Six weeks into the new plan and taking root, I’m beginning to see the first hints of new business starting to bud. Every day is a little busier, some things a little easier, overall an exciting experience! When I’m in the vineyard and winery in the past week, it feels like the calm before the storm. There’s not a lot of talk about what’s about to happen with the harvest and crush, but you can feel it. You see it looking down over the vineyards, with more workers tending to the vines. Now is the time when the vineyard is under close watch for bugs, birds, disease and fungus. The nets are unrolled and pulled over the fruit. The beauty of the grape bunches with the onset of “veraison” (ripening and accumulation of sugars), the trimming of the vines, the fullness of the vineyard. So much activity! I sense when it hits…we are going to be juiced!! (Sometimes I just can’t help myself).
Like the vineyard’s new growth and development, Karamoor’s team has a new bud, Victor Ykoruk. Victor isn’t exactly new to Karamoor. He’s returning after a few years with a larger distributor. This experience proved to be valuable to Victor and Karamoor, building his relationships & network in and out of the state.
In the past weeks I’ve conducted a number of tours and tastings. Our Wine Club and interaction within social media are growing and there seems to be a bigger buzz of interest from outside of Karamoor. I invited our second group from the food, beverage and hospitality industry, including representatives from: 12th St. Cantina, Mid-Atlantic Events Magazine, ARAMARK, YPO, 2300 Arena, Valley Forge Tourist and Convention Board, WP Palmer Distilling, Bluestone Country Club, Cantina Feliz, Normandy Farm Hotel Corporate Planning and Wine and Spirit Industry Executive, Chris Papariello. We had a great night, with a very positive response from many who never imagined wines of this quality could come from a boutique sized vineyard, especially here in Pennsylvania. We are coming to be a world class wine producer. I compare Karamoor’s wines in the wine world, as the California wine was to the French in the movie, “Bottle Shock”. Someone well known in the wine environment is going to try Karamoor wines and have an “aha moment”. When that happens, Mr. Karabots will need to tell a new story about owning a vineyard.
I asked Kevin, our winemaker, Joe, our viticulturist and now Victor our Brand Ambassador for their short take on what is happening here at Karamoor. Once again, with no discussion of my request between them, they had very consistent thoughts. Kevin’s thought was verbatim with mine, I had already written it into the blog.
Kevin; “the calm before the storm”
Joe; “We’re only going to get better from here, not only from the vineyard & winery perspective, but as a brand overall”.
Victor; “The past few weeks, there seems to be a different aura and vibe from the whole estate. A real sense of energy and progress”.
This is a really great sign. It’s clear we are all on the same page, all feeling very similar growth and energy. We definitely have some learning curves, some dialing in to be done and we continue to maintain the growth and improve upon what we learn. It's all good.
Like the grapes, we’ll be hanging in the vineyard… and loving it!
New Karamoor Sitings!! A few new places to find our wines... Stove & Tap, Lansdale, PA ~ Brothers Kershner Brewing Company, Skippack, PA, (new opening) ~ Nonna Pizzeria and Tavern (new opening), Mt. Airy, PA, ~Terrain Cafe at Devon Yard (new opening) WEBSITE SPECIALS!! Click on this link - http://www.karamoorwines.com/Wines Check out our weekly specials and there are still a few spots available on our August tours!! Case specials on the Warm Weather Case, 2014 Cabernet Franc, 2016 Sauvignon Blanc and Mixed case of the Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc
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Planted and taking root here at Karamoor Estate, my days pass very quickly. I’m learning a lot, in so many different areas. I enjoy the challenge and building a bigger box to think outside of. So when I step out of it…I’m really stepping out! Since my first post we’ve had four or five tours & tastings and a couple of events, on and off of the property. Engaging with new people during these events and through social media, my learning curve is fast and furious. As part of the tours & tastings, we take our guests into the vineyards for an up close look at the vines, grapes and talk about all of the things that can affect Karamoor’s end product…quality wines. We were just awarded Pennsylvania's Best Winery by the New York International Wine Competition! Our guests enjoy their first taste of Karamoor’s award winning 2015 Chardonnay while standing among the thousands