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Alecia Jankowski
 
April 20, 2018 | Alecia Jankowski

If you drive past the Butler Pike entrance to Karamoor...

Well, we had a brief glimpse of spring last weekend...and then a freeze warning on Monday night.  I am ready for some warmer weather - but I know what's going to happen.  We are going to bypass spring and head right into summer.  So, instead of those lovely 70 degree days, we are headed right into the mid-80s.  The sweaty weather.  I'm kind of a little nervous about it going right to the sweaty weather because last weekend when it hit 80, I went to turn on the AC for the upstairs...and it was a no-go!  It started making a horrible sound, and it was just blowing the warm air around, so I turned it off.  It was a bazillion degrees upstairs on Saturday during the day.  So, on Monday I called the HVAC people and they said that they would have to wait until the weather got above 72 degrees so that they could figure out what was wrong and there is nothing even in the 15 day forecast that says anywhere close to 72.  Which is good and bad.  Good because I will be able to sleep well with the windows open, but bad because that means that all the 72+ degree weather is going to come at the same time.  Hopefully I called them early enough to be at the top of the list because I am a big baby when it comes to the house being too hot.  Right now, it is sitting at 64 degrees!  Matt's like, "Ali, it is freezing in here!", and I'm like, "Don't you dare turn that heat up.  Put on a sweatshirt!".

Speaking of turning the heat up...things are really heating up on our future storefront!  By heating up, I mean that we have moved the gates!  They used to be right on the road, now they aren't.  Here are some pictures of what's going on up there:

Dump truck and some rocks

Backhoes and trucks

Future tasting room

New gate entrance!

Before you ask any questions about when it's going to open, I'm going to tell you that we are not sure.  We are hoping that it will be open in 2019 (though, we would't be upset if it was in 2018...before the holidays!).  I know that the next steps will be to remove the current road, lay rock, and do some paving for the entrance/parking lot.  They are hoping to start the actual construction on the tasting room soon, but the very wet weather has not been helpful in that regard.  We will keep you posted on its progress.  Trust us when we tell you that we are as excited for this public tasting room as you are!

Did you take advantage of the sale that we ran this week?  20% off all orders over $75.  That's only 4 bottles of Rosé.  You could drink that this weekend!  The sale will run until Sunday with the code COMEONSPRING - because...happy thoughts!  Did you ALSO see that we added another pop up tour?  We had something cancel for May 18th, so we were able to offer the date for a semi-private tour!  But...it is sold out now.  Hopefully you jumped on the tickets if you wanted to come out to see us.  I don't think that we are going to be able to add any other dates until the end of June at this point because right now every single Friday from now until then are booked.

What are you guys doing this weekend?  Yesterday was Matt's birthday, so I have a feeling that we are going to be doing some birthday celebrating this weekend...I can't say for sure though...because he is one of the three people that read this blog.  I did some nice stuff for him yesterday, so if there is no celebrating this weekend *wink wink*, then it won't be the end of the world I suppose.  Tomorrow during the day, we are having a bunch of landscaping stuff done.  Bed clean up, edging, mulching, maybe having some trees and bushes dug out (Matt's not happy about this), but I'm SO EXCITED!  I'm turning into my mom.  Last night before Matt and I went out to dinner, I sprayed some "deer please leave these plants alone" spray because all of the plants that I planted last year are being eaten by this enormous deer herd.  It was bothering me so much that it was keeping me up at night thinking about it!  Hopefully the spray works.  I have heard mixed reviews - so if it works, I will report back.  I hope that you've got some fun things on the docket too...not that yardwork or spraying for deer is necessarily fun, but you know what I mean.  Until next time...

Alecia Jankowski
 
April 12, 2018 | Alecia Jankowski

Adding another semi-private tour!

I know.  It is Thursday and there is a blog post.  And yes, in case you are wondering, I am still sick.  Thank you for your concern.  I think that I'm on the cusp of getting over it though.  I bet I just jinxed myself.  Hopefully not though, because the reason that this blog post is taking place on a Thursday instead of on a Friday is because I took tomorrow off and the weather is supposed to be picture perfect!  I'm not sure that I am planning to spend too much time outside (they are FINALLY fnishing our closet tomorrow morning, so my plan is to move all my stuff so that I can enjoy the weekend without having to worry about moving all my clothes), but I know that I am going to at the very least take the pups for a nice walk since they've been going stir-crazy inside.  I feel bad that they haven't been allowed to run around in the back yard for the last few weeks, but it has just been way too muddy.  They go out and when they come back in, even if it is fast, they look like they've taken a mud bath at a relaxing spa.  It takes like a good twenty minutes to get them all toweled off.

I know that I mentioned on Friday that we were having a Greek Easter celebration here last Sunday with all of our family and friends.  It was a great time.  We went through so much Rosé.  It has been a HUGE hit.  Not even just with my family....our restaurant accounts seem to be on the Rosé train too!  We've had 5 other accounts pick it up just this week.  So exciting that everyone is loving it.

