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Alecia Jankowski
 
June 15, 2018 | Alecia Jankowski

Some changes at Karamoor...

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...

Alecia Jankowski
 
June 8, 2018 | Alecia Jankowski

New dates coming for July

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...

Alecia Jankowski
 
May 25, 2018 | Alecia Jankowski

Happy Memorial Day Weekend

Ah, the Friday before a three day weekend.  I love three day weekends.  Three day weekends mean that there is a four day work week.  This year, I get 2 three day weekends in a row because this weekend is Memorial Day Weekend, and next weekend I am taking Friday off to fly down to Florida to see my best buddy compete in Crossfit Regionals.  Her name is Missy, and she is kind of like the sister that I never had.  Missy has had a lot of great stuff happening in her life these last few months.  She and her fiance just closed on their first home (I was their realtor!), she is headed to a very selective competition next weekend, AND she is getting married in August!  I am glad to be going down to Florida to watch her compete, but I am also bummmmmmmed that the event is indoors!  Although, after having looked at the weather, it appears that Florida thinks that it is Pennsylvania and it is supposed to rain like every day that we are down there.  I was hoping for at least a few hours by the hotel pool.  It is almost June and I have zero tan.  Nothing.  It's like it is still January.

Speaking of January, I haven't seen my good friend Nick since January.  See, Nick deployed in January and he is supposed to be gone until sometime in December of this year.  Every Friday I send him a countdown of how many Fridays are left until the 5 best friends that anyone could have are back together again (his wife, Matt, me, and our friend Ryan) so that we can have a few cocktails (beers for the boys), large steaks, some chicken wings, and a cigar ( I hate cigars, but the boys love them, so I plan to have one when Nick gets home...and I won't even complain).  See, even though a lot of people sort of equate Memorial Day Weekend with the start of summer, it is actually a very significant holiday.  It honors those buddies of my friend Nick who paid the ultimate sacrifice....so that those of us living in the United States of America can enjoy things like cocktails, beers, chicken wings, steak, and a little thing I like to call FREEDOM.

I hope that you have a great weekend.  Remember to pay tribute to those who are unable to enjoy the barbeques with friends and family.  Have some fun in their honor and remember to be thankful for all you have.  To help with the fun, we have a sale running through the Karamoor website in honor of Memorial Day, so if you are interested, you can use code MEMDAY2018 to receive 30% off your order of $200 or more.  Catch you next week!  Until next time...

Time Posted: May 25, 2018 at 11:40 AM
Alecia Jankowski
 
May 18, 2018 | Alecia Jankowski

Rose goes with anything

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...

Alecia Jankowski
 
May 11, 2018 | Alecia Jankowski

Crazy May is underway!

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...

Alecia Jankowski
 
May 4, 2018 | Alecia Jankowski

It's May 4th...and it's hot

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...

Time Posted: May 4, 2018 at 8:55 AM
Alecia Jankowski
 
April 20, 2018 | Alecia Jankowski

If you drive past the Butler Pike entrance to Karamoor...

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...

Alecia Jankowski
 
April 12, 2018 | Alecia Jankowski

Adding another semi-private tour!

I know.  It is Thursday and there is a blog post.  And yes, in case you are wondering, I am still sick.  Thank you for your concern.  I think that I'm on the cusp of getting over it though.  I bet I just jinxed myself.  Hopefully not though, because the reason that this blog post is taking place on a Thursday instead of on a Friday is because I took tomorrow off and the weather is supposed to be picture perfect!  I'm not sure that I am planning to spend too much time outside (they are FINALLY fnishing our closet tomorrow morning, so my plan is to move all my stuff so that I can enjoy the weekend without having to worry about moving all my clothes), but I know that I am going to at the very least take the pups for a nice walk since they've been going stir-crazy inside.  I feel bad that they haven't been allowed to run around in the back yard for the last few weeks, but it has just been way too muddy.  They go out and when they come back in, even if it is fast, they look like they've taken a mud bath at a relaxing spa.  It takes like a good twenty minutes to get them all toweled off.

I know that I mentioned on Friday that we were having a Greek Easter celebration here last Sunday with all of our family and friends.  It was a great time.  We went through so much Rosé.  It has been a HUGE hit.  Not even just with my family....our restaurant accounts seem to be on the Rosé train too!  We've had 5 other accounts pick it up just this week.  So exciting that everyone is loving it.

