Another week in 2016 crossed out! I could not be more excited for this weekend. Tonight, we are heading to a Halloween party at our gym. I am not going to tell you what I am going to be - instead, on next week's blog I will show you a picture. I can't show you a picture or tell you what Matt is being because it is inappropriate for business blogs. In addition to our fun Halloween party, my Aunt Des and Uncle Joe are hosting our engagement party tomorrow night. I could not be more excited! It is a Mexican Fiesta themed engagement party and I have a feeling that there will be sombreros, stick on mustaches, guacamole, and a truckload of tequila. That mixed with our awesome family and great group of friends will be a recipe for a buena fiesta! I have been excited for weeks and I can't believe that it is finally here! My brother and Steph are coming in from Chicago, Matt's parents are coming in from Indiana, my cousins are coming down from NYC...it's gonna be great.
Here's another great thing: 2016 harvest is over! What a relief. And we finished RIGHT before the frost that we had on Wednesday. Phew. We have been posting photos and videos on our facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/KaramoorEstate/. Check it out! Anyway, I am sure that winery crew is happy to have a stress free weekend this weekend!
I know that I promised to post a picture of Shaina in her Halloween costume, but she didn't dress up (that little stinker!). Or at least, she's not dressed up yet. Maybe I shouldn't have told her that I was going to post a picture of her in her costume on the blog today. She is still heading to Plymouth Country Club tonight for their Halloween party (she will be there from 6-7PM). Next week we have quite the busy week! On Tuesday we have a large group coming out for a tasting, on Wednesday, Shaina is heading to a networking event in Conshohocken, on Friday we have our scheduled tour date (only 2 tickets left!).
We added some new items on the website (more to follow in the coming weeks)....I am going to eliminate the suspense and tell you that the new items are 3 pack gift packs! We wanted to make a few easy options for your gifting this holiday season! So far, we have a turkey pairing gift pack, a ham pairing gift pack, and a Karamoor's choice gift pack! I will go into more detail about them next week, but I just wanted to put them on your radar. We will be adding a beef and lamb pairing gift pack as well as a 7-fishes gift pack!
I hope that you have a wonderful weekend. I know that I plan to! Until next time...
Well! The tasting was a success on Tuesday night. I could not be more excited to put this menu together. I definitely think that I want to go heavy on the cocktail hour and then have stations for the dinner. Stations are the best. They let you put so many different types of food out. It is almost like just extending cocktail hour out for an additional 2 hours....and cocktail hour is my most favorite part of a party. Unless the food is not very good...then cocktail hour is just for cocktails! Anyway, after we tried all of the hors d'oeuvres and then dinner entrees that they had, I went up to the dessert area and took a small piece of every cake that they had to sample. Then, on a different plate, I put every type of icing that they had to try. Very smart of myself, I must say (some may call me the dessert doctor...just kidding. Only I call myself that.)! The cake that they had there to taste was pretty good. I still think I want a bakery cake though (mostly because then we get to taste more cake!). I told my mom that I started my pre-wedding diet already because we have the holidays in between now and the wedding. My plan is to eat (semi) perfectly from now through the holidays (excluding the holidays, OF COURSE) and then hopefully I won't have my work cut out for me TOO much for the last 4 months leading to the wedding. Got to fit in that dress, baby!
Today, Kevin, Joe, Fabrice, and the rest of the team finished picking our Petit Verdot! That means only 1 more grape to harvest here at Karamoor: our Cabernet Sauvignon! Say a little prayer for no rain for the next few days (or at least very little) and no freezing temps until at least late next week! We are in the home stretch!
Speaking of home stretch, we are almost at the end of the year. Doesn't that seem crazy? Stay tuned for some holiday gift pack ideas! We will also be releasing more tour dates through the holidays and through the winter as well. Did you see that we released 3 new dates? I know that some people did because they are selling like hotcakes! I wonder why they chose hotcakes and not flapjacks for that saying... The dates that are currently available are November 4, 11, and 23rd. All of them start at 3PM! Hope to see you there.
I am headed to the Flourtown liquor store tonight from 4-6PM (running late as per usual!) and then next Friday Shaina is heading to Plymouth Country Club for a tasting that she will be dressing up for. Perhaps I will post a photo in next week's blog!
I hope that you all have a great weekend. I konw that I plan to take it as easy as I can while still painting the house and running a bunch of errands! Until next time...
A blog on a Tuesday???? I know, I know...you are so lucky! Guess what? Tonight, I am going to our wedding venue with Matt and my parents to do a tasting! I can't wait. I really love food. Almost as much as I love wine! The food was second most important to us (after the band!) which is why we really picked our venue (that and the fact that it is funky and cool...just like us!). So, fingers are crossed. I am also very excited to set up a cake tasting. Shop lady: "Hello, Ali! Which cakes would you like to try today?" Ali: "How about all of them? And better throw in a brownie too! You know...just to be sure."
So, now that I have told you all of the important stuff.... Kevin, Joe and his team, and Fabrice have been harvesting their little hearts out down in the vineyard! They are finishing up Cabernet Franc, but our Petit Verdot and Cabernet Sauvignon are still hanging in the vineyard. Fingers crossed for more beautiful weather like today! Remember, ripe fruit makes the best wines! Farming vinifera (the noble grapes that we grow) is tough in Pennsylvania due to the wet fall and shorter growing season. We try and let the fruit hang in the vineyard until the last possible moment...which is what allows us to get the flavors that we get in our wines. It is always a happy day once harvest is over...knowing that the grapes you have spent all the time and money growing, are safely picked and fermenting inside the winery is a big relief for everyone! Only a few more weeks!
I haven't shared anything with you guys about this (until yesterday to our newsletter group), but we have been working on a private tasting room. The tours that we have been giving over the past few weeks are now going to get to enjoy this space;
Pretty, huh? The view of the vineyard is spectacular from this room!
Last week I spent pretty much all week unpacking and washing glassware, silverware, china, etc. It took forever! But, I think that the end result was worth it. We had small private affair here for my grandparents and some of their friends on Sunday. We put together a wine pairing for them. Do you want to see what we came up with? Of course you do:
The mother of all cheese boards to go with our 2015 Sauvignon Blanc
Smoked salmon roses with dill creme fraiche, pickled cucumber ribbons, and pumpernickel croutons that paired with our 2015 Chardonnay. YUM.
Duck confit spring rolls with rosé gastric and basmati rice which we paired with both our 2015 Merlot Rosé and our 2013 Cabernet Franc.
Perfectly cooked beef tenderloin with butter poached fingerling potatoes which we paired with our 2013 Merlot Reserve. AMAZING.
What is not pictured here are the desserts. There were chocolate creme brulees, miniature strawberry cheesecakes, and chocolate truffles. Are were delicious. All were eaten!
Anyway, I hope that you enjoyed the mid-week update. We released 3 new dates for tours (11/4, 11/11, 11/23) and tickets are selling fast. We hope that you will join us! Until next time (Friday!)...