Well, I think that we got lucky with that final "snowstorm", eh? No complaints here! It has been a really beautiful spring week....studded with a very special day....my birthday! It was a quiet one...which was much needed after my weekend in New York City! You guys...I had 2AM pizza on Saturday night. I cannot remember the last time I did that. It was amazing. What is it about New York City that makes their bread items so good? Pizza crust, bagels, cookies...cakes. Speaking of cakes, I picked up a slice of carrot cake from Magnolia bakery for my birthday treat while I was up there. I was very good, I didn't open it on Sunday when I got home, or Monday either! Talk about self control. On Tuesday night, Matt asked me for a bite and I almost stabbed his hand with my fork. I love carrot cake (eventually, I begrudgingly gave him a single bite). In fact, I love carrot cake so much that I am making one for Easter!
So, let's talk about Easter. I am Greek Orthodox. This weekend is not my Easter. We celebrated (regular) Easter with my dad's family when we were younger because they are Presbyterian...so most years we got 2 Easters, unless both of them fell on the same day (which does happen sometimes). Anyway, Matt (bf) is Catholic, so his whole family celebrates (regular) Easter....and this year I am lucky enough to be hosting! My parents are going to come also. I cannot wait. I love to cook!!! Sadly, most weeks and weekends I cook healthy boring stuff like chicken, broccoli, sweet potatoes, oatmeal...but on holidays there are no rules, portion sizes, or limitations on cheese... At least, that's how my holidays usually work out. So, I am pulling out all the stops for one glorious food filled day. Here's the menu:
Ricotta & Carrot Tartlet
Prosopita Tartlet (leek, feta, garlic, etc.)
Oven Roasted Tomato & Mozzarella Tartlet
CHEESE PLATTER!!!! With some vegetables that are to be paired with a ricotta dip (more cheese. cheese everywhere)
Rack of Lamb
Spiral Ham (I have never in my life cooked (warmed) a ham or served a ham, but I mean I guess there should be something traditional!)
Roasted Tomato Pesto Wilted Stringbeans
Carrot Cake and mayyyyyybeeeeeeee Chocolate Peanut Butter Brownies
I hope to be eating all of this from about 2:30PM until 8PM...which is when someone is probably going to have to roll me into bed. I am also planning on making Pimm's for beverages. Which reminds me! I must go pick up a bottle (2) of Pimm's. Hopefully the state store has it! I think as far as other beverages go, we will do the Rose (Karamoor of course) and perhaps a Pinot Noir to go with the lamb chops. I bet the Karamoor Rose would also be a match with the ham, but I have a feeling that those eating ham will opt for one of Matt's chosen beers (probably Kahuna Big Wave (My dad actually introduced him to this beer. See Dad!! I gave you credit.) and some kind of Belgium Whit). It is going to be a tight squeeze with all these people in our little condo, but it will be a great time.
As for things that are happening here at Karamoor, we will be bottling our Barrel Select Cabernet Sauvignon next week. Just in time for the first wine club shipment of 2016! Robert is doing a tasting tonight at the PLCB on Broad Street from 4-6PM (address can be found in last week's blog post). We will be sending out our wine club shipments on Wednesday of next week. It is not too late to sign up! For more information on our wine clubs, just click the tab at the top of this page! Signature Mixed Club will be receiving 2013 Cabernet Franc, 2013 Meritage, & 2015 Sauvignon Blanc; Signature Red Club will be receiving 2015 Rose, 2013 Cabernet Franc, & 2013 Meriage; Reserve Club will be receiving 2008 Cabernet Franc from our private library stock, 2010 Reserve Merlot, and 2014 Barrel Select Cabernet Sauvignon.
I hope that you have a wonderful Easter if you are celebrating, and if you aren't, enjoy the beautiful weekend! I will send out information to our mailing group as soon as I have a date of when our new wines will be available on the website! Happy Friday, and until next time....
Good afternoon! Happy Friday! Did you see that we are supposed to get a crazy snowstorm on Sunday night!? I guess I spoke too soon about the snow a few weeks ago being the last storm...maybe I jinxed us. Sorry! I have some good news though. We have a bunch of events coming up AND I released our wine club shipments this week!