of Chardonnay Vinifera. As they sip and admire, Joe Rienzi our Viticulturist speaks of the challenges and laborious efforts it takes to have a successful vineyard and grape harvest. Kevin Robinson, Karamoor’s winemaker also contributes, adding from the years of experience as the winemaker at Rutherford Hill in the Napa Valley and Brassfield Estate in Lake County, California. It’s interesting to hear the difference and the science behind the dirt, the weather and the daily, manual grooming processes, that set our grapes and wines apart from others around the world. I also enjoy listening to Kevin and Joe and how their backgrounds and studies complement one another, giving the guests, a great visual of what’s involved, how it works and why it’s important. During one of our tours this week, I had another one of my “aha” moments, comparing my life to the vineyard. Remember my “New Life Plan” compared to that of planning a new vineyard in my last blog? A guest questioned the use of the irrigation system throughout the vineyards. We were all surprised with the response. Other than when the root stocks are first planted, the system is not used. To grow good grapes, with good characteristics, sugars, tannins, acidity, color, concentration, etc…one of the important factors is the roots. They need to grow deep into the ground to be strong. Without irrigation, they grow deeper and deeper in search for a source of water and also pull important nutrients out of the ground. If they are watered frequently they become lazy and remain shallow. Shallow roots, equates to shallow characteristics and not much longevity. No lazy vines and NO WATER FOR ME!
I asked Kevin and Joe in separate conversations for a one line take on the week, a thought, something they find important in what is presently happening at Karamoor. I was amazed at the similarity in their responses! Verbatim…
Kevin ~ “Wine is the place, the land”
Joe ~ “if great wines truly start out in the vineyard, Karamoor’s 2018 vintage, should be one that further proves Pennsylvania is capable of growing and making world class wine”
In conversations with Mr. and Mrs. Karabots, owners of this beautiful estate, their goal is to produce world class wines. In 2003 they hired Lucie Morton, one of the top viticulturists in the country, to plan their new vineyard. It took three years to create, study and plan these vineyards, before one root stock was placed in the ground. Here I am, talking about the roots again!! It all goes back to the beginning.
One of my roles at Karamoor, is to build up wine sales to restaurants, breweries, caterers and foodservice companies. Secondly, planning events and working on creating an awesome wine tasting facility, located in the barn along Butler Pike (I love barns...another day for another blog), which we hope to see opening in the spring of 2019. Another role, is to build onto our presence in the corporate world. I’ll be organizing corporate events, team building, wine and food pairings, corporate labeling programs ~ we have a ton to offer! This week we enjoyed a photo and film shoot with our largest corporate and private label customer, Larry Korman, Co-CEO of AKA. Karamoor bottles its award winning 2015 Chardonnay and 2015 Meritage (rhymes with heritage), for “A.VIN”, AKA’s proprietary wine. We’ve also done some nice labeling programs with: “Conshy Girls”, a couple of hard working young ladies with a catering division and four successful restaurants: Stella Blu, Gypsy Saloon, Southern Cross Kitchen and Gypsy Blue. Vynamic, a well known Healthcare Industry Management Consulting business with offices in Philadelphia and Boston. The Union League, a Philadelphia landmark and one of the country’s most prominent clubs. I will also be working on our social media presence and our Wine Club. I will be posting, planning, announcing and reporting on all sorts of events connected with Karamoor. So if you want to be the first to know, hear about our new releases and about events you can be a part of at other venues...join our Wine Club! Follow us on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/KaramoorEstate/, Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn https://lnkd.in/dwNAprD and of course I'm on Linked in too...www.linkedin.com/in/cheri-morrison-dodge!
So as I navigate and network through the vines of Karamoor, I am trying to find depth, balance and continuity in all that I do. It’s obvious, even as a “newbie” to Karamoor, it’s not about egos and individual talents. It’s about “the roots”. The roots of the people, the company, the vines and making sure they are all established and strong.
So I’ll be busy digging in, and hopefully starting to see some shoots by my next post.
Until then, #diggingin and #lovingit!!
