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Alecia Jankowski
 
July 22, 2016 | Alecia Jankowski

Did you know that our Merlot(s) go with almost anything?!

This has been a crazy week.  As I mentioned, we closed on our new home last Friday.  It was acutally kind of funny.  Closing was at 2PM, and we had to do the final walk through of the property at 1PM.  True to form, I screeched into the driveway at 1:01PM.  When screeching in, I had to swerve around a huge flatbed that was delivering the new lawnmower that Matt ordered.  We didn't even have the keys to the house yet (because we were not the owners)....but we had a lawnmower in the garage!  Boys and their toys.  He decided to cut the lawn on Friday night.  Hopefully this is not a novelty that wears off.  So, after closing on the house, the excitement continued!  On Saturday, I went to Kleinfeld's in NYC and got to "Say Yes to the Dress"!  I may not have anything else planned for the wedding, but I get to cross the dress of the list.  Then, on Sunday, work on the house began.  Matt was sawing down trees (I have no idea if they were actually dead) as I started the tedious task of stripping wallpaper (Mom is a total rockstar and basically painted the whole foyer of the house).  The wallpaper room is only like 14ft by 14ft...but I did not finish until last night.  I don't think I have ever felt so accomplished as I did ripping off that last piece of wallpaper.  Now I just have to wash the walls, putty, sand, prime, and paint...

I will move on from the house stuff now and onto what the blog title says that this post is about...Karamoor's very versatile Merlot!  We actually have 4 different Merlots for sale on our website right now (5 if you include the 100% Merlot Rose!), and there is definitely something for everyone.  Merlot can be light, it can be fruity, it can be dusty, and it can be rich.  We have (at least) one of each!

First, I will discuss our light Merlot.  The lightest Merlot that we have is probably our Summer Picnic Merlot.  It is a simple wine, it is crowd pleasing, and it is $10 per bottle (available by the case only).  It goes with BBQ, it goes with Mexican fiestas (tacos, guac, etc.), and it makes a smokin' Sangria.  This Merlot is from our library and it was not released prior to the summer of 2016 (which means that we aged it for 6 years for you!).  Grab a case while it lasts.

Now I will move onto fruity.  I would say that the 2 fruitiest Merlot based wines that we have are our 2015 Merlot Rose (duh), but also our 2013 Merlot.  I will start with the 2013 Merlot.  Now, don't get me wrong, when I say "fruity", I do not mean "sweet".  Our 2013 Merlot is a fruit forward Merlot with soft tanins.  It goes well with pretty much anything except for seafood or like...a salad.  I like our 2013 Merlot for just drinking during happy hour!  If you are looking for something to pair with seafood (or a salad!), then our 2015 Merlot Rose is the wine for you.  As luck would have it, this is also a great wine to enjoy during happy hour...or brunch.  It's never too early for Rose.

I mentioned dusty in the types of Merlot that we have, and I would definitely say that our 2010 Reserve Merlot is dusty.  When I say "dusty" I am of course referring to the tannins.  The 2010 Reserve Merlot has been aged in our cellar for 5 years and it is really quite delightful.  This wine can be aged further due to the fact that it still has a nice amount of fruit and the tanins are still prevalent!  It is by far the best bargain that we have on our site at only $30 per bottle!

I saved our richest Merlot for last.  Our 2013 Reserve Merlot is something special.  It will wow your guests for sure.  The 2013 Reserve Merlot has a huge nose of black cherry and sandalwood, a taste of chocolate, black plum, and fig, it is framed by silky tannins, and it has super long finish.  I would do this wine with a main course of Ribeye with some kind of blue cheese butter, or perhaps a thick cut veal chop with a mushroom demi.  Something hearty!  Grab a bottle and let me know what you choose to pair it with!

I hope that you have enjoyed today's post!  Merlot, Merlot, Merlot!  I am headed up to the Poconos tonight.  We will be heading back first thing on Sunday morning to...you guessed it...work on the house!  I hope that you have a wonderful weekend.  Stay cool out there!  Until next time... 

Time Posted: Jul 22, 2016 at 11:53 AM
Alecia Jankowski
 
July 15, 2016 | Alecia Jankowski

Elmwood Park...what a fun little zoo!

