Another week into 2017 and we are in August. Last weekend we were up in the Reading area to hang out with my brother-in-law and sister-in-law. Matt and his brother played in a golf tournament in the morning and Nicole and I worked on perfecting a frozen mojito! It was a great Saturday. Their friends up there are so nice. At the end of the night, Matt, Andy, and Ryan (their childhood pal) set off a bunch of fireworks. It was great! Then on Sunday morning we woke up entirely too early to go to this place called The Tomcat for breakfast. The Tomcat has this INSANE menu. It is like 5 pages long and has wacky breakfast combos like these pancakes: chocolate chip cookie dough pancakes with layers of vanilla mousse - topped with chocolate drizzle and whipped cream or this breakfast sandwich: Honey Sriracha beef BBQ, two over eggs, smoked Gouda, frizzy onions and jalapeños between two oversized silver dollar pancakes. We've kind of made it a yearly tradition...we went there last year after the Pig Roast (and also to celebrate Andy's birthday) and now this year too! I think once you do it more than 1 time, it becomes tradition. That's the rule, right?
Anyway, when I got home last Sunday after The Tomcat, I had to weed the flower beds. I got sick of looking at the weeds and they weren't just going to go away (sadly), and I had already sprayed Roundup this season (the weeds had the audacity to come back)! I haven't had to do any weeding really since I got stung by a bunch of hornets when I was weeding with my mom when I was in high school...but now that I don't live at Mom and Dad's and I don't feel like paying someone to come and take care of our beds, I had to do it (Matt was mowing the lawn and fixing the fence because Murph is BAD and he has been getting out to go and visit his dog friends and kids in the neighbors pool....). I still hate it just as much as I did when I was in high school, but I will say that I felt very accomplished when I saw how nice it looked when I had finished.
I guess this is kind of how the guys feel out in the vineyard. Every single day Joen and his crew are out there making the vines look beautiful and keeping the fruit clean and making sure that they can grow the best that they can. I know they are starting to get nervous because we are down to crunch time and these thunderstorms that dump 2 inches of rain in an hour are less than ideal! Did anyone else get that storm that we had last night? I live up in Doylestown and literally, it rained for about 35 minutes and no lie, we got 2 inches of rain. The front yard looked like a pond for a few. Hopefully the weather doesn't do too much of this during harvest...but it's been a weird summer, so you never know. This is my favorite time of year in the vineyard (my favorite time of year on the property is winter)...it is so cool to see all the grapes that will be brought in to make our wine. I mean, this is the time of year that REALLY counts here at Karamoor. It decides how much wine we get to make and what the quality potential is. It is exciting and nerve wracking. But the vineyard is so pretty with all the red grape clusters hanging out there.
Last week, we released 2 more dates for tours (8.18 and 8.25); we have sold out 8.18, but there are still spots remaining for 8.25! We hope that you will come and visit us. Tours start promptly at 3PM and come prepared for an experience! It's not just a tasting. The visit lasts about 2 hours!
I think that's all I've got. No major plans this weekend other than playing golf tomorrow with Matt and then having dinner with my grandparents. Sunday should be nice and lowkey. I hope that you've got some fun weekend plans...one of the last few of summer! Make it count! Until next time...