I think that we've gotten around 4 inches of rain this week. I thought that the saying was "APRIL showers bring May flowers", not "April showers bring more May showers". I can't complain about it too much though! I have been planting a lot of new flowers and bushes at the house, and all this rain has been allowing me to not have to water by hose every day...so that's a plus. But I could do with some sunshine. It has been kind of depressing without it.
I think I have had our 2017 Rosé almost weekend since we've released it. It is portable sunshine (currently needed!)...and it goes with everything. Last Friday (after our 2 tours), I shared a bottle of it with my grandparents overlooking the vineyard (perfect pairing for the end of the day). Last Saturday, I enjoyed it with smoked salmon, skirt steak with chimichurri, and grilled chicken. It went perfectly with all of that. The weekend before, I enjoyed it with some friends and a little pizza. Again..perfect. Tonight, I plan to enjoy it with some friends and Indian food! I'm sure it will be a perfect pairing yet again!
Have you tried it yet? I know that Stone Rose in Conshy was doing a Rosé month where Karamoor was featured alongside of some other Rosés from interesting regions. We got a lot of nice notes (and Instagram posts) from people enjoying it! I really love Rosé - I think it is so versatile and there are a lot of wineries doing great ones. It is nice to see places highlight regions that are not as traditional...I think that it really helps facilitate the realization that great wines don't just come from the places that you expect. (AKA Karamoor!).
This weekend is supposed to be rainy. Again. I can't say that I am TOO bummed about it because rainy days means relaxation. Movie marathons. Maybe some popcorn and takeout. Until next time...
I'm going to blink and May will be over....can't believe it. You know that June is my most favorite month of the year, though. Do you remember why? It is because school is done and there are no more school buses on the road. I have my trip to work timed perfectly. I HAVE to leave my house by NO LATER than 7:04AM every day in order to miss the school bus that drives up my road...usually passing my house by 7:06AM. So, I rip down the driveway in order to make it in front of that bus. THEN, I take Lower State Road all the way towards Welsh Road. If I do not pass a certain neighborhood by 7:30AM, I get stuck behind a bus for 2 stops and then continue onto Old Bethlehem Pike...if I am ahead of schedule, I cut over to Cedar Hill Road and it's smooth sailing. If I get stuck behind the bus for the 2 stops, that's not so much of a problem. The BIGGEST deal is if I am not passing Cedar Hill Road by 7:40AM. If I do not pass Cedar Hill Road by 7:40AM, I may as well pull into the new Wholefoods and have a cup of coffee because there is this bus that stops like 8 times on Old Bethlehem Pike from Spring House to Ambler and it ruins my whole morning. Anyway, it will be nice to drive in without having such a strict time table. You are probably thinking, "Ali, why don't you just leave earlier so that you miss all the buses?", and I'd answer, "Have you met my three dogs and also have you heard of sleep?"
So, the main reason that I think that I am going to blink and May will be over is because we are slammed with tours! We have 2 tours today, we have a tour on Wednesday of next week, we have a tour on Friday of next week, we have a private event on Wednesday the 30th, somewhere in there is Memorial Day Weekend...it's just going to be a whirlwind. The tours have been going so great too. I've been so happy with them, and I think that I've been so happy with them because the people that have been attending them have been so happy with them. The tours are very special to me; I so enjoy sharing this property and my grandparents' story (and stories about my grandparents) with everyone who comes to visit. My hope is that at the conclusion of the tour, you see how special Karamoor is. How special the wine is. How special my family is. It makes me happy to share all the stories as well as all the trials & tribulations that has made us, and continue to make us, who we are.
I'm sorry that this wonderful weather is not supposed to run into the weekend. I was hoping that tomorrow and Sunday would be exact replications of today...but, sadly, no such luck. If you haven't gotten a chance to take advantage of our Warm Weather Wine pack - you should...it's a great smattering of wines at a great price that go perfectly with days like today. Even though the weather is supposed to be mediocre, I have a weekend of yardwork lined up for myself. I think on Sunday we are going to head to Mom and Dad's to celebrate Mother's Day. Mom is a pain because she won't do a brunch or an early dinner...but I also really love and admire her...so she gets what she wants. A dinner BBQ on a Sunday night... I hope that you have a wonderful weekend planned. Until next time...