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2014 Petit Verdot (12 bottles)
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Planning Your New Vineyard/Life
For the last couple of years, I’ve been in planning mode. What’s next? Where do I go? Big change? Baby steps? Sell everything? Get out of Dodge (hee-hee-hee ~ you’ll get it as you get to know me)?
Life is full of surprises and challenges. Sometimes, a few too many? All character builders.
I grew up in Blue Bell, formerly Pigeontown, Pennsylvania. I attended Germantown Academy. I love sports, participating in them more than watching. I was always very active and in addition to sports, was always busy doing something social or working somewhere in the area. I was not very good at sitting still. When I was 14 or 15, I started working for a woman who had a nice little catering business. I loved working for her!
Many moons later, I’m still in the food and hospitality industry. I graduated from The Culinary Institute of America and have done almost everything possible within the food service industry. Too much to list here. This is a blog not a novel. My strong suits are, sales and marketing. I had many years of practice with my own company, Culinary Crossing, which started in the Gwynedd Valley train station. Since I sold Culinary, I’ve read, googled, researched and read some more. I’ve talked to people, so many kind people… to try and figure out what was next. What was important to me? Do I want to start a new business? Do I want to be in the city? Work out of my home? I came across an article I saved. I don’t remember why I was reading it? Perhaps I was considering planting a vineyard behind my house? LOL!!! I wish I had written down every idea I had over the years. As I read this article I thought, hmmm…these sound like good questions about planning what’s next in my life. It reminded me a bit of the movie Being There with Peter Sellers as Chauncey Gardner and Shirley McLain as Eve. Good movie.
Anyway, the article was titled: “Planning Your New Vineyard” or life in my case.
I filled in my answers to their headings.
Your Goals ~ Happiness - Continue to learn and grow - be creative -healthy lifestyle - love my career
Your Growing Season ~ Every day. Create balance with work, play, exercise, nutrition and sleep
The Land ~ Where I grew up, close to amazing friends and my Dad.
Vineyard Orientation ~Work within a fifteen miles of home. Stay in the right longitude with the best attitudes.
Soil Quality ~ Quality company, quality people
Pests ~ Don’t want them 🐜
Disease ~Don’t put myself in susceptible situations
Time ~ Don’t get overly ambitious and take on more than I can comfortably manage.
Tools ~ A very wise man once told me, “take good care of your equipment and the equipment will take care of you”. (Thanks Dad!) Always have a back up plan, back up equipment, diversity and cross training within your bag of tricks.
Books ~ Keep reading, keep learning.
So there you have it, ten essential things to think about when planning your new vineyard or life. It seems to have worked out. Here I am, employed in sales and marketing, writing a blog for an amazing vineyard & winery,(which by the way, was awarded the best winery in Pennsylvania by the NY International Wine Competition), with quality award winning wines and people, a few miles from home, learning something new every day and as Maxwell Smart used to say, “and loving it!”
Did I mention the woman whose nice little catering business I worked for is less than 1/4 mile from Karamoor Estate? I think I’ve gone full circle!!
Let the planting begin!
You guys! Another week down. Fourth of July is in a week and a half! Yesterday was the first day of actual summer. We are through the first half of 2018! Time needs to slow down, that is for sure.
If you read this blog, you are likely already on our newsletter group...but if you aren't, you are not getting the most up to date Karamoor details possible! This week was kind of a big one; even though in last week's blog I mentioned that we added 3 more tour dates, the NEWSLETTER group found out what each one included! The NEWSLETTER group ALSO got an email today about a very special sale for the remaining 15 cases of 2013 Merlot that we have available for purchase! By special sale, I mean you can get this delight at 40% off per bottle per case. What a deal! That means that you are getting each bottle of 2013 Merlot for $16.19. AND free shipping. Amazing. If you aren't on the newsletter group, I will still give you the code to use for the sale (which runs until Monday 6.25)...BYE2013MERLOT.
