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....
GUYS! Last weekend, while I was in Florida, we went deep sea fishing and I CAUGHT A HAMMERHEAD SHARK. No foolin', I did. I was out with Matt, my mom, dad, sister-in-law, and brother. My mom and SIL got sea sick, so I was the only girl that ended up fishing. The Captain and First Mate thought that I should use the smaller reel since it was lighter and gave the big reel to Matt (which made me jealous). Dad, Zack and I were catching all of these 14 or so inch Vermilion Snapper (I think that we caught a total of 36 of them or so) and Matt was catching all of these like 24 inch Redfish that were much more challenging to reel in. Since my mom and SIL were sea sick, they were sitting up on the top deck checking things out and all of the sudden, they yelled, "SHARK!". With that, a little 6 or 7 foot Hammerhead swam by. We kept an eye on it while we continued fishing (and I kept killin' it with the Vermilion Snapper catching), and I told the Captain that I wanted a big reel because I was tired of Matt catching all the big fish....so they gave me one! The first thing I caught was a medium sized Redfish...smaller than Matt's. THE NEXT THING I CAUGHT WAS THE HAMMERHEAD! Matt was a little sad, because I obviously won the fishing competition. You are probably thinking, "Ali, you were just out having fun, it wasn't a competition", and I would say to you, "I beat Matt!".
When I got back to work on Wednesday morning, I was so excited to see how many people had signed up for our Wine Club! Yay!!!! It is a great deal; 10-15% off all the time! Why would you not sign up? I'm so excited to run the club shipments in March. We are going to be bottling a 100% Viognier for the first time ever, and that will be going out to our Signature Mixed Club members (and will be available in our tasting room after that). We are also going to be bottling our new Rose (we've been sold out since December) at the end of March/beginning of April. It is (just like the last one) 100% Merlot...though, unlike the last one, it will be a regular rose color (instead of hot pink). We are going to be selling the 100% Viognier for $32 per bottle (there are only 50 cases of it so you will want to get it while it lasts) and our new 2017 Rose will be the same price as our previous one...so that same $18.99 per bottle. I'm very excited about bringing these 2 wines online - I think you guys are going to love them. We are also going to be doing a 2016 Barrel Select Cabernet Sauvignon and a 2016 Barrel Select Petit Verdot...but those wines won't be bottled until late April/early May (at least as it stands now!). So, you can maybe expect to see them in your Reserve Club shipments in June or September!
The title of this blog is Hammerhead Sharks AND Karamoor Wine Events, so I wanted to briefly touch on the two events that we took part in this week. On Wednesday night, I was down at the College of Physicians for a special event which followed the College's board meeting. The event was for the board members and all of the College of Phyiscian Fellows, and it included me pouring our 2016 Sauvignon Blanc, 2015 Chardonnay, and 2013 Meritage which were paired with two cheeses (per wine) that were hand selected by Madame Fromage! She did a wonderful job with the pairings and all in attendance really enjoyed seeing how the cheeses highlighted the wines...or vice versa (depending on if you are in the cheese camp or the wine camp). Last night, Shaina and I were in Doylestown for the Bucks County Locavore event. If you have not gone to this in the past, you absolutely should look into attending next year. It is, hands down, the best gathering of local artisinal producers in the Philadelphia area. There were wonderful coffee roasters, bakeries, spirit producers, grain millers, jam, chutney, and spread producers, chocolatiers, brewers, and many others that I am probably forgetting. It is free to attend and everyone really puts their best foot forward with the samples that they provide. Definitely show up hungry!