As for our events, we've got 4 tastings at 4 separate PLCB stores in the next couple of weeks. We will be at the Norristown PLCB tonight from 4-6PM (2927 SWEDE RD, NORRISTOWN, PA 19401), we will be at the Philadelphia PLCB (2040 MARKET ST, PHILADELPHIA, PA 19103) next Friday, March 25, from 4-6PM. We will be at both the Philadelphia PLCB (180 W GIRARD AVE, PHILADELPHIA, PA 19123) and the Flourtown PLCB (1440 BETHLEHEM PIKE, FLOURTOWN, PA 19031) on Friday, April 8 from 4-6PM. We will also be at the Philadelphia Food & Wine Festival on May 3, and tickets are on sale now! There will be lots of great wineries and restuarants there, so make sure to check it out: http://www.phillymag.com/wineandfoodfest/.
Now, onto the wine club shipments! As you may know, we have 3 different wine clubs: Reserve Club, Signature Mixed Club, and Signature Red Club. This month, the Reserve Club will be getting a bottle of our private library stock 2008 Cabernet Franc, a bottle of our 2010 Reserve Merlot, and a bottle of our brand new, never before seen 2014 Barrel Select Cabernet Sauvignon! This shipment is going out for $112.50 plus tax. Our Signature Mixed Club is getting a bottle of our gold medal winning 2013 Meritage, newly released 2013 Cabernet Franc, and our brand new 2015 Sauvignon Blanc!! This shipment will be going out for $77.40 plus tax! Our Signature Red Club will be getting a bottle of our gold medal winning 2013 Meritage, newly released Cabernet Franc, and our brand new 2015 Merlot Rosé. This shipment will also be going out for $77.40 plus tax. If you are interested in receiving any of these shipments, it is not too late to sign up! Just head to our wine club page on this website: http://www.karamoorwines.com/Wine-Clubs.
I am headed to a meeting with our friends from Elmwood Park Zoo in the next few minutes. Have you ever been there? I love that little zoo. They have done a great job with all the changes and expansions they have done over the past few years, but I have been going there since I was a little girl! It's just the cutest. 2 summers ago, Matt and I went there to feed the giraffes...it was awesome! I wore a sweater with a giraffe on the front...I'm not ashamed to admit that I bought it for the occasion. I thought it was a great photo op. Did you know that giraffes have black tongues? The last time I saw my friends from EPZ I got to hold and pet a chinchilla. Man, those little guys are soft and so cute. I love animals.
This weekend is bound to be a great time. Tonight, I am having dinner with a bunch of my friends to celebrate my birthday! And then tomorrow, Matt, Mom, Dad, and I am heading up to NYC to see Kinky Boots. After the show, we are having dinner with my cousins. I cannot wait! My cousins are pretty great...I got pretty lucky with them. I hope that you have a great weekend as well. Make sure to enjoy the weather today and tomorrow...and pull out the rock salt, shovels, and Karamoor wine (for post shoveling) for Sunday night! Until next time....
So, I went to Lancaster yesterday (along with most of the Karamoor crew). Lancaster is a pretty cute town. There are lots of pretty buildings and some quaint little shops. It was not at all what I expected. I am not sure what I was expecting, but it wasn't that. There was a great little coffee shop which was almost all white with little accents of black and natural wood. I love spaces that have clean and modern lines, but are still warm and inviting. I bought their iced tea which they described as nitro charged. I was like, "does that mean that the caffeine will be almost too much to handle?", and they said, "no, we just use the gas, nitrogen, to push the tea". I felt a little dumb...but to be fair, I had never had tea pushed with nitrogen. Let me just say, I feel like I have been missing out these past 30 years. There was kind of an almost draught Guinness head on this tea, and it really brought out some nice aromatics and it tasted smoother than any tea I have ever had. It was also cold brewed for 24 hours, so there was no bitterness. Needless to say, my mind was blown. I picked up a house made granola bar for Matt...because he says that I never bring presents home for him.... The name of this place was Passenger Coffee just in case you want to check it out next time you are in Lancaster. (Matt really liked the granola bar too...seems like everyone won with this stop!)
