Well, it's October, 20. You know what that means.... It's Murph's birthday!!! Here he is with his normal dopey face:
He's so cute. Anyway, he is now 2 years old and I am hoping that he is going to be growing out of his crazy puppy ways (ie. chewing our carpet, exploding throw pillows, chewing on a wooden table, and escaping from our fenced in backyard so that he can go and play with his dog friends next door) any day now! In case he doesn't though, we have learned over the last 2 years of his life that he likes to watch TV while we are gone. Matt typically leaves HBO family on for him (nothing scary or violent for this little baby) and I am pretty sure that he actually watches the programs. It has definitely helped a lot with his destroying items of decor. I'm not sure if he will ever outgrow the fence thing, though. The reason that he leaves the yard is not to run away (he never ever goes anywhere where we can't see him) he just goes next door where there is a German Shepard that he is friends with. Sometimes there is the German Shepard as well as (over the summer) younger kids playing in the pool. People having fun without him is Murph's kryptonite. He's gotta be a part of it. He gets serious FOMO. So, even though the neighbor is like "it is OK! We love Murph!", we would prefer Murph stay in our own yard just in case somethign were to happen. So, this week Matt and I met with an Invisible Fence installer so that the little man can have free range outside and work off his energy...without Mom and Dad having to worry! Even though he is a little challenging, he is a great dog. You will never meet a better cuddler or a better when-you-get-home-from-where ever-greeter. I'm going to have to stop and pick up a treat for him on the way home from the tasting in Flourtown tonight.... Happy birthday Murph!!!!
So, as the title of this blog suggests, we are coming to the end of harvest. Joe, Kevin, and the rest of the team are going to be picking the rest of the grapes by Monday of next week (since we are supposed to have some rain through the rest of the week). Overall, they are pretty happy with the fruit! Today they are harvesting Cabernet Sauvignon and then later this weekend they will be harvesting the Petit Verdot (my fave!!!!). I am sure that they are looking forward to having this all completed and maybe sleeping in a little bit next weekend. Here is a shot of our Cabernet Sauvignon in an of its inky purple glory:
Last Sunday I was at Tria (Rittenhouse and Spruce) because they were pouring our 2013 Meritage for their Sunday School. It was great to meet so many people that were loving our wine! Tria does a great job with making wines that maybe people haven't heard of or perhaps would not have been inclined to try very approachable. This upcoming week we are going to be doing a special blend for them that will be available in their Taproom location (probably in mid-November!). We are looking forward to their visit.
Speaking of visits, are you going to come visit me or Shaina tonight? Shaina will be at the Ardmore PLCB store and I will be at the Flourtown store! 4-6PM for both of us. I am not sure what we will be tasting you on, but I do know that the stores have our new 2015 Chardonnay, 2014 Merlot, and 2014 Meritage! So, come on out and give them a taste!
After the event tonight, I am hoping that Matt takes me to our favorite restuarant (Devil's Acre) and then we can go to bed at least semi-early. Tomorrow is going to be an action-packed day! Matt and I are going to play golf in the morning but then at around 3PM, we have to leave our house and head up to Flemington because it is my cousin Andrew's engagement party. I think my aunt said that she is expecting about 70 people (of which I think like 55 are family because Andrew is half Greek and half Irish...so that right there is like 45 people). Luckily the weather looks like it is going to be perfect and I know that we are going to have a blast celebrating them. My brother and sister-in-law (who was a birthday girl on Wednesday of this week....HAPPY BDAY STEPHY!!!!!!!) flew in from Chicago on Thursday night and so did my cousin Chris who recently moved to London. Yay for family get togethers for happy occasions!
I know that there will be a few people tomorrow who will be enjoying Karamoor Wines and I hope that you guys will be too! Just a reminder...we are down to our last 20 cases of 2015 Rosé AND we are currently having a PA Wine Month special of 25% off all wine purchases...use code PAWINE2017 at checkout! Until next time...