermented to the perfect, rich creaminess and aged in our own blend of oak, gives this wine a lovely, long, vanilla finish that’s uniquely Butter!”


Last Call on Whitehall Lane Tasting ~ This Saturday May 20th from 1-4pm!

Whitehall_Lane_winery_Napa_Valley.112618Here is an ultra-exclusive tasting opportunity to stock up and save BIG here at Carpe Vino! That’s right! We’ve brought in the illustrious wines from the iconic Whitehall Lane Winery and we’re pumped because we’ve selected FOUR tasty gems that are priced to move. We cannot publish the huge savings in this email so you must be present to find out. Here is the kicker: If you travel to Whitehall’s Tasting Room, they will charge you anywhere from $25-$60 per person for a tasting. Plus, you would need an appointment. Here at Carpe Vino, WC Members get to sample these wines for FREE! Want to bring a friend? Wine Club Members may bring up to 2 guests per membership (i.e. ONE other couple), for a nominal, non-refundable $10 per person tasting fee. Oh, we’re not done there! This weekend for every $100 you spend on wine, you’ll receive a raffle ticket that enters you into a drawing for a special Rojaus Decanter (click here for picture) valued at over $200! Winner will be contacted on Monday, May 15th. So, without further delay, here is what we are pouring:


2015 Whitehall Lane Sauvignon Blanc (Napa Valley) $22/winery


Winery Tasting Notes: “The 2015 Sauvignon Blanc is a refreshing wine with citrusy lemon, tart apple and sweet melon flavors and aromas. It is a nicely balanced wine with good weight and a clean finish. 70% of the fruit was fermented in temperature controlled stainless steel tanks and 30% in new French oak barrels.The barrel-fermented portion was aged for only six weeks. Utilizing both tank and barrels for fermenting accentuates the crisp fruit flavors and increases complexity. 9% Semillon was blended in for enhanced sweet, round flavors and mouth-feel.”









WHMERLOT.1225382014 Whitehall Lane Merlot (Napa Valley) $32/Winery


Winery Tasting Notes:
“The plush red raspberry and cherry flavors and aromas leap from the glass. This merlot has an amazing core of ripe, jammy berry and currant fruit that is beautifully framed by toasty oak. It is supple in texture and shows attractive depth on the finish. Enjoy right now and through 2020 with proper cellaring.”












2014 Tre Leoni (by Whitehall Lane) Red Wine (Napa Valley) $25/WineryTre.122841


Winery Tasting Notes:
“This ferociously fun blend has depth, balance and big flavors. Up front, the aromas are dense blackberries, licorice, blueberry crumble and a touch of croissant. It bursts with expansive flavors of blueberries, blackberries, and mixed berry jam. This wine has great texture that ultimately finishes with round, silky smooth tannins. Enjoy Tre Leoni with your next barbeque and when gathering with family or friends.”















lEONARD.1232572013 Whitehall Lane “Leonardini Estate” Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa Valley) $85/Winery


Winery Tasting Notes: 94 % cabernet sauvignon / 6% petite verdot “This is a classic Cabernet Sauvignon. The wine has a deep, intense color and a distinct fruit center that begins with black cherry, violet and currant aromas. It is well balanced, elegant and sleek on the palate, delivering very long berry and cherry flavors through to the finish. The underlying tannin structure, complexity and ample fruit guarantees rewards to the patient collector over the next 12 or so years (about 2028.)”
If you can’t make the Whitehall Lane Tastings but are interested in purchasing some of these wines, feel free to respond to this email, or contact me directly at 530.823.0320 x 105.


Today’s Deal ~ 2013 SAVED Red Wine

$19.95/btl or $14.95 on 6+

DON’T HIT DELETE, this has been a MONSTER WEEK for INCREDIBLE DEALS @ Carpe Vino and TODAY’S OFFER MIGHT TOP THEM ALL!  Yesterday, the Olema Chardonnay became CV’s “GO-TO” Chard for the summer after selling nearly a ½ pallet right out of the gate!  Now, we introduce your new SUMMER-RED of 2017 which we expect to become our #1 selling red, the 2013 SAVED RED WINE!


The Wine

Move over “IF YOU SEE KAY” (best-selling CV blend under $20) because SAVED is here to take over the TOP SPOT on the CV racks!  ROBUST & POWERFUL, the 2013 SAVED consists of MERLOT, MALBEC, SYRAH & ZINFANDEL selected from the best regions of California!  Aromas of ripe figs, vanilla and JAM-M-MY flavors of blackberries & spices all lead to a generous finish perfected by French-oak aging!
Listen, we know winners when we taste one and this is a special bottle for only FIFTEEN BUCKS when you purchase 6 bottle or more!  Perfect for your up-coming summer BBQ’s, poolside adventures, neighborhood block parties OR just any ole time!  No pun intended but when you are SAVING 33% OFF suggested retail, how can you not just try it?!?

