O.M.G. Christmas is next Monday. Are you ready? I most certainly am not. Which seems to be par for the course as I get older. If I had to guess, I'd say that I am about 40% done my holiday shopping...and the major one that I am lagging on is my own husband! He's so hard to buy for because when he wants something, I just come home to Amazon packages. He even recently bought undershirts and socks...bye bye typical stocking stuffers! I will say that the one thing that I am prepared for is our annual Crossfit Christmas Party. I got an awesome gift for it...in fact, I opened it last weekend to use when we had friends over. Luckily, I got a back up gift (that I am probably going to try and steal) for the White Elephant style gift exchange. Last year I didn't do a good job with this...I really brought it in 2017! Say a little Santa prayer for me that I pull the biggest number so that I can pick my own gift!
I'd say that one (ok the main) reason that I am feeling unprepared for the holidays is how BUSY we have been here at Karamoor. Thank you all SO MUCH for choosing us for so many of your gifts to send to relatives, friends, customers, or acquaintances that are both near and far! We sincerely appreciate it. We are glad to see that a lot of people have been able to take advantage of the major sales that have been going on since Black Friday! Maybe next year around this time there will be a store for you to swing into...who knows!
If you still aren't sure that you want to buy wines as presents, what about one of our tasting tickets that we have scheduled for 12/29? We are hosting 2 very special tasting times that Friday. The tastings are open to 22 people per time slot and the time slots are 11AM and 1:30PM. The 1:30PM time sold out in 2 days, but there is still availability for the 11AM spot. Did you know that it is better to taste wine earlier in the day? Your taste buds are much more in tact! The thing that makes these 2 visits so special is that those people that join us for the tasting will be eligible to some very special deals and wines the day that they join us. They will also be tasting a minimum of 10 wines! These visits are different than our normal tour and tastings because they are lacking the tour portion. We will drive through the property and then head right up to the private tasting room to begin sampling (versus our normal presentation on what makes us different and then take a tour of the winemaking facility and discuss the whole winemaking process, etc.). The cost is $35 per person if you are interested...and tickets can be purchased on the Tour tab under the Store heading above!
I am looking forward to this weekend...and then I am looking forward to next week flying by so that I can hang with my husband's family on Saturday, and then see my brother and sister-in-law (and parents of course) on Sunday and Monday (and then on Monday afternoon I get to see all my aunts, cousins, uncles, and grandparents)! Christmas Eve has turned into my immediate family day where us kids are usually tasked with cooking an excellent meal. Although, I think that this year, we are allowing Dad to do a beef tenderloin on the rotisserie... I will post the menu next week (usually we have everything figured out by now!) because we are behind in our planning. I hope that you are further along with your holiday shopping and planning than I am, but if not, I hope that you make a good dent in things this weekend. Until next time...
December 1st! That means that Thanksgiving has come and gone. Did you have a great holiday? Ours was very low-key, but Friendsgiving (the previous Saturday) was a different story. Our hot water heater blew that morning. You know, the morning where I was deboning 3 turkeys, making stuffing, making cakes, making sides...having to do a ton of dishes.... It was a real pain. I had to wash my hands with bottled water while our friend (and saving grace) removed our old hot water heater and replaced it with a brand new one...all on a Saturday between 9:30AM and 1:30PM! We are so lucky to have a friend like Tom! After the hot water was back on, our oven stopped working. I think it got mad because it was on from like 6:30AM until that night at about 4PM. The thing that was very annoying about it was that it decided to stop working before I put all of my rolled turkey breasts and the stuffing in the oven...aka the main event to Thanksgiving.... So, we had to improvise...again, and luckily, we were saved again that day by some friends who took the turkey and the stuffing to their house to cook it and then brought it back to our house.... We ended up having to finish the turkey in our friends toaster oven at our house. All was not lost though, becasue there was no shortage of drinks or appetizers. We are so lucky to have such a fun group of people that were able to laugh about the day's mishaps with us only shortly after they happened! (and they weren't too mad that dinner was about 2 hours late...)
After Thanksgiving, Karamoor had some crazy Black Friday deals and we also had 3 tastings here at the property. I am happy to report that Black Friday was a major success. Thanks to all of our Karamoor wine fans that shared the sale and also took part in it - we moved a lot of inventory! Some of it was shipped very locally, while other cases went to California, Texas, New Jersey, Florida, and Indiana! We love the fact that people across the country will be drinking our wines this holiday season.
To keep with the same theme of gifting Karamoor wines, we have put some value cases (and half cases) on the website. There is a Mixed Case, Mixed Half Case, Red Case, and Red Half Case. All of the prices are great (between $13-$23 per bottle depending on which pack you choose), but the mixed Half Case gets you 6 bottles of wine shipped anywhere in the continental US (where we can legally ship) for under $100! As per usual, shipping is FREE (on all the cases...and all orders that are over 3 bottles).
If you are thinking about coming for a tour but have been on the fence about spending the $$ to do so, you may want to check out WHYY tonight at 8:30PM where they will be running a special on Karamoor for their Friday Arts program. I am excited to see what they have put together. The producer and her team were out to Karamoor on 3 separate occasions to do filming and interviews, and we were lucky that each day they came out, we had perfect weather! If you like what you see on TV tonight, there is a tour scheduled for next Friday (December 8th) at 3PM. Additionally, we will be having 2 tastings on Friday, December 29. Prices and times will be disclosed at a later date - but the visits on December 29 will not include the normal tour of the vineyard and winery.
I hope that you have a fun weekend planned. I am going to be having dinner with an old friend tonight (and I am excited to catch up!), and then tomorrow's plans kind of got thrown because I have to take Gertie to the vet. She has an ear infection :(. I was going to be going to the Flyers game, but my friends are leaving too early and I don't want to fight that pre-game traffic on my own. Maybe I will do some Christmas shopping on Sunday morning first thing...that is THE ONLY time to go to the mall during the holidays. Get there right when it opens, and leave by the time other people start showing up. I made a promise to myself this year that I WILL BE IN the Christmas spirit, and I WILL get back to my normal, creative-gift-giving self (because last year was a total fail). Until next time...