How about this weather, huh? Usually, by this time in the summer, I am ready to head to Canada, Alaska, or the North Pole. August's in Pennyslvania are usually just the absolute worst. High 90's with what feels like 100% humidity. I am not sure what we did to deserve this beautiful weather, but I hope it sticks around for a while.
It turns out that I am not the only one that is loving this weather. Our grapes seem to be enjoying it too! Today, we are harvesting an acre of our 2015 Chardonnay. The Chardonnay being harvested today is from the new portion of the vineyard that was planted in 2013, our more mature Chardonnay vines will be following in ripeness next week. On Monday, we are going to be harvesting our 2015 Sauvignon Blanc, which will be our first harvest of the variety, Sauvignon Blanc! So exciting. On Tuesday, we will be harvesting our Viognier and Pinot Gris, and on Wednesday, we will be harvesting the remaining Chardonnay. Check our Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/KaramoorEstate) for photos during harvest, I will be doing my best to keep those up to date so you guys can feel like you are right here with us while we begin our 2015 winemaking process!
On Tuesday, we got our labels for Karamoor's 2014 Chardonnay (there was a little delay with the label company; if you remember, we were supposed to have received them last week), they turned out great. Once we had the labels in hand, Kevin and the team was able to complete the bottling of our 2014 Chardonany. We made a little over 400 cases, which is not too many (2013, was almost 1000 cases), but remember that we lost a good portion of our Chardonnay vines between the 2013/2014 and 2014/2015 winters. Luckily, those 400 cases worth of Chardonnay are delicious. We will release some tasting notes on this wine when the time is right, until then, just let your imaginations run wild!
I am looking forward to a slower paced and fun weekend. My brother is coming in from Chicago with his fiance. I am so excited! They fly into Philadephia on Saturday and will be heading straight out to Bucks County, to my house, as soon as their flight lands. We have some great plans for the day, my two cousins who live up in the Hoboken area are going to come to my house too, and then we are heading down to The Mann Music Center to go to a reggae festival! Did you know that The Mann carries Karamoor wines? I had never been to The Mann until July of this year. I have been a Philadelphian since I was about 8 months old (born in Maine), and for some reason, I had never made it to The Mann. Let me tell you, it is GORGEOUS. I had a tour during my visit there and I couldn't pick my mouth up off the ground for the duration of the time I was being shown around. The acoustics are great, it has a lot of charm, and it is probably the cleanest venue I have ever seen. Also, did I mention that they carry our wine? I hope that you also have some great plans for one of the final weekends of summer! Until next time...