It's not Friday.... Nope, it's not! I'm headed to Florida this evening, so I wanted to update you guys before I left. We have some "good stuff" (as my grandmother would say) going on this President's Day Weekend. It doesn't just have to do with me enjoying the beautiful weather in Florida, either! I mean, I will be enjoying the weather in Florida. It is supposed to be 80 degrees tomorrow and sunny. Yes, I'm rubbing it in. Though, I don't think that it is supposed to be terrible here either! I saw 60s in the forecast!
Well, we are going to be runing one heck of a President's Day Weekend special. Are you a member of our Wine Club? If you aren't you are going to want to join ASAP (or at least by Monday 2/19) because we are offering a 50% OFF 6 BOTTLES OR MORE SALE to our Wine Club Members only. What a deal. It includes everything in our online store except for our 2014 Petit Verdot, 2014 Barrel Select Cabernet Sauvignon, and gift card purchases. Once you are signed into your account that is affiliated with your Wine Club Membership, use code PDW2018 at checkout and take advantage of those savings!
If you aren't a Wine Club Member already, what are you waiting for? You can cancel it at any time, for any reason. You get a shipment of 3 bottles of wine 3 times a year (talk about fun mail). You usually receive at least 1 bottle of something brand new or not available to every customer on our website. You get 10-15% off ALL YEAR LONG ON ALL BOTTLE PURCHASES and typically that discount is applicable on top of any normal sales that we run. Plus...we usually give out free tour tickets at least once per year! Sign up today!
Well, that's it for now. I hope you guys have a great Friday, and then those that are lucky enough to get it, a great long weekend too! I know that I plan to. We are going to play golf tomorrow morning, head to the beach, get some massages, eat at some great restaurants, and then go deep sea fishing as well! Can't wait to log some good quality family time. Until next time...
When I was writing the title of this blog, I almost wrote "Philly Wines" lol. You can tell that I type a lot of emails that say "wine". Speaking of wine and wins, did you SEE THAT SUPER BOWL?! What an exciting game. I don't care if you are a fan of a different team. You cannot deny that it was maybe the best football game you've ever watched. Also, the commercials this year were MUCH better than they have been the last 2 or 3 Super Bowls. I personally thought that the one with the Giants was the funniest, but those Tide ads were hilarious too! I think that Mom would disagree and would say that the best ad was the one for Fabreeze...she laughed like a fool at that one!
But...I'm not talking to Mom right now. Or my husband. They ganged up on me last night and were making fun of me for going a little off the deep end yesterday. See, I needed a check or a money order for something...and I couldn't find the checks at home (my fault, I looked in the wrong drawer...and no, I didn't "plan in advance", so that was my fault too). When I couldn't find the checks, I figured, NO PROBLEM, I can take out some cash at CVS and get what I need at the same counter (I never have cash, so if you are thinking of robbing me, think again...there's never anything in that wallet except for some unsigned credit cards). I got to work, checked my wallet....and don't you know, my debit card expired in January of 2018. My husband was in charge of setting up the new joint accounts after we got married. My husband has a debit card that currently works. Why was I not sent a new debit card as the old one was expiring? Strange. Annoying! Then it turned into, "Well, just go to the bank and take some cash out at the counter"...well that would be a novel idea, except for the fact that my license is in my married name and the bank account (that my husband said he would take charge of....) is currently in my MAIDEN name. So, I called the bank to see if it would be possible even though my picture ID said a different name...they said, "Yes! As long as you have your marriage license." Well, sadly that's not something that I carry around with me. I asked my mom for cash... "I don't have any", I asked my grandmother for cash, "I don't have any"....I see where I get it from now! I ended up turning my American Express card into a debit card. so in the end, I got what I needed, but holy smokes if it didn't feel like I had to move heaven and earth to get there! You're probably like, "Ali, why didn't you just wait to do the paperwork today instead?", and I would say to you...have you SEEN THE PHILLY DISCOUNT THAT WE ARE RUNNING! Yesterday was the only day that would do to drop this stuff off. Not today. Mom was still laughing at me this morning. Literally, I walked into her office and she just started laughing. My husband probably was too...but I didn't see him before he left for the gym. I will be sure to continue to give him the Greek evil eye that he's been receiving since last night as he was laughing together with my mom on the phone...
