Another week in March, another foot of snow! Guys. My back yard can not take one more drop of precipitation. Not a single drop. It is like a swamp back there. Even the high parts of the yard are like a swamp. When the dogs go out to go pots (what we call bathroom here), and I swear they are out there for like 3 minutes, they come back soaked! Covered in mud, mud spray, and overall dirtiness. I need just like one week where it is not raining every day or snowing 14 inches. I don't think that Mother Nature read my blog last week. If she had, she would have known that it was Spring this week. And my birthday. I really hope that this is the end of it. Typically, I am that weirdo that enjoys winter, but I'm ready for some warmer weather, barbeques, and having friends over again. And you can't do those things with a mudpit for a backyard. So, come on sunshine!
Since we are talking about sunshine and barbeques, now would be a good time to mention that we bottled our Rosé today! I posted a video of it being bottled on the Insta. The color is much more traditional than our last Rosé which was basically hot pink. Or electric pink. Whichever pink is brighter and more vibrant. The 2017 Rosé is still 100% Merlot, we just went right to press with it instead of letting it sit on the skins at all. So, the juice didn't have much time to soak up any of the skin pigment whatsoever. It is more in line with the color of Rosé that you'd find in one from Provence. The taste is excellent. It is a true, as the kids say, "Patio Pounder". It is a Rosé that you could literally drink ALL DAY. It is only 12.5% ABV, so it's refreshing and well balanced. It reminded me of guava juice on the nose. I'm very excited about it if you couldn't tell. You can get a sneak peak of it (we won't be releasing it until later in April) during Philly Wine Week at Tria Taproom because we kegged some of it for them before we bottled it. If you get down there, let us know what you think!
We also finished up sending out our Wine Club shipments today. I'm looking forward to hear what the thoughts are on the Viognier. I really liked it. I hadn't had it for a while prior to tasting it again last week for the tasting notes, and it reminded me how much I enjoyed it and why we decided to bottle it as a stand alone variety. It will be a GREAT pairing wine for summer. With cheeses or summer salads. That's the direction I'd go. Kevin and the rest of the team suggested light seafood as well...and I can't say that I'd disagree!
I know that you are all probably wondering how my birthday was. Well! It was great. I woke up to a nice card from my husband (nothing better than a good card with a heartfelt note), and then he shoveled the driveway (for the 4th and last time) on his own so that I could get on the road early and miss any traffic...which was great. I think that Thursday morning of this week was my fastest ever commute to Karamoor from Doylestown. Then, I had a full work day, but I got lots of phone calls and texts all day from friends and family. When I got home, Matt gave me a bag of cookies from this place called Lilly's in Doylestown. Their cookies are HANDS DOWN THE BEST EVER. But, they do not hold a candle to their lemon bars. So, I was kind of bummed that he didn't get me a lemon bar. BUT, when I got to the gym, my friend Missy surprised me with 2 more Lilly's cookies AND a lemon bar. What a win! Surprise #2 from Matt was the largest Lilly's lemon bar the world has ever seen. It was like a legal-sized-piece-of-paper sized lemon bar. Amazing. That's another win. I'm going to be eating a lot of Lemon Bars. I wonder if they freeze? I hope so. Then, that was kind of it. It was nice and quiet...and filled with treats. Just the way I like it.
Tomorrow, we are heading up to NYC with my Mom and Dad. We are going to get up there at around 2PM (at least that is the plan as of now) and walk around the West Village...maybe do some shopping...maybe do some cocktailing. Then we are having a nice dinner at one of three restaurants that we have made reseravations at because I am indecisive. I promise that we will call the restaurants that we decide not to go to well before the reservation time so that someone else can take our spot. I just can't decide yet. What are you going to do this weekend? We should probably plan to do some yardwork next weekend. The yard is full of sticks from the last three storms (not to mention 2 twenty foot trees that need to be dealt with), and it is kind of giving me anxiety just thinking about how untidy it currently is. You probably will not be doing yardwork this weekend though. Not with all the snow and the ground being like pudding. Anyway, I hope that you do figure out something fun to do!! Until next time...