If you are not a winemaker or a sommelier, you may not have known this. The flesh of a red grape is the same exact color as the flesh of a white grape! The way that red wines turn red is that during primary fermentation, the flesh of the grape is allowed prolonged contact with the red skin of the grape. That's how the juice extracts that dark purple hue!
Oak barrels cost between $450 and $1200 depending on the variety of oak (French is the most expensive that we use). EACH year, we have to buy new barrels because an oak barrel's oak flavor decreases exponentiallyyear over year. After the third use of the barrel, it is considered a neutral aging vessel. You can use the oak barrels for as long as you keep them clean; but they will no longer add any 'oakiness' to the wine (hence, why every year we have to buy about 25% more new oak barrels). $$$$$$$$$$$$
Remember the vineyard consultant that architected our vineyard? Her name is Lucie Morton (in case you forgot). Lucie is a top viticulturist in the United States and Lucie found AND named this disease. It's a type of fungus that is detrimental to vineyards. I just love that it's called The Black Goo disease. It sounds like a horror film from like the 50's...like THE BLOB! Say a little prayer that we NEVER see the BLACK GOO here at Karamoor...
That means that you can drink a whole bottle for only 625 calories! Karamoor's red wines and Chardonnay are 100% dry (meaning all sugar has been fermented out), so they are pretty low in carbs too!
This means that we don't have to leave things up to chance! We don't have to do a little bee or bug or hummingbird dance to make sure that the flowers get polinated so that we can have some grapes on the vines.
The shape of a glass DOES in fact matter. The shape of the glass is not going to help change a bad wine to a good wine...but when you are drinking wine you want to enjoy it to the fullest! The way that you enjoy it to the fullest is you get the most out of both; taste and smell. The larger bowl of the glass helps red wines to open (which is why red wine glasses are wider than white wine glasses), and they also have a larger rim (though still slightly fluted) so help blow off some of the ethanol (since reds are usually higher in alcohol than whites), so that the aromas can be enjoyed. White wine glasses typically have a much smaller bowl (because they don't need to open up), and they typically have a smaller rim because their aromas are more delicate than those of reds. Champagne should really, always be served in a flute (instead of those cute coupes) because it makes the bubbles last longer! Who wants to drink a flat champs?!
Shameless Karamoor plug! We are 100% grown, produced, bottled, labeled, and stored right here in Fort Washington! The truest expression of the finest wines that Montgomery County has to offer...
The first commercial vineyard in the United States of America was located in the Greater Philadelphia region and was established by Peter Legaux in 1793!
Another plug! We're pretty great.
Doctor is to humans what a Viticulturist is to grape vines. We'd be lost without our viticulture team here at Karamoor! Thanks Joe and Casey!
Have you ever wondered how you get wine out of a barrel without having to dump the barrel upside down? (or use a pump...) WONDER NO MORE! This handy little contraption is made of glass and has a hole in the glass up by the handle, thus allowing air to escape as the wand fills with wine. Once you've got enough wine in the thief (which for me is at the very top...), you put your thumb over the hole and voila! You are ready to fill your glass...ahem...I mean...go run some tests.
Lol. My sophmoric sense of humor makes me laugh every single time I say this....or when anyone says this.
ALSO, Terrior can impart all different types of flavors in the wine!
ANOTHER shameless plug! Cases of our 2014 signature wines are 50% off!