Hi!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Well, wedding palooza is officially over. What are Mom and I going to work on now?! Matt and I went to Saint Lucia for our honeymoon. It was great. We stayed at the Viceroy and when we were leaving, a guy at the airport told us that it's where Brad Pitt and Matt Damon, and etc. stay when they visit the island. I have no idea if that is true, but it would make sense if they did. The resort was gorgeous, but food and drink were SO expensive. Like a tiny pina colada was $16. I mean......how's a girl supposed to drink 20 of those without breaking the bank? Anyway, I'd definitely go back. We went deep sea fishing one day - only caught 1 fish in SIX HOURS. That is a lot of trolling. We only got 2 bites all day! The fish that we caught was an awahoo...it was like 2 feet long and about 30 lbs. LOL. The 2nd bite that we got seemed like it would be a little more exciting because it broke the line, and almost ripped the fishing rod off the boat! But, we didn't get to fight it for too long (hence the broken line...). We also went ziplining, we went to this cool waterfall, and we checked out the volcano. The volcano was pretty awesome. There was this mud that you were suppposed to rub on yourselves and then you let it dry and then you get into this hot spring (which was hot hot hot!) to rinse off. They say that the mud has healing properties... The thing that I can't get over is that the way that they get the mud. The mud comes from a cave basically inside the volcano and this guy has to go and collect it! I would not want that job, that's for sure. It seems like it could be a real gamble with death. Not only could you get burned, but like the whole walk up the volcano is over the lava rock and it's all sharp and craggy and you could def roll an ankle. Anyway, Matt and I enjoyed our time on the island, the people that live there are just so nice. I would say that the coolest thing of our trip is that I met a guy that I knew from my last trip to Saint Lucia which was 20 years ago! I took a vacation with my mom, dad, and brother in the 90's and we played basketball and made friends with 2 men who worked at the resort...Andre and Leei. WELL, we ran into Andre at one of the restaurants that we went to when we were exploring Soufriere! Luckily, Mom took a picture of me, Dad, and Zack with Andre and Leei, so my dad sent me a picture of the picture so that I could show Andre. It was so cool. Obviously we took an updated picture :)
Anyway, in the midst of all my wedding happiness, we have been humming right along here at Karamoor. Lots of things in the works, lots of things happening. This week we are replanting the 2.5 acres or so that we ripped out 2 years ago. The vines that had to be removed were Merlot grapes and we have been replanting them with more Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot! I was out there in the field yesterday as they were replanting (because we were filming it with WHYY) and it was so hot! I felt so bad for all of them because I was melting just standing there, I can't imagine how they felt digging the holes and planting the vines. Typically our vineyards have been planted with a big tractor that is lined up with a laser, but because this was a replant and the end posts were already put in, we had do the 2.5 acres by hand. Here's a picture of our vineyard manager, Joe, looking like an Italian Indiana Jones!
So in addition to this replanting, we've almost completed all of our bottling. The only one still remaining is our 2015 Merlot! There won't be too much of this, but I had the pleasure of giving this a taste yesterday. I think that you will all be very pleased with the 2015 Merlot!
There are a lot of other exciting snippets I could share with you, but I think that I will save those snippets for next Friday...which is already Memorial Day Weekend! Yeesh! Anyway, I hope that you have all been doing well and that you have some excellent things planned for this weekend. I looked at the weather and it seems like it will be a perfect Spring weekend! Not like a confusing August weather weekend. It's May, Mother Natuture! Until next time...