Guys. Did I not call this? My dad calls my mom "meteoroligist An" because she is always making outlandish predictions about the weather. I think that maybe my nickname should be "Almanac Ali", because did I say or did I say that we were going to go from cold weather to 90 degree sweaty weather? I did say. I attended 2 events this week that were outside, and it felt like August! I wasn't ready for it. On the upside, at least it hasn't been pouring and Matt was finally able to cut the lawn. It was looking like a forest. It was so long, he said that the grass was coming over the mow-deck, and it was so thick that it was clogging the bagger that he JUST HAD TO HAVE. I feel bad about how the grass looks because my husband is a nut about the lawn. Whenever we pass a lawn that is perfect, he always comments about he wishes our lawn looked like that. He gets lawn envy very easily. So, I know that how he had to leave the grass after the first cut is driving him crazy. He said that if he hadn't had to leave for a bachelor party, he would have cut the lawn another two times this weekend. #lawnnut
In addition to being able to cut the lawn, ALL THE BUDS ARE BREAKING! Nature is so neat. I feel like I didn't have a real appreciation for plants and nature until I owned a home, but man, it is pretty awesome how you can be driving to work in the morning and the trees and plants look like they are dead, and then when you are driving to work the next morning it's like they are in full bloom. The same thing is happening out in the vineyard. Another season begins!
In honor of the new season and the warm weather, we are offering a case of WARM WEATHER WINES! Something perfect to ring in, you guessed it, the warm weather. The case consists of 3 bottles of 2015 Chardonnay, 3 bottles of 2016 Sauvignon Blanc, 3 bottles of 2017 Rosé, and 3 bottles of 2017 Viognier! Did I mention that we are offering this mixed case at 30% off retail? What a deal. Also, if you are part of our wine club, you get an additional 10% off. Also, if you come on one of our tours (and we are still running the sale), you get an additional 10% off. Deals on deals.
I hope to do nothing this weekend. I'd maybe be OK with buying some more plants and doing some watering. But I would like to have a chill, low-key, do nothing but lounge around weekend. I have a feeling that isn't going to happen. A girl can dream, though! I hope that you get to do exactly what you want to do this weekend. Enjoy the pretty weather. Grill some stuff. Drink some Karamoor Rosé... Until next time...
Well, we had a brief glimpse of spring last weekend...and then a freeze warning on Monday night. I am ready for some warmer weather - but I know what's going to happen. We are going to bypass spring and head right into summer. So, instead of those lovely 70 degree days, we are headed right into the mid-80s. The sweaty weather. I'm kind of a little nervous about it going right to the sweaty weather because last weekend when it hit 80, I went to turn on the AC for the upstairs...and it was a no-go! It started making a horrible sound, and it was just blowing the warm air around, so I turned it off. It was a bazillion degrees upstairs on Saturday during the day. So, on Monday I called the HVAC people and they said that they would have to wait until the weather got above 72 degrees so that they could figure out what was wrong and there is nothing even in the 15 day forecast that says anywhere close to 72. Which is good and bad. Good because I will be able to sleep well with the windows open, but bad because that means that all the 72+ degree weather is going to come at the same time. Hopefully I called them early enough to be at the top of the list because I am a big baby when it comes to the house being too hot. Right now, it is sitting at 64 degrees! Matt's like, "Ali, it is freezing in here!", and I'm like, "Don't you dare turn that heat up. Put on a sweatshirt!".
Speaking of turning the heat up...things are really heating up on our future storefront! By heating up, I mean that we have moved the gates! They used to be right on the road, now they aren't. Here are some pictures of what's going on up there:
Dump truck and some rocks
Backhoes and trucks
Future tasting room
New gate entrance!