As the title of this blog alludes to, we have set another date for a semi-private tour.  June 15th is going to be the date.  I know that it seems far away, but we are slammed until then.  We have 2 tours for Colonial School Disctrict on 4/27, on 5/4, and on 5/11 we have 1 tour for Colonial and then our semi-private tour that is scheduled for 3PM.  On 5/18, we have a tour that a group won at a non-profit fundraiser.  We aren't having anything the week of Memorial Day Weekend (or the Friday following), and then we have another private tour scheduled for 6/8.  SO...before anything else pops up, we are adding 6/15 at 3PM for you guys.  Hopefully you can make it!  It is going to be our normal tour and tasting - you can expect to spend about 2 hours to 2 hours and 15 minutes wtih us!  It is always a lot of fun and it is a great way to end the work week!

Enjoy the beautiful weather this weekend.  I don't think it is slated to last too long, so make the most of it while it briefly makes an appearance (next Tuesday is supposed to be in the 30s and 40s again!).  I know that Matt and I plan to play golf at some point this weekend...he's been getting antsy for golf season.  I actually have been too.  We really enjoy playing together...and I'm not just saying that.  You know how most wives THINK that their husbands enjoy golfing with them?  Well....I KNOW.  I also know that we are going to be doing more yardwork this weekend.  Darn.  Don't you wish the yard would just make itself perfect?  I guess if it did that though, you wouldn't feel nearly as accomplished once it was done.  Anyway, until next time...

Time Posted: Apr 12, 2018 at 9:58 AM
Alecia Jankowski
 
April 6, 2018 | Alecia Jankowski

The San Diego International Wine Competition results....are IN!

Did you know that I managed to not get sick for literally a whole year?  Not with wedding stress from last year.  Not from work stress.  Not from sitting in a hallway at work where every single person would pass by coughing all over the place.  Well, my luck has run out.  I am pretty sure that there were a few people that were plotting against me.  Most noteably, my own mother.  Did you know that she raised 2 children and always told us to cover our mouths when we coughed?  She's been sick, and, like magic, she seems to forget that very important rule that she taught us at a young age.  She doesn't cover her mouth around me.  I think it has to do with the fact that I am always lecturing her on her vegetable and water intake.  "If you ate more vegetables and drank more water, you probably wouldn't be sick right now."  So, I think that she planned this.  Right when she was starting to get sick, she brought me a cupcake (my Achilles heel) and offered to split it with me.  I had been painting the walls of the closet, so she brought it over to me and forked a little of it into my mouth while I was covered in paint.  LITTLE did I know...she had eaten off that fork with her sick germs.  So...like I said.  She has been trying to prove to me for weeks that my water and vegetable intake can not thwart off her germs forever.  And, as the old saying goes, "your mother is always right"....even though in this case she really had to pull out all the stops to be right....

So, aside from me being sick, I actually do have some good news to share.  It is this:

See!  I told you it was good news.  Look at that pretty little lady!  How gorgeous is she?  We decided to release her early...just in time for (hopefully) warmer weather to start coming around.  PS.  Did you see that earlier this week they had forecasted 3-5 inches of snow for tomorrow?  I was like....what.  the.  heck.  But then also, this morning while I was getting ready for work, I looked out the window and there were snowflakes coming down.  But now it is supposed to be 60 degrees today.  WHAT IS UP WITH THIS WEATHER?!  Anyway, when warm weather does decide to show its face, you are going to want a case or two of this stuff to enjoy with it.  We made around 350 cases of it and it is flying already (in 6 restaurants as of yesterday), so...get it while it lasts!

Another bit of good news that we received this morning is that the results are in from the San Diego International Wine Competition!  We entered our 2015 Meritage, our 2015 Cabernet Franc, our 2015 Chardonnay, and our 2015 Merlot.  ALL OF THEM TOOK SILVERS!  Wahoo!  That is so great.  You should see the competition that they were up against out there.  We are so unbelievably proud of how they did.  The 2015 reds will be added to the website on Monday of next week - I will send out an email to let everyone know when they are live.

A little heads up; we are down to our last pallet of 2013 Merlot, and 2014 Merlot is sold out.  We also only have 4 cases remaining of our 2014 Barrel Select Cabernet Sauvignon, 5 cases remaining of our 2014 Petit Verdot, and 10 cases remaining of our 2010 Reserve Merlot.  Things have really been flying off the shelves!

This weekend is Greek Easter!  My grandparents are having a big shindig here at Karamoor with like 75 of our closest relatives and friends.  It should be a great time....lamb on a spit, wine, family, and friends.  What more could you ask for?!  I hope that you have a great weekend...the weather does not look as good as it was last weekend, that's for sure.  You will be happy to know that Matt and I finally did some yardwork and got things so that they looked semi-presentable.  Until next time....