So, let me tell you what the deal is for the 3 tours that we added for July. The tour on Tuesday, July 10 is at 4:30PM and will likely run until 6:45PM. It includes the normal Karamoor Estate tour and tasting (so, a drive through the property, an explanation of how Karamoor Estate Wines came to be, a winemaking explanation, and a tasting of at least 5 of our wines) PLUS a really nice cheese platter to enjoy...did I mention that it is also in the evening?? The visit on 7/10 costs $60 per person. We also have a tour scheduled for Saturday, July 14th from 1PM until about 3:15PM. That tour is the normal Karamoor tour, but on a Saturday (which has only been offered 1 time before) and is being sold for $75 per person WITH the opportunity to receive $25 off of your purchase of $150 or more on the day of your tour PLUS the normal tour discounts (10% off 1-11 items and 15% off 12+ items)....so you will end up paying $50 per ticket as long as you leave with some Karamoor wine to keep you stocked up for summer. We also added a tour for Friday, July 20th from 3-5:15PM. This is our normal tour and tasting...tried and true...$50 per person. Tickets are going fast - emails were sent yesterday and each tour is already halfway to sold out.
I hope that you have a wonderful weekend. I am hosting a bridal shower at my house tonight and then am headed to Atlantic City this weekend for my best friend's bachelorette party! Until next time....
WELL! We are into the tail end of June...my most favorite time of year. You know why? Of course you do. School's just about done...NO MORE SCHOOL BUSES to contend with during the morning commute. We have nothing yellow at our house; probably because just seeing that color stresses me out. It doesn't stress Matt out because he only has about a 6 minute commute...that lucky devil. Though, it will not be long before I am joining him on the short commute times...
I think that now is as good a time as any to let you all know that at the end of June/beginning of July, I will be moving on from my post here at Karamoor Estate. Trust me when I tell you that this was the hardest decision of my life; but I'm headed into real estate to pursue a passion and try something new. I have enjoyed getting to know each and every single one of you during my last 6 years here at Karamoor, and can never thank you enough for the support you've shown as we continue to do our thing. I'm very happy with how things are evolving for Karamoor's future as I see only positive changes and forward momentum as we go through this transition period. There will be a few new people onboarding as I depart; the one I am going to mention in this blog article is a woman by the name of Cheri Morrison.
Cheri owned her own business for 20+ years. She started her restuarant in the late 1980's at the Lower Gwynedd Train Station. She served breakfast, lunch, and dinner, but quickly recognized that the business she did was heavy on soups...going through 40+ gallons per day! So like any good business owner, she adapted. She stopped serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner an focused on making and packaging her soups in bulk...growing the business from a start up to a soup empire that was selling $3+mm per year in product. As a woman ahead of her time, she focused on fresh ingredients, no preservatives, and takeaway packaging (all of which are commonplace today, but in the mid-90s, no one was really thinking that way). After selling her business in 2011, she did some consulting for friends and colleagues as she searched for her next passion project. We are thrilled to be that next chapter of Cheri's business life. Having grown up just a few miles from Karamoor and having attended Germantown Academy (right down the road from us) she has many friends and associates in the area...so we know she will fit right in. She will be taking over the blog in the near future, so she will, I'm sure, introduce herself in a little more depth.
As promised, we've come up with a few more dates for tours. We are looking at Tuesday, July 10 at 4:30PM; Saturday, July 14 at 1:00PM; and Friday, July 20 from 3-5PM. Emails with pricing will go out next week...so stay tuned! In addition to the new tour dates going out next week, we are going to be shipping out our wine club orders! Our Signature Mixed Club will be receiving the New York International Wine Competition winners, so a bottle of 2017 Rosé, 2015 Chardonnay, and 2015 Cabernet Franc. Our Signature Red Club will be receiving a bottle of our 2017 Rosé, 2015 Cabernet Franc, and our "ready to drink" 2010 Reserve Merlot. Our Reserve Club will be receiving a bottle of the very last amount of 2014 Barrel Select Cabernet Sauvignon, 2013 Reserve Merlot, and 2015 Cabernet Franc.
I hope that you enjoy the beautiful weather this weekend. I am going to be spending it moving 23 tons of riverjack, so I am glad that at least the weather is supposed to be cooperative. Until next time...
