Happy New Year!
2018 was quite a year for Karamoor Estate! We are buzzing with change, honors, growth and exciting plans for the future!
Let me begin with our fall harvest. It was a difficult year with the terrible weather. I think the sun was on a hiatus!
Grapes are not created equally. The different varietals have different qualities, shape of leaves, shape and size of berries and even how tight the berries are in the clusters. The tighter the clusters, the more difficult it is to prevent them from rot and mold because the air doesn’t move freely through to help them dry. Developing a good balance of canopy management is also critical. Too much sun and air can be as damaging as not enough. All of the rain made this very difficult. Joe Rienzi, our viticulturist was quite diligent keeping up with the leaf pulling, so the grape clusters receive better exposure to the sun and to airflow. This and other techniques are key in preventing rot, mold and diseases. It also helps promote optimum ripening and sugar levels in the grapes. So as we moved through harvest, our winemaker, Kevin Robinson and Joe would go through the vineyards, each day checking the progress and quality of the grapes. They would watch the weather forecasts intently. If the grapes were close but not quite ready for harvest, they would evaluate if the grapes would withstand the torrential downpours and wind. I think Kevin referred to it as, “picking before the next deluge”. It’s better to take them down a little early than lose them to the rot, mold or falling to the ground. As the berries mature, their skins become much thinner and delicate so it is better to “use it than lose it”. Hurricane Florence destroyed many of Virginia's vineyards in September. There will be very few red wines from Virginia in 2018. The rain at the end of the season, in combination with a cold snap late in late March, killing many of the new buds ready to pop open, made our season not only difficult but yielded about 40% less than our usual harvest. Because it was necessary to get the grapes off of the vines much sooner than usual, harvest 2018 was complete two weeks early.
Another distraction from the usual harvest practices was being on constant watch for the nasty and invasive bad bug, the spotted lanternfly, aka; SLF (Lycorma delicatula) . The SLF are destroying vineyards, orchards and taking over all around our area, especially Berks County. If you see them…kill them and notify the Department of Agriculture. Though they were “spotted” near our vineyards but with swift and proper protocol, we hopefully eliminated future issues.
Lot’s of great material in 2018 for my book, “Making Wine Isn’t For Whiners”!!
Moving onward and upward, some fantastic news on our vines…we’ve had quite a few exciting visitors, been in the news and added some very prestigious accolades to our trophy case!
It started off with a full day visit from Don Winkler, Editor & Mike Potashnik, Publisher of The International Wine Review along with six other, highly regarded Pennsylvania Vineyards and Wineries including; Galen Glen Vineyard & Winery, Galer Estate Vineyard and Winery, Grandview Vineyard, Maple Springs Vineyard, Pennswoods Winery and Pinnacle Ridge Winery. Don and Mike tasted through approximately 30 wines and are writing an article about wines in the northeast and Pennsylvania. Coming soon!!
We then had another fantastic visit with Anne and Brian Yost of Wine Tourist Magazine and the The Virginia Grape. We toured the property, tasted through some wines and then they continued on to a few of the Pennsyvania and NJ vineyards. They wrote a great article and took some nice photos. I will include all links at the end of this blog.
The next honor and surprise was Karamoor Estate’s 2013 Merlot Reserve, being named Forbes Wine of the Week!! Followed by medals from the San Francisco International Wine Competition!
SILVER MEDAL, Karamoor Estate 2015 Merlot
SILVER MEDAL, Karamoor Estate 2016 Petit Verdot
SILVER MEDAL, Karamoor Estate 2017 Sauvignon Blanc
BRONZE MEDAL, Karamoor Estate 2015 Cabernet Franc
On the heels of these awards came the announcement of James Suckling’s American Wine Revolution reviews with Karamoor receiving 88, 89 and 90 points!
This past weekend we received the announcement from the largest competion of American wines in the world: The San Francisco Chronicle Competition, Karamoor Estate received 5 medals! One gold and four silver!!! Up against the biggest and the best with over 7000 entries...we are quite proud!! Congratulations to Mr. and Mrs. Karabots for their vision, making the commitment and the hard work to produce world class wines AND to Kevin Robinson, Joe Rienzi and the rest of the team for their hard work and excellent viticultural and winemaking skills!
2015 Karamoor Estate Cabernet Franc silver
2016 Karamoor Estate Chardonnay gold
2015 Karamoor Estate Meritage silver
2015 Karamoor Estate Merlot silver
2017 Karamoor Estate Sauvignon Blanc silver
All of these honors took each of us back to a quote made last year by Philadelphia’s famous food and wine critique - Craig LaBan, "Still surprised that good wine is made in Philly's suburbs? I'm not, especially from Karamoor, the passion project of Nick and Athena Karabots, who have done everything right to get the most out of their Montgomery County terroir, with impressively drinkable wines from the first vintage."
