It is so hot in the office today...probably because it is warm outside. It's November 27th and I just said, "it is warm outside". I didn't even bring a jacket this morning when I left the house (such a rebel). I got in the car and I thought about maybe running back in to get my jacket for the weekend since I have no idea what the weather is supposed to be like on Saturday or on Sunday and I will not be back home until Sunday night, but I decided to take my chances. A dicey move. I was wondering yesterday why it doesn't really feel like the holiday season, and it probably has something to do with the fact that it is 65 degrees out today.
I hope that everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving. I have a cold so I didn't eat nearly as much as I normally do on my favorite holiday, but I still tried to make the most of it. Colds really wipe you out. I like to fix things and I am impatient by nature, so colds really annoy me. You can do nothing for them. They just have to run their course.
Speaking of fixing things, I have fixed your dilemma of what to get every single person on your holiday list. You are buying them Karamoor wine, and you will use the code TURKEY25 at checkout between today (11/27) and Monday (11/30). It is a terrific sale where you get 25% off of all of the wines that are offered on our website. You could be that person that is finished their shopping and does not have to go to the mall on December 24th!
It's been a busy day today with a bunch of shipments and a delivery to Tired Hands. While I was at Tired Hands, I tried a sample of the beer that is being brewed with our Merlot grapes. It is the coolest color I have ever seen (in terms of beer). It tasted pretty neat too due to the fact that it had a definite wine characteristic. Different than anything I have ever sampled. Stay tuned for release information.
This weekend is the weekend where we are having my brother and his fiance's engagement party. It is going to be a party of 50 and it is going to be wild. I get to see all my cousins and family and even my babysitter from when I was like 5 years old! I couldn't be more excited to celebrate Zack and Steph. I hope that you have a wonderful weekend! Until next time..
Another week is coming to a close. Only 5 full weeks left in 2015...that sounds so crazy to say out loud. I am so excited for next week, though. My favorite brother and my favorite sister-in-law-to-be fly in on Wednesday! Yay!! I cannot wait. Not only does Thanksgiving happen next week, but we also are having an engagement party for Zacky and Steph. Mom and Dad are having it at their house and it is going to be catered by our favorite BYO restaurant in Skippack, 19 Bella. 19 Bella does small plates. I love small plate restaurants because you can just order a huge amount of dishes and share all those delicious flavors amongst the family (or friends!) at your table. Anyway, to say that I am excited for the party is an extreme understatement. Mom asked me to bake some of my famous cookies and I will also be helping to put together some centerpieces (I don't know if I told you this, but I took a flower arranging class in college (1 day a week for like 3 hours for a total of about 6 weeks), so I am pretty much a pro). Can't wait to see all the family and friends come together to celebrate an awesome couple.
Before this party, though, is Thanksgiving! My most favorite holiday (as I explained in last week's blog). I wasn't totally sure what I was going to write about this week, but after chatting with Casey for a bit, I came to the conclusion that I would make some recommendations for pairing our wines (and some other grape varieties that you would have to look elsewhere for) with dishes that you may find on your Thanksgiving table.
For the pre-dinner appetizers:
I am a big fan of cheese trays. If you do it right, it is the only thing you need during appetizer time (in my opinion, anyway). Stinky, unique, smooth, pungent, strong, mild, nutty, or...as you can see, I do not discriminate on the cheeses that I enjoy... Then you have all the cheese board accoutrements; crackers, marcona almonds, dried fruit crisps, duck prosciutto, etc. Finding a wine that can stand up to a lot of cheeses can be tough. I LOVE a Gewurtztraminer with a cheese tray. Like...hands down, my favorite type of wine with cheeses. I especially love it with cheeses made from goat milk, but I think it goes pretty well with most cheeses. It is a bummer, but Gewurtz doesn't grow well at all here and we will never plant it :(.
For the main event:
Soup: Dad usually covers the soup area. Typically we do something with at least a bit of cream in it. My personal favorite of his is called Zippy Corn Chowder (this recipe looks similar: http://www.tasteofhome.com/recipes/zippy-corn-chowder). It is exactly what it sounds like and it is awesome. I think I would like to drink this alongside of our 2013 Chardonnay. There is a nice balance of acid in that wine that would cut through the richness of the soup.
Turkey: Typically at our dinner, we have 2 turkeys; one is a traditional turkey that is stuffed with onions and carrots and herbs, etc, and one is a deboned, pounded turkey breast that is rolled and stuffed with chopped chestnuts, sage, mushrooms, and sausage. I would want to drink our 2012/2013 Cabernet Franc with either of these turkeys.
Stuffing: Since we do not stuff our turkeys with bread stuffing, we make a stuffing side dish, and usually that stuffing has some kind of sausage (because..pork) that has been cooked up with some sage, finely chopped mushrooms, carrots, onions, and thyme. I would pair this with our 2012/2013 Cabernet Franc as well.
Lasagna: I am not sure if we are the only family that makes lasagna on Thanksgiving, but Mom started that tradition about 20 years ago and it stuck. My mom's lasagna is pretty epic. I would love it alongside of our 2010 Reserve Merlot.
Vegetables: We usually have brussels sprouts sometimes au gratin, sometimes with gruyere and bacon. We also always have Dad's famous stringbeans with carrots, garlic, and 1lb of bacon (are you recognizing a theme with the vegetables?). Mashed sweet potatoes with butter and salt (we don't do the marshmallows or brown sugar...or bacon...surpisingly). I would probably do our 2012/2013 Cabernet Franc here as well.
