You say goodbye and I say hello …
As Karamoor’s 2019 clock wines down, I think about the big hand…it moves much more quickly and for me represents “real time” here at the Vineyard and Winery. Some days it’s hard to keep up and fit everything in.
On the other hand ~ shorter, slow and steady and a part of the big picture at Karamoor Estate…there are no fleeting moments, few things that can change in a nanosecond or miss in a blink of an eye ~ at least to those on the outside looking in. Together these hands create balance, some control and a clear vision.
I’ve been attached to the big hand for a year and a half already…with a lot of changes, growth and accomplishments. The time has flown by! I have learned so much, met so many amazing people and have a much greater appreciation for everything wine. New to the wine industry, (other than being an expert consumer), the wine world can be very intimidating. We all know, those who swirl their glass and speak in a tongue ~ you don’t know if they are referring to the weather, your weight or wine? Don’t be intimidated! When you taste wine, you are the only one who knows exactly what happens when it hits your palate. So the most important question is…do YOU like it? Being able to connect with people and tell the story, explain the process to the best of my ability and in a language that makes people comfortable… that’s what I love to do.
The last quarter of 2019 was “fruitful”. The report from our winemaker, Kevin Robinson regarding the 2019 harvest;
“I am happy with the overall quality given we had some challenges with ripening a large crop of grapes this season. We enjoyed a drier-than-normal September, and that helped ripen the grapes with little if any disease pressures that we would typically expect at this crucial time of the year. The issues of some late August downy mildew, experienced throughout the mid-Atlantic, forced an extended ripening period given many of our leaves had turned brown as you may have seen in the vineyard. Still, we had just enough “solar panels” to get us to the finish line. We experienced a good, safe, and copious harvest that should make us all feel extremely grateful, and with some excellent wines for the future as a result.” Great job Joe, Kevin and the rest of the Vineyard and Winery team!
Looking forward to 2020!! With the growth of our Wine Club, we are working on some new and fun club events. Our Wine Club Pick up parties are growing and get a little better each time! I think there may be a new twist for the spring! If you are not a member of one of our clubs, it is worth checking out. There are three pick up parties a year, something new to taste and learn at each and a really great group of wine lovers to get to know. There are a lot of other benefits to the club you can read about on our website. /Wine-Clubs OR, ask one of our Wine Club members!! We also had our first wine club, Wine & Food Pairing. It was a beautiful evening on the porch of the private wine tasting room with Chef, Leslie Frankel and Sommelier, Marc Supsic. It was a perfect! Somewhat magical~ with fabulous food, fanastic wines, fun times and I look forward to more of them!
We also had a great year with private, corporate and team building events. In addition to some very relaxing team appreciation, retirement and customer appreciation events we had a fabulous day with a team from Merck, Executive Coach Donna Teitelman and Photographer Susan Beard’s Wax Works Photo. It included, good food, art, team building, camaraderie, executive coaching, a beautiful environment and fabulous wines! Check out the link to the YouTube:
Another great team building event was held with the team from Tria Cafe. They have three locations in Philadelphia. We created a Wine Team Blending Event. Four teams each creating their own blend and then a blind tasting to select the winner. They now sell their winning blend of Karamoor Estate wine at their locations in Philadelphia.
We just finished a private labeling Karamoor Estate's 2016 Chardonnay, a gold medal winner at The San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition. A project for AKA Hotels, a.vin is available at all 12 AKA locations - Philadelphia, New York City, Washington DC, Los Angeles and London. As well as by the bottle at a.kitchen+a.bar and all of Ellen Yin’s restaurants/ High Street Hospitality, including Fork. All proceeds of the a.vin wine bottles, go to the Cleveland Clinic for spinal cord research, in honor of Chef Eli Kulp, who was the Chef at Fork restaurant until he was paralyzed in the 2015, Amtrak accident going from Philly to NYC.
We had alot of firsts for Karamoor and there will be quite a few more in 2020. There are so many options!
The public Wine Tasting Room is coming along. If I’ve said it once, I’ve said it a hundred times…nobody is looking forward to it opening more than the team at Karamoor. All I can say is, good things come to those who wait. It is going to be magnificent! In the meantime, you can always purchase wines through our website and we will ship them or you may pick them up at our offices. They are also available at Altomontes in Doylestown and most of the Pennsylvania Wegmans locations.
If you're interested in having a little more of Karamoor Estate in your home, garden or patio, we have barrels for sale. They are ready to use as a decorative piece or if you want to use one to make you own wine, Kevin keeps some of them conditioned and ready for you to try your hand at wine making or another fun concoction!! Check them out on our website: /Store/Holiday-Gift-Packs We have a lot of fun packages and Gift Certificates too.
I hope you will all come visit and enjoy some of our events and activities posted on our website, Facebook and other social media pages. We do our best to keep you up to date with the latest and greatest things going on at Karamoor Estate!! Or call me and let’s discuss your own creative event!
Cheers to a Happy and Healthy New Year!!!!
I hope to see you in the vineyard!!
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