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Alecia Jankowski
 
January 29, 2016 | Alecia Jankowski

A quick post

Today's blog post is going to have to be a short one.  I have, as always, waited far too long to get to writing today's post (Mom wasn't here to remind me!) and now I am rushing to get you updated before I have to jet off to National Label to go over a few things for our labels that we will be getting next week!  Because.......we are bottling some new wines soon!  And some of these labels are brand new, like the ones for Rose and Sauvignon Blanc.  You wouldn't believe the number of pantone colors they have in the pink family and the yellow family.  So, today, I have to make the final selection as to colors...hopefully you guys like my choices!

There has been some fun stuff happening here.  Last Friday, our friend Marc Supsic stopped by to sample our 2015 Rose, 2015 Sauvignon Blanc, 2014 Chardonnay, and our 2014 Barrel Select Cabernet Sauvignon.  He had the nicest things to say about the wines that we are going to be bottling next week!  It makes me very excited to release them so that all of our Karamoor lovers get to give them a try as well.  On Tuesday of this week we had our friends from Tria Taproom out!  They are great.  They created their own Petit Verdot blend that they will be featuring at their restaurant the 2nd week of February!  If you live in Philadelphia or in the Philadelphia area and you have not stopped into any of the Tria locations (they have 4 including Tria Taproom), you are missing out.  They offer awesome cheeses, food, beers, and a great wine list (obviously!), and for Valentine's Day, they are having some great specials for all you Rosé lovers out there (not ours (because it's not bottled yet) but some really great ones!).

I hope that you all made it through the snow storm safely.  My dogs were not fans once it got to more than 12 inches.  They are short little Olde English Bulldogges, so this snowstorm dropped more inches than they are high!  We had to shovel a good portion of our backyard.  I really enjoyed having to shovel our driveway and walks, dig our cars out, and shovel the grass...

Sorry to go so quickly, but I hope that you have a wonderful weekend.  Until next time...

 

Time Posted: Jan 29, 2016 at 11:22 AM
Alecia Jankowski
 
January 22, 2016 | Alecia Jankowski

Favorite things to drink, do, & eat during a blizzard

So, it has finally felt like winter here in PA for the last week or so.  I guess the old man had to show up sometime!  I must say, I am excited for this (potential) blizzard tomorrow.  I can't wait, actually.  I hope that it is not going to turn out to be another meteorologist letdown.  I will be so bummed if we only get like 5 inches of snow.  Although, then we could go out to dinner and I would not have to cook something (or, more accurately, warm something up).  I love to cook, but I like to take Friday and Saturday nights off.  Anyway, there are a few things that I look forward to eating, drinking and doing during blizzards that I am going to share with you.  It would be fun if you comment a few of your favorite things as well!

As for doing...I have 2 Olde English Bulldogges (one was new to the family as of Christmas, if you remember) and I can't wait to play with them in the snow.  Penny, my 5 year old, LOVES the snow.  She bites it, scoops it up with her mouth and flings it into the air, tears around in it like a total nut job, and just generally has a great time.  This will be Murph's first ever encounter with snow.  We had a little dusting the other day, but that doesn't really count.  I will let you know next week if he loves it or hates it.  Both of the pups have jackets for the snow because they get cold easily (they are sissies)...so after playtime, we will light up the fireplace to get warm.  We are pretty lucky now because we have quite a few friends that live pretty close to us...and our gym is right down the street as well.  Hopefully this will mean that we can pump some iron and then follow it up by some shennanigans with our friends.  Shennanigans with our friends obviously means food and drink will be had!

As for food...I feel like blizzards are a pass to eat junk food.  We recently got one of those popcorn-on-demand-air-poppers.  Top that stuff with a little (OK, a lot) of Kerrygold butter & sea salt and you have got yourself a heck of a tasty snack.  I am having a hard time deciding if I want to pick up some Jules Pizza tonight for dinner AND pick up some Indian takeout to heat up for tomorrow, or if I just want to roll the dice and see what we can get tomorrow.  I love Jules Pizza.  It is this thincrust place and they have one right in Doylestown.  I always get several mini pizzas because then I can get all different toppings, and the topping don't touch, AND you have crispy edges.  The Indian food that we get is from a place called Cross Culture.  It is the best Indian food in all of the land.  Anything is good.  I am probably going to get the lamb boti masala extra spicy and some garlic naan and some panir kulcha.  YUMMMMMMM.  Then again, if we do end up enjoying some shennanigans with our friends, we will probably pull out a bunch of meat that we got from the nearby farm from our basement freezer chest.  Can you grill in a blizzard?  Stay tuned...