Before you ask any questions about when it's going to open, I'm going to tell you that we are not sure. We are hoping that it will be open in 2019 (though, we would't be upset if it was in 2018...before the holidays!). I know that the next steps will be to remove the current road, lay rock, and do some paving for the entrance/parking lot. They are hoping to start the actual construction on the tasting room soon, but the very wet weather has not been helpful in that regard. We will keep you posted on its progress. Trust us when we tell you that we are as excited for this public tasting room as you are!
Did you take advantage of the sale that we ran this week? 20% off all orders over $75. That's only 4 bottles of Rosé. You could drink that this weekend! The sale will run until Sunday with the code COMEONSPRING - because...happy thoughts! Did you ALSO see that we added another pop up tour? We had something cancel for May 18th, so we were able to offer the date for a semi-private tour! But...it is sold out now. Hopefully you jumped on the tickets if you wanted to come out to see us. I don't think that we are going to be able to add any other dates until the end of June at this point because right now every single Friday from now until then are booked.
What are you guys doing this weekend? Yesterday was Matt's birthday, so I have a feeling that we are going to be doing some birthday celebrating this weekend...I can't say for sure though...because he is one of the three people that read this blog. I did some nice stuff for him yesterday, so if there is no celebrating this weekend *wink wink*, then it won't be the end of the world I suppose. Tomorrow during the day, we are having a bunch of landscaping stuff done. Bed clean up, edging, mulching, maybe having some trees and bushes dug out (Matt's not happy about this), but I'm SO EXCITED! I'm turning into my mom. Last night before Matt and I went out to dinner, I sprayed some "deer please leave these plants alone" spray because all of the plants that I planted last year are being eaten by this enormous deer herd. It was bothering me so much that it was keeping me up at night thinking about it! Hopefully the spray works. I have heard mixed reviews - so if it works, I will report back. I hope that you've got some fun things on the docket too...not that yardwork or spraying for deer is necessarily fun, but you know what I mean. Until next time...
I know. It is Thursday and there is a blog post. And yes, in case you are wondering, I am still sick. Thank you for your concern. I think that I'm on the cusp of getting over it though. I bet I just jinxed myself. Hopefully not though, because the reason that this blog post is taking place on a Thursday instead of on a Friday is because I took tomorrow off and the weather is supposed to be picture perfect! I'm not sure that I am planning to spend too much time outside (they are FINALLY fnishing our closet tomorrow morning, so my plan is to move all my stuff so that I can enjoy the weekend without having to worry about moving all my clothes), but I know that I am going to at the very least take the pups for a nice walk since they've been going stir-crazy inside. I feel bad that they haven't been allowed to run around in the back yard for the last few weeks, but it has just been way too muddy. They go out and when they come back in, even if it is fast, they look like they've taken a mud bath at a relaxing spa. It takes like a good twenty minutes to get them all toweled off.
I know that I mentioned on Friday that we were having a Greek Easter celebration here last Sunday with all of our family and friends. It was a great time. We went through so much Rosé. It has been a HUGE hit. Not even just with my family....our restaurant accounts seem to be on the Rosé train too! We've had 5 other accounts pick it up just this week. So exciting that everyone is loving it.
As the title of this blog alludes to, we have set another date for a semi-private tour. June 15th is going to be the date. I know that it seems far away, but we are slammed until then. We have 2 tours for Colonial School Disctrict on 4/27, on 5/4, and on 5/11 we have 1 tour for Colonial and then our semi-private tour that is scheduled for 3PM. On 5/18, we have a tour that a group won at a non-profit fundraiser. We aren't having anything the week of Memorial Day Weekend (or the Friday following), and then we have another private tour scheduled for 6/8. SO...before anything else pops up, we are adding 6/15 at 3PM for you guys. Hopefully you can make it! It is going to be our normal tour and tasting - you can expect to spend about 2 hours to 2 hours and 15 minutes wtih us! It is always a lot of fun and it is a great way to end the work week!