Speaking of that Philly discount. Take advantage of it! 35% off just because we are super proud to be a Philadelphia business, and super proud of the performance of the Philadelphia Eagles. I wish that I had been able to go to the parade yesterday. What a historic day. I had a lot of friends that went down and they said that it was worth the crowds and craziness just to be a part of something so historic and FUN. That speech that Jason Kelce gave made me tear up! So much passion! Such a ridiculous outfit! It was all the right amount of things. You can use the code PHILLYPHILLY until this evening at 11:59PM on the entire store (except for on gift cards). If you have sworn off drinking because you had too much fun yesterday...just remember that wine keeps, and you will probably forget that you've sworn off drinking by next weekend!
We are headed into the city tonight and then don't have too much going on the rest of the weekend. I will probably end up repainting portions of our new French doors because last weekend when I was cutting the plastic off of the glass panes, the factory primer was flaking off....and it flaked onto the dried black paint....and it wouldn't wipe off. It stuck! It was dry, the doors were dry, and the stupid DRY primer stuck to the DRY doors and I do not understand why. WHY! Anyway, now I have to sand the areas where it stuck and repaint. I hope that you have a great weekend...that doesn't involve oil-based paint. Until next time....
Shaina left last night for Italy, and she is gone for a week. I am very jealous. Wine, pasta, and cheese for a week? Sign me up! Anyway, we will miss her around here. Matt and I don't have any international trips planned this year. We are headed down to Florida over President's Day Weekend and then we have a trip planned for Seattle and Oregon in August (to be tied in with my cousin's wedding)...but, that's it! I'm looking forward to heading to the Seattle and Oregon. My parents lived in Seattle before I was born for a few years and liked it a lot, Matt has been to Seattle for work and really enjoyed it, so I'm looking forward to checking it out. We will be spending the whole week out there as a family of 6 (Mom, Dad, Zack, Steph, Matt, and me), at least that is the plan as of now. Hopefully we will nail down all the details when we are in Florida!
We ran a pretty good sale last weekend - 20% off the store (inclusive of wine tour tickets!). We are almost sold out for the tour on 3/9, so make sure that you grab tickets soon if they are of interest. It seems so far away, doesn't it? March 9th? I just know that it will be here in the blink of an eye though. You will notice that there are no semi-private tours scheduled for February; there is a reason for that. We are busy!!! There are a few days where neither Shaina nor myself are here, and then we have a bunch of events. The two more highlighted ones are the Bucks County Locavore event and The College of Physicians Social Club event!
The College of Physicians event should be a nice one. They are going to be pairing our 2015 Chardonnay, 2015 Cabernet Franc, and 2013 Meritage with cheeses to server to about 100 special guests. It should be great! They are having someone from DiBruno pair the cheeses for them, so I am sure that everything will be just perfect.
The Bucks County Locavore event is something that we have taken part in for the last few years. It is at Superior Woodcraft in Doylestown and it always has some of the best artisinal producers in the area! Here is the link to find out more: https://www.facebook.com/events/148884695763995/. The event is usually free to attend, but this year they are hoping to benefit the local foodbank. So, the cost of admission is either a food donation, or a monetary donation. Come visit - it is always a great event AND you can give to those in need. We hope to see you there (on February 22).
I hope that you have some great plans for the weekend. It seems like it is going to be a quiet one for us. The electrician is coming over tomorrow to finish the lighting project in our bedroom...I will be so happy when that is all done! Until next time....
Next week is February. How does this happen? Things have been so busy here, we are working on some special projects that I will fill you in on later and it is looking like our calendar is almost full for February - May pretty much. And then we are halfway through the year! Wowza.
Did you see the article that Craig LaBan wrote on our 2015 Chardonnay? If not, here is the link: http://www.philly.com/philly/columnists/craig_laban/karamoor-estate-sonoma-wine-competition-20180126.html. It should be running in his column this weekend, so if you get the paper, take a look! I don't think that I had mentioned in last week's blog that the 2015 Chardonnay is the same Chardonnay that we labeled for AKA hotels (and it is served all over the country in their lounges and restaurants), but it is a relationship that we are very proud of. It's a great company, and we are so happy to be partnered with them on this project.