Hi all! Sorry for not writing last week, but time got away from me and then I was off to Florida on Friday to watch my friend compete in CrossFit Regionals. Have you been to West Palm Beach? It is such a cute little town. It is too bad that Matt couldn't come with me, but someone had to watch the dogs! The weather was not very cooperative, but I suppose I can't complain too much about the weather since I think up here we got about 3 inches of rain over the 3 days I was gone!
It has been a very busy week with a lot of exciting things happening. On Tuesday, I was down in the city with a person who comes on board with us next week (her name is Cheri Morrison, and I will tell you all about her in next week's blog). We went to this really cool venue, Arena 2300, where there were many of the top caterers in Philly at a great networking event...while familiarizing ourselves with a very unique space. Hopefully you start seeing Karamoor (or our second brand!!!!!!!!!!!!!! More to come on this.) through some of these top catering companies in the near future. On Thursday, we hosted a private wine tasting event here for 20 people...complete with an amazing cheese board by Jericho's fabulous head chef, Verdine Hurt. Now, today, we have another private tasting! Next week is almost just as busy, if not more so! This is great news for Karamoor.
If you follow us on social media or get our newsletters (and if you don't, you should!), then you probably already know that we won some really great awards at the New York International Wine Competition. We were named PA Winery of the Year, our 2015 Cabernet Franc and 2015 Chardonnay took gold medals, and our brand new 2017 Rosé took a bronze. How exciting is that? We are so proud! We are also so appreciative of all the nice notes we have received from Karamoor fans echoing the remarks of us being their favorite winery in PA too! It means a lot.
I know that I keep promising everyone new dates for semi-private tours in July. I promise that they are coming. We plan to release them next Monday or Tuesday so that you can start planning your visit with us ASAP. Thank you so much for your patience on this - as always, the dates will come out via our newsletter first, Facebook and Instragram 2nd, and then they will also be listed on the blog next Friday.
I hope that you have plans to enjoy what is looking like another rainy weekend. Hopefully the sun pokes its head out a bit. Matt is headed up to his business partner's lakehouse with some of their pals - so I plan on getting some yardwork done, having dinner with my parents, and maybe spray painting the new window boxes that are being installed next Wednesday! Until next time...
I think that we've gotten around 4 inches of rain this week. I thought that the saying was "APRIL showers bring May flowers", not "April showers bring more May showers". I can't complain about it too much though! I have been planting a lot of new flowers and bushes at the house, and all this rain has been allowing me to not have to water by hose every day...so that's a plus. But I could do with some sunshine. It has been kind of depressing without it.
I think I have had our 2017 Rosé almost weekend since we've released it. It is portable sunshine (currently needed!)...and it goes with everything. Last Friday (after our 2 tours), I shared a bottle of it with my grandparents overlooking the vineyard (perfect pairing for the end of the day). Last Saturday, I enjoyed it with smoked salmon, skirt steak with chimichurri, and grilled chicken. It went perfectly with all of that. The weekend before, I enjoyed it with some friends and a little pizza. Again..perfect. Tonight, I plan to enjoy it with some friends and Indian food! I'm sure it will be a perfect pairing yet again!
Have you tried it yet? I know that Stone Rose in Conshy was doing a Rosé month where Karamoor was featured alongside of some other Rosés from interesting regions. We got a lot of nice notes (and Instagram posts) from people enjoying it! I really love Rosé - I think it is so versatile and there are a lot of wineries doing great ones. It is nice to see places highlight regions that are not as traditional...I think that it really helps facilitate the realization that great wines don't just come from the places that you expect. (AKA Karamoor!).
This weekend is supposed to be rainy. Again. I can't say that I am TOO bummed about it because rainy days means relaxation. Movie marathons. Maybe some popcorn and takeout. Until next time...