Enjoy the beautiful weather this weekend. I don't think it is slated to last too long, so make the most of it while it briefly makes an appearance (next Tuesday is supposed to be in the 30s and 40s again!). I know that Matt and I plan to play golf at some point this weekend...he's been getting antsy for golf season. I actually have been too. We really enjoy playing together...and I'm not just saying that. You know how most wives THINK that their husbands enjoy golfing with them? Well....I KNOW. I also know that we are going to be doing more yardwork this weekend. Darn. Don't you wish the yard would just make itself perfect? I guess if it did that though, you wouldn't feel nearly as accomplished once it was done. Anyway, until next time...
Did you know that I managed to not get sick for literally a whole year? Not with wedding stress from last year. Not from work stress. Not from sitting in a hallway at work where every single person would pass by coughing all over the place. Well, my luck has run out. I am pretty sure that there were a few people that were plotting against me. Most noteably, my own mother. Did you know that she raised 2 children and always told us to cover our mouths when we coughed? She's been sick, and, like magic, she seems to forget that very important rule that she taught us at a young age. She doesn't cover her mouth around me. I think it has to do with the fact that I am always lecturing her on her vegetable and water intake. "If you ate more vegetables and drank more water, you probably wouldn't be sick right now." So, I think that she planned this. Right when she was starting to get sick, she brought me a cupcake (my Achilles heel) and offered to split it with me. I had been painting the walls of the closet, so she brought it over to me and forked a little of it into my mouth while I was covered in paint. LITTLE did I know...she had eaten off that fork with her sick germs. So...like I said. She has been trying to prove to me for weeks that my water and vegetable intake can not thwart off her germs forever. And, as the old saying goes, "your mother is always right"....even though in this case she really had to pull out all the stops to be right....
So, aside from me being sick, I actually do have some good news to share. It is this:
See! I told you it was good news. Look at that pretty little lady! How gorgeous is she? We decided to release her early...just in time for (hopefully) warmer weather to start coming around. PS. Did you see that earlier this week they had forecasted 3-5 inches of snow for tomorrow? I was like....what. the. heck. But then also, this morning while I was getting ready for work, I looked out the window and there were snowflakes coming down. But now it is supposed to be 60 degrees today. WHAT IS UP WITH THIS WEATHER?! Anyway, when warm weather does decide to show its face, you are going to want a case or two of this stuff to enjoy with it. We made around 350 cases of it and it is flying already (in 6 restaurants as of yesterday), so...get it while it lasts!
Another bit of good news that we received this morning is that the results are in from the San Diego International Wine Competition! We entered our 2015 Meritage, our 2015 Cabernet Franc, our 2015 Chardonnay, and our 2015 Merlot. ALL OF THEM TOOK SILVERS! Wahoo! That is so great. You should see the competition that they were up against out there. We are so unbelievably proud of how they did. The 2015 reds will be added to the website on Monday of next week - I will send out an email to let everyone know when they are live.
A little heads up; we are down to our last pallet of 2013 Merlot, and 2014 Merlot is sold out. We also only have 4 cases remaining of our 2014 Barrel Select Cabernet Sauvignon, 5 cases remaining of our 2014 Petit Verdot, and 10 cases remaining of our 2010 Reserve Merlot. Things have really been flying off the shelves!
This weekend is Greek Easter! My grandparents are having a big shindig here at Karamoor with like 75 of our closest relatives and friends. It should be a great time....lamb on a spit, wine, family, and friends. What more could you ask for?! I hope that you have a great weekend...the weather does not look as good as it was last weekend, that's for sure. You will be happy to know that Matt and I finally did some yardwork and got things so that they looked semi-presentable. Until next time....
