ONLY 3 WEEKS UNTIL THANKSGIVING!!!!!!!! Thanksgiving is my most favorite holiday. I think that the reason I love it so is due to the fact that the only thing you have to focus on during Thanksgiving is eating. Man, do I love to eat! My love of eating is the main motivator for working out (that and you know...living longer, being fit, and all that other stuff...). We are hosting Friendsgiving at our house next weekend and I have been looking for all the perfect recipes. Pretty much all of the recipes include cheese. Can't wait!
I know I promised to include a photo of my halloween costume, but that will have to wait until next week because I didn't take any pictures of it and my friends who have a photo haven't sent it my way just yet. Next week...promise!
Moving on. As I stated in the teaser of this blog, harvest is over and it's back to business as usual over here. Paul Vigna of PennLive.com posted an article that is kind of a collection of local (ish) winemakers and their thoughts on how the 2016 growing season went. Here is a link to the article: http://blog.pennlive.com/wine/2016/11/how_does_the_2016_vintage_compare_to_others_wineries_from_4_states_chime_in.html and here is what our winemaker, Kevin, had to say:
"Finished picking the last of the Cab. Sauv. last Wednesday right after the hard freeze that morning and before the storm Thursday.... Got all the red grapes good and ripe, and thanks to our top-notch viticultural team, managed to let it hang as long as possible with minimal threat from disease pressures. Good concentration of flavors and color on all red varietals. Just pressed off some Cab Franc today that is looking really good already showing nice, ripe fruit intensity, and soft tannins at this early stage. Also, got good pHs and acidity on all the reds this year.
The white varietals also had good acid numbers, and the quality is excellent as well. The down side to the white grape crop this year was that there wasn't enough! Much lighter that average across the board perhaps due to some winter-kill in the buds combined with a wet May during berry set. In spite of a late start to the growing season, along with our expected regional weather and challenges along the way, I'd have to say overall one of the better years that I've seen in my time here at Karamoor."
It is looking like, from those 2 paragraphs, that the 2016 vintage will be something to look foward to! Great news! Another piece of great news is that we are putting together holiday gift packs this year. They are food pairing themed gift packs that are designed to go with your favorite holiday meats! Check out the packs that we have released thus far here: http://www.karamoorwines.com/Store/Holiday-Gift-Packs. I know that I promised to talk about them this week, but I wanted to show you the online article instead. We will chat about the holiday gift packs next week!
I hope that you have a wonderful weekend! Until next time...