As the title of this blog alludes to, we have set another date for a semi-private tour.  June 15th is going to be the date.  I know that it seems far away, but we are slammed until then.  We have 2 tours for Colonial School Disctrict on 4/27, on 5/4, and on 5/11 we have 1 tour for Colonial and then our semi-private tour that is scheduled for 3PM.  On 5/18, we have a tour that a group won at a non-profit fundraiser.  We aren't having anything the week of Memorial Day Weekend (or the Friday following), and then we have another private tour scheduled for 6/8.  SO...before anything else pops up, we are adding 6/15 at 3PM for you guys.  Hopefully you can make it!  It is going to be our normal tour and tasting - you can expect to spend about 2 hours to 2 hours and 15 minutes wtih us!  It is always a lot of fun and it is a great way to end the work week!

Enjoy the beautiful weather this weekend.  I don't think it is slated to last too long, so make the most of it while it briefly makes an appearance (next Tuesday is supposed to be in the 30s and 40s again!).  I know that Matt and I plan to play golf at some point this weekend...he's been getting antsy for golf season.  I actually have been too.  We really enjoy playing together...and I'm not just saying that.  You know how most wives THINK that their husbands enjoy golfing with them?  Well....I KNOW.  I also know that we are going to be doing more yardwork this weekend.  Darn.  Don't you wish the yard would just make itself perfect?  I guess if it did that though, you wouldn't feel nearly as accomplished once it was done.  Anyway, until next time...

Time Posted: Apr 12, 2018 at 9:58 AM
Alecia Jankowski
 
April 6, 2018 | Alecia Jankowski

The San Diego International Wine Competition results....are IN!

Did you know that I managed to not get sick for literally a whole year?  Not with wedding stress from last year.  Not from work stress.  Not from sitting in a hallway at work where every single person would pass by coughing all over the place.  Well, my luck has run out.  I am pretty sure that there were a few people that were plotting against me.  Most noteably, my own mother.  Did you know that she raised 2 children and always told us to cover our mouths when we coughed?  She's been sick, and, like magic, she seems to forget that very important rule that she taught us at a young age.  She doesn't cover her mouth around me.  I think it has to do with the fact that I am always lecturing her on her vegetable and water intake.  "If you ate more vegetables and drank more water, you probably wouldn't be sick right now."  So, I think that she planned this.  Right when she was starting to get sick, she brought me a cupcake (my Achilles heel) and offered to split it with me.  I had been painting the walls of the closet, so she brought it over to me and forked a little of it into my mouth while I was covered in paint.  LITTLE did I know...she had eaten off that fork with her sick germs.  So...like I said.  She has been trying to prove to me for weeks that my water and vegetable intake can not thwart off her germs forever.  And, as the old saying goes, "your mother is always right"....even though in this case she really had to pull out all the stops to be right....

So, aside from me being sick, I actually do have some good news to share.  It is this:

See!  I told you it was good news.  Look at that pretty little lady!  How gorgeous is she?  We decided to release her early...just in time for (hopefully) warmer weather to start coming around.  PS.  Did you see that earlier this week they had forecasted 3-5 inches of snow for tomorrow?  I was like....what.  the.  heck.  But then also, this morning while I was getting ready for work, I looked out the window and there were snowflakes coming down.  But now it is supposed to be 60 degrees today.  WHAT IS UP WITH THIS WEATHER?!  Anyway, when warm weather does decide to show its face, you are going to want a case or two of this stuff to enjoy with it.  We made around 350 cases of it and it is flying already (in 6 restaurants as of yesterday), so...get it while it lasts!

Another bit of good news that we received this morning is that the results are in from the San Diego International Wine Competition!  We entered our 2015 Meritage, our 2015 Cabernet Franc, our 2015 Chardonnay, and our 2015 Merlot.  ALL OF THEM TOOK SILVERS!  Wahoo!  That is so great.  You should see the competition that they were up against out there.  We are so unbelievably proud of how they did.  The 2015 reds will be added to the website on Monday of next week - I will send out an email to let everyone know when they are live.

A little heads up; we are down to our last pallet of 2013 Merlot, and 2014 Merlot is sold out.  We also only have 4 cases remaining of our 2014 Barrel Select Cabernet Sauvignon, 5 cases remaining of our 2014 Petit Verdot, and 10 cases remaining of our 2010 Reserve Merlot.  Things have really been flying off the shelves!

This weekend is Greek Easter!  My grandparents are having a big shindig here at Karamoor with like 75 of our closest relatives and friends.  It should be a great time....lamb on a spit, wine, family, and friends.  What more could you ask for?!  I hope that you have a great weekend...the weather does not look as good as it was last weekend, that's for sure.  You will be happy to know that Matt and I finally did some yardwork and got things so that they looked semi-presentable.  Until next time....

