GUYS! Last weekend, while I was in Florida, we went deep sea fishing and I CAUGHT A HAMMERHEAD SHARK. No foolin', I did. I was out with Matt, my mom, dad, sister-in-law, and brother. My mom and SIL got sea sick, so I was the only girl that ended up fishing. The Captain and First Mate thought that I should use the smaller reel since it was lighter and gave the big reel to Matt (which made me jealous). Dad, Zack and I were catching all of these 14 or so inch Vermilion Snapper (I think that we caught a total of 36 of them or so) and Matt was catching all of these like 24 inch Redfish that were much more challenging to reel in. Since my mom and SIL were sea sick, they were sitting up on the top deck checking things out and all of the sudden, they yelled, "SHARK!". With that, a little 6 or 7 foot Hammerhead swam by. We kept an eye on it while we continued fishing (and I kept killin' it with the Vermilion Snapper catching), and I told the Captain that I wanted a big reel because I was tired of Matt catching all the big fish....so they gave me one! The first thing I caught was a medium sized Redfish...smaller than Matt's. THE NEXT THING I CAUGHT WAS THE HAMMERHEAD! Matt was a little sad, because I obviously won the fishing competition. You are probably thinking, "Ali, you were just out having fun, it wasn't a competition", and I would say to you, "I beat Matt!".
When I got back to work on Wednesday morning, I was so excited to see how many people had signed up for our Wine Club! Yay!!!! It is a great deal; 10-15% off all the time! Why would you not sign up? I'm so excited to run the club shipments in March. We are going to be bottling a 100% Viognier for the first time ever, and that will be going out to our Signature Mixed Club members (and will be available in our tasting room after that). We are also going to be bottling our new Rose (we've been sold out since December) at the end of March/beginning of April. It is (just like the last one) 100% Merlot...though, unlike the last one, it will be a regular rose color (instead of hot pink). We are going to be selling the 100% Viognier for $32 per bottle (there are only 50 cases of it so you will want to get it while it lasts) and our new 2017 Rose will be the same price as our previous one...so that same $18.99 per bottle. I'm very excited about bringing these 2 wines online - I think you guys are going to love them. We are also going to be doing a 2016 Barrel Select Cabernet Sauvignon and a 2016 Barrel Select Petit Verdot...but those wines won't be bottled until late April/early May (at least as it stands now!). So, you can maybe expect to see them in your Reserve Club shipments in June or September!
The title of this blog is Hammerhead Sharks AND Karamoor Wine Events, so I wanted to briefly touch on the two events that we took part in this week. On Wednesday night, I was down at the College of Physicians for a special event which followed the College's board meeting. The event was for the board members and all of the College of Phyiscian Fellows, and it included me pouring our 2016 Sauvignon Blanc, 2015 Chardonnay, and 2013 Meritage which were paired with two cheeses (per wine) that were hand selected by Madame Fromage! She did a wonderful job with the pairings and all in attendance really enjoyed seeing how the cheeses highlighted the wines...or vice versa (depending on if you are in the cheese camp or the wine camp). Last night, Shaina and I were in Doylestown for the Bucks County Locavore event. If you have not gone to this in the past, you absolutely should look into attending next year. It is, hands down, the best gathering of local artisinal producers in the Philadelphia area. There were wonderful coffee roasters, bakeries, spirit producers, grain millers, jam, chutney, and spread producers, chocolatiers, brewers, and many others that I am probably forgetting. It is free to attend and everyone really puts their best foot forward with the samples that they provide. Definitely show up hungry!
Two pretty late nights for someone that doesn't stay up late means that I'm looking forward to the weekend....and hoping tonight is an early-to-bed night. Tomorrow, Matt and I are headed down to the city to do a brewery tour with his brother and SIL. I am not sure which breweries we are going to (this was a Christmas gift from Andy and Nicole), but I bet that we will be swinging by at least one of our accounts! Then, after the brewery tours, I am going to host girls night at our house...I feel like I have not seen my gal pals in ages, so I am looking forward to that. On Sunday, I am going to have to paint....again. This time, it is the walls of our new closet room because the electrician is coming on Tuesday to move some switches, and then the closets are being installed on Wednesday! I already yelled at my mom because she basically abandoned me by going to Florida for 3 weeks, so she isn't around to help me paint....or pick out the hardware for the drawers and closet doors...or pick out the marble slab for the center island! How could she?! Anyway, I hope that you have wonderful weekend plans that do not involve painting (or if they do involve painting, that your partner in crime has not left the state...). Until next time...
