SacBiz Columnist Gets a Taste of Carpe Vino


Photo by Kurt Hegre

What a way to finish the year:  first the 5-star review in Sacramento News & Review, then an OpenTable Best Restaurant in America 3-Peat, and now a glowing column from the Sacramento Business Journal’s Ed Murrieta after his visit for dinner and a lengthy interview with me.

Murrieta, who tracks the food and restaurant scene for the SacBiz Journal, spent nearly three hours in the friendly confine tasting his way through the menu while talking with me and later our chef, Eric Alexander.  This was his first visit, and—in all modesty—he was impressed with what he saw and tasted.

His lengthy piece is online, accompanied by a slideshow of 13 photos.  Here’s the start of the story; click on the link to see the entire article and photos.

(A couple of corrections from the interview that Ed taped:  We have 400 kinds of wines, not bottles; and the wine I referred to at the very end was Rombauer Chardonnay, not Round Barn.)

sacbiz.134542ED MURRIETA: Carpe Vino not just a ‘little place up in the foothills’
(December 20, 2013 edition)

“Maybe it was Gary Moffat’s Chicago accent rising to be heard above the conversations — sounds of friends greeting friends at the bar, diners’ muted cries of “Oh, that’s good” — reverberating through the wood and brick bones of Carpe Vino’s Old West building at primetime on Friday night.

“The owner of the wine shop and restaurant in Old Town Auburn sounded huffy even as he spoke about the national accolade Carpe Vino racked up for the third straight year, something no other area restaurant has done.

“’Whether or not anyone recognizes it, we fill the place up,’ Moffat told me last week over a bottle of Tangles Cabernet. ‘I’m not seeking more business. What I’m seeking is some respect. I don’t want to be written off as a little place up in the foothills.’”

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