A couple of additions to our programs at Karamoor, if you are a Wine Club member. In addition to the list of perks as a member we have added “pick up parties” which will take place and be an option when it’s time for your club releases. We introduced the idea last October and received favorable responses! We will let you know when the next release and pick up party will be taking place!!
Even more exciting is the view of the tasting room located on Butler Pike!! The cement has been poured and the timbers will be up in the next few weeks!!!! Woot! Woot!! I think we’ll be seeing you in the Tasting Room this summer!!!
A couple of dates have been posted for the upcoming week Tasting &Tours! There are always some good wine specials during our tours. If you’re not a Wine Club member, you may want to check it out! The perks and the fun that go with the membership keep getting better!!
Like a new season for our vines, our goal is to learn, grow, establish and be stronger every year with everything we do! We are thrilled you enjoy being a part of our growth and success!
Cheers! To a Happy and Healthy New Year from all of us at Karamoor Estate!!
See you in the vineyard!
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Six weeks into the new plan and taking root, I’m beginning to see the first hints of new business starting to bud. Every day is a little busier, some things a little easier, overall an exciting experience! When I’m in the vineyard and winery in the past week, it feels like the calm before the storm. There’s not a lot of talk about what’s about to happen with the harvest and crush, but you can feel it. You see it looking down over the vineyards, with more workers tending to the vines. Now is the time when the vineyard is under close watch for bugs, birds, disease and fungus. The nets are unrolled and pulled over the fruit. The beauty of the grape bunches with the onset of “veraison” (ripening and accumulation of sugars), the trimming of the vines, the fullness of the vineyard. So much activity! I sense when it hits…we are going to be juiced!! (Sometimes I just can’t help myself).
Like the vineyard’s new growth and development, Karamoor’s team has a new bud, Victor Ykoruk. Victor isn’t exactly new to Karamoor. He’s returning after a few years with a larger distributor. This experience proved to be valuable to Victor and Karamoor, building his relationships & network in and out of the state.
In the past weeks I’ve conducted a number of tours and tastings. Our Wine Club and interaction within social media are growing and there seems to be a bigger buzz of interest from outside of Karamoor. I invited our second group from the food, beverage and hospitality industry, including representatives from: 12th St. Cantina, Mid-Atlantic Events Magazine, ARAMARK, YPO, 2300 Arena, Valley Forge Tourist and Convention Board, WP Palmer Distilling, Bluestone Country Club, Cantina Feliz, Normandy Farm Hotel Corporate Planning and Wine and Spirit Industry Executive, Chris Papariello. We had a great night, with a very positive response from many who never imagined wines of this quality could come from a boutique sized vineyard, especially here in Pennsylvania. We are coming to be a world class wine producer. I compare Karamoor’s wines in the wine world, as the California wine was to the French in the movie, “Bottle Shock”. Someone well known in the wine environment is going to try Karamoor wines and have an “aha moment”. When that happens, Mr. Karabots will need to tell a new story about owning a vineyard.
I asked Kevin, our winemaker, Joe, our viticulturist and now Victor our Brand Ambassador for their short take on what is happening here at Karamoor. Once again, with no discussion of my request between them, they had very consistent thoughts. Kevin’s thought was verbatim with mine, I had already written it into the blog.
Kevin; “the calm before the storm”
Joe; “We’re only going to get better from here, not only from the vineyard & winery perspective, but as a brand overall”.
Victor; “The past few weeks, there seems to be a different aura and vibe from the whole estate. A real sense of energy and progress”.
This is a really great sign. It’s clear we are all on the same page, all feeling very similar growth and energy. We definitely have some learning curves, some dialing in to be done and we continue to maintain the growth and improve upon what we learn. It's all good.
Like the grapes, we’ll be hanging in the vineyard… and loving it!