Speaking of proud of, I'm happy to announce that we released, as of today, our 2015 Cabernet Franc! If you know me, you know that my favorite wine that we make is our Cabernet Franc (with Petit Verdot being the only exception...). I'm so excited for you guys to give us some feedback on it. It MAY be the best Cabernet Franc that we have produced to date! Give it a whirl.
Sorry for the short blog post, but today got away from me and we have a tour coming in! I feel like this happens more often than not on Fridays. How do they go by so quickly? Mondays seem to last 2 weeks and Fridays are over before you blink. I'm headed to NYC tomorrow to get my hair cut (my mom has been AFTER me..."you need a hair cut, blah blah blah") and have a nice afternoon in the city with Matt. Other than that, it is slated to be a quiet weekend for us. I hope that you enjoy the warmer weather that I'm seeing in the forecast...and then maybe some snow on Tuesday! Until next time...
Hello! I can't believe how quickly this week went by. I think that it flew because it was so busy. We've been working on a few projects here at Karamoor that have been taking up a good portion of my time (not ready to talk about them just yet), but besides that, Matt and I started a construction project at the house (we are walling off an area of our bedroom to build a fancy closet). It started on Wednesday of this week, so after the gym on Tuessday, I packed up a bag for myself, and then packed up Murph and Penny and drove over to my parents house (Gertie stayed at the house because she is still little enough to be crated and Matt was able to come home during the day to let her out and I suspect that the contractors ate their lunch with her...). I spent the night at Mom and Dad's since it was closer to work and I didn't want to drive all the way home and then all the way back to the same area for work the next morning (especially since we were supposed to maybe get 3 inches of snow!). It was great to only have a 15 minute drive to work! This portion of the construction project should be completed today. So far, they put up a wall, installed hardwood, ran electrical, and they are finishing with installing the French doors and the moulding. Maybe this weekend I will prime and paint the walls! Next week, we are going to be having some recessed lighting put in and a chandelier installed. Then at some point in March, the closets and island will be installed. I still have to pick out marble and then drawer pulls and handles. I'm actually thinking about painting the French doors black instead of the normal white or cream that you typically see. I think it will add a nice update to something that is typically traditional (since our house is not really traditional in style). I'm very happy with how it is turning out and the contractors that we are using work SO CLEAN. It is amazing. When we get home from work, it is like no one was even there. No dirt, no dust, no shoe prints. It's like little elves were there instead of contractors!
Anyway, DID YOU HEAR THE NEWS?! We had shipped our wines out to be judged at the San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition back in early November and they just did the judging last weekend. Our 2015 Chardonnay took a GOLD medal! Wahoo! We are so proud because it was up against some real heavy hitters. It was judged in the category of $26-$29.99 bottles, so there were some nice Chardonnays in there! The San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition is the largest AMERICAN ONLY wines competition in the country. Every year, there are over 7000 entrants from over 1000 wineries within the USA. We just sold out of the 2014 Chardonnay 2 weeks ago and the 2015 Chardonnay was added to our website last week. The 2015 Chardonnay is the same Chardonnay that is being sold at A.Kitchen and Bar under AKA's private label: A.Vin.
The Chardonnay wasn't the only medal winner, our 2016 Sauvignon Blanc took home a bronze medal as did our 2014 Meritage! I did a write up on the 2016 Sauvignon Blanc last week - it's drinking great. We sold the 2014 Meritage by the case over the holidays and it's gotten rave reviews. The blend on the 2014 Meritage is different than the blend on the 2013 Meritage. The 2014 is 38.5% Cabernet Franc, 31% Cabernet Sauvignon, 19% Merlot, and 11.5% Petit Verdot while the 2013 vintage is 37% Merlot, 27% Cabernet Franc, 23% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 15% Petit Verdot. So, the 2014 is MUCH more Cab dominant than it has been in years past. It is neat to taste the 2013 and the 2014 Meritage side by side!
I hope that you have a wonderful weekend planned. I don't think that Matt and I are doing anything tonight. We only have Gertie at home with us until tomorrow, so we might take advantage of the quiet house and just grab a quick dinner and then watch a movie or something. We both had long weeks! I hope that the weekend is relatively relaxing, but I know that Matt has to move a lot of stuff in his office because he, his business partner, and their team are all moving to a newly renovated space just for them (proud wife moment)....but if he has to move stuff, that likely means that I have to help move stuff too. Boo. Anyway, I hope that your weekend is relaxing and great! Take advantage of our store sale that is currently going on...20% off all wines in honor of our medal winners. Use code WINNERS20 at checkout :) Until next time...