You guys! I need to tell you that I had a great weekend last weekend. Matt and I went up to NYC with my parents and stayed at the Four Seasons. It was supposed to be the Four Seasons Downtown, but Matt made a small mistake and booked us at the 57th street location (which we didn't realize until we were at the Four Seasons Downtown trying to check in...). All of our reservations were in the Village, so we had to cancel them and kind of fly by the seat of our pants...which to be honest, probably worked out for the best. See, my parents had an apartment on 60th and 1st Avenue back in the 2000s and I spent A LOT of time there. I worked for my dad's company in Manhattan during summer breaks through college, and then when I graduated college, I got a job with Marriott and I was lucky enough to be able to crash at the family apartment instead of renting. So, the Upper East Side was my neighborhood. I felt a lot like my mom when we drive past stuff from her childhood. I can't count how many times I've heard about how "this is where I was a camp counselor". Anyway, I was Mom this weekend. Telling Matt how I used to walk 25 blocks up to 96th Street to take hot yoga, and this was the Thai restaurant that I used to get takeout from, and this is the pizza place that we would go to at 2AM... He was a trooper though. Even when Dad decided that we should stop by the old building and see if any of the doormen were still there....AND THEY WERE! It was a nice trip down memory lane. I really had a great time. Also, in the lobby, we saw Gene Simmons! I wanted to tell him I liked his boots, but I think that Matt would have been mortified....so I just kept my big mouth shut! But, Gene, if by some off chance you are reading the Karamoor Estate Wine Blog by Ali Jankowski, please comment below with where you got them because they were awesome!
Well, Philly Wine Week is almost over. We hope that you got to take advantage of some of the events that were going on downtown. We've been involved in some way since they started this wine centric week 5 years ago and we are so glad that it seems to keep getting better and better. More and more restuarants seem to be getting on board, and more and more consumers seem to really be immersing themselves in the wine world! We were part of the Karamoor Tap Takeover at Tria Taproom on Tuesday of this week. They poured ONLY KARAMOOR all day. And they featured our 2017 Rosé and also our 2017 Viognier. They said that the feedback was excellent on both! This makes me happy. We also were involved in a "meet the winemaker" event last night with our friends over at Bar Amis (formerly Lo Spiedo). We are gearing up to do a lot more work with them, so that is very exciting for us! (and hopefully for them too!). Kevin and Shaina held down the fort there while I was at Normandy Farms for an event for ILEA (not to be confused with IKEA) which stands for: International Live Events Association. It was a very cool event where Normandy Farms put together a wonderful menu that was paired with our wines. The best part was that the event took place in a room where there was a test kitchen, so everyone in attendance got to watch the chef prepare the dishes that were then served to them! It was a smashing success and people (as usual) couldn't believe that our wines were from right down the road.
ALSO, guess what!? Kevin said that I could release the Rosé early! So, maybe we will release it next week. How exciting is that? I know that I am excited. The tasting group that is coming out today is going to get to give it a taste! Hopefully they (and you) love it....or I will be forced to drink about 400 cases.
I am looking forward to a low-key weekend this weekend. I hope that Matt doesn't really want to do anything tonight unless it is going to bed early...I mean, I probably would not say "no" to going to our favorite restaurant...but we are also going there tomorrow night with some newly made friends! So, maybe I should rest up for that...I want to make sure that I make a good impression. We didn't get nearly as much rain as I thought we would this week, so maybe tomorrow or Sunday will be the day where we get to do some much needed yard clean-up. I hope that you have some fun plans this weekend. I keep forgetting that Sunday is Easter and that it is Passover. I don't really celebrate Easter since I am Greek Orthodox...our Easter is next weekend...and that it seems like Matt and his family are not really Easter holiday celebraters. When I was younger, I got to celebrate 2 Easters, because Dad is not Greek Orthodox. The best was when my brother and I pretended that we thought the Easter Bunny was real and that Mom made us TWO Easter baskets. Ah, the good old days. Maybe I should ask Mom and Dad if they want to come over on Sunday for an early dinner. Anyway, Happy Easter and Happy Passover to all that celebrate either. Until next time...
Another week in March, another foot of snow! Guys. My back yard can not take one more drop of precipitation. Not a single drop. It is like a swamp back there. Even the high parts of the yard are like a swamp. When the dogs go out to go pots (what we call bathroom here), and I swear they are out there for like 3 minutes, they come back soaked! Covered in mud, mud spray, and overall dirtiness. I need just like one week where it is not raining every day or snowing 14 inches. I don't think that Mother Nature read my blog last week. If she had, she would have known that it was Spring this week. And my birthday. I really hope that this is the end of it. Typically, I am that weirdo that enjoys winter, but I'm ready for some warmer weather, barbeques, and having friends over again. And you can't do those things with a mudpit for a backyard. So, come on sunshine!
