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Alecia Jankowski
 
April 29, 2016 | Alecia Jankowski

A few upcoming events

You guys!  It is Greek Easter this weekend.  Well, really it is Orthodox Easter, but I have grown up calling it Greek Easter...you know...due to the fact that I am Greek (and some other stuff too...thanks, Dad!).  Our Easters are pretty out of hand.  There are over 100 people coming!  My grandmother doesn't throw a big Easter party every year, but when she does...EVERYONE comes.  Have you ever seen My Big Fat Greek Wedding?  It's like that.  There will be lamb on a spit, all types of Greek food, maybe some Greek dancing....and definitely some Greek singing.  Speaking of My Big Fat Greek Wedding, I saw the 2nd one last weekend.  It wasn't as good as the first, but I still loved it.  I laughed and I cried (at parts that weren't even sad!) all due to the fact that this movie reminds me so much of my crazy family.  I wouldn't trade them for anything!

Tomorrow night the Highlands Historical Society (our neighbors across the street) will be having their annual fundraiser.  We have participated every year for the last 3 years (they started this event in 2014), and it's a really nice evening!  Robert, our sales rep, will be there tomorrow night from 5-7PM pouring glasses of our Cabernet Franc and our Chardonnay.  I am sad to say that this is the first time since the event began that I will not be there representing Karamoor, but the family pre-Easter party is at my parent's house and I have got to help with that.  Our friends over at Gypsy Blu in Ambler have been featuring us quite a bit in many of their events.  Last night, they had an event that was to help out the Edgewood Preserve.  They had a special pre fixe menu that could be ordered on its own or paired alongside our wines.  What a great concept!  And what great neighbors!  They pour all of our wines by the glass all the time, so if you are ever in Ambler, you should definitely stop into their restaurant for some of their awesome food and a glass of our wine.  On Tuesday of next week, we will be down at the Linc for the Philadelphia Magazine Food & Wine Festival.  This will be the 4th year that we have taken part in this event and it is always a good one.  There is great food and great wines to sample from all over the world.  If you are interested in buying tickets, here is the link:  http://www.phillymag.com/wineandfoodfest/tickets/.  At the beginning of August, we will be doing a ticketed event with the Elmwood Park Zoo.  As more information becomes available on this event, you can bet your bottom dollar that I will be sharing it with you.  You know how much I love this little zoo (and their awesome zipline course).

We have really been trying to do more work with local businesses.  We do have a minimum order requirement for these (because we have very limited staff), but we are looking to expand our relationships with other business owners in the area.  If you are wanting to do an open house, an employee appreciation party, or a grand opening, please do not hesitate to reach out.  We will be happy to come, support and help pour our products, and talk about who Karamoor is.  Keep us in mind!  

I think those are all the events that I have to tell you about for now.  We don't have any tastings currently scheduled with the PLCB stores, but we should be getting something on the calendar for June.  As soon as I know, you will know!  I hope that you have a wonderful weekend.  I am off to make some Greek cookies (Koulouria), and a few other things for Mom's party tomorrow night.  Until next time...

Time Posted: Apr 29, 2016 at 1:51 PM
Alecia Jankowski
 
April 22, 2016 | Alecia Jankowski

2015 Sauvignon Blanc

We have been sleeping with the windows open every night this week!  I think that means that summer is on the horizon!  Which means barbeques and fun things with friends.  Although, our summer calendar is PACKED.  Like...to the max.  Matt and I were trying to make a dinner reservation down in the city and the first weekend that we are both available on a Saturday night was...JULY 9.  That is crazy.  Matt's on a boys golf trip this week, next weekend is Greek Easter, the weekend after I am away for a bachelorette party, the weekend after that we have a wedding...the list goes on and on!  By far the most exciting thing we have planned for this summer is a trip to Greece and Vienna.  We are going to Santorini, and instead of having like 4 hour layovers in the Athens airport, we are doing a single night in Athens (Matt has never seen the Parthenon), 4 nights in Santorini, and finishing with 2 nights in Vienna.  I can't wait.  I've never been to Santorini or Vienna, but I have heard awesome things about both.  If you have suggestions of "must sees" while in Vienna, please let me know!

