My gosh. We are only a day and a half away from the start of a new year. New Year's Eve has always been my least favorite holiday. I don't like that a lot of restaurants only have prix fixes (and yes, I get why they have to do that), I don't like cover charges, I don't like being bumped into in crowded bars. I also don't like that there is pressure for it to be "the most fun night of the year!". I feel like you can't force fun. The best and most fun nights I've ever had, I've gone out with a feeling of "eh, let's just grab dinner and a drink!" and they have turned into hilarious scavenger hunts, or impromptu dance parties. I've never had that happen on a New Year's Eve. So, instead of going out, Matt and I have some friends over to our house for some food and drinks. It's a low key way to ring in the new year...and I've found (through some trial and error) that it is a lot more fun than going out!
I am glad that we have just a quiet weekend planned. I feel like I have been going at warp speed this whole holiday season. It never even really felt like Christmas. We were so busy here at work, Matt and I had stuff every single weekend leading up to the Christmas Holiday, and then we are also planning a wedding! Usually I feel so proud of myself with what I get people for Christmas. I am usually so excited to give them my present. This year, I just felt like I had to rush things. Hopefully next year I will get it together. BTW...we sent out A LOT of gifts this Christmas from Karamoor...I hope that is something that doesn't change next year. Thanks for everyone's support!!!
Speaking of gifts for the holidays...did you know that we have a killer sale going on today and tomorrow? 25% off wines over $20 on our website! Just use the code BRINGON2017. Do you remember that movie "Bring it On"? Great movie. Anyway, that means that you can get a bottle of our 2013 Merlot for just $20.25! Even our barrel select wines are on sale. Get to ordering!
So I mentioned up above that we are also planning a wedding (which you already knew). Did you know that yesterday marks the date of exactly 4 months until our wedding day? Insert that panicked face emoji here. I am feeling underprepared! We did make one more decision last week...and it was on the cakes! Yes, that's right. I said cakes. Plural. The Duloc family loves cake (Mom, Dad, me...my brother is the only one that doesn't have too much of a sweet tooth) and Matt likes cake (just maybe he doesn't have the deep love for it that we have). We couldn't decide on flavor! They were all fabulous (we went to Whipped Bakery in Fishtown), so we ended up with 3 cakes. One large wedding cake that is carrot cake with vanilla buttercream, one medium stacked cake that is chocolate with peanut butter buttercream with chocolate ganache, and one small cake that is almond poundcake with lemon curd and passion fruit buttercream! So, we can at least cross that off the list! Still working on hair, makeup, and decor. Any suggestions are welcome!
I hope that you all have a very safe and happy New Year. Enjoy your three day weekend!!!!! Until next year... (haha, i'm so cheesy!)
Last night, Matt went to the Flyers' game (I know, I know...GREAT GAME!). I didn't grow up watching hockey (for some reason, my dad just doesn't watch hockey...so it just wasn't on the TV normally), but Matt played up until college. His brother played hockey. His nephew is a rockstar goalie (he is 15 and plays on the U18 team out in Berks County). His family definitely grew up watching hockey. So, he told me he was going to the game with a client from business, and I was like, "OK! Have a great time!". Yesterday morning he asked me "Are you going to miss nto having me home tonight?!", to which I replied, "Yes, of course!". Does anyone else love having the house to themselves like I do? I mean like...infrequently. Not all the time. I think that if Matt was out most nights or traveled on business a lot, I would be bored and I would miss him a lot (I mean, he IS my best pal...but don't tell Penny). But....sometimes....it is great to eat ice cream for dinner and watch whatever you want to watch on TV! So, that is what I did last night. I ate ice cream that I topped with peanut butter and I watched that awful (/great...) show, Vanderpump Rules.
Did you know that Shaina has a tasting tonight at the Blue Bell store? SHE DOES! It is from 4-6PM...they have our 2012 Chardonnay, 2013 Merlot, 2013 Cabernet Franc, and 2013 Meritage in stock. Swing by and see her for a sample! In addition to this tasting, she is also doing a tasting at the Ardmore liquor store on Wednesday (12.14) and I am going to be doing a tasting at the Flourtown store next Friday (12.16). It is like a tastingpalooza here for the next week!
We ALSO have 2 tour dates available for this month. We have one scheduled for 12.22 and one scheduled for 12.29. Come by and join us during a time where everyone can use a little relaxation and can definitely use some wine too!
Tomorrow is our annual holiday party. It is a big deal. My grandparents pull out all the stops. This year, the party is the largest it has been in quite a long time. People come in from all over...from all of the various companies...and celebrate the holidays as one big group. It is always fun, and the food is always great. Guess what the gift favors are this year? You guessed it!!! Karamoor wines! This year we are giving out the 2013 Merlot. It is tasting great and people will be pumped.
So, I think that's all for now. OH, WAIT! Did you know that we are running 20% off all merchandise (except for gift cards)?! Tours included! Use the code HAPPYHOLIDAYS at checkout! Until next time...
It is going to be a quick post today! First, I want to tell you guys that I had a spectacular weekend last weekend. I couldn't tell you what was going on in case my dad read my blog post last week. Mom threw Dad a surprise 60th birthday party. My brother and his wife flew in from Chicago, fraternity brothers that my dad hasn't seen in over 30 years came in, long time work associates, family friends, and of course family all were there to party to the sounds of a Bruce Springsteen tribute band called, Tramps Like Us! It was an amazing time! My dad was totally surprised. My mom did such an awesome job with all the planning and I know that Dad was just so touched by all of it. And Tramps Like Us was absolutely incredible. It was like having the real Bruce Springsteen there. Totally awesome.
So, I know that a lot of people are looking forward to the end of 2016. I guess in a lot of ways people think it was kind of a crappy year. I can't say that I feel the same (I had a lot of great things happen for me in 2016), but I think that many people are ready to start anew in 2017. I personally am very much looking forward to Christmas. There was one year where I didn't feel like I was in the Christmas spirit at all, but the past few years I have really loved the season. I pride myself on figuring out really creative and personal gifts. It makes me happy when I find the perfect thing for someone on my list. I also love writing poems to go along with those gifts. I have written at least one poem each Christmas for the past 3 years. My brother, his wife, me, Matt, and my parents always cook Christmas Eve dinner together. It usually has a theme. This year, we have decided that we are going to do a "Julia Child" themed Christmas Eve dinner. More to come on this...
Have you done any shopping yet? I haven't. Did you know that we are offering gift packs this year? Each gift pack is slightly discounted (one is $20+ off!) and they have been curated to go along with holiday meats. Ham, turkey, beef, veal, lamb...coming soon will be the Seven Fishes gift pack! We are including a personalized card with a gift note on it (if you are sending it to someone other than yourself, that is! Even if you are sending it to yourself and you want a note written, I am happy to oblige!). Here is what the card looks like:
Isn't that so cute? Doesn't that snowman just look like he is having the greatest time?
I am heading out now. Matt and I are going down to the Franklin Institute to check out the new Jurassic World exhibit! It should be awesome. Until next time...