Two pretty late nights for someone that doesn't stay up late means that I'm looking forward to the weekend....and hoping tonight is an early-to-bed night. Tomorrow, Matt and I are headed down to the city to do a brewery tour with his brother and SIL. I am not sure which breweries we are going to (this was a Christmas gift from Andy and Nicole), but I bet that we will be swinging by at least one of our accounts! Then, after the brewery tours, I am going to host girls night at our house...I feel like I have not seen my gal pals in ages, so I am looking forward to that. On Sunday, I am going to have to paint....again. This time, it is the walls of our new closet room because the electrician is coming on Tuesday to move some switches, and then the closets are being installed on Wednesday! I already yelled at my mom because she basically abandoned me by going to Florida for 3 weeks, so she isn't around to help me paint....or pick out the hardware for the drawers and closet doors...or pick out the marble slab for the center island! How could she?! Anyway, I hope that you have wonderful weekend plans that do not involve painting (or if they do involve painting, that your partner in crime has not left the state...). Until next time...
It's not Friday.... Nope, it's not! I'm headed to Florida this evening, so I wanted to update you guys before I left. We have some "good stuff" (as my grandmother would say) going on this President's Day Weekend. It doesn't just have to do with me enjoying the beautiful weather in Florida, either! I mean, I will be enjoying the weather in Florida. It is supposed to be 80 degrees tomorrow and sunny. Yes, I'm rubbing it in. Though, I don't think that it is supposed to be terrible here either! I saw 60s in the forecast!
Well, we are going to be runing one heck of a President's Day Weekend special. Are you a member of our Wine Club? If you aren't you are going to want to join ASAP (or at least by Monday 2/19) because we are offering a 50% OFF 6 BOTTLES OR MORE SALE to our Wine Club Members only. What a deal. It includes everything in our online store except for our 2014 Petit Verdot, 2014 Barrel Select Cabernet Sauvignon, and gift card purchases. Once you are signed into your account that is affiliated with your Wine Club Membership, use code PDW2018 at checkout and take advantage of those savings!
If you aren't a Wine Club Member already, what are you waiting for? You can cancel it at any time, for any reason. You get a shipment of 3 bottles of wine 3 times a year (talk about fun mail). You usually receive at least 1 bottle of something brand new or not available to every customer on our website. You get 10-15% off ALL YEAR LONG ON ALL BOTTLE PURCHASES and typically that discount is applicable on top of any normal sales that we run. Plus...we usually give out free tour tickets at least once per year! Sign up today!
Well, that's it for now. I hope you guys have a great Friday, and then those that are lucky enough to get it, a great long weekend too! I know that I plan to. We are going to play golf tomorrow morning, head to the beach, get some massages, eat at some great restaurants, and then go deep sea fishing as well! Can't wait to log some good quality family time. Until next time...
When I was writing the title of this blog, I almost wrote "Philly Wines" lol. You can tell that I type a lot of emails that say "wine". Speaking of wine and wins, did you SEE THAT SUPER BOWL?! What an exciting game. I don't care if you are a fan of a different team. You cannot deny that it was maybe the best football game you've ever watched. Also, the commercials this year were MUCH better than they have been the last 2 or 3 Super Bowls. I personally thought that the one with the Giants was the funniest, but those Tide ads were hilarious too! I think that Mom would disagree and would say that the best ad was the one for Fabreeze...she laughed like a fool at that one!
But...I'm not talking to Mom right now. Or my husband. They ganged up on me last night and were making fun of me for going a little off the deep end yesterday. See, I needed a check or a money order for something...and I couldn't find the checks at home (my fault, I looked in the wrong drawer...and no, I didn't "plan in advance", so that was my fault too). When I couldn't find the checks, I figured, NO PROBLEM, I can take out some cash at CVS and get what I need at the same counter (I never have cash, so if you are thinking of robbing me, think again...there's never anything in that wallet except for some unsigned credit cards). I got to work, checked my wallet....and don't you know, my debit card expired in January of 2018. My husband was in charge of setting up the new joint accounts after we got married. My husband has a debit card that currently works. Why was I not sent a new debit card as the old one was expiring? Strange. Annoying! Then it turned into, "Well, just go to the bank and take some cash out at the counter"...well that would be a novel idea, except for the fact that my license is in my married name and the bank account (that my husband said he would take charge of....) is currently in my MAIDEN name. So, I called the bank to see if it would be possible even though my picture ID said a different name...they said, "Yes! As long as you have your marriage license." Well, sadly that's not something that I carry around with me. I asked my mom for cash... "I don't have any", I asked my grandmother for cash, "I don't have any"....I see where I get it from now! I ended up turning my American Express card into a debit card. so in the end, I got what I needed, but holy smokes if it didn't feel like I had to move heaven and earth to get there! You're probably like, "Ali, why didn't you just wait to do the paperwork today instead?", and I would say to you...have you SEEN THE PHILLY DISCOUNT THAT WE ARE RUNNING! Yesterday was the only day that would do to drop this stuff off. Not today. Mom was still laughing at me this morning. Literally, I walked into her office and she just started laughing. My husband probably was too...but I didn't see him before he left for the gym. I will be sure to continue to give him the Greek evil eye that he's been receiving since last night as he was laughing together with my mom on the phone...