So, first things first (then I will get to our fab Sauvignon Blanc).  Tomorrow, I will be down at Terrain at Styers in Glen Mills with my buddy Steve Wildy from the Vetri restaurant group.  They are putting on a festival and have asked that we take part.  We will be pouring our 2013 Chardonnay, 2013 Merlot, and our Keg Red!  If you are looking for something to do, you should definitely come down.  Should be a pretty fun day!

Now, onto our Sauvignon Blanc.  It is 87% Sauvignon Blanc, 10% Pinot Gris, and 3% Viognier...and it is 100% delicious!  Here are the tasting notes as written by Kevin and Casey:  Tropical aromatics of pineapple & coconut with a hint of honeysuckle lead to a flavor profile of Meyer lemon and flinty minerality.  This mouth-watering, full bodied Sauvignon Blanc is framed by bright acidity and ends with a long & lingering finish.  

I read something a few weeks ago that I would like to share with you.  Though our Sauvignon Blanc is only 3% Viognier for this vintage (it was a small crop for 2015), I like that we are seemingly ahead of the curve on this:  https://www.bordeaux-undiscovered.co.uk/blog/innovations-in-sauvignon-blends-watch-out-for-viognier/.  I think that even though there is only a small percentage of Viognier in this blend, the floral quality of that grape comes through in a very subtle and pleasing way (hence, the "honeysuckle" descriptor above!).  

I would pair this wine with a goat cheese platter with some quince paste and dried green apple chips.  If a cheese board isn't in the cards, you can pair it with some kind of spring vegetable plate (fresh peas, asparagus, artichoke) in an easy vinaigrette, pasta with homemade pesto, delicate fish...or a personal favorite of mine:  raw oysters.  Back to the pesto, though.  I love making pesto at home...and I like pesto on pretty much anything.  Potatoes, pasta, salmon, shrimp, bread, vegetables...it goes with it all!  Homemade pesto tastes so much better than it does from the store (even if it is from the refrigerated section).  I feel like the key to a good pesto is enough salt, enough GOOD parmesan cheese, the right amount of garlic, a good amount of pine nuts, good quality olive oil, and a big bunch of basil.  Do you see why my friends get mad at me when they ask me for a recipe and that's what I send them?  Matt's assistant wanted to know how I make my granola...my directions were very similar to my pesto instructions.  I don't think she's made it yet...  I think it kind of runs in the family.  The other day, I asked my grandmother for the Tsoureki (Greek Easter bread) recipe that she uses, and she told me, "you are going to have to make it with me and watch because it's not really a recipe".  Anyway, I found a recipe for pesto that should yield good results for you!  Here it is:  http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/food-network-kitchens/basil-pesto-recipe2.html.

I hope you have some great plans for this weekend, and if you don't, then you should definitely make sure to come down to Glen Mills tomorrow!  Tonight I am going to see My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2!  Can't wait.  Until next time...

Time Posted: Apr 22, 2016 at 1:58 PM
Alecia Jankowski
 
April 15, 2016 | Alecia Jankowski

House Hunting

So, for around a year, Matt and I have been semi-searching for a home.  I say, "semi-searching", because last year we were kind of just poking around and seeing what was out there.  Nothing struck our fancy.  So, we kind of picked back up at the end of winter...and now we are full blown actively looking.  It is stressful.  There are so many things to consider when buying!  And all of these real estate sites post these great and beautiful pictures that get you interested in these homes, and then when you get there...you (most of the time) turn out to be gravely disappointed.  So, we have been seeing houses, turning out gravely disappointed, seeing houses, turning out gravely disappointed...until this week!  Found not 1...but 2...that could be possibilities!  And we are looking at a 3rd on Monday!  I wonder how people know if they find "the house".  The thing that makes this tough is....are we looking for our "forever" house?  Or are we looking for a house that is great for this stage of our life?  I'm not sure they are the same house.