Since we are talking about sunshine and barbeques, now would be a good time to mention that we bottled our Rosé today! I posted a video of it being bottled on the Insta. The color is much more traditional than our last Rosé which was basically hot pink. Or electric pink. Whichever pink is brighter and more vibrant. The 2017 Rosé is still 100% Merlot, we just went right to press with it instead of letting it sit on the skins at all. So, the juice didn't have much time to soak up any of the skin pigment whatsoever. It is more in line with the color of Rosé that you'd find in one from Provence. The taste is excellent. It is a true, as the kids say, "Patio Pounder". It is a Rosé that you could literally drink ALL DAY. It is only 12.5% ABV, so it's refreshing and well balanced. It reminded me of guava juice on the nose. I'm very excited about it if you couldn't tell. You can get a sneak peak of it (we won't be releasing it until later in April) during Philly Wine Week at Tria Taproom because we kegged some of it for them before we bottled it. If you get down there, let us know what you think!
We also finished up sending out our Wine Club shipments today. I'm looking forward to hear what the thoughts are on the Viognier. I really liked it. I hadn't had it for a while prior to tasting it again last week for the tasting notes, and it reminded me how much I enjoyed it and why we decided to bottle it as a stand alone variety. It will be a GREAT pairing wine for summer. With cheeses or summer salads. That's the direction I'd go. Kevin and the rest of the team suggested light seafood as well...and I can't say that I'd disagree!
I know that you are all probably wondering how my birthday was. Well! It was great. I woke up to a nice card from my husband (nothing better than a good card with a heartfelt note), and then he shoveled the driveway (for the 4th and last time) on his own so that I could get on the road early and miss any traffic...which was great. I think that Thursday morning of this week was my fastest ever commute to Karamoor from Doylestown. Then, I had a full work day, but I got lots of phone calls and texts all day from friends and family. When I got home, Matt gave me a bag of cookies from this place called Lilly's in Doylestown. Their cookies are HANDS DOWN THE BEST EVER. But, they do not hold a candle to their lemon bars. So, I was kind of bummed that he didn't get me a lemon bar. BUT, when I got to the gym, my friend Missy surprised me with 2 more Lilly's cookies AND a lemon bar. What a win! Surprise #2 from Matt was the largest Lilly's lemon bar the world has ever seen. It was like a legal-sized-piece-of-paper sized lemon bar. Amazing. That's another win. I'm going to be eating a lot of Lemon Bars. I wonder if they freeze? I hope so. Then, that was kind of it. It was nice and quiet...and filled with treats. Just the way I like it.
Tomorrow, we are heading up to NYC with my Mom and Dad. We are going to get up there at around 2PM (at least that is the plan as of now) and walk around the West Village...maybe do some shopping...maybe do some cocktailing. Then we are having a nice dinner at one of three restaurants that we have made reseravations at because I am indecisive. I promise that we will call the restaurants that we decide not to go to well before the reservation time so that someone else can take our spot. I just can't decide yet. What are you going to do this weekend? We should probably plan to do some yardwork next weekend. The yard is full of sticks from the last three storms (not to mention 2 twenty foot trees that need to be dealt with), and it is kind of giving me anxiety just thinking about how untidy it currently is. You probably will not be doing yardwork this weekend though. Not with all the snow and the ground being like pudding. Anyway, I hope that you do figure out something fun to do!! Until next time...
You guys. Next week is supposed to be the start of Spring, but I am seeing that there is a snowstorm scheduled for Tuesday-Thursday. Do you think that Mother Nature knows that A. It's my birthday week, B. It's Spring, C. It's almost April, and D. We are going to NYC next weekend with Mom and Dad and I don't want the sidewalks to be all snowy and slushy? Also, I don't want to have to shovel my driveway again. We need to get a snowblower. Hopefully Matt gets home without a problem so that he can help me shovel if this storm does come. He is in Florida right now (that lucky duck). My dad flew down there last weekend (another lucky duck) and Matt decided last minute that he was going to join him. It makes me happy that Matt and my dad are pals and enjoy spending time together. Not every family is as lucky, so as the kids say...#blessed.