I'm going to blink and May will be over....can't believe it. You know that June is my most favorite month of the year, though. Do you remember why? It is because school is done and there are no more school buses on the road. I have my trip to work timed perfectly. I HAVE to leave my house by NO LATER than 7:04AM every day in order to miss the school bus that drives up my road...usually passing my house by 7:06AM. So, I rip down the driveway in order to make it in front of that bus. THEN, I take Lower State Road all the way towards Welsh Road. If I do not pass a certain neighborhood by 7:30AM, I get stuck behind a bus for 2 stops and then continue onto Old Bethlehem Pike...if I am ahead of schedule, I cut over to Cedar Hill Road and it's smooth sailing. If I get stuck behind the bus for the 2 stops, that's not so much of a problem. The BIGGEST deal is if I am not passing Cedar Hill Road by 7:40AM. If I do not pass Cedar Hill Road by 7:40AM, I may as well pull into the new Wholefoods and have a cup of coffee because there is this bus that stops like 8 times on Old Bethlehem Pike from Spring House to Ambler and it ruins my whole morning. Anyway, it will be nice to drive in without having such a strict time table. You are probably thinking, "Ali, why don't you just leave earlier so that you miss all the buses?", and I'd answer, "Have you met my three dogs and also have you heard of sleep?"
So, the main reason that I think that I am going to blink and May will be over is because we are slammed with tours! We have 2 tours today, we have a tour on Wednesday of next week, we have a tour on Friday of next week, we have a private event on Wednesday the 30th, somewhere in there is Memorial Day Weekend...it's just going to be a whirlwind. The tours have been going so great too. I've been so happy with them, and I think that I've been so happy with them because the people that have been attending them have been so happy with them. The tours are very special to me; I so enjoy sharing this property and my grandparents' story (and stories about my grandparents) with everyone who comes to visit. My hope is that at the conclusion of the tour, you see how special Karamoor is. How special the wine is. How special my family is. It makes me happy to share all the stories as well as all the trials & tribulations that has made us, and continue to make us, who we are.
I'm sorry that this wonderful weather is not supposed to run into the weekend. I was hoping that tomorrow and Sunday would be exact replications of today...but, sadly, no such luck. If you haven't gotten a chance to take advantage of our Warm Weather Wine pack - you should...it's a great smattering of wines at a great price that go perfectly with days like today. Even though the weather is supposed to be mediocre, I have a weekend of yardwork lined up for myself. I think on Sunday we are going to head to Mom and Dad's to celebrate Mother's Day. Mom is a pain because she won't do a brunch or an early dinner...but I also really love and admire her...so she gets what she wants. A dinner BBQ on a Sunday night... I hope that you have a wonderful weekend planned. Until next time...
Guys. Did I not call this? My dad calls my mom "meteoroligist An" because she is always making outlandish predictions about the weather. I think that maybe my nickname should be "Almanac Ali", because did I say or did I say that we were going to go from cold weather to 90 degree sweaty weather? I did say. I attended 2 events this week that were outside, and it felt like August! I wasn't ready for it. On the upside, at least it hasn't been pouring and Matt was finally able to cut the lawn. It was looking like a forest. It was so long, he said that the grass was coming over the mow-deck, and it was so thick that it was clogging the bagger that he JUST HAD TO HAVE. I feel bad about how the grass looks because my husband is a nut about the lawn. Whenever we pass a lawn that is perfect, he always comments about he wishes our lawn looked like that. He gets lawn envy very easily. So, I know that how he had to leave the grass after the first cut is driving him crazy. He said that if he hadn't had to leave for a bachelor party, he would have cut the lawn another two times this weekend. #lawnnut
In addition to being able to cut the lawn, ALL THE BUDS ARE BREAKING! Nature is so neat. I feel like I didn't have a real appreciation for plants and nature until I owned a home, but man, it is pretty awesome how you can be driving to work in the morning and the trees and plants look like they are dead, and then when you are driving to work the next morning it's like they are in full bloom. The same thing is happening out in the vineyard. Another season begins!