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The Label

SAVED is a collaboration created by New York tattoo artist Scott Campbell and California winemaker Clay Brock.  As Campbell says, “SAVED represents the freedom and sanctuary you get by committing fully to your passions.”  This collaboration currently produces two wines; rose and red blend.  Dollar-for-dollar these are fantastic wines and will quickly become a household name soon!


Stay & Dine with Park Victorian B&B and Carpe Vino

Park Victorian

The Park Victorian has beautiful public areas, including this comfortable parlor that is open to all guests.

The Park Victorian has beautiful public areas, including this comfortable parlor that is open to all guests.

Stay & Dine with Park Victorian B&B and Carpe Vino
Finally, visitors to Old Town Auburn have a luxurious lodging option for staying overnight:  The just-opened Park Victorian on Snowden Hill at 195 Park Street overlooking the Historic District.  This classic, late 1800s structure has undergone a spectacular, ground-up restoration to create six guest rooms and beautiful public spaces, including a parlor, gourmet kitchen and dining room.

Situated on six acres, the B&B is just the opening gambit of what is planned to be a comprehensive hospitality center.  The grounds are being landscaped and future development will include construction of 40 private cottages, expanded parking and potentially retail space.  It is a game-changer for Old Town, to be sure, as guests will naturally seek to explore the historic enclave.

Partners Sam Hales and Kelly Cunningham have created a destination that dovetails perfectly with the sensibilities and level of service that we strive to maintain at Carpe Vino.  We’re so perfectly aligned, that we’ve partnered with Sam and Kelly to create the Park Victorian’s first package offer called “Stay & Dine.”  It includes dinner for two at Carpe Vino (two salads, appetizer to share and two entrees) plus roundtrip transportation to The Park Victorian in our GEM electric vehicle. Price is $350; available only Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.


This is the Stanford guest room, furnished with a king-size
bed with organic mattress from Old Town’s Tucked In.

Carpe Vino is also welcoming Park Victorian guests to participate in our Saturday Wine Club tastings at no charge, for two people per room. . .just show us your key card.  Each Park Victorian guest will also receive a $10 “chip” to use for any purchase at Carpe Vino (not combined with any other offers).

Each guest room has been magnificently restored with refinished fir flooring, ensuite bathroom facilities with marble vanities and king beds featuring natural, organic bedding from Old Town’s Tucked In (if you enjoy your sleep on Tucked In’s beds at the hotel and desire to purchase a mattress, Tucked In will deduct the room rate from your mattress cost).  The entire structure is furnished with Victorian pieces as well as authentic reproductions.

Guest rooms have excellent views, including some with vistas of Old Town.  Rooms are named after notable citizens of Auburn and those who have influenced the community, from Claude Chana to Theodore Judah to Viola Wrigley.  Room rates range from $245 to $295 per night.  The Shannon Room, ideal for a single traveler, is priced at $125.

From Gary: “We’ve heard the same lament for years from our out-of-town regulars—there just isn’t a really unique and comfortable place to stay near Old Town.  With the opening of The Park Victorian, that’s all changed.  Drew and I are absolutely delighted with the opportunity to cooperate with Sam and Kelly. . .our businesses are an absolutely perfect fit.”

There’s more good news for Auburn.  The pair has also acquired Downtown’s Tuttle Mansion, another venerable structure with an engaging history that also will be transformed into a bed and breakfast where guests can enjoy “simple country luxury.”

To make reservations or for more information, contact The Park Victorian at 530-330-4411, email or book online at


“Memphis ‘Que” Sells out in Less than 36 Hours

Our nascent “Sunday Evening Series” continues to excite Carpe Vinians with our latest instantly subscribed event on May 21, “Memphis ‘Que,” celebrating the wildly popular “Memphis in May” World Barbeque Championship.  We maxed out at seating for 80 barbeque fans within in 36 hours of announcing the dinner last Thursday.  Call the restaurant at 530-823-0320 if you would like your name placed on the wait list.

Memphis ‘Que will be a collaboration between Chef Eric Alexander and our Pitmaster Spencer Smith.  Spence earned his barbeque chops working at a joint while attending Southern Illinois University.  (Knowing Spence, I’d wager he put more effort into a BA in Barbeque than the books!)

Last year we purchased a mobile smoker, and we’ve been introducing smoked items on the menu—which will ramp up now that summer is approaching.  Also, with the immediate reaction from our customers to the Memphis event, we’ll be looking at reprising the menu on another Sunday this summer.  Stay tuned. . .and remember, snooze and you lose.

More information
Carpe Vino (Find Us) 1568 Lincoln Way Auburn, CA 95603
Phone Number: 530-823-0320
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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.