Anyway, we did a soft release on our Sauvignon Blanc this week.  I will be doing tasting notes and recipe suggestions on next week's blog.  Tonight, I am doing a tasting at the Conshohocken state store right off of Ridge Pike.  We will be sampling our 2013 Meritage, 2013 Merlot, 2012 Cabernet Franc, and 2013 Chardonnay.  This will be from 4-6PM!  Make sure that you swing by and say hi to me and Mike (their awesome wine specialist!).  

This weekend should be much better than last weekend (I was sick...thanks to my mom!).  I can say it on here, because I don't think that Matt reads it, but we are having a surprise party for Matt on Saturday!  We are going ziplining, doing dinner with his family, and then are hitting up the town with a bunch of our friends.  It should be a real hoot.  I hope that you have fun weekend plans.  It is supposed to be picture perfect spring weather!!  The Sauvignon Blanc is live on the site and can be purchased for $19 ($17.10 if you are in our wine club..hint hint).  It, like all of our other wines, ships for free with a purchase of 3 (total) bottles or more!  Until next time...

Alecia Jankowski
 
April 8, 2016 | Alecia Jankowski

Do you drink pink?

So, the wait is over!  We have released our brand new Rosé!!  I have been talking about it for weeks, and I just decided that I couldn't wait any longer.  You're welcome.

I think that I have mentioned already that it is a 100% Merlot, off-dry Rosé.  It is off-dry because there is a tiny amount of ridisidual sugar, much like what you would find in a Rosé from Provence (if you are not familiar...this is not a sweet wine).  Here are the tasting notes as written by the wine team:   Its vibrant pink hue is the prelude to aromas of raspberries and Easter Lilies.  Strong flavors of wild strawberries on a soft, balanced mid-palate lead to a refreshing, clean and light finish in this limited bottling of our first dry Rose’ of Merlot.

When we say "vibrant", boy do we mean it.  This wine is kind of a shocking pink...and its taste really holds up to the color.  It has everything that you would want out of a Rosé.  It is easy drinking and it goes with almost everything.  If it doesn't really go, I make it go with anything....or nothing!  Rosé, in my opinion, is also quite enjoyable on its own.  I like to have it while just sitting out on the porch, a patio, an open air café, or in the pool on a raft...  The thing that I like most about Rosé is that it is not a pretentious wine.  It is not difficult.  When it is done well, it is complex, pleasing, and pairs well with quite a lot of food.  If I were looking to pair this elegant, yet fruity Rosé with some food items, I would look towards duck, shellfish, seared salmon, seared lamb chops, charcoal grilled meats, or a tray of camembert, brie, nice charcuterie, and in my opinion, almost all cheeses.

I would serve this wine properly chilled, at somewhere around 43 degrees.  We only produced 160 cases, and we did a single keg for Tria Taproom that they featured last Sunday and will be featuring again this upcoming Sunday (April 10).  When I checked on Monday morning, they had sold through over half of the keg!  I think that is a really wonderful indication on how the wine is being received.

I hope you will give this wine a try.  It is retailing at $19 per bottle.  Free shipping still applies with a purchase of 3 bottles or more.  I hope that you have a wonderful weekend, and until next time...

 

Alecia Jankowski
 
April 1, 2016 | Alecia Jankowski

Next up...Philly Wine Week!