Alecia Jankowski
 
March 30, 2018 | Alecia Jankowski

Philly Wine Week is coming to a close

You guys!  I need to tell you that I had a great weekend last weekend.  Matt and I went up to NYC with my parents and stayed at the Four Seasons.  It was supposed to be the Four Seasons Downtown, but Matt made a small mistake and booked us at the 57th street location (which we didn't realize until we were at the Four Seasons Downtown trying to check in...).  All of our reservations were in the Village, so we had to cancel them and kind of fly by the seat of our pants...which to be honest, probably worked out for the best.  See, my parents had an apartment on 60th and 1st Avenue back in the 2000s and I spent A LOT of time there.  I worked for my dad's company in Manhattan during summer breaks through college, and then when I graduated college, I got a job with Marriott and I was lucky enough to be able to crash at the family apartment instead of renting.  So, the Upper East Side was my neighborhood.  I felt a lot like my mom when we drive past stuff from her childhood.  I can't count how many times I've heard about how "this is where I was a camp counselor".  Anyway, I was Mom this weekend.  Telling Matt how I used to walk 25 blocks up to 96th Street to take hot yoga, and this was the Thai restaurant that I used to get takeout from, and this is the pizza place that we would go to at 2AM...  He was a trooper though.  Even when Dad decided that we should stop by the old building and see if any of the doormen were still there....AND THEY WERE!  It was a nice trip down memory lane.  I really had a great time.  Also, in the lobby, we saw Gene Simmons!  I wanted to tell him I liked his boots, but I think that Matt would have been mortified....so I just kept my big mouth shut!  But, Gene, if by some off chance you are reading the Karamoor Estate Wine Blog by Ali Jankowski, please comment below with where you got them because they were awesome!

Well, Philly Wine Week is almost over.  We hope that you got to take advantage of some of the events that were going on downtown.  We've been involved in some way since they started this wine centric week 5 years ago and we are so glad that it seems to keep getting better and better.  More and more restuarants seem to be getting on board, and more and more consumers seem to really be immersing themselves in the wine world!  We were part of the Karamoor Tap Takeover at Tria Taproom on Tuesday of this week.  They poured ONLY KARAMOOR all day.  And they featured our 2017 Rosé and also our 2017 Viognier.  They said that the feedback was excellent on both!  This makes me happy.  We also were involved in a "meet the winemaker" event last night with our friends over at Bar Amis (formerly Lo Spiedo).  We are gearing up to do a lot more work with them, so that is very exciting for us!  (and hopefully for them too!).  Kevin and Shaina held down the fort there while I was at Normandy Farms for an event for ILEA (not to be confused with IKEA) which stands for:  International Live Events Association.  It was a very cool event where Normandy Farms put together a wonderful menu that was paired with our wines.  The best part was that the event took place in a room where there was a test kitchen, so everyone in attendance got to watch the chef prepare the dishes that were then served to them!  It was a smashing success and people (as usual) couldn't believe that our wines were from right down the road.

ALSO, guess what!?  Kevin said that I could release the Rosé early!  So, maybe we will release it next week.  How exciting is that?  I know that I am excited.  The tasting group that is coming out today is going to get to give it a taste!  Hopefully they (and you) love it....or I will be forced to drink about 400 cases.

I am looking forward to a low-key weekend this weekend.  I hope that Matt doesn't really want to do anything tonight unless it is going to bed early...I mean, I probably would not say "no" to going to our favorite restaurant...but we are also going there tomorrow night with some newly made friends!  So, maybe I should rest up for that...I want to make sure that I make a good impression.  We didn't get nearly as much rain as I thought we would this week, so maybe tomorrow or Sunday will be the day where we get to do some much needed yard clean-up.  I hope that you have some fun plans this weekend.  I keep forgetting that Sunday is Easter and that it is Passover.  I don't really celebrate Easter since I am Greek Orthodox...our Easter is next weekend...and that it seems like Matt and his family are not really Easter holiday celebraters.  When I was younger, I got to celebrate 2 Easters, because Dad is not Greek Orthodox.  The best was when my brother and I pretended that we thought the Easter Bunny was real and that Mom made us TWO Easter baskets.  Ah, the good old days.  Maybe I should ask Mom and Dad if they want to come over on Sunday for an early dinner.  Anyway, Happy Easter and Happy Passover to all that celebrate either.  Until next time...

Time Posted: Mar 30, 2018 at 11:03 AM