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Alecia Jankowski
 
October 27, 2017 | Alecia Jankowski

Harvest is over!!!!

Well, here we are.  Heading into Halloween weekend.  Coming down the home stretch of 2017.  WHERE DID THIS YEAR GO?!  Someone needs to tell me!  Have I told you before that Halloween seems to be my husband's favorite holiday?  He gets so excited..and not even for the candy.  I am pretty sure that he just loves dressing up in ridiculous costumes...and I think that he gets even more joy out of dressing up our dogs in costumes that they for sure do not like.  Here are some pictures of Penny dressed up over the years.  Notice that her face doesn't change...but the costumes do:

I will post photos of what the three of them dress up as this year in next week's blog.  Matt chooses the costumes, so if there are some inappropriate ones, that is the only reason that they will be missing from the post...  We have a costume party to go to on Saturday night at our Crossfit gym.  It should be a lot of fun - and there are always some great costumes...but mainly just food and some of our best pals.  Can't wait!

I am glad that the guys finished harvest on Monday of this week so that they can enjoy this weekend too!  Kevin and Joe are pretty happy with the fruit that we harvested this year - it should make for a nice 2017 vintage.  We had a very wet July into August so things started off a little shaky.  Luckily, the weather dried up (A LOT...of course after I did all new planting at my house) and allowed us to have a successful harvest!  It will be fun to watch these wines evolve over the next few months!!

Don't forget that we have 2 tours scheduled for next Saturday, 11/4.  The 12:30PM tour is almost sold out, but there are still spots available at the 11AM tour!  Come visit us for a great experience, pretty scenery, great wines, and awesome discounts during your visit!  

Have a great weekend, everybody!  Until next time...

Time Posted: Oct 27, 2017 at 9:25 AM
Alecia Jankowski
 
October 20, 2017 | Alecia Jankowski

Coming to the end of harvest!

Well, it's October, 20.  You know what that means....  It's Murph's birthday!!!  Here he is with his normal dopey face:

He's so cute.  Anyway, he is now 2 years old and I am hoping that he is going to be growing out of his crazy puppy ways (ie. chewing our carpet, exploding throw pillows, chewing on a wooden table, and escaping from our fenced in backyard so that he can go and play with his dog friends next door) any day now!  In case he doesn't though, we have learned over the last 2 years of his life that he likes to watch TV while we are gone.  Matt typically leaves HBO family on for him (nothing scary or violent for this little baby) and I am pretty sure that he actually watches the programs.  It has definitely helped a lot with his destroying items of decor.  I'm not sure if he will ever outgrow the fence thing, though.  The reason that he leaves the yard is not to run away (he never ever goes anywhere where we can't see him) he just goes next door where there is a German Shepard that he is friends with.  Sometimes there is the German Shepard as well as (over the summer) younger kids playing in the pool.  People having fun without him is Murph's kryptonite.  He's gotta be a part of it.  He gets serious FOMO.  So, even though the neighbor is like "it is OK!  We love Murph!", we would prefer Murph stay in our own yard just in case somethign were to happen.  So, this week Matt and I met with an Invisible Fence installer so that the little man can have free range outside and work off his energy...without Mom and Dad having to worry!  Even though he is a little challenging, he is a great dog.  You will never meet a better cuddler or a better when-you-get-home-from-where ever-greeter.  I'm going to have to stop and pick up a treat for him on the way home from the tasting in Flourtown tonight....  Happy birthday Murph!!!!

So, as the title of this blog suggests, we are coming to the end of harvest.  Joe, Kevin, and the rest of the team are going to be picking the rest of the grapes by Monday of next week (since we are supposed to have some rain through the rest of the week).  Overall, they are pretty happy with the fruit!  Today they are harvesting Cabernet Sauvignon and then later this weekend they will be harvesting the Petit Verdot (my fave!!!!).  I am sure that they are looking forward to having this all completed and maybe sleeping in a little bit next weekend.  Here is a shot of our Cabernet Sauvignon in an of its inky purple glory:

Last Sunday I was at Tria (Rittenhouse and Spruce) because they were pouring our 2013 Meritage for their Sunday School.  It was great to meet so many people that were loving our wine!  Tria does a great job with making wines that maybe people haven't heard of or perhaps would not have been inclined to try very approachable.  This upcoming week we are going to be doing a special blend for them that will be available in their Taproom location (probably in mid-November!).  We are looking forward to their visit.

Speaking of visits, are you going to come visit me or Shaina tonight?  Shaina will be at the Ardmore PLCB store and I will be at the Flourtown store!  4-6PM for both of us.  I am not sure what we will be tasting you on, but I do know that the stores have our new 2015 Chardonnay, 2014 Merlot, and 2014 Meritage!  So, come on out and give them a taste!

After the event tonight, I am hoping that Matt takes me to our favorite restuarant (Devil's Acre) and then we can go to bed at least semi-early.  Tomorrow is going to be an action-packed day!  Matt and I are going to play golf in the morning but then at around 3PM, we have to leave our house and head up to Flemington because it is my cousin Andrew's engagement party.  I think my aunt said that she is expecting about 70 people (of which I think like 55 are family because Andrew is half Greek and half Irish...so that right there is like 45 people).  Luckily the weather looks like it is going to be perfect and I know that we are going to have a blast celebrating them.  My brother and sister-in-law (who was a birthday girl on Wednesday of this week....HAPPY BDAY STEPHY!!!!!!!) flew in from Chicago on Thursday night and so did my cousin Chris who recently moved to London.  Yay for family get togethers for happy occasions!

