January 18, 2011
Carpe Vino will open 75 wines for 9th annual tasting and sale

By Allen Pierleoni

If you're into winetasting and dollars-off deals, Carpe Vino could make it on your list of upcoming destinations.

The wine bar/wine shop/restaurant is planning its ninth annual Wine Thing, a tasting and sale. More than 75 bottles of various varietals (mostly California) will be open for sampling, accompanied by cheese and baguette palate refreshers.

"This is the largest private tasting in the Sacramento region," said Drew Moffat, 29, co-owner of the store with his father, Gary. "Our goal is to appeal to all tastes and budgets."

As for the deals, Drew Moffat offered this overview: "The minimum discount is 5 percent on one to five bottles of wine. Every additional bottle purchased earns another 1 percent discount, maxing at 24 percent on two cases, mix and match."

The discount program will apply to the wines being poured as well as all 500 or so wines in stock. A list of the wines featured in the tasting will be posted by Jan. 22 on Carpe Vino's website,

The tasting fee will be waived for Wine Club members, and they will get a one-hour early entry to the event. Wine Club membership is free and can be arranged on the day of the tasting. For details, visit the website or call (530) 823-0320.

Wine Thing will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. Jan. 29; cost is $20. Carpe Vino is at 1568 Lincoln Way in Old Town Auburn.

Call The Bee's Allen Pierleoni at (916) 321-1128.

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