Welp, it's been like 3 weeks since my last post...and it's a Thursday! AND IT IS 2018! Crazy. How was your New Year's celebration? We had a smaller dinner party with some close friends....so it was much more low key than in years past. More low key = less dishes! So, that was nice. I overcooked the beef tenderloin, though. I was pretty bummed about that. I used the "cook on 500 for 5 minutes per lb and then keep the door shut leave in the oven for an hour". This method has not failed me in the past, so I was shocked. Maybe because it was a skinnier roast? I don't know. There is nothing worse (in cooking!), however, than cutting into an expensive cut of meat and seeing that it is not pink in the middle. The rest of the dinner was great. I've figured out the best way to make mashed potatoes. You've got to try it! Start with Yukon Gold potatoes in cold water with a lot of salt (with skins ON), bring the water to a boil, boil potatoes until they are fork tender, break out your handy dandy ricer and rice all the potatoes through the finest or 2nd finest attachment, warm milk and butter on the stove, and add to the riced potatoes while using a metal whisk until you get the perfect creamy consistency. I added roasted garlic, salt, chives, and a little black pepper. They would probably be excellent with some cheese in there as well.
Anyway, enough about delicious potatoes, let's talk about wine! We have sold out of our 2015 Sauvignon Blanc and have moved into our 2016 vintage! It is a slightly different blend of grapes; 90% Sauvignon Blanc, 7% Viognier, and 3% Pinot Gris. That being said, if you were a fan of the 2015, you are going to love the 2016! We are suggesting (if you don't want to just drink it by itself to remind you of warm weather and sunshine!) that you pair this wine with cheeses, delicate white fish, oysters, shellfish, or a yummy salad. We've labeled this wine a "porch pounder" or a "patio pounder", because it is very easy to drink. There is nice acidity (making it a good pairing wine for the foods listed above), but it is a well balanced wine that will not leave you feeling like it needed to be paired with something for it to be enjoyable. Give it a whirl and let us know what you think!
I hope that you have a wonderful weekend. I'm headed to Georgia for the weekend with my mom and SIL! Can't wait for some spa treatments and some shopping! I hope that you have a great Friday and long weekend if you are lucky enough to have Martin Luther King Day off! Until next time..
O.M.G. Christmas is next Monday. Are you ready? I most certainly am not. Which seems to be par for the course as I get older. If I had to guess, I'd say that I am about 40% done my holiday shopping...and the major one that I am lagging on is my own husband! He's so hard to buy for because when he wants something, I just come home to Amazon packages. He even recently bought undershirts and socks...bye bye typical stocking stuffers! I will say that the one thing that I am prepared for is our annual Crossfit Christmas Party. I got an awesome gift for it...in fact, I opened it last weekend to use when we had friends over. Luckily, I got a back up gift (that I am probably going to try and steal) for the White Elephant style gift exchange. Last year I didn't do a good job with this...I really brought it in 2017! Say a little Santa prayer for me that I pull the biggest number so that I can pick my own gift!
I'd say that one (ok the main) reason that I am feeling unprepared for the holidays is how BUSY we have been here at Karamoor. Thank you all SO MUCH for choosing us for so many of your gifts to send to relatives, friends, customers, or acquaintances that are both near and far! We sincerely appreciate it. We are glad to see that a lot of people have been able to take advantage of the major sales that have been going on since Black Friday! Maybe next year around this time there will be a store for you to swing into...who knows!
If you still aren't sure that you want to buy wines as presents, what about one of our tasting tickets that we have scheduled for 12/29? We are hosting 2 very special tasting times that Friday. The tastings are open to 22 people per time slot and the time slots are 11AM and 1:30PM. The 1:30PM time sold out in 2 days, but there is still availability for the 11AM spot. Did you know that it is better to taste wine earlier in the day? Your taste buds are much more in tact! The thing that makes these 2 visits so special is that those people that join us for the tasting will be eligible to some very special deals and wines the day that they join us. They will also be tasting a minimum of 10 wines! These visits are different than our normal tour and tastings because they are lacking the tour portion. We will drive through the property and then head right up to the private tasting room to begin sampling (versus our normal presentation on what makes us different and then take a tour of the winemaking facility and discuss the whole winemaking process, etc.). The cost is $35 per person if you are interested...and tickets can be purchased on the Tour tab under the Store heading above!