It's not Friday.... Nope, it's not! I'm headed to Florida this evening, so I wanted to update you guys before I left. We have some "good stuff" (as my grandmother would say) going on this President's Day Weekend. It doesn't just have to do with me enjoying the beautiful weather in Florida, either! I mean, I will be enjoying the weather in Florida. It is supposed to be 80 degrees tomorrow and sunny. Yes, I'm rubbing it in. Though, I don't think that it is supposed to be terrible here either! I saw 60s in the forecast!
Well, we are going to be runing one heck of a President's Day Weekend special. Are you a member of our Wine Club? If you aren't you are going to want to join ASAP (or at least by Monday 2/19) because we are offering a 50% OFF 6 BOTTLES OR MORE SALE to our Wine Club Members only. What a deal. It includes everything in our online store except for our 2014 Petit Verdot, 2014 Barrel Select Cabernet Sauvignon, and gift card purchases. Once you are signed into your account that is affiliated with your Wine Club Membership, use code PDW2018 at checkout and take advantage of those savings!
If you aren't a Wine Club Member already, what are you waiting for? You can cancel it at any time, for any reason. You get a shipment of 3 bottles of wine 3 times a year (talk about fun mail). You usually receive at least 1 bottle of something brand new or not available to every customer on our website. You get 10-15% off ALL YEAR LONG ON ALL BOTTLE PURCHASES and typically that discount is applicable on top of any normal sales that we run. Plus...we usually give out free tour tickets at least once per year! Sign up today!
Well, that's it for now. I hope you guys have a great Friday, and then those that are lucky enough to get it, a great long weekend too! I know that I plan to. We are going to play golf tomorrow morning, head to the beach, get some massages, eat at some great restaurants, and then go deep sea fishing as well! Can't wait to log some good quality family time. Until next time...
When I was writing the title of this blog, I almost wrote "Philly Wines" lol. You can tell that I type a lot of emails that say "wine". Speaking of wine and wins, did you SEE THAT SUPER BOWL?! What an exciting game. I don't care if you are a fan of a different team. You cannot deny that it was maybe the best football game you've ever watched. Also, the commercials this year were MUCH better than they have been the last 2 or 3 Super Bowls. I personally thought that the one with the Giants was the funniest, but those Tide ads were hilarious too! I think that Mom would disagree and would say that the best ad was the one for Fabreeze...she laughed like a fool at that one!
But...I'm not talking to Mom right now. Or my husband. They ganged up on me last night and were making fun of me for going a little off the deep end yesterday. See, I needed a check or a money order for something...and I couldn't find the checks at home (my fault, I looked in the wrong drawer...and no, I didn't "plan in advance", so that was my fault too). When I couldn't find the checks, I figured, NO PROBLEM, I can take out some cash at CVS and get what I need at the same counter (I never have cash, so if you are thinking of robbing me, think again...there's never anything in that wallet except for some unsigned credit cards). I got to work, checked my wallet....and don't you know, my debit card expired in January of 2018. My husband was in charge of setting up the new joint accounts after we got married. My husband has a debit card that currently works. Why was I not sent a new debit card as the old one was expiring? Strange. Annoying! Then it turned into, "Well, just go to the bank and take some cash out at the counter"...well that would be a novel idea, except for the fact that my license is in my married name and the bank account (that my husband said he would take charge of....) is currently in my MAIDEN name. So, I called the bank to see if it would be possible even though my picture ID said a different name...they said, "Yes! As long as you have your marriage license." Well, sadly that's not something that I carry around with me. I asked my mom for cash... "I don't have any", I asked my grandmother for cash, "I don't have any"....I see where I get it from now! I ended up turning my American Express card into a debit card. so in the end, I got what I needed, but holy smokes if it didn't feel like I had to move heaven and earth to get there! You're probably like, "Ali, why didn't you just wait to do the paperwork today instead?", and I would say to you...have you SEEN THE PHILLY DISCOUNT THAT WE ARE RUNNING! Yesterday was the only day that would do to drop this stuff off. Not today. Mom was still laughing at me this morning. Literally, I walked into her office and she just started laughing. My husband probably was too...but I didn't see him before he left for the gym. I will be sure to continue to give him the Greek evil eye that he's been receiving since last night as he was laughing together with my mom on the phone...