Can you believe it is April?  WHAT?  We are finished the first quarter of 2016.  Let that sink in for a minute.  I feel like I just wished everyone a, "Happy New Year!" yesterday.  I feel like the rest of this year is just going to go by even faster.  Matt and I have a really busy summer (and fall...and winter...).  A lot of friends are getting married, my brother is getting married, there are bachelorette parties, bachelor parties, showers, birthdays, we are going to Greece and Vienna for a week, we are looking for a house, there's a lot of stuff planned for Karamoor, some competitions for Crossfit, AND I promised myself that this was the summer I am really going to get better and make a commitment to golf!  So, at this rate, the next time I blink it will be 2017.  Do you remember all that Y2K stuff?  Can you believe that was 16+ years ago?

So....last weekend was Easter.  How was yours?  Did you make anything good?  I was really happy with how the whole weekend played out...and I did a bunch of my prep for Sunday's meal on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday...so I was not running around like a crazy woman on Sunday!  I even managed to get all my meal prep done for the week as well!  Look at me go.  I would say that of all the things I made last weekend (the list can be found on last Friday's blog), my favorites were:  carrot tart, leek and feta tart, carrot cake, cheese platter, and those blistered stringbeans with roasted tomato pesto.  The carrot cake that I made was a combination...cake recipe from one place, icing from another...and then I decided to do a buttermilk glaze.  This is the first time that I have ever, in my 31 years, used a glaze on a carrot cake prior to icing.  I do not think that I will be doing it any other way from now on.  The glaze was buttermilk, sugar, vanilla, and butter.  It called for some other stuff that I didn't want to put in (corn syrup (bleh) and baking powder?) so I didn't.  I'm such a rebel.  Anyway, it turned out awesome.  Matt and I never eat this kind of stuff during the week (or in general, really), but we made an exception for these leftovers.  I had told him on Sunday, "Bring the leftover carrot cake to your office!", probably because I had eaten my body weight in cheese platter, puffed pastry, and carrot cake that night.  But he refused.  I'm not upset that he did.  Here's the carrot cake recipe I used:   http://www.myrecipes.com/recipe/best-carrot-cake.  The glaze is linked on that page, but I kind of made up my own thing as I mentioned above.  The frosting was easy:  2 cups of confectioner's sugar, 16 oz cream cheese, 2 sticks of butter, 1-2 teaspoons of vanilla.  You should make it.

The Wine Club shipments went out yesterday!  Wooohoo!  I hope that everyone loves the wines that we sent out.  The Sauvignon Blanc and Rosé should be hitting our website soon - stay tuned for those details!  The Barrel Select Cab probably won't be available for a little while, but I promise that it will be worth the wait.  Kevin was bottling the 2014 Cabernet Franc today!  We will be doing the 2014 Meritage next week.

Speaking of next week...it is PHILLY WINE WEEK!  It starts on Sunday night and runs until next Sunday night (April 10).  We have a bunch of stuff going on.  Tria Taproom will be pouring our brand new Rosé via keg on Sunday the 3 and Sunday the 10.  You should definitely check it out!  Monday night, we will have representation at Martha - they will be running a red wine and cheese flight of our wines for the duration of the week!  We will have representation at Heritage on Wednesday night - they are running our Cabernet Franc paired with a small plate for the duration of the week.  On Wednesday night (event 2), you can sample our Cabernet Frand and Chardonnay against other Chardonnays and Cabernet Franc from Pennsylvania (and other places too).  It is going to be a busy week for us!  Don't forget that next Friday (April 8), we will be doing tastings at not one, but two (2) PLCB stores!  4-6PM at the Flourtown wine and spirits shop, and 4-6PM at the Girard Ave wine and spirits shop.  

Happy Friday everyone!  Enjoy the weekend even though I think it supposed to be pretty soggy.  Matt's down in South Carolina for my brother's bachelor party so I get to have girls night tonight!  Then, tomorrow I have an appointment to order my bridesmaid dress.  Mom's going to meet me there and then she is going to come home with me and I am going to show her some of the houses that Matt and I have been looking at.  Also...I get to eat Indian food tonight.  I have been planning what I am going to order since 10AM.  Until next time....

 

Time Posted: Apr 1, 2016 at 12:33 PM