Hello!  I hope that summer has been treating you well and that you had a wonderful 4th of July holiday.  I was lucky enough to spend the weekend with my family!  Every 4th of July weekend we head up to Lake Winnipesaukee and do patriotic things like grill, eat blueberry pie and ice cream, and blare Bruce Springsteen.  This year, we also hiked up a small mountain that gives you an awesome view of the lake from above (#photoop !) and played some golf.  Maybe one of my most favorite things about 4th of July on Lake Winnipesaukee is that our little town up there has a 4th of July Parade.  We go EVERY year.  And maybe my most favorite thing about my most favorite thing is that there is a group of people that march in the parade that call themselves The Lawn Chair Brigade.  The Lawn Chair Brigade has an average age of about 75 years young and they have a routine...which of course involves sitting in a lawn chair.  They are the highlight.  

Speaking of highlights, do you remember how I have talked about my love for the Elmwood Park Zoo?  DID YOU KNOW THAT THE GIRAFFES ARE BACK!?  It's true.  They are back, and they are here to stay!  Have you ever gone to feed the giraffes before?  SO FUN.  Just do not go with my fiance.  Let me explain why:  when you get a ticket to feed the giraffes, you go up to the ticket window and they give you a bunch of lettuce.  When we got our lettuce, I took a piece and handed the rest of it to Matt for him to hold while I went up to the giraffes (with the assumption that I would get more of the enormous handful of lettuce).  After I returned, giddy from getting to feed those majestic creatures, it was Matt's turn.  He took ALL the lettuce and fed it to a single giraff within about 12 seconds.  If looks could kill!  I was so sad.  

Anyway, there is a bigger reason for me mentioning the Elmwood Park Zoo, and it is that they are having a Wine Safari on Friday, August 6, from 6-10PM.  They are going to be sampling our 2015 Rose and 2015 Sauvignon Blanc.  They are also going to have 3 other wineries there!  Tickets are $75 and they include:  Giraffe feeding (!), you get to watch a Jaguar training session (it is so awesome), and wine and food pairings at stations set up by cool animal enclosures!  Each wine will be paired a little bite to eat that is themed with the country that the animal is native to!  So cool.  Anyway, you can read all about it (and purchase tickets) here:  http://www.elmwoodparkzoo.org/event/270.  I hope that we will see you there!!

I have a crazy weekend this weekend:  we are closing on our new house this afternoon and tomorrow I am going to look at wedding dresses!  I hope that you all have a wonderful weekend.  Until next time...

Time Posted: Jul 15, 2016 at 10:18 AM
Alecia Jankowski
 
July 1, 2016 | Alecia Jankowski

Has it seriously been a month?!

Hello!  I hope that you have been having a wonderful summer.  I apologize for the fact that I have not written for a few weeks, but things have been so busy!  I looked at the date of our last blog post, and I just can't believe that 5 weeks have gone by.  I'm sorry!  I will fill you in.

We hired a new sales gal!  She's great, and her name is Shaina.  She's helping us with building relationships with restuarant accounts, doing wine dinners, doing tastings at the PLCB, and building relationships with you folks!  I'm really glad to have her aboard, so if you see her out, make sure you say "hi"!

In addition to our new addition (hehe), we ran our 2nd Wine Club shipment of 2016 last week.  We sent out sneak peeks of our 2014's - and have been getting rave reviews on our 2014 Petit Verdot!  Woohoo.  We have also been getting great feedback on the Summer Picnic Merlot.  I'm so glad that you all think it is a good value.  It's been moving fast!  Last week we also had a tasting at the Flourtown store.  It was great to see a few of you there!  We will be planning another tasting with Conshohocken in the near future, and I promise that I will let you know when we get that scheduled.

I will have some updates in the next few weeks about our collaboration with Tired Hands Brewing.  The beer is almost ready and as soon as the release date is set, you can bet that I will be letting you know all about it.  We've also been working on some other cool projects, but I don't have anything concrete to share just yet.  Stay tuned!

There have been a few other things keeping me busy...I got engaged!  We bought a house (closing is quickly approaching)!  We went on a trip to Santorini and Vienna!  Can we talk about the wines in Vienna?  My goodness.  Delicious.  I loved Santorini, but Vienna was amazing in its own special way!  It was like a cute and quaint Paris.  I would definitely go back.  Maybe make a trip out of the Bavarian countries!  But, it won't be in the immediate future, because you know...planning a wedding and renovating a house take up some time.

I'm glad that I got to update you.  I will have more time next week to write, but I have to go and make a few deliveries before the long weekend!  I hope that you all have an amazing 4th of July.  Be safe, and until next time...

Time Posted: Jul 1, 2016 at 10:47 AM