What we're about

Carpe Vinum is "All About the Wine" and our focus is on 90 point or higher rated wines.  Wine tastings are paired with four course dinners so members can appreciate the qualities of the wines and also the way that food interacts with each wine to enrich the educational experience.
Membership is open to the general public for individuals who have a interest in highly rated diverse wines.  All proceeds from Carpe Vinum events fund a scholarship program for students in culinary education at FIU Chaplin School of Hospitality.


Upcoming events (2)

93+ point "Mystery" Wine Tasting Dinner

Bistro Mezzaluna

This event is still in the process of being finalized. More information will be added in the next week.

Here is a shout out to all you Sommelier Wannabe's. Our April event will be a Blind Tasting of 90+ point wines. Your job is to tap into your "Inner Sommelier" and try to guess what grape varietal is lurking in each of these mystery bottles.

We will be pairing these highly rated wines with a wonderful four course menu prepared by the chef's at the Terrace Grill. At the end of the evening we will unveil each bottle and see who among us is "Our Sommelier".


Mystery Wine #1
93 points Wine Advocate

Mystery Wine #2
97 points Wine Advocate

Mystery Wine #3
92 points Wine Enthusiast
92 points Wine Spectator

Mystery Wine #4
93 points Wine Spectator


First Course

Second Course

Third Course

Final Course

Coffee and tea served upon request

Members: $89 plus tax and 18% gratuity

Nonmembers: $99 plus tax and 18% gratuity

CARPE VINUM in New Orleans

French Quarter

Please join us in New Orleans as we wine and dine our way through The Big Easy. We will visit some of the most iconic dining venues in this historic city: Commanders Palace, Galatoire’s, Arnaud’s to name a few.

Try tasty creations the city is famous for Beignets, Pralines, Grilled Oysters, and Po-Boys. Daily happy hours and a chance to compete with a teammate in Amazing Race New Orleans, a fun filled scavenger hunt through the Vieux Carre.

Each night enjoy free live jazz music in a comfortable smoke free lounge setting.

Depending on your availability you can stay for an extended or shorter length of time. But the important thing is going!!! So book your airfare. We’re traveling Southwest. Rooms are plentiful. Recommended hotels are the Hilton Riverside, the Royal Sonesta New Orleans, the Monteleone with its famous carousel bar, and the Omni Royal Hotel. Check Trivago for rates.

Limited attendance is available for this event so If you plan on going RSVP your spot then book your room and your plane tickets.

New Orleans Schedule of Events
In an effort to make reservations, please select the activities that you would like to participate and email your selections to this email. “Open” signifies a time when there is no organized group activity. During this time, you’re on your own or may pair up with other group members and do something on a more individual basis.

WEDNESDAY Name # in Party
Lunch: Open xxxxxxx xxxxxxxxx
Dinner: GW Fins 7:00 ______________ _______
Music: Jazz Playhouse Bourbon Orleans 9:30 ______________ _______

THURSDAY Breakfast: Open xxxxxxx xxxxxxxxx
Lunch: Commanders Palace 12:00 ______________ _______
Dinner: Dragos 7:00 ______________ _______
Music: Jazz Playhouse Bourbon Orleans 9:30 ______________ _______

FRIDAY Breakfast: Open xxxxxxx xxxxxxxxx
Lunch: New Orleans School of Cooking 2:00 ______________ _______
Happy Hour: 5:00 ______________ _______
Dinner: Irene’s Cuisine 8:00 ______________ _______
Music: Jazz Playhouse Bourbon Orleans 9:30 ______________ _______

Saturday Breakfast: Oceana 8:30 ______________ _______
Scavenger Hunt 10:00 ______________ _______
Lunch: Galatoire’s 2:30 ______________ _______
Dinner: Open xxxxxxx xxxxxxxxx
Jazz: Jazz Playhouse Bourbon Orleans 9:30 ______________ _______

Sunday Breakfast: Camilla Grill 7:00-10:00 ______________ _______
Lunch: Open xxxxxxx xxxxxxxx
Happy Hour 4:30 ______________ _______
Dinner: Muriels 7:30 ______________ _______

Monday Breakfast: Croissant D’ Or 9:00 ______________ _______
Lunch: Grill Room 12:30 ______________ _______

Restaurants are subject to change based on availability.

Laissez les bons temps rouler!


Past events (76)

92+ point California Cabernet Wine Dinner

The Capital Grille