So, typically the work days that follow vacation are busy, but this week has just been bananas. First things first: I will start this blog post first by saying, "Paris was amazing!" I loved it. I do not know how I am going to live without the baked goods...or the rosé...until my next visit. People in Paris just walk around with baguettes. They stop at the patisserie on their way to work, walking around the city, on their way home from work, late at night (it just always seems like there is a line out the patisserie door, so I may be overdoing it about how often they stop at the patisserie...but it didn't stop me from mimicking my perception (I went at least 2 times a day....)), and so many of them just walked out with a baguette...eating it right from the bag as they walked away. Aside from the food (tough for me to move past that), Matt (boyfriend) and I did so much walking and exploring of the city, just enjoying the beautiful buildings and parks (croissants, baguettes, tartar, rosé...). Our trip out to Normandy was exactly what I thought, if you have the chance, you should definitely make it a priority to go. It was moving and jaw dropping, beautiful and sad at the same time. I would say that the Eiffel Tower was my favorite monument, I found the history and story behind it so fascinating. Did you know (per our tour guide) that it cost $32 million to build the Eiffel Tower, the city of Paris made Gustave Eiffel (the guy with the company that designed it) pay for it, Gustave paid for it with the condition that ticket sales for tours/entry over 20 years after the Eiffel Tower opened would go to him, and the $32 million that Gustave put out was paid in full after only 6 months after opening? Me either! Anyway, Paris was great, and now onto the happenings here at Karamoor.
Monday morning started off with a bang! I am not sure if many people know this or not, but we did the private label for The Union League of Philadelphia (Union League Chardonnay and Union League Meritage), they needed another 100 cases sent down to them, so I got it scheduled through a courier for Wednesday (but when Wednesday morning comes, their truck breaks down...so it ended up going down Thursday). Steve Wildy from the Vetri Restaurant Group (one of the coolest guys I have had the pleasure of meeting in this industry thus far) asked that we take part in a private event on Wednesday evening...ok, sounds good. Kevin, Casey and the crew had to harvest all of our Merlot before the 6-10 days of rain started (rain during harvest is a total nightmare)...so they have been quite busy. We decided that we are making a dry rosé (a decision probably heavily influenced by my daily intake while in Paris) that we will release by the bottle at the end of next spring (2016). We completed our first ever wine club shipment (woohoo!!!!). We had a cool article posted on philly.com about our collaborative project with Tired Hands Brewing over in Ardmore. We got a big order from the PLCB (you will finally be able to find our newer products in 20 of the Philadelphia area luxury stores!). Thank goodness it is almost the weekend because I am tired!
I would say that of all the things that went on this week, I had 3 favorites (I can never just pick one favorite..not candy, not color, not sports team...). One was the article, one was the wine club, the other was our decision on the rosé. Mike Klein from the Philadelphia Inquirer/Philly.com does such a nice job with all the pieces that he writes. The one that was posted on Tuesday was no exception. It made me smile from start to finish! Here is the link if you want to check it out: http://www.philly.com/philly/blogs/the-insider/Tired-Hands-Karamoor-collaborate.html. I love that everyone is so into this project, including my grandparents. It will be very cool to watch this beer/wine to evolve over the next 6 months...to a year. If you have any ideas on a name...let us know!
The rosé. I am pumped about this. I love rosé. I feel like maybe pinkish wines have gotten a bad rap over the years, but maybe that is because people have been drinking the wrong ones. I, myself, am a pink wine lover (all shades of pink, no discrimination here). As long as it is dry and delicious. Stay tuned for more about this over the course of the next few months, but we should yield about 200 cases.
Our first ever Wine Club shipment went out on Tuesday! It was an exciting day for us at Karamoor and our 14 members (at least I hope they were equally as excited as we were). Our Signature Mixed Club received a bottle of 2013 Chardonnay, 2012 Cabernet Franc, and just recently (about 1 month ago) bottled 2014 Chardonnay. Our Signature Red Club received a bottle of 2012 Meritage, 2013 Merlot, and 2013 Meritage (not yet released). Our Reserve Club received a bottle of 2013 Petit Verdot, 2013 Reserve Merlot and our 2008 Governor's Cup winning bottle of 2008 Meritage (which has been in our Library since the end of 2013). If there is interest in joining our club, you can just sign up right here on our website under the "Wine Clubs" tab and if you sign up between now and the end of the year, you will receive the shipment that just went out.
I am looking forward to this weekend. Tonight, Matt and I are going to grab a drink (maybe 2) with my grandparents. I love going out with them, we always have a great time. You would never guess their age if you met them. Not in a million years. Tomorrow morning I have barbell club. Barbell club is one of my most favorite things that I get to do in my free time. Anyway, right after we are heading over to Norristown for an event at Einstein to support my grandparents where I will get to spend some time with my parents too! Even though it will be raining with 50 mph winds (or so the meteorologists have been saying...), I am sure that we will still manage to have a fun time together. Mostly (aside from the fact that my parents...and family in general...are the best, of course) because Elmwood Zoo is going to be at this event and they are bringing their teaching animals! Fuzzy bunnies, ducks, little crododiles, maybe a donkey. Who knows what the day holds! All I know for sure is that my dog will be very jealous when I get home from all of the other animal smells. Until next time...