Speaking of that Philly discount. Take advantage of it! 35% off just because we are super proud to be a Philadelphia business, and super proud of the performance of the Philadelphia Eagles. I wish that I had been able to go to the parade yesterday. What a historic day. I had a lot of friends that went down and they said that it was worth the crowds and craziness just to be a part of something so historic and FUN. That speech that Jason Kelce gave made me tear up! So much passion! Such a ridiculous outfit! It was all the right amount of things. You can use the code PHILLYPHILLY until this evening at 11:59PM on the entire store (except for on gift cards). If you have sworn off drinking because you had too much fun yesterday...just remember that wine keeps, and you will probably forget that you've sworn off drinking by next weekend!
We are headed into the city tonight and then don't have too much going on the rest of the weekend. I will probably end up repainting portions of our new French doors because last weekend when I was cutting the plastic off of the glass panes, the factory primer was flaking off....and it flaked onto the dried black paint....and it wouldn't wipe off. It stuck! It was dry, the doors were dry, and the stupid DRY primer stuck to the DRY doors and I do not understand why. WHY! Anyway, now I have to sand the areas where it stuck and repaint. I hope that you have a great weekend...that doesn't involve oil-based paint. Until next time....
Shaina left last night for Italy, and she is gone for a week. I am very jealous. Wine, pasta, and cheese for a week? Sign me up! Anyway, we will miss her around here. Matt and I don't have any international trips planned this year. We are headed down to Florida over President's Day Weekend and then we have a trip planned for Seattle and Oregon in August (to be tied in with my cousin's wedding)...but, that's it! I'm looking forward to heading to the Seattle and Oregon. My parents lived in Seattle before I was born for a few years and liked it a lot, Matt has been to Seattle for work and really enjoyed it, so I'm looking forward to checking it out. We will be spending the whole week out there as a family of 6 (Mom, Dad, Zack, Steph, Matt, and me), at least that is the plan as of now. Hopefully we will nail down all the details when we are in Florida!
We ran a pretty good sale last weekend - 20% off the store (inclusive of wine tour tickets!). We are almost sold out for the tour on 3/9, so make sure that you grab tickets soon if they are of interest. It seems so far away, doesn't it? March 9th? I just know that it will be here in the blink of an eye though. You will notice that there are no semi-private tours scheduled for February; there is a reason for that. We are busy!!! There are a few days where neither Shaina nor myself are here, and then we have a bunch of events. The two more highlighted ones are the Bucks County Locavore event and The College of Physicians Social Club event!
The College of Physicians event should be a nice one. They are going to be pairing our 2015 Chardonnay, 2015 Cabernet Franc, and 2013 Meritage with cheeses to server to about 100 special guests. It should be great! They are having someone from DiBruno pair the cheeses for them, so I am sure that everything will be just perfect.
The Bucks County Locavore event is something that we have taken part in for the last few years. It is at Superior Woodcraft in Doylestown and it always has some of the best artisinal producers in the area! Here is the link to find out more: https://www.facebook.com/events/148884695763995/. The event is usually free to attend, but this year they are hoping to benefit the local foodbank. So, the cost of admission is either a food donation, or a monetary donation. Come visit - it is always a great event AND you can give to those in need. We hope to see you there (on February 22).
