How about this weather, huh? Usually, by this time in the summer, I am ready to head to Canada, Alaska, or the North Pole. August's in Pennyslvania are usually just the absolute worst. High 90's with what feels like 100% humidity. I am not sure what we did to deserve this beautiful weather, but I hope it sticks around for a while.
It turns out that I am not the only one that is loving this weather. Our grapes seem to be enjoying it too! Today, we are harvesting an acre of our 2015 Chardonnay. The Chardonnay being harvested today is from the new portion of the vineyard that was planted in 2013, our more mature Chardonnay vines will be following in ripeness next week. On Monday, we are going to be harvesting our 2015 Sauvignon Blanc, which will be our first harvest of the variety, Sauvignon Blanc! So exciting. On Tuesday, we will be harvesting our Viognier and Pinot Gris, and on Wednesday, we will be harvesting the remaining Chardonnay. Check our Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/KaramoorEstate) for photos during harvest, I will be doing my best to keep those up to date so you guys can feel like you are right here with us while we begin our 2015 winemaking process!
On Tuesday, we got our labels for Karamoor's 2014 Chardonnay (there was a little delay with the label company; if you remember, we were supposed to have received them last week), they turned out great. Once we had the labels in hand, Kevin and the team was able to complete the bottling of our 2014 Chardonany. We made a little over 400 cases, which is not too many (2013, was almost 1000 cases), but remember that we lost a good portion of our Chardonnay vines between the 2013/2014 and 2014/2015 winters. Luckily, those 400 cases worth of Chardonnay are delicious. We will release some tasting notes on this wine when the time is right, until then, just let your imaginations run wild!
I am looking forward to a slower paced and fun weekend. My brother is coming in from Chicago with his fiance. I am so excited! They fly into Philadephia on Saturday and will be heading straight out to Bucks County, to my house, as soon as their flight lands. We have some great plans for the day, my two cousins who live up in the Hoboken area are going to come to my house too, and then we are heading down to The Mann Music Center to go to a reggae festival! Did you know that The Mann carries Karamoor wines? I had never been to The Mann until July of this year. I have been a Philadelphian since I was about 8 months old (born in Maine), and for some reason, I had never made it to The Mann. Let me tell you, it is GORGEOUS. I had a tour during my visit there and I couldn't pick my mouth up off the ground for the duration of the time I was being shown around. The acoustics are great, it has a lot of charm, and it is probably the cleanest venue I have ever seen. Also, did I mention that they carry our wine? I hope that you also have some great plans for one of the final weekends of summer! Until next time...
Hi everyone! Did you have a good week? The weather has been delightful, that is for sure. I am sure that you are all wondering how my dinner party turned out last Saturday. Well, it turned out great! I would say that the highlight (besides the nectarine, raspberry margaritas) was the tuna tartare that I made using corn from our CSA share (if you live in Bucks County, check out Blooming Glen Farm, AMAZING produce) and tuna from my favorite seafood shop in Bucks County. If you are ever driving through Buckingham, you need to go to Buckingham Seafood on 413. It looks very unassuming from the outside, so unassuming that it took me 3 years of living in Bucks County to stop in. But, now I don't buy my fish (or any other seafood for that matter) from anywhere else.
SO! On Monday of next week, I will be making the short drive over to our label provider (they are in Lafayette Hill!) to go through the pre-press for our...2014 Chardonnay! It is that time again. We will be bottling on Tuesday or Wednesday of next week! The vintage from 2014 will be much smaller than 2013, only a bit over 400 cases will be produced. I think that the 2014 Chardonnay will be very well received, so be sure to stay tuned for an anticipated release date.
Did you know that we bottle all of our wines ourselves? We have our own bottling and labeling machine! We really do try to control every aspect of our wines from start to finish. We grow all of our own grapes (sourcing from nowhere), we pick our fruit by hand, we process our own fruit, we make all of our wines at our winery, and then we bottle, label, and store! The first time you have a sip of Karamoor Estate wine is the first time (unless you have snuck onto the property!) that the grapes have left our property in any way, shape, or form! I think that is the coolest thing. What a great representation of Fort Washington, PA and what is possible here.
Speaking of growing our own grapes, Kevin told me that he believes that we will be harvesting a few acres at the end of August. Guess what grapes? Nope, not Chardonnay! You are probably thinking, "But Ali, the only white grape that you guys grow is Chardonnay and it is too early to pick any of the reds!" To which I would say, "You are wrong! And you are right about the reds ;)." 2015 will be a historical year for us; we will be harvesting our first crop of Sauvignon Blanc! Along with a tiny bit of Viognier and Pinot Gris. We planted Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Gris, and Viognier in 2013. I know that the whole team here is pretty excited about this, but probably no one is more excited than me. I LOVE Sauvignon Blanc. It is my favorite. I wish that it was already bottled so that I could take it with me to our favorite Indian restaurant tonight, but I guess I will have to wait until April or May of 2016 for that.
I hope that you have some awesome plans for this weekend and that those plans include some Karamoor Estate wine!! Did you know that shipping is free with a purchase of 3 bottles or more and that we can ship to anywhere in PA, NJ or about 37 other states? I can't remember if I mentioned that or not in any previous blog posts.... You should also check out our wine club options, there are some pretty great discounts that are associated with them! Until next time....