I know that there will be a few people tomorrow who will be enjoying Karamoor Wines and I hope that you guys will be too!  Just a reminder...we are down to our last 20 cases of 2015 Rosé AND we are currently having a PA Wine Month special of 25% off all wine purchases...use code PAWINE2017 at checkout!  Until next time...

Alecia Jankowski
 
October 13, 2017 | Alecia Jankowski

Wine Tours on November 4th!

Another Friday!  You guys - I had my first night of uninterrupted sleep last night (after 2 weeks) because Matt took night time wake ups with Gertie!  I finally do not feel like a walking zombie.  So, that's great!  She's still waking up at least 1 time per night...sometimes 2 or 3 depending on how she feels (I suppose).  I am pretty sure that she wakes up because she is hungry so I have been trying to feed her more and more often throughout the day so that she is full (she's growing so fast!  4 lbs in one week!).  I learned this from my friend Christina who read a book on sleep training your baby...and she said it worked.  So, perhaps it will work on Gertie girl!  She's so cute and such a little love though, it is hard to be upset when she wakes me up at night...

I'm not the only one that is tired around here.  The crew down in the vineyard and winery are running on E!  It is their busiest time of year and so far the weather has been relatively cooperative.  This week was not as rainy as it was supposed to be, and it is looking relatively dry through the weekend (though the steady rain that we got earlier this week was very good for the new landscaping at my house...I was getting so tired of watering for a half hour every night after work).  Next week is supposed to be almost picture perfect weather with full sun and high 60s and low 70s.  So, we should be looking good as we head into the last few weeks of harvest.

Speaking of getting towards the end of harvest, we have a tour scheduled on Saturday, November 4th...which will likely be the weekend after we finish harvest!  It will also be a great time of year to come out to the property because all of our trees will be pretty colors and you will likely even get to see some of our wines in barrels going through fermentation!  The tickets for that Saturday are $75 per ticket, but if you spend $100 on wine on the day of the tour, you get $25 of that back!  You also get 10% off bottles and 15% off 12 bottles or more.  In addition, we have some case specials that are available only here at the winery!  Shaina and I will be running the tours that morning/afternoon and you can expect to spend about 2 hours with us here.  You will drive through the vineyards, see the property, take a tour of the winery, learn everything that you'd ever want to know about Karamoor, and then you will taste at least 5 of our wines in our private tasting room overlooking the 250 acre property!  Come out with a few pals and have some fun with us.

I hope that you have plans to enjoy this lovely weekend!  Matt is down in the city tonight, is heading to a Flyers game tomorrow night, and then I am down at the Trias...(Chestnut and Rittenhouse) on Sunday to celebrate Pennsylvania Wine Month with them!  They are pouring our 2013 Merlot at both locations throughout the whole month at special prices and on Sunday they are going to be pouring our 2013 Meritage for their Sunday School!  In addition, they are pouring our Sauvignon Blanc via keg at their Taproom location!  If you are downtown, come visit me!  If you aren't downtown, enjoy your Sunday.  Until next time....

Alecia Jankowski
 
October 6, 2017 | Alecia Jankowski

Pickin Cab Franc!

Hello!  Happy Friday!  I am so happy it is the weekend!  Do you know why?  Because I am tired.  I am not sure if you follow us on social media at all, but if you do, then you know we recently got our third dog!  A little puppy named Gertrude (Gertie for short) and she is just the most adorable Dogue de Bordeaux that you ever did see!

See?  I didn't lie!  Anyway, she's just a baby and she's been waking up twice a night since we got her last Thursday.  So, this lady hasn't been getting much sleep!  I am hoping for maybe a few naps this weekend....

In addition to getting Gertie, we've been rockin and rollin over here at Karamoor.  We started a cool collaboration with our friends at Boardroom Spirits 2 weeks ago.  We picked some Merlot for them and are making a wine which they will then turn into brandy.  They are going to age this brandy for probably 5 years.  Can't wait to taste it when I am 37 years old!  We are also going to be making A LOT more Rose than we have before (by the way, we are down to our last 23 cases of 2015 Rose - so get it while you can!), and we finished picking the Merlot that we will be using for that yesterday.  We will be bottling that Rose in February or March of 2018 and it will be quick to market...so stay tuned!

Remember when we did that cool collaboration with Tired Hands Brewing (our awesome pals over in Ardmore)?  Wellllllllll, yesterday they came over to pick up an actual full ton of grapes that they will be pouring into their Saison.  I bet it's going to get a great color on it because the skin on the Merlot that they took was so dark!  It's probably going to be just as delicious as the last one that they made with our Merlot!

Today (before the rain this weekend), we are harvesting the first of our Cabernet Franc.  We will pick more next week (probably towards the tail end of the week depending on the weather), but here are some pictures that I snapped down at the winery:

I hope that you all have been doing well.  Thanks so much for your support the last few weeks - we have seen a major uptick in our online retail and we are so grateful!  I also wanted to mention here that we have 3 tours scheduled for November 4th!  One at 9:30AM, one at 11AM, and one at 12:30PM.  The 12:30PM one is almost sold out!  Come visit us on a Saturday, we'd love to host you.  Have a wonderful weekend!!!!  Until next time....