I hope that you have some great plans for the weekend. It seems like it is going to be a quiet one for us. The electrician is coming over tomorrow to finish the lighting project in our bedroom...I will be so happy when that is all done! Until next time....
Next week is February. How does this happen? Things have been so busy here, we are working on some special projects that I will fill you in on later and it is looking like our calendar is almost full for February - May pretty much. And then we are halfway through the year! Wowza.
Did you see the article that Craig LaBan wrote on our 2015 Chardonnay? If not, here is the link: http://www.philly.com/philly/columnists/craig_laban/karamoor-estate-sonoma-wine-competition-20180126.html. It should be running in his column this weekend, so if you get the paper, take a look! I don't think that I had mentioned in last week's blog that the 2015 Chardonnay is the same Chardonnay that we labeled for AKA hotels (and it is served all over the country in their lounges and restaurants), but it is a relationship that we are very proud of. It's a great company, and we are so happy to be partnered with them on this project.
Speaking of proud of, I'm happy to announce that we released, as of today, our 2015 Cabernet Franc! If you know me, you know that my favorite wine that we make is our Cabernet Franc (with Petit Verdot being the only exception...). I'm so excited for you guys to give us some feedback on it. It MAY be the best Cabernet Franc that we have produced to date! Give it a whirl.
Sorry for the short blog post, but today got away from me and we have a tour coming in! I feel like this happens more often than not on Fridays. How do they go by so quickly? Mondays seem to last 2 weeks and Fridays are over before you blink. I'm headed to NYC tomorrow to get my hair cut (my mom has been AFTER me..."you need a hair cut, blah blah blah") and have a nice afternoon in the city with Matt. Other than that, it is slated to be a quiet weekend for us. I hope that you enjoy the warmer weather that I'm seeing in the forecast...and then maybe some snow on Tuesday! Until next time...
Hello! I can't believe how quickly this week went by. I think that it flew because it was so busy. We've been working on a few projects here at Karamoor that have been taking up a good portion of my time (not ready to talk about them just yet), but besides that, Matt and I started a construction project at the house (we are walling off an area of our bedroom to build a fancy closet). It started on Wednesday of this week, so after the gym on Tuessday, I packed up a bag for myself, and then packed up Murph and Penny and drove over to my parents house (Gertie stayed at the house because she is still little enough to be crated and Matt was able to come home during the day to let her out and I suspect that the contractors ate their lunch with her...). I spent the night at Mom and Dad's since it was closer to work and I didn't want to drive all the way home and then all the way back to the same area for work the next morning (especially since we were supposed to maybe get 3 inches of snow!). It was great to only have a 15 minute drive to work! This portion of the construction project should be completed today. So far, they put up a wall, installed hardwood, ran electrical, and they are finishing with installing the French doors and the moulding. Maybe this weekend I will prime and paint the walls! Next week, we are going to be having some recessed lighting put in and a chandelier installed. Then at some point in March, the closets and island will be installed. I still have to pick out marble and then drawer pulls and handles. I'm actually thinking about painting the French doors black instead of the normal white or cream that you typically see. I think it will add a nice update to something that is typically traditional (since our house is not really traditional in style). I'm very happy with how it is turning out and the contractors that we are using work SO CLEAN. It is amazing. When we get home from work, it is like no one was even there. No dirt, no dust, no shoe prints. It's like little elves were there instead of contractors!
Anyway, DID YOU HEAR THE NEWS?! We had shipped our wines out to be judged at the San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition back in early November and they just did the judging last weekend. Our 2015 Chardonnay took a GOLD medal! Wahoo! We are so proud because it was up against some real heavy hitters. It was judged in the category of $26-$29.99 bottles, so there were some nice Chardonnays in there! The San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition is the largest AMERICAN ONLY wines competition in the country. Every year, there are over 7000 entrants from over 1000 wineries within the USA. We just sold out of the 2014 Chardonnay 2 weeks ago and the 2015 Chardonnay was added to our website last week. The 2015 Chardonnay is the same Chardonnay that is being sold at A.Kitchen and Bar under AKA's private label: A.Vin.