In honor of the new season and the warm weather, we are offering a case of WARM WEATHER WINES! Something perfect to ring in, you guessed it, the warm weather. The case consists of 3 bottles of 2015 Chardonnay, 3 bottles of 2016 Sauvignon Blanc, 3 bottles of 2017 Rosé, and 3 bottles of 2017 Viognier! Did I mention that we are offering this mixed case at 30% off retail? What a deal. Also, if you are part of our wine club, you get an additional 10% off. Also, if you come on one of our tours (and we are still running the sale), you get an additional 10% off. Deals on deals.
I hope to do nothing this weekend. I'd maybe be OK with buying some more plants and doing some watering. But I would like to have a chill, low-key, do nothing but lounge around weekend. I have a feeling that isn't going to happen. A girl can dream, though! I hope that you get to do exactly what you want to do this weekend. Enjoy the pretty weather. Grill some stuff. Drink some Karamoor Rosé... Until next time...
Well, we had a brief glimpse of spring last weekend...and then a freeze warning on Monday night. I am ready for some warmer weather - but I know what's going to happen. We are going to bypass spring and head right into summer. So, instead of those lovely 70 degree days, we are headed right into the mid-80s. The sweaty weather. I'm kind of a little nervous about it going right to the sweaty weather because last weekend when it hit 80, I went to turn on the AC for the upstairs...and it was a no-go! It started making a horrible sound, and it was just blowing the warm air around, so I turned it off. It was a bazillion degrees upstairs on Saturday during the day. So, on Monday I called the HVAC people and they said that they would have to wait until the weather got above 72 degrees so that they could figure out what was wrong and there is nothing even in the 15 day forecast that says anywhere close to 72. Which is good and bad. Good because I will be able to sleep well with the windows open, but bad because that means that all the 72+ degree weather is going to come at the same time. Hopefully I called them early enough to be at the top of the list because I am a big baby when it comes to the house being too hot. Right now, it is sitting at 64 degrees! Matt's like, "Ali, it is freezing in here!", and I'm like, "Don't you dare turn that heat up. Put on a sweatshirt!".
Speaking of turning the heat up...things are really heating up on our future storefront! By heating up, I mean that we have moved the gates! They used to be right on the road, now they aren't. Here are some pictures of what's going on up there:
Dump truck and some rocks
Backhoes and trucks
Future tasting room
New gate entrance!
Before you ask any questions about when it's going to open, I'm going to tell you that we are not sure. We are hoping that it will be open in 2019 (though, we would't be upset if it was in 2018...before the holidays!). I know that the next steps will be to remove the current road, lay rock, and do some paving for the entrance/parking lot. They are hoping to start the actual construction on the tasting room soon, but the very wet weather has not been helpful in that regard. We will keep you posted on its progress. Trust us when we tell you that we are as excited for this public tasting room as you are!
Did you take advantage of the sale that we ran this week? 20% off all orders over $75. That's only 4 bottles of Rosé. You could drink that this weekend! The sale will run until Sunday with the code COMEONSPRING - because...happy thoughts! Did you ALSO see that we added another pop up tour? We had something cancel for May 18th, so we were able to offer the date for a semi-private tour! But...it is sold out now. Hopefully you jumped on the tickets if you wanted to come out to see us. I don't think that we are going to be able to add any other dates until the end of June at this point because right now every single Friday from now until then are booked.
What are you guys doing this weekend? Yesterday was Matt's birthday, so I have a feeling that we are going to be doing some birthday celebrating this weekend...I can't say for sure though...because he is one of the three people that read this blog. I did some nice stuff for him yesterday, so if there is no celebrating this weekend *wink wink*, then it won't be the end of the world I suppose. Tomorrow during the day, we are having a bunch of landscaping stuff done. Bed clean up, edging, mulching, maybe having some trees and bushes dug out (Matt's not happy about this), but I'm SO EXCITED! I'm turning into my mom. Last night before Matt and I went out to dinner, I sprayed some "deer please leave these plants alone" spray because all of the plants that I planted last year are being eaten by this enormous deer herd. It was bothering me so much that it was keeping me up at night thinking about it! Hopefully the spray works. I have heard mixed reviews - so if it works, I will report back. I hope that you've got some fun things on the docket too...not that yardwork or spraying for deer is necessarily fun, but you know what I mean. Until next time...