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Alecia Jankowski
 
May 18, 2018 | Alecia Jankowski

Rose goes with anything

I think that we've gotten around 4 inches of rain this week.  I thought that the saying was "APRIL showers bring May flowers", not "April showers bring more May showers".  I can't complain about it too much though!  I have been planting a lot of new flowers and bushes at the house, and all this rain has been allowing me to not have to water by hose every day...so that's a plus.  But I could do with some sunshine.  It has been kind of depressing without it.

I think I have had our 2017 Rosé almost weekend since we've released it.  It is portable sunshine (currently needed!)...and it goes with everything.  Last Friday (after our 2 tours), I shared a bottle of it with my grandparents overlooking the vineyard (perfect pairing for the end of the day).  Last Saturday, I enjoyed it with smoked salmon, skirt steak with chimichurri, and grilled chicken.  It went perfectly with all of that.  The weekend before, I enjoyed it with some friends and a little pizza.  Again..perfect.  Tonight, I plan to enjoy it with some friends and Indian food!  I'm sure it will be a perfect pairing yet again!

Have you tried it yet?  I know that Stone Rose in Conshy was doing a Rosé month where Karamoor was featured alongside of some other Rosés from interesting regions.  We got a lot of nice notes (and Instagram posts) from people enjoying it!  I really love Rosé - I think it is so versatile and there are a lot of wineries doing great ones.  It is nice to see places highlight regions that are not as traditional...I think that it really helps facilitate the realization that great wines don't just come from the places that you expect.  (AKA Karamoor!).

This weekend is supposed to be rainy.  Again.  I can't say that I am TOO bummed about it because rainy days means relaxation.  Movie marathons.  Maybe some popcorn and takeout.  Until next time...

Time Posted: May 18, 2018 at 5:56 AM
Alecia Jankowski
 
May 11, 2018 | Alecia Jankowski

Crazy May is underway!

I'm going to blink and May will be over....can't believe it.  You know that June is my most favorite month of the year, though.  Do you remember why?  It is because school is done and there are no more school buses on the road.  I have my trip to work timed perfectly.  I HAVE to leave my house by NO LATER than 7:04AM every day in order to miss the school bus that drives up my road...usually passing my house by 7:06AM.  So, I rip down the driveway in order to make it in front of that bus.  THEN, I take Lower State Road all the way towards Welsh Road.  If I do not pass a certain neighborhood by 7:30AM, I get stuck behind a bus for 2 stops and then continue onto Old Bethlehem Pike...if I am ahead of schedule, I cut over to Cedar Hill Road and it's smooth sailing.  If I get stuck behind the bus for the 2 stops, that's not so much of a problem.  The BIGGEST deal is if I am not passing Cedar Hill Road by 7:40AM.  If I do not pass Cedar Hill Road by 7:40AM, I may as well pull into the new Wholefoods and have a cup of coffee because there is this bus that stops like 8 times on Old Bethlehem Pike from Spring House to Ambler and it ruins my whole morning.  Anyway, it will be nice to drive in without having such a strict time table.  You are probably thinking, "Ali, why don't you just leave earlier so that you miss all the buses?", and I'd answer, "Have you met my three dogs and also have you heard of sleep?"

So, the main reason that I think that I am going to blink and May will be over is because we are slammed with tours!  We have 2 tours today, we have a tour on Wednesday of next week, we have a tour on Friday of next week, we have a private event on Wednesday the 30th, somewhere in there is Memorial Day Weekend...it's just going to be a whirlwind.  The tours have been going so great too.  I've been so happy with them, and I think that I've been so happy with them because the people that have been attending them have been so happy with them.  The tours are very special to me; I so enjoy sharing this property and my grandparents' story (and stories about my grandparents) with everyone who comes to visit.  My hope is that at the conclusion of the tour, you see how special Karamoor is.  How special the wine is.  How special my family is.  It makes me happy to share all the stories as well as all the trials & tribulations that has made us, and continue to make us, who we are.

I'm sorry that this wonderful weather is not supposed to run into the weekend.  I was hoping that tomorrow and Sunday would be exact replications of today...but, sadly, no such luck.  If you haven't gotten a chance to take advantage of our Warm Weather Wine pack - you should...it's a great smattering of wines at a great price that go perfectly with days like today.  Even though the weather is supposed to be mediocre, I have a weekend of yardwork lined up for myself.  I think on Sunday we are going to head to Mom and Dad's to celebrate Mother's Day.  Mom is a pain because she won't do a brunch or an early dinner...but I also really love and admire her...so she gets what she wants.  A dinner BBQ on a Sunday night...  I hope that you have a wonderful weekend planned.  Until next time...

Time Posted: May 11, 2018 at 10:57 AM
Alecia Jankowski
 
May 4, 2018 | Alecia Jankowski

It's May 4th...and it's hot

Guys.  Did I not call this?  My dad calls my mom "meteoroligist An" because she is always making outlandish predictions about the weather.  I think that maybe my nickname should be "Almanac Ali", because did I say or did I say that we were going to go from cold weather to 90 degree sweaty weather?  I did say.  I attended 2 events this week that were outside, and it felt like August!  I wasn't ready for it.  On the upside, at least it hasn't been pouring and Matt was finally able to cut the lawn.  It was looking like a forest.  It was so long, he said that the grass was coming over the mow-deck, and it was so thick that it was clogging the bagger that he JUST HAD TO HAVE.  I feel bad about how the grass looks because my husband is a nut about the lawn.  Whenever we pass a lawn that is perfect, he always comments about he wishes our lawn looked like that.  He gets lawn envy very easily.  So, I know that how he had to leave the grass after the first cut is driving him crazy.  He said that if he hadn't had to leave for a bachelor party, he would have cut the lawn another two times this weekend.  #lawnnut

In addition to being able to cut the lawn, ALL THE BUDS ARE BREAKING!  Nature is so neat.  I feel like I didn't have a real appreciation for plants and nature until I owned a home, but man, it is pretty awesome how you can be driving to work in the morning and the trees and plants look like they are dead, and then when you are driving to work the next morning it's like they are in full bloom.  The same thing is happening out in the vineyard.  Another season begins!

In honor of the new season and the warm weather, we are offering a case of WARM WEATHER WINES!  Something perfect to ring in, you guessed it, the warm weather.  The case consists of 3 bottles of 2015 Chardonnay, 3 bottles of 2016 Sauvignon Blanc, 3 bottles of 2017 Rosé, and 3 bottles of 2017 Viognier!  Did I mention that we are offering this mixed case at 30% off retail?  What a deal.  Also, if you are part of our wine club, you get an additional 10% off.  Also, if you come on one of our tours (and we are still running the sale), you get an additional 10% off.  Deals on deals.

I hope to do nothing this weekend.  I'd maybe be OK with buying some more plants and doing some watering.  But I would like to have a chill, low-key, do nothing but lounge around weekend.  I have a feeling that isn't going to happen.  A girl can dream, though!  I hope that you get to do exactly what you want to do this weekend.  Enjoy the pretty weather.  Grill some stuff.  Drink some Karamoor Rosé...  Until next time...

Time Posted: May 4, 2018 at 8:55 AM