Hello from the Vineyard!
It is that time of year where everything is growing from vines, to grass, to weeds. We are busy in the vineyard thinning vines, removing suckers from the vine trunk, and tucking the shoots up into the trellis wire.... In some more exciting news, we planted new Chardonnay vines! We have had to rip out a good amount of vines over the past two years due to winter kill and disease, so this spring we replanted about 2 acres in a block that has been partially bare since last spring!
Vines are typically planted in the spring from either dormant bench grafts or green potted plants. Here at Karamoor we use dormant bench grafts, and this year will be hand planting the vines. When we receive the vines from the nursery they look like sticks with roots. It is hard to believe that they will grow into these strong producing vines in just a few years, but that is the beauty of nature!
We planted two acres of all Chardonnay vines. We planted a variety of clones and rootstocks to give a great blend of fruit, floral, and brightness to our chardonnay (even though wine will not be produced from these vines until 2018).
Here is a little inside scoop into what goes into developing a new vineyard site:
There are several steps to getting a field prepped for planting. First we need to till up and level the ground for good soil aeration and even planting. Then we start pounding in the line posts, this is our main structure for our trellis system, which is used to support the vines. Once all the line posts are in the ground, we use a template to place straws to mark where the vines will be planted. Then, we have our skilled crew come through and dig holes. Planters follow close behind to place the vine at the proper height and in line with the poles, so they won’t be in the way of the tractor. Once all the vines are set we apply two lines of wire to the poles; one to hold the irrigation line (young vines need plenty of water) and the other to hold a pencil rod for training. Then, we apply unused milk cartons to the plants to help them start straight and rapid growth.
We just finished this whole process on Wednesday of this week, and now we wait for the vines to start their growth. This year the vines will only grow to be about a foot and half to two feet tall. This winter they will be pruned back to two buds, and the new growth next spring will start to produce their life long trunks.
I hope all of you have a wonderful weekend, try to stay dry, and drink lots of Karamoor wine! Don’t forget our great sale on Rose (20% off full cases) and our 2009 Merlot Picnic Wine, great for graduation parties, BBQ’s or just because it’s Friday!
If you have any questions regarding the vineyard please leave us a comment. It is always great to hear from you!
PS. Here are our newly planted baby vines!:
I cannot believe that it is almost Memorial Day. How nuts. Summer is on its way!!! I wonder if the weather knows that. Judging by how it's been behaving lately, I'd say probably not. BUT. When it does finally show up, you are probably going going to be chomping at the bit for some fun BBQs with friends. I know that I am!
Not to sound like I'm tooting my own horn, but we have A LOT of friends. When we have a low key barbeque, there are a minimum of 20 people there. The main issue that I find is not having enough food (I'm Greek...we do FOOD), but having the right drinks in the right quantities. Sometimes you feel like a glass of wine, sometimes you feel like a cocktail, sometimes you feel like fruity sangria...and most of the time you don't know what is going to go fastest! So, I always like to have extra on hand. But, that can get pricey!
So, your on your own for the cocktails, but as for the sangria and wine, we just took our 2009 Merlot out from our inventory vault and have decided to offer it for sale for the first time ever at a crazy low price. It is $10 per bottle, but by the case. So, $120 for 12 bottles. WITH FREE SHIPPING! What? Crazy, I know.
I've been getting lots of emails from people wanting to try this wine before they buy it. Sadly, this is not an option because we do not have a tasting room and it has never been sold before. The thing I can say is that we had the guys from Tria out a few months ago and let them try it...and they thought it was cool. They may pick it up (if there is anything left) after they have run through their special PV Blend. I would say that if you are looking for a versatile summer wine, this could be it. It would be the perfect accompaniement to your next BBQ meal (steaks, burgers, wings, grilled chicken), it could also be turned into an awesome sangria. I have a great recipe that I am going to share. Here it is:
2 bottles Picnic Merlot
1 cup brandy
1/2 cup triple sec
1 cup orange juice (half turned into ice cubes)
1 cup pomegranate juice (half turned into ice cubes)
1/2 cup simple syrup, or more to taste (equal parts sugar and water, heated until sugar dissolves, cooled)
So, in 1 case of wine, there are enough for 6 batches of Sangria....sounds like a done deal to me! You can get it delivered to your home, you can also get it delivered right to the door of your shore house (New Jersey or otherwise).
I hope that you have a wonderful weekend. We've got a wedding to go to tomorrow night. It is our dear friends Josh and Melissa! Quick little story about them as a couple. I did a crossfit competition with them one weekend last year, the day after the crossfit competition, they got engaged. So, the short of it is....they got engaged because of me. And now we get to see them tie the knot and have an awesome party to celebrate. I cannot wait. Until next time...