I started this strict diet (you know, so that I can fit in my wedding dress (which just came in!!!!!)) on January 3rd, and I have not cheated once. I am very proud of myself. It is based on macronutrients that you need based on the time you workout and the intensity of your workout. It is pretty cool, but I also kind of miss treats and snacks. I really miss treats and snacks as I watch Matt eat a stacks of pancakes, cheeseburgers, chocolate chip cookies, drink beers on the weekends, and keep a 6 pack. How does that happen? Life is so unfair.
Did you see the article that Craig LaBan wrote about locally made wines that took home gold medals at the San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition? It was online on Wednesday and then it was the Inquirer on Thursday. It was a really nice article! Here it is: http://www.philly.com/philly/food/20170126_The_local_wines_that_won_San_Francisco_Chronicle_Wine_Competition.html. In addition to the article, Craig also had some great tasting notes on our 2013 Petit Verdot (which in case you decide to not read the blog from last week or the article, was one of the gold medal winners). Here they are: "Karamoor Estates 2013 petit verdot, $55: This 100 percent petit verdot is made only in years when the fruit is right, and the 2013 was a winner that delivered a deep purple juice jammy with blackberries, but that also unfolded as more interesting, with layers of black licorice, tobacco, earth, and a tingle of numbing Sichuan peppercorn spice that rides a light pucker of black plum on the finish. The price tag is prohibitive, but collectors will now realize this grape has a future in Pennsylvania."
Since this article went live, we have been getting lots of questions like, "Where can I taste this wine?". So, since it is not a wine that we wholesale at all, we decided that for the month of February, we are going to include the 2013 Petit Verdot in every single one of our on-site tours! Speaking of our on-site tours, there are 3 dates in February (tickets have been selling fast, though. So, hurry!). I know that I have made mention of the Friday, February 3rd tour prior to today, but we added the tour on Valentine's Day and we added another tour on Friday, February 24th as well. The tour on Valentine's Day is a special one! We are going to give out a bottle of our pretty and very pink bottle of 2015 Rose to each couple that signs up. What a treat!
I hope that you have some fun things planned for the weekend. I know that tonight I am stuffing wedding invitations...wahooo! If you are ever looking for some top notch invitations, check out LoveLeigh Invitations. The owners are so nice and they did an amazing job with our custom invites. Super easy to work with as well! And a quick turnaround. I think that I will need a glass of Rose while I do the invitations. Have a safe and wonderful weekend! Until next time....
We've been super busy over here at Karamoor for the last few weeks, so I am sorry that it has been a while since I updated the blog! How have you all been? I hope great! On top of all these projects over here at work (that I will get into in a minute!), I've also been planning the big day (with help, of course, from Mom, Matt, and Dad!). Did I tell you that we are having 3 cakes? I feel like I did. I'm very excited about that because I love cake, so I talk about it a lot. Most recently, we have been finishing up the final rounds of invitation revisions, meeting with the florist to come up with a game plan, and finalizing(ish) the menu and overall decor and set up. ALSO, my MOH finally received the dress that she ordered in November! And it is PERFECT. So excited.
So, while the wedding stuff is taking up a lot of my mental capacity currently, Karamoor is realllllllllly making me stretch the memory available. We have been working on SO MUCH STUFF. Did you see that in the middle of December we completed our collaboration with Goose Island Brewing? There were about 4 articles that went out about that. This one is probably the one that is the most in depth article that was written: http://www.tickettoentertainment.com/blog/2017/01/11/the-brewholder-karamoor-estate-teams-up-with-goose-island-for-farmhouse-style-beer/. It was a great collab and the launch party took place at Osteria with our good friends, the folks from Vetri restaurants. The beer, Chrysos, is pretty cool. It is Gooses's Sofie beer, but kind of ramped up. Their typical Sofie beer is a Saison that is partially aged in oak (about half of the beer is aged in oak), and the oak barrels that they use have been sterilized and cleaned prior to filling. In the case of Chrysos, they aged the Saison 100% in our barrels that had previously held Cabernet Franc. They did not sterilize or rinse the barrels prior to filling, so the Saison had direct contact with color and flavors that were in the barrel from our ever popular, Cabernet Franc. The beer is only available at Vetri resturants (Alla Spina, Osteria, and Lo Spiedo).
In addition to the Goose Island collab, we got the results from the San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition on Friday of last week. We were so happy with our results! Our 2013 Petit Verdot took a gold medal, our 2013 Meritage took a silver, and our 2015 Sauvignon Blanc took a bronze! We added a San Francisco Chronicle Bundle on our website. The bundle is slightly discounted, so take advantage of it while it is available.
To keep the momentum of this blog post going, I wanted to make mention of the fact that we are going to be doing a private label for AKA. There will be more information surfacing on this in the next few weeks, but we are so excited to be working with such a great brand!
That's all I have time for today as a writer from PhillyBite is coming by in a few! I hope that you have a wonderful weekend and I promise that I will post again next week! Until next time...