Dessert (my favorite): My motto with dessert is, "go big or go home". We do a caramel apple cheesecake (http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/bobby-flay/caramel-apple-cheesecake-recipe.html). Enough said. This is the recipe we have used in the past and it is amazing. Drink it with a tawny port. We also always have Mom's famous wet chocolate cake topped with cream cheese frosting. FAMOUS. Requested by all. It's a secret recipe, so don't even ask, but this recipe looks somewhat similar: http://www.marinmamacooks.com/2012/03/chocolate-cake-with-cream-cheese-frosting/. Drink with coffee and cream topped with a bit of Frangelico.
I hope that everyone has a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday. Make it a safe and happy one! Please be on the lookout for a special email next week regarding a Black Friday/Cyber Monday weekend Karamoor sale. You won't want to miss it. Until next time...
I can't believe that Thanksgiving is almost here. You know, Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday. I just love the fact that it is focused on family, food, and wine. There is no pressure. You're with your family and it's just like, "Hey, eat this delicious food! Hey, drink this great wine!". What's not to love? When I was little, we used to spend Thanksgiving with my dad's side of the family, and it was always hosted at our house. Mom, Dad, and I would spend a lot of time cooking together the days prior and certainly the day of to prepare (Zack helped make breakfast in the morning, but he was hard to find after that...). My dad was always in charge of making soup and his famous garlic stringbeans with carrots and bacon (and wine selection, and in more recent years, coming up with a new brine for the turkey). Mom and I were in charge of everything else. I love cooking with my mom. One day, when I have a son or daughter, I hope that they enjoy cooking with me like I enjoy cooking with my mom.
When you are cooking (and of course, are over the age of 21), you need a glass or two of wine. It is just a rule. Of all the wines we have here at Karamoor, I would probably choose the 2013 Merlot or the 2014 Chardonnay as a drinking while cooking wine. I have done a post about the 2013 Merlot..it's an easy drinker. Enjoyable sip after sip. I have not, however, done a post about our 2014 Chardonnay.
I am usually not a huge Chardonnay fan. I typically prefer a dry reisling or gewurtztraminer...or maybe a Pouilly-Fume or Sancerre. I do like OUR Chardonnay though. For me, our Chardonnay drinks more Sauv Blanc-y (Kevin doesn't like when I say that, but it's what it reminds me of!). It is good and crisp, nice mouth feel (not buttery), with just a hint of oak. Kevin has been making them like this for us since 2012. For those that have not been following along, the 2012 Chardonnay was sold entirely to the Union League of Philadelphia. The 2013 has been flying off the shelves since its release this past January. Our 2014 Chardonnay was just released for sale last week, and it is really awesome. It has a bit more malolactic and a touch more oak than our past vintages, but it also has that wonderful crispness that I love about our Chardonnays. The nose is totally different than our 2013's (you should try them side by side!). It has notes of honeysuckle, butterscotch, and pineapple. The nose leads to flavors of juicy pear and flinty minerality and the finish is long and lingering. It will not disappoint.
I think that I would serve this wine with turkey or chicken thighs, shellfish, seabass, and I also think that it would go very well with trout almondine or something like that. I stumbled across this recipe: http://www.finecooking.com/recipes/turkey-thighs-stuffed-porcini-sausage-artichoke-hearts.aspx, and I thought that it just sounded like it would be so terrific with our 2014 Chardonnay. 'Tis the season for roasts! I love roasts. They are just so easy and they make the house smell SO good. In the summertime, roasts are tough because it is hot out, and you have the air conditioning on, and the last thing you want to do is have your 375 degree oven on for 3+ hours (my roasts are large...we eat a lot of meat). But now, Old Man Winter is beating on the door and it is roast season. So, try that recipe...and our 2014 Chardonnay.
I hope that everyone has had a great week. If you remember, last weekend I was going to Casey's wedding. It was great, she looked so beautiful and happy. Congratulations Casey & John! Don't forget that we have that congratulatory wedding discount going on for the month of November! Use CASEY at checkout to get 10% off of all of our Merlots, and make sure to take advantage of it before time runs out. I will be spending my Friday night on a little date with the boyfriend and then I will be enjoying a very quiet weekend. Have a great weekend, and until next time...
This blog post is going to be short and sweet. Our viticulturist is getting married this weekend! Congratulations, Casey (and John too)! Casey started with us here at Karamoor in July of 2014, fresh out of college, and since then she has been a great addition to our team. She's got an open mind (which has helped me brainstorm through countless ideas), she sees the bigger picture, and, most importantly, she has a vision for our vineyard. Anyway, she's a great girl and I couldn't be happier for her and John!
In honor of Casey's wedding day, we are going to run a special on her favorite of our wines. Merlot! Especially the 2013 Reserve Merlot. From Casey's wedding eve (today) to the end of November, we will be offering a 10% discount off of all Merlot available on our website. This discount will be applicable to the 2010 Reserve Merlot, the 2013 Merlot, and the 2013 Reserve Merlot. Use the discount code CASEY at checkout to receive your discount. This discount can be applied on top of your wine club discounts, so be sure to take advantage of it as we approach the holidays! Free shipping still applies with a purchase of 3 bottles or more. Don't forget that even in Pennsylvania, these bottles come right to your door, you do not need to pick them up at one of the state liquor stores (that kind of rhymed by accident).
This week has really flown by, and I can't believe that it is already over (almost anyway). It was great to have met a few of our readers (and enjoyers of Karamoor) last Friday at the Flourtown PLCB store. Hopefully I can get another tasting scheduled with Marianne at that store in the next few weeks; stay tuned for updates on that! I hope that you have fun activities planned for the weekend. I am looking forward to attending Casey's wedding - I know that she will make an absolutely beautiful bride! Until next time...