New Karamoor Sitings!! A few new places to find our wines... Stove & Tap, Lansdale, PA ~ Brothers Kershner Brewing Company, Skippack, PA, (new opening) ~ Nonna Pizzeria and Tavern (new opening), Mt. Airy, PA, ~Terrain Cafe at Devon Yard (new opening) WEBSITE SPECIALS!! Click on this link - http://www.karamoorwines.com/Wines Check out our weekly specials and there are still a few spots available on our August tours!! Case specials on the Warm Weather Case, 2014 Cabernet Franc, 2016 Sauvignon Blanc and Mixed case of the Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc
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Planted and taking root here at Karamoor Estate, my days pass very quickly. I’m learning a lot, in so many different areas. I enjoy the challenge and building a bigger box to think outside of. So when I step out of it…I’m really stepping out! Since my first post we’ve had four or five tours & tastings and a couple of events, on and off of the property. Engaging with new people during these events and through social media, my learning curve is fast and furious. As part of the tours & tastings, we take our guests into the vineyards for an up close look at the vines, grapes and talk about all of the things that can affect Karamoor’s end product…quality wines. We were just awarded Pennsylvania's Best Winery by the New York International Wine Competition! Our guests enjoy their first taste of Karamoor’s award winning 2015 Chardonnay while standing among the thousands of Chardonnay Vinifera. As they sip and admire, Joe Rienzi our Viticulturist speaks of the challenges and laborious efforts it takes to have a successful vineyard and grape harvest. Kevin Robinson, Karamoor’s winemaker also contributes, adding from the years of experience as the winemaker at Rutherford Hill in the Napa Valley and Brassfield Estate in Lake County, California. It’s interesting to hear the difference and the science behind the dirt, the weather and the daily, manual grooming processes, that set our grapes and wines apart from others around the world. I also enjoy listening to Kevin and Joe and how their backgrounds and studies complement one another, giving the guests, a great visual of what’s involved, how it works and why it’s important. During one of our tours this week, I had another one of my “aha” moments, comparing my life to the vineyard. Remember my “New Life Plan” compared to that of planning a new vineyard in my last blog? A guest questioned the use of the irrigation system throughout the vineyards. We were all surprised with the response. Other than when the root stocks are first planted, the system is not used. To grow good grapes, with good characteristics, sugars, tannins, acidity, color, concentration, etc…one of the important factors is the roots. They need to grow deep into the ground to be strong. Without irrigation, they grow deeper and deeper in search for a source of water and also pull important nutrients out of the ground. If they are watered frequently they become lazy and remain shallow. Shallow roots, equates to shallow characteristics and not much longevity. No lazy vines and NO WATER FOR ME!
I asked Kevin and Joe in separate conversations for a one line take on the week, a thought, something they find important in what is presently happening at Karamoor. I was amazed at the similarity in their responses! Verbatim…
Kevin ~ “Wine is the place, the land”
Joe ~ “if great wines truly start out in the vineyard, Karamoor’s 2018 vintage, should be one that further proves Pennsylvania is capable of growing and making world class wine”
In conversations with Mr. and Mrs. Karabots, owners of this beautiful estate, their goal is to produce world class wines. In 2003 they hired Lucie Morton, one of the top viticulturists in the country, to plan their new vineyard. It took three years to create, study and plan these vineyards, before one root stock was placed in the ground. Here I am, talking about the roots again!! It all goes back to the beginning.
One of my roles at Karamoor, is to build up wine sales to restaurants, breweries, caterers and foodservice companies. Secondly, planning events and working on creating an awesome wine tasting facility, located in the barn along Butler Pike (I love barns...another day for another blog), which we hope to see opening in the spring of 2019. Another role, is to build onto our presence in the corporate world. I’ll be organizing corporate events, team building, wine and food pairings, corporate labeling programs ~ we have a ton to offer! This week we enjoyed a photo and film shoot with our largest corporate and private label customer, Larry Korman, Co-CEO of AKA. Karamoor bottles its award winning 2015 Chardonnay and 2015 Meritage (rhymes with heritage), for “A.VIN”, AKA’s proprietary wine. We’ve also done some nice labeling programs with: “Conshy Girls”, a couple of hard working young ladies with a catering division and four successful restaurants: Stella Blu, Gypsy Saloon, Southern Cross Kitchen and Gypsy Blue. Vynamic, a well known Healthcare Industry Management Consulting business with offices in Philadelphia and Boston. The Union League, a Philadelphia landmark and one of the country’s most prominent clubs. I will also be working on our social media presence and our Wine Club. I will be posting, planning, announcing and reporting on all sorts of events connected with Karamoor. So if you want to be the first to know, hear about our new releases and about events you can be a part of at other venues...join our Wine Club! Follow us on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/KaramoorEstate/, Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn https://lnkd.in/dwNAprD and of course I'm on Linked in too...www.linkedin.com/in/cheri-morrison-dodge!
So as I navigate and network through the vines of Karamoor, I am trying to find depth, balance and continuity in all that I do. It’s obvious, even as a “newbie” to Karamoor, it’s not about egos and individual talents. It’s about “the roots”. The roots of the people, the company, the vines and making sure they are all established and strong.
So I’ll be busy digging in, and hopefully starting to see some shoots by my next post.
Until then, #diggingin and #lovingit!!
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2014 Petit Verdot (12 bottles)
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Planning Your New Vineyard/Life
For the last couple of years, I’ve been in planning mode. What’s next? Where do I go? Big change? Baby steps? Sell everything? Get out of Dodge (hee-hee-hee ~ you’ll get it as you get to know me)?
Life is full of surprises and challenges. Sometimes, a few too many? All character builders.