The Chardonnay wasn't the only medal winner, our 2016 Sauvignon Blanc took home a bronze medal as did our 2014 Meritage! I did a write up on the 2016 Sauvignon Blanc last week - it's drinking great. We sold the 2014 Meritage by the case over the holidays and it's gotten rave reviews. The blend on the 2014 Meritage is different than the blend on the 2013 Meritage. The 2014 is 38.5% Cabernet Franc, 31% Cabernet Sauvignon, 19% Merlot, and 11.5% Petit Verdot while the 2013 vintage is 37% Merlot, 27% Cabernet Franc, 23% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 15% Petit Verdot. So, the 2014 is MUCH more Cab dominant than it has been in years past. It is neat to taste the 2013 and the 2014 Meritage side by side!
I hope that you have a wonderful weekend planned. I don't think that Matt and I are doing anything tonight. We only have Gertie at home with us until tomorrow, so we might take advantage of the quiet house and just grab a quick dinner and then watch a movie or something. We both had long weeks! I hope that the weekend is relatively relaxing, but I know that Matt has to move a lot of stuff in his office because he, his business partner, and their team are all moving to a newly renovated space just for them (proud wife moment)....but if he has to move stuff, that likely means that I have to help move stuff too. Boo. Anyway, I hope that your weekend is relaxing and great! Take advantage of our store sale that is currently going on...20% off all wines in honor of our medal winners. Use code WINNERS20 at checkout :) Until next time...
Welp, it's been like 3 weeks since my last post...and it's a Thursday! AND IT IS 2018! Crazy. How was your New Year's celebration? We had a smaller dinner party with some close friends....so it was much more low key than in years past. More low key = less dishes! So, that was nice. I overcooked the beef tenderloin, though. I was pretty bummed about that. I used the "cook on 500 for 5 minutes per lb and then keep the door shut leave in the oven for an hour". This method has not failed me in the past, so I was shocked. Maybe because it was a skinnier roast? I don't know. There is nothing worse (in cooking!), however, than cutting into an expensive cut of meat and seeing that it is not pink in the middle. The rest of the dinner was great. I've figured out the best way to make mashed potatoes. You've got to try it! Start with Yukon Gold potatoes in cold water with a lot of salt (with skins ON), bring the water to a boil, boil potatoes until they are fork tender, break out your handy dandy ricer and rice all the potatoes through the finest or 2nd finest attachment, warm milk and butter on the stove, and add to the riced potatoes while using a metal whisk until you get the perfect creamy consistency. I added roasted garlic, salt, chives, and a little black pepper. They would probably be excellent with some cheese in there as well.
Anyway, enough about delicious potatoes, let's talk about wine! We have sold out of our 2015 Sauvignon Blanc and have moved into our 2016 vintage! It is a slightly different blend of grapes; 90% Sauvignon Blanc, 7% Viognier, and 3% Pinot Gris. That being said, if you were a fan of the 2015, you are going to love the 2016! We are suggesting (if you don't want to just drink it by itself to remind you of warm weather and sunshine!) that you pair this wine with cheeses, delicate white fish, oysters, shellfish, or a yummy salad. We've labeled this wine a "porch pounder" or a "patio pounder", because it is very easy to drink. There is nice acidity (making it a good pairing wine for the foods listed above), but it is a well balanced wine that will not leave you feeling like it needed to be paired with something for it to be enjoyable. Give it a whirl and let us know what you think!
I hope that you have a wonderful weekend. I'm headed to Georgia for the weekend with my mom and SIL! Can't wait for some spa treatments and some shopping! I hope that you have a great Friday and long weekend if you are lucky enough to have Martin Luther King Day off! Until next time..