Speaking of Lancaster, you are probably like, "Ali, why were you there drinking delicious beverages and bopping around town on a work day?", and I would say to you that I had a very good work-related reason! It was the annual wine expo at the Marriott Convention Center right in downtown Lancaster. I had never been to this expo before. I had never really had a real need to go. In years past, it has just been the winemaker and viticulturist that have gone (Kevin, Casey, & Co.) and they look at all types of stuff, things for the winery and vineyard. Things like: new cork suppliers, label suppliers, spray equipment, tanks, hoses, pumps, pruning gear, etc... This year, I had a reason to go! You see, they also have suppliers that specialize in wine tasting room items; like glassware, carryout bags, boxes, aerators, wine keys, and all types of other items. Almost too many items...but I got some really great ideas and found some stuff that I would like to ultimately carry (whether it be with that supplier or not, remains to be seen). It was a worthwhile journey on 2 fronts; tasting room, and delicious iced tea....and granola bar for Matt. So, I guess it was really a worthwhile journey on 3 fronts.
Next weekend I'm heading up to NYC with Mom, Dad, and Matt. For Mom and Dad's Christmas present this year, we gave them a show in New York City. So, we are heading up next Saturday to see Kinky Boots, do some shopping (bar hopping for the boys), and dinner! I need to pick out a restaurant to make a reservation at. I always have a problem with this. See, I love New York City, and I love food, and there are too many great foodie restaurants in NYC. Making decisions is hard. I guess there are worse things though. I will let you know what I find...better get on it this weekend!
Speaking of this weekend...it's almost here! Yay. I will say that the weather this week has reminded me how nice it is to spend time outside. Since it has been staying a little lighter out at night a little later, I have been taking the pups for long walks...they have been loving it! I think we are only supposed to have one nice day this weekend, but I plan to make the most of it! Tonight we are going to grab some great Mexican food with a bunch of our friends which should be a rowdy and fun time (it always is). Last time we went here, a shrimp tail slipped out of my fingers and shot across the room...hitting my friend in the forehead. Never a dull moment. I hope that you all have a wonderful weekend. Until next time...
It has felt like spring is almost here every single day this week...except for today. Because it SNOWED. Does it always snow in March? I feel like we always have at least one snow storm in March, but maybe I am making that up. I guess, as far as snow storms go, the one we had today was a pretty good one to end on...it was only about 1 inch of accummulation. I was also pretty lucky that it happened on a Friday, because it seems that there are a lot less people on the road for my morning commute on Fridays. It just seems like whenever there is any kind of precipitation (light mist included), all driving rules and skills go out the window, so I was very appreciative of the lower volume of bad drivers in the sub par weather. I am also very appreciative of the fact that it is Friday!
This week has been OK. Nothing earth shattering. We didn't bottle anything this week, we didn't have any events this week, no big things happened. We did, however, do some wine trials for our 2014 Cabernet Franc and 2014 Meritage. On Tuesday, we tasted 16 different Cabernet Franc possibilities, and on Wednesday and Thursday we tasted 8 different Meritage possibilities. My tongue was black and we did it at like 9:30AM...which means I had to rush my coffee consumption! Tasting so many wines is hard. I don't know how wine judges do it at competitions. I honestly do not...I guess this means I am not destined to be a wine judge. So, the reason for these trials (and my black tongue) is because we are getting ready to bottle, and we want to make sure that you guys get to enjoy the best possible wine from us. Kevin had tried the wines on Monday and had decided that we may potentially want to remove some percentage of acid. So, we got the band together and did a blind sampling. It was a very interesting experiment and we came to a unified decision on how to move forward. I think that you are going to love these wines!
We are almost through the first quarter of 2016. That seems crazy! Be on the lookout for the following things: emails on what will be going out with the wine club shipments at the end of this month, emails on when the Sauvignon Blanc and Rosé will be available, and updates on our participation (where, what days, which wines, etc.) in Philadelphia Wine Week (which is the week of April 3rd). We are ready for what is shaping up to be a busy spring and summer here!
I hope that you guys had a killer week and have some fun things planned for the weekend. Matt is going to a Flyers game tomorrow night so I will probably do something with the girls (maybe a movie!), Mom is going to swing by tomorrow afternoon to see me (aka the dogs...I'm onto you, Mom!), and tonight we are back at our Crossfit gym for another Friday night 2016 Open workout. It looks like the weather this weekend is going to be chilly, but then next week I see temperatures in the 70s! Hello grilling season! You know what will go well with grilling season? Any of our wines! Until next time...