I am looking forward to this weekend...and then I am looking forward to next week flying by so that I can hang with my husband's family on Saturday, and then see my brother and sister-in-law (and parents of course) on Sunday and Monday (and then on Monday afternoon I get to see all my aunts, cousins, uncles, and grandparents)! Christmas Eve has turned into my immediate family day where us kids are usually tasked with cooking an excellent meal. Although, I think that this year, we are allowing Dad to do a beef tenderloin on the rotisserie... I will post the menu next week (usually we have everything figured out by now!) because we are behind in our planning. I hope that you are further along with your holiday shopping and planning than I am, but if not, I hope that you make a good dent in things this weekend. Until next time...
December 1st! That means that Thanksgiving has come and gone. Did you have a great holiday? Ours was very low-key, but Friendsgiving (the previous Saturday) was a different story. Our hot water heater blew that morning. You know, the morning where I was deboning 3 turkeys, making stuffing, making cakes, making sides...having to do a ton of dishes.... It was a real pain. I had to wash my hands with bottled water while our friend (and saving grace) removed our old hot water heater and replaced it with a brand new one...all on a Saturday between 9:30AM and 1:30PM! We are so lucky to have a friend like Tom! After the hot water was back on, our oven stopped working. I think it got mad because it was on from like 6:30AM until that night at about 4PM. The thing that was very annoying about it was that it decided to stop working before I put all of my rolled turkey breasts and the stuffing in the oven...aka the main event to Thanksgiving.... So, we had to improvise...again, and luckily, we were saved again that day by some friends who took the turkey and the stuffing to their house to cook it and then brought it back to our house.... We ended up having to finish the turkey in our friends toaster oven at our house. All was not lost though, becasue there was no shortage of drinks or appetizers. We are so lucky to have such a fun group of people that were able to laugh about the day's mishaps with us only shortly after they happened! (and they weren't too mad that dinner was about 2 hours late...)
After Thanksgiving, Karamoor had some crazy Black Friday deals and we also had 3 tastings here at the property. I am happy to report that Black Friday was a major success. Thanks to all of our Karamoor wine fans that shared the sale and also took part in it - we moved a lot of inventory! Some of it was shipped very locally, while other cases went to California, Texas, New Jersey, Florida, and Indiana! We love the fact that people across the country will be drinking our wines this holiday season.
To keep with the same theme of gifting Karamoor wines, we have put some value cases (and half cases) on the website. There is a Mixed Case, Mixed Half Case, Red Case, and Red Half Case. All of the prices are great (between $13-$23 per bottle depending on which pack you choose), but the mixed Half Case gets you 6 bottles of wine shipped anywhere in the continental US (where we can legally ship) for under $100! As per usual, shipping is FREE (on all the cases...and all orders that are over 3 bottles).
If you are thinking about coming for a tour but have been on the fence about spending the $$ to do so, you may want to check out WHYY tonight at 8:30PM where they will be running a special on Karamoor for their Friday Arts program. I am excited to see what they have put together. The producer and her team were out to Karamoor on 3 separate occasions to do filming and interviews, and we were lucky that each day they came out, we had perfect weather! If you like what you see on TV tonight, there is a tour scheduled for next Friday (December 8th) at 3PM. Additionally, we will be having 2 tastings on Friday, December 29. Prices and times will be disclosed at a later date - but the visits on December 29 will not include the normal tour of the vineyard and winery.
I hope that you have a fun weekend planned. I am going to be having dinner with an old friend tonight (and I am excited to catch up!), and then tomorrow's plans kind of got thrown because I have to take Gertie to the vet. She has an ear infection :(. I was going to be going to the Flyers game, but my friends are leaving too early and I don't want to fight that pre-game traffic on my own. Maybe I will do some Christmas shopping on Sunday morning first thing...that is THE ONLY time to go to the mall during the holidays. Get there right when it opens, and leave by the time other people start showing up. I made a promise to myself this year that I WILL BE IN the Christmas spirit, and I WILL get back to my normal, creative-gift-giving self (because last year was a total fail). Until next time...