Speaking of that Philly discount. Take advantage of it! 35% off just because we are super proud to be a Philadelphia business, and super proud of the performance of the Philadelphia Eagles. I wish that I had been able to go to the parade yesterday. What a historic day. I had a lot of friends that went down and they said that it was worth the crowds and craziness just to be a part of something so historic and FUN. That speech that Jason Kelce gave made me tear up! So much passion! Such a ridiculous outfit! It was all the right amount of things. You can use the code PHILLYPHILLY until this evening at 11:59PM on the entire store (except for on gift cards). If you have sworn off drinking because you had too much fun yesterday...just remember that wine keeps, and you will probably forget that you've sworn off drinking by next weekend!
We are headed into the city tonight and then don't have too much going on the rest of the weekend. I will probably end up repainting portions of our new French doors because last weekend when I was cutting the plastic off of the glass panes, the factory primer was flaking off....and it flaked onto the dried black paint....and it wouldn't wipe off. It stuck! It was dry, the doors were dry, and the stupid DRY primer stuck to the DRY doors and I do not understand why. WHY! Anyway, now I have to sand the areas where it stuck and repaint. I hope that you have a great weekend...that doesn't involve oil-based paint. Until next time....
Shaina left last night for Italy, and she is gone for a week. I am very jealous. Wine, pasta, and cheese for a week? Sign me up! Anyway, we will miss her around here. Matt and I don't have any international trips planned this year. We are headed down to Florida over President's Day Weekend and then we have a trip planned for Seattle and Oregon in August (to be tied in with my cousin's wedding)...but, that's it! I'm looking forward to heading to the Seattle and Oregon. My parents lived in Seattle before I was born for a few years and liked it a lot, Matt has been to Seattle for work and really enjoyed it, so I'm looking forward to checking it out. We will be spending the whole week out there as a family of 6 (Mom, Dad, Zack, Steph, Matt, and me), at least that is the plan as of now. Hopefully we will nail down all the details when we are in Florida!
We ran a pretty good sale last weekend - 20% off the store (inclusive of wine tour tickets!). We are almost sold out for the tour on 3/9, so make sure that you grab tickets soon if they are of interest. It seems so far away, doesn't it? March 9th? I just know that it will be here in the blink of an eye though. You will notice that there are no semi-private tours scheduled for February; there is a reason for that. We are busy!!! There are a few days where neither Shaina nor myself are here, and then we have a bunch of events. The two more highlighted ones are the Bucks County Locavore event and The College of Physicians Social Club event!
The College of Physicians event should be a nice one. They are going to be pairing our 2015 Chardonnay, 2015 Cabernet Franc, and 2013 Meritage with cheeses to server to about 100 special guests. It should be great! They are having someone from DiBruno pair the cheeses for them, so I am sure that everything will be just perfect.
The Bucks County Locavore event is something that we have taken part in for the last few years. It is at Superior Woodcraft in Doylestown and it always has some of the best artisinal producers in the area! Here is the link to find out more: https://www.facebook.com/events/148884695763995/. The event is usually free to attend, but this year they are hoping to benefit the local foodbank. So, the cost of admission is either a food donation, or a monetary donation. Come visit - it is always a great event AND you can give to those in need. We hope to see you there (on February 22).
I hope that you have some great plans for the weekend. It seems like it is going to be a quiet one for us. The electrician is coming over tomorrow to finish the lighting project in our bedroom...I will be so happy when that is all done! Until next time....