Assuming that all goes OK next week, we will be sending out our first Wine Club shipment of 2018. I sent out an email today to everyone in our newsletter group to let them know what our Wine Club members would be receiving. Our Signature Mixed Club will get a bottle of our 2017 Viognier, 2016 Sauvignon Blanc, and 2013 Reserve Merlot. Our Signature Red Club will get a bottle of 2014 Meritage (at a special price), 2013 Reserve Merlot, and our 2015 Merlot. Our Reserve Club will receive a bottle of 2014 Petit Verdot, 2014 Barrel Select Cabernet Sauvignon, and our 2015 Merlot. We are almost sold out of our 2014 Petit Verdot and our 2014 Barrel Select Cabernet Sauvignon which is why we are sending that out to our Reserve Club members again, but we are sending out 2 wines that are being newly released, and I'm going to give you the tasting notes for both of them!
Our 2017 Viognier:
Asian pear, honeysuckle, kiwi, and hints of rose petal aromatics, along with crisp green apple and apricot flavors, lead to a clean mid-palate with fresh acidic finish. Pair with greens, shellfish, sushi, and fondue. This is 100% Viognier, was fermented in stainless steel, and was aged sur-lie in neutral French oak for 5 months with battonage every 2 weeks. Only 50 cases were bottled of this limited, estate-grown wine.
Our 2015 Merlot:
Black cherry and ripe plum with cedar and coconut oak bouquets are accompanied by elements of blackberry tart with nuances of cocoa, ground pepper and smoke. A rich, medium bodied wine with structured tannins and a balanced finish is marvelous now, but will develop further with additional aging. A grilled flat iron steak, duck confit, or dark chocolate decadence would be enhanced with the pairing of this wine. Just like all Karamoor wines, it is grown from our estate grown grapes the wine is a classic Right Bank blend of 83% Merlot, 11% Cabernet Franc, and 6% Petit Verdot. 25% new oak was used during the 13 months of barrel aging, which was predominantly French and American oak with smaller percentages of Hungarian as well.
We did these tasting notes yesterday (and it was the first time I had tasted these wines in a while), and let me tell you! You are going to love them. The Viognier is delicious - great fruit, and good crisp acidity, perfect for the warmer months that should be forthcoming (if March remembers that it is Spring next week). The 2015 Merlot is probably, what I'd consider to be, our best Merlot that we've made to date. It is really excellent (and I'm not even a Merlot fan). It has great mid palate. If I were comparing our 2013 Merlot and our 2015 Merlot, I'd say that the 2015 Merlot has more heft than the 2013, it also has a touch more tannin. Let us know what you think of these wines when you get them. We plan to release the 2015 Merlot in the fall at some point, but the 2017 Viognier will be released in April!
I hope that you have some great plans for the weekend. I am going to hang out with some friends tonight after the gym, and then spend the weekend with my puppy dogs. I miss them so much during the week while I am at work, so I try to make up for it on the weekends. On Sunday, I am going to do my best to finish a few projects around the house - I don't want to say too much about them because I think that my husband is one of the only people that read this blog...and it's kind of a surprise for him! Until next time....