Well, I have some bad news for you. I didn't take any photos of the dogs this year when they were dressed up in their costumes. I messed up. I'm sorry. I would say that Gertie's was probably the funniest since it was like a full on custome (head and body). She was a Velociraptor. We got her a small (because she is only 13 weeks old...), and the part that is suppose to wrap under her chest didn't even come close to closing. The costume had leg holes though, so she was still able to wear it and look totally ridiculous. She even kept the head on without a fuss! What a good girl. Penny was a lion (she had a mane...she was so cute), and Murph wore a patriotic tie...not quite sure what he was supposed to be (like I said, Matt is in charge of the costumes for Halloween). Oh well, there is always next year to get photos for you guys!
So, this week has been crazy - and it is only going to get crazier! On Wednesday, we had a private tour for someone's birthday (hi, Bill!), today we have a tour for 9 people that we are doing in conjunction with Colonial School District (part of each of the tour tickets go to Colonial School District as a fundraiser) and then we have another tour for 9 people for them next Friday. Then TOMORROW we have 2 tours. On a Saturday! We have a group of 9 people at 11AM and then a group of 14 people at 12:30PM. Shaina and I are going to be all toured out by next weekend, but we are looking forward to hosting everyone. The Saturday tours are going to get to try ALL of our wines. All 10. We may add another Saturday tour in the future, but we don't have anything planned as of yet. As soon as we do decide (probably depending on how things go tomorrow), we will be sure to send out the next date to our newsletter group!
I'm looking forward to a quiet night tonight. My husband is leaving to go to Florida with my dad and brother and won't be home until Sunday night, so the only bummer about a quiet night tonight (so I can rest up for tomorrow!) is that it can't be spent watching Stranger Things because Matt would not be happy with me if I watched any of the episodes without him. So, now I will have to wait to watch Episode 6 until at least MONDAY of NEXT week. What. A. Bummer. Oh well, at least the upside is that we won't finish the whole season in less than a week and then have to wait for a full year to pass before watching the next one! After Shaina and I finish with the tours tomorrow, I am going to do my grocery shopping (which is usually reserved for Sunday), and then I have some fun stuff to do tomorrow night. I can't tell you what it is because it is a surprise. I will pay for the fun I have Saturday night on Sunday when I have to do all my meal prepping AND paint the ceiling of the family room and kitchen. We had lighting run last year which required ceiling cuts and patches and I have been putting off the ceiling painting since then because it is the worst. Now the time has come to do it because next week we are having some lights hung...so it is crunch time.
I hope that you have some fun things planned for this weekend (hopefully one of the fun things you have planned is joining us for a tour tomorrow!) and don't have to do any ceiling painting. Until next time...
Well, here we are. Heading into Halloween weekend. Coming down the home stretch of 2017. WHERE DID THIS YEAR GO?! Someone needs to tell me! Have I told you before that Halloween seems to be my husband's favorite holiday? He gets so excited..and not even for the candy. I am pretty sure that he just loves dressing up in ridiculous costumes...and I think that he gets even more joy out of dressing up our dogs in costumes that they for sure do not like. Here are some pictures of Penny dressed up over the years. Notice that her face doesn't change...but the costumes do:
I will post photos of what the three of them dress up as this year in next week's blog. Matt chooses the costumes, so if there are some inappropriate ones, that is the only reason that they will be missing from the post... We have a costume party to go to on Saturday night at our Crossfit gym. It should be a lot of fun - and there are always some great costumes...but mainly just food and some of our best pals. Can't wait!
I am glad that the guys finished harvest on Monday of this week so that they can enjoy this weekend too! Kevin and Joe are pretty happy with the fruit that we harvested this year - it should make for a nice 2017 vintage. We had a very wet July into August so things started off a little shaky. Luckily, the weather dried up (A LOT...of course after I did all new planting at my house) and allowed us to have a successful harvest! It will be fun to watch these wines evolve over the next few months!!
Don't forget that we have 2 tours scheduled for next Saturday, 11/4. The 12:30PM tour is almost sold out, but there are still spots available at the 11AM tour! Come visit us for a great experience, pretty scenery, great wines, and awesome discounts during your visit!
Have a great weekend, everybody! Until next time...