I grew up in Blue Bell, formerly Pigeontown, Pennsylvania. I attended Germantown Academy. I love sports, participating in them more than watching. I was always very active and in addition to sports, was always busy doing something social or working somewhere in the area. I was not very good at sitting still. When I was 14 or 15, I started working for a woman who had a nice little catering business. I loved working for her!
Many moons later, I’m still in the food and hospitality industry. I graduated from The Culinary Institute of America and have done almost everything possible within the food service industry. Too much to list here. This is a blog not a novel. My strong suits are, sales and marketing. I had many years of practice with my own company, Culinary Crossing, which started in the Gwynedd Valley train station. Since I sold Culinary, I’ve read, googled, researched and read some more. I’ve talked to people, so many kind people… to try and figure out what was next. What was important to me? Do I want to start a new business? Do I want to be in the city? Work out of my home? I came across an article I saved. I don’t remember why I was reading it? Perhaps I was considering planting a vineyard behind my house? LOL!!! I wish I had written down every idea I had over the years. As I read this article I thought, hmmm…these sound like good questions about planning what’s next in my life. It reminded me a bit of the movie Being There with Peter Sellers as Chauncey Gardner and Shirley McLain as Eve. Good movie.
Anyway, the article was titled: “Planning Your New Vineyard” or life in my case.
I filled in my answers to their headings.
Your Goals ~ Happiness - Continue to learn and grow - be creative -healthy lifestyle - love my career
Your Growing Season ~ Every day. Create balance with work, play, exercise, nutrition and sleep
The Land ~ Where I grew up, close to amazing friends and my Dad.
Vineyard Orientation ~Work within a fifteen miles of home. Stay in the right longitude with the best attitudes.
Soil Quality ~ Quality company, quality people
Pests ~ Don’t want them 🐜
Disease ~Don’t put myself in susceptible situations
Time ~ Don’t get overly ambitious and take on more than I can comfortably manage.
Tools ~ A very wise man once told me, “take good care of your equipment and the equipment will take care of you”. (Thanks Dad!) Always have a back up plan, back up equipment, diversity and cross training within your bag of tricks.
Books ~ Keep reading, keep learning.
So there you have it, ten essential things to think about when planning your new vineyard or life. It seems to have worked out. Here I am, employed in sales and marketing, writing a blog for an amazing vineyard & winery,(which by the way, was awarded the best winery in Pennsylvania by the NY International Wine Competition), with quality award winning wines and people, a few miles from home, learning something new every day and as Maxwell Smart used to say, “and loving it!”
Did I mention the woman whose nice little catering business I worked for is less than 1/4 mile from Karamoor Estate? I think I’ve gone full circle!!
Let the planting begin!
You guys! Another week down. Fourth of July is in a week and a half! Yesterday was the first day of actual summer. We are through the first half of 2018! Time needs to slow down, that is for sure.
If you read this blog, you are likely already on our newsletter group...but if you aren't, you are not getting the most up to date Karamoor details possible! This week was kind of a big one; even though in last week's blog I mentioned that we added 3 more tour dates, the NEWSLETTER group found out what each one included! The NEWSLETTER group ALSO got an email today about a very special sale for the remaining 15 cases of 2013 Merlot that we have available for purchase! By special sale, I mean you can get this delight at 40% off per bottle per case. What a deal! That means that you are getting each bottle of 2013 Merlot for $16.19. AND free shipping. Amazing. If you aren't on the newsletter group, I will still give you the code to use for the sale (which runs until Monday 6.25)...BYE2013MERLOT.
So, let me tell you what the deal is for the 3 tours that we added for July. The tour on Tuesday, July 10 is at 4:30PM and will likely run until 6:45PM. It includes the normal Karamoor Estate tour and tasting (so, a drive through the property, an explanation of how Karamoor Estate Wines came to be, a winemaking explanation, and a tasting of at least 5 of our wines) PLUS a really nice cheese platter to enjoy...did I mention that it is also in the evening?? The visit on 7/10 costs $60 per person. We also have a tour scheduled for Saturday, July 14th from 1PM until about 3:15PM. That tour is the normal Karamoor tour, but on a Saturday (which has only been offered 1 time before) and is being sold for $75 per person WITH the opportunity to receive $25 off of your purchase of $150 or more on the day of your tour PLUS the normal tour discounts (10% off 1-11 items and 15% off 12+ items)....so you will end up paying $50 per ticket as long as you leave with some Karamoor wine to keep you stocked up for summer. We also added a tour for Friday, July 20th from 3-5:15PM. This is our normal tour and tasting...tried and true...$50 per person. Tickets are going fast - emails were sent yesterday and each tour is already halfway to sold out.
I hope that you have a wonderful weekend. I am hosting a bridal shower at my house tonight and then am headed to Atlantic City this weekend for my best friend's bachelorette party! Until next time....
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...