I must say, I was kind of wondering where winter has been since maybe the first or second week of January....welllllllllll, it has made one heck of a re-entry, hasn't it? We were supposed to have a private tour last Friday afternoon, and I was just sitting at my desk at around 1PM thinking...this is going to blow over. No one on the news is saying that there will be significant snow accumulation. It will be stopping any minute. 2PM comes around, still snowing. Coming down heavier. Shaina comes in (she is a snow worrywart) and she's like, "It's getting bad out there, Ali. Have you cancelled the tour?", and I'm like, "No, Shaina. It will be fine. It is going to stop and everything will be fine.". Well! It didn't stop, and it wasn't fine. I cancelled the tour. It took over two hours to drive home to Bucks County. There were school busses in ditches, there were cars spinning around like tops, there were trees falling like dominos (not the pizza place)...it was not good. I got home and the power was still on at our house, and since Matt was hanging with his business partner, I decided to go to the gym (only 1 mile away from our house). By the time I got back from the gym, the power at our house had gone out. I went inside and the alarm sensor is just going, "beep, beep, beep, beep, beep....". I'm pressing ALL the buttons...trying to get it to stop beeping. I called my husband to see if he knew what to do and if he could give me our Peco account sign on and password so that I could see how long the power outage would last...to which he replied "I don't know our Peco sign on and password, it's at work. And as far as the alarm goes, flip the switch in the basement in the breaker box that says alarm." It wasn't until after that, that I realized the breaker box would be no help....because we didn't have any power...but I hadn't realized this yet, so off I went down into the basement with a lit Yankee candle to check things out. As you can imagine, flipping the breaker didn't do anything at all. So, now I'm mad Matt because he's not home to help me deal with this, all three dogs are running around going berserk, and I'm trying to find the model number for type of alarm we have so that I can find a phone number for help. After all the searches, I can't find the model number and I'm still just pushing buttons, nothing is working. Then...something terrible happens. It goes from just like a simple beeping to a full out, sound-the-alarm-the-red-coats-are-coming alarm. Now, I am crying. I'm trying to wrangle the dogs while still holding the stupid Yankee candle because I never downloaded the flashlight Ap on my IPhone, and I end up sitting on the concrete floor of the garage for like 15 minutes (still crying...surrounded by the dogs) until magically, the alarm goes off by itself (which of course happens about 3 minutes before Matt walks in the door). Anyway, we were only without power for about 3 hours, so all in all, we were pretty lucky. The storm this last Wednesday was a piece of cake. Knew it was coming, kept on top of the shoveling, built a few fires, watched Pitch Perfect 3, and ate some soup and snacks. I'd say that Friday was definitely more of the "main event" for us. I still can't believe how many trees went down. I think that we lost well over 20 on the Karamoor property alone. I have been seeing linemen from all different states out there helping to clean things up...it just looks like such an insurmountable task! They are doing a great job, though, and I am sure that things will be back to ship-shape in no time at all.
Speaking of no time at all, our tours have been selling out really quickly! This makes me very happy. I really look forward to hosting the tours here. I know that I've said it before, but the tours and tastings last over two hours (and our tastings last about an hour and 15 minutes) and it is just a really great experience (and I'm not just saying that because I give the tour!). I mean, I do give the tour and I'd like to think that I am funny and charming, but I know that people don't come here to see me... They come here to see where Karamoor wines come from. They come here to learn about the winemaking process. They come here to TASTE THE WINES. I feel like that last thing is the main reason why people come.
We are going to be adding some more wines for people to taste here in the next month or so. Two of those wines will be unveiled during Philadelphia Wine Week! Do you remember all the specials that we ran last Philly Wine Week? Stay tuned, because we will be running some great ones this year too! Are you wondering what two wines will be unveiled the first week of April? OK, OK! Twist my arm. It is our 2017 Rose (100% Merlot), and our 2017 Viognier (100% Viognier). The Rose will list for $18.99 and the Viognier will list for $32.00. We only will have about 30 cases of Viognier to offer since we are going to be offering this wine through Tria during wine week! Did I tell you that we are doing another Tap Takeover with them? Well, consider yourself informed now! I will include the full lineup of events that we've got planned for Wine Week in next week's blog (assuming there is no crazy snow/wind storm)...so you will have to tune in then.
Matt and I are heading to the Flyer's game tomorrow with some friends. Did you know that up until last year (when I went to my first Flyer's game) that I had never been to an ice hockey game? Crazy, I know! They are pretty fun to go to, and I bought a cute hat last time...I plan to wear that so that they know I'm a fan. I think on Sunday I am going to be doing some painting of our bedroom (the walls, not like a portrait) in the morning. I will post a picture of our new closet once it is all done. I am IN LOVE with this closet (but I love my husband and dogs more of course...). I hope that you have some fun plans this weekend. Fingers crossed that the potential Noreaster heads out to sea on Monday instead of through PA! Until next time....