As for drinking...I love a great cup of hot chocolate.  Sometimes, I like to get a little crazy and add a little peppermint extract...and a shooter of Kahlua!  Yum.  This is perfect post snow puppy play time, shoveling, or sledding...or all of the above.  I also think snowstorms go hand-in-hand with wine.  Like a big wine.  So, I will probably either pull out a bottle or two of our 2013 Petit Verdot, or maybe this Groth Cabernet that I've been waiting for an excuse to open.  If I do open that Groth, I will probably have to make some of those ribeyes that we have in our basement freezer.  I should pull them out tonight...just in case.  I don't think Cabernet Sauvignon goes with spicy lamb boti masala...  But I should probably get the lamb boti masala anyway...I mean, I am going to need lunch tomorrow...

I hope that you have an enjoyable weekend.  Be safe in the snow tomorrow!  Don't forget that our 2013 Meritage and 2014 Chardonnay are on gold medal winner special until Sunday night!  Use the code FARMSHOW at checkout to take advantage of 15% off!!  Until next time...

Time Posted: Jan 22, 2016 at 1:22 PM
Alecia Jankowski
 
January 15, 2016 | Alecia Jankowski

We won some medals!

Hello!  Sorry I didn't write last week, but it was a crazy week.  I was thinking that things would slow down a little bit after the holidays, but last week really got away from me.  To be honest, this week almost did too, but luckily I received a helpful reminder from my mom in the form of:  "Hey!  What the heck is going on with your blog?  You haven't written in it for over a week!", via the intercom.  Gotta love moms.  Always keeping you on task...even when you are 30.  I would be lost without my mom.  I think a lot of people like to pretend that they have it all together and they don't really need their mom for things because they are old enough to handle their life on their own.  They are liars...or they don't have a mom like mine.  So, you can thank my mom for today's blog post!

We won some medals!  Just like the title of this blog says....  We entered 5 of our wines in the Pennsylvania Farm Show Wine Competition and they all won medals.  We took 2 gold medals and 3 silver medals.  The gold medal winners were our 2014 Chardonnay and our 2013 Meritage, the silver medal winners were our 2013 Cabernet Franc, 2013 Merlot, and our 2013 Reserve Merlot.  We are really pumped about how well these wines showed.  We were the only winery growing vinifera grapes (or making vinifera wines) to win 2 gold medals.  One of our wine club members ordered the 2014 Chardonnay yesterday and he posted a review on it this morning!  Here's what he had to say:  Would like to see a "blind" tasting of this, compared to Mersault, Montrachet, and Chateau Montelena Chardonnay. I think the Karamoor would win. This is your best Chardonnay yet, and in the white Burgundy style.

Our viticulturist, Casey (and new hubby, John), go up to the farm show every year, so they collected the awards for us.  Thanks Casey & John!  I have only ever been to the farm show once.  When I first came on board at the end of 2012, Kevin and our previous sales guy had entered the 2008 wines in the Farm Show (our first vintage).  I had only been here for a month and a half when the papers came in, telling us that we had won the Governor's Cup for our 2008 Meritage.  At that time, I had no idea that the PA Farm Show was a big deal (I didn't know too much about the PA wine industry back then...or PA agriculture in general) or, for that matter, what the PA Farm Show was.  The papers from the Farm Show included a congratulatory note, a parking pass, and a diagram of the expo center.  If you have never been to the farm show, let me tell you, it is sensory overload.  I think it is the largest indoor space in the country, but don't quote me on that.  It could be a total lie.  What is not a lie is that they have EVERYTHING.  Tractors, combines, the cleanest cows and horses you have ever seen in your life, WINES, blue ribbon apple pies, the butter sculpture...  They have an INDOOR RODEO.  The list really goes on and on.  They also have this insane food court where they offer pretty much anything fried...and the best milkshakes you will ever have in your life.  I went with Matt (meeting Kevin and our previous sales guy up there) to accept the Governor's Cup at the farm show in 2013.  The awards ceremony for the Wine Competition was on opening day at like 2PM or something...aka the perfect storm.  There were easily 9 million people there.  I don't think I have ever been inside of a building that had so many people.  The food court lines were easily 45 minutes long for each booth.  Anyway, it was really pretty incredible.  What is even more incredible is that I have been a PA resident for 30 years and it took 27 of those years to realize that this huge show happens not even an hour and a half from where I have lived.  I'm not sure what that says about me.

Back to present day.  We want you to try the wines that won gold medals (we want you to try all our wines, let's be honest..).  The wines that won gold medals are 15% off until the 24th (there is no significance in the 24th, I just sort of picked it).  If you want to try them, there is no minimum order, you just have to use the code FARMSHOW at checkout.  I will remind you that shipping is free with a purchase of 3 bottles or more!  

I hope that everyone has a wonderful weekend.  Until next time...