TGIF. Seriously. This week has been so busy and I cannot wait to just do nothing (except for going out to dinner to our fav spot, Devil's Acre!) tonight and sleep in a smidge tomorrow morning. Sleeping in "a smidge" means that I get up at 7:20AM to go to the gym instead of 6:30AM to go to work. For some reason, that extra 50 minutes makes all the difference. I think that I am looking forward to an extra 50 minutes of sleep so much because on Monday night pretty much everything that could have happened to interrupt sleep, did. We go to bed at like 9:30PM, so by 1AM when the power went out for some reason (it wasn't raining or anything?) and our alarm started going off, I was in one of those deep sleep cycles. You know the kind...where you like lurch awake and are totally disoriented? So, I'm stumbling around the bedroom and Matt wakes up and he's fumbling around with the alarm panel trying to get it to be quiet (I'm literally not being helpful at all...just stumbling around). Finally he gets the beeping to stop and we get back into bed. Only now...I cannot sleep because all I am thinking about is, "how am I going to take a shower and get ready for work in 5 hours if the power is out?". See, we belong to a Crossfit gym, so there are no showers there (so showering at the gym is not an option), and I get to work by 7:45AM (after showering), which means that I would get to work by like 7:15 if I didn't take a shower. 7:15AM is too early to go to my grandparents' house to take a shower because they are usually exercising or getting ready for work themselves! So, after thinking about this for about 2 hours, I finally doze off. Only to be rudely awoken by my husband who has his phone out and all bright and is setting the alarm clock next to the bed. It is an old alarm clock with noisy clicking buttons and one of those alarms that go MEEP MEEP MEEP until you turn it off. I hate that stupid thing. I know what I am getting him for Christmas this year...an alarm clock that has like the woosh of the ocean or something that hopefully I can incorporate into a dream rather than being startled awake. So, anyway, now that I know that the power is back on (due to the alarm clock being able to be set), I fall back to sleep...only to be woken up at 4:45AM by said stupid alarm clock. Then I try to will myself back to sleep...and you know when the only thing that you want to do is sleep, you're definitely not going back to sleep. I should have just gotten up at 4:45AM and gone into work. Needless to say, Tuesday was a totally sleep deprived day. I wasn't making a whole lot of sense.
Speaking of Tuesday, that's also when we decided to run this wild and crazy case special on our 2014 Meritage, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Chardonnay and our 2015 Sauvignon Blanc! What. A. Gift! The 2015 Sauvignon Blanc is $11.25 per bottle! The 2014 wines are 50% off! FIFTY PERCENT OFF! Why do things always look like they are spelled wrong when you put them in all caps? Anyway, the main reason for this sale is that we have A LOT of inventory and with the store still being at least a year away, we decided to offer these wines at a steep discount so that we just don't keep building inventory in the warehouse. If you are a local business, and are looking for client or customer or employee gifts, this could be the perfect answer to, "What do I get these people for the holidays?", it is also the perfect answer to, "How do I make the rest of summer super great?"! Since the 2014 Merlot, Cabernet Franc, and Meritage were not released prior to this point, we wrote up some tasting notes for you to enjoy (along with some pairing suggestions from Shaina and Alana, let us know what you think!)! Here they are:
2014 Merlot: Cherry, ripe plum, dried currants and a hint of leather continue to an herbal component with tannins reminiscent of black tea.
Pair this powerful Merlot with robust, earthy cheeses, herb encrusted lamb, and blackened snapper or salmon.
2014 Cabernet Franc: Huckleberry, moss, and savory aromas are accented with light berry flavors, clove and peppercorns leading to a medium bodied, soft tannic finish.
Try this Karamoor favorite with grilled Italian sausages, stuffed portabellas with a smoked cheese, prime rib, or eggplant parmesan.
2014 Meritage: Dark cherry cobbler, vanilla and tar aromas precede the tastes of blackberries, mocha, and sage. The bold elements of this wine are supported by a velvety mouth-feel leading to an elegant tannic finish.
Accompany this Karamoor Flagship with a grilled ribeye steak, decadent dark chocolate cake, or in front of a roaring fireplace with a good book!
Case prices are as listed on our new SALE page on the Karamoor website, and they will be listed until the end of August! A lot of Karamoor fans have already taken advantage of these prices and we thank you for your orders!
We have a tour this afternoon (3rd in a row that has been sold out), but there are still two tickets remaining for next Friday's tour (8.25.17). Come on out and join us! Next Friday will be extra fun because I will be able to fill you in on how I did with all of my house projects that are scheduled for this weekend (that I will be completing with the help of my loving parents and husband!). I will tell you what they are and you're going to be like, "Ali, there is no way you guys are going to get all of that done this weekend!", and I would be like, "What do you know?!". But you would probably be right... So, we are going to whitewash the brick front of our house and our chimney with a mixture of lyme and salt (my mom's idea), we are also priming and painting the shutters of the house, the front door, and the garage doors! ...and I think I'm tired now! Can't wait to fill you in on how it went! Until next time...
So, I don't think that I have kept it a secret that I do not like super hot and muggy weather (you know, the type of weather that is typical in August...), but I do like August for other reasons... And all of those reasons can be found in a vegetable garden. I mean, is there any additional reason that you can think of to actually like August? Neither can I. I think that I also mentioned in another blog article that I am my grandmother's favorite grandchild (I've turned off the commenting for this blog so that none of my cousins or brother can refute that), so I am a beneficiary of the colossal vegetable garden that lives on this property. I am not sure if you follow Karamoor's Instagram, but last weekend I showed a video of me using a ton of tomatoes to make a 3 part sauce. And lemme tell ya, it did not disappoint. This week, I scored 2 more flats of plum tomatoes that I plan to use to make a boatload of bolognese - be on the lookout for those steps on Sunday afternoon (we've got a party Saturday night, so I probably won't be up too early the next morning...). In addition to all the tomatoes, I've been lucking out with peppers, carrots, string beans, and a whole lot of cucumbers. I also got some XL zucchini and squash (not great for eating, but they got so big because of all that rain and they couldn't go into the garden to pick) that I used for zucchini bread. It has been saving me A LOT of money at the grocery store because I would say that on average, I eat about 50 cups of vegetables a week....maybe more. And that doesn't include sweet potatoes. So, summer vegetable season really helps out the old pocketbook.
Are you interested in how I made my sauce last weekend? I bet you are. Even if you're not, I'm going to tell you what I did because it turned out great. I used to throw the tomatoes into a pot of boiling water and then turn off the water and leave them in just long enough for the skins to crack and then I would have to peel the skin off and squeeze out the seeds and it was just the BIGGEST pain in the rear. So, on my way to Wholefoods on Sunday, I swung by Kitchen Kapers in Montgomeryville and bought something that I have been meaning to buy for like 2 years. Makes no sense why it took my so long to get one because they are like $35. Anyway, what a time saver! I threw all of the tomatoes whole (after I cut out any ugly parts) into a massive pot (I think I had like 20 lbs of tomatoes or something like that so I had to use the largest one I had). Luckily, we just got married, so there is no shortage of pots in my kitchen! So, if you cook these tomatoes on low for like 20-25 minutes and stir them around with a large spoon, the tomatoes start to break down and release their own juices...so nothing burns. I should mention that I added 5 cloves of garlic with the uncooked tomatoes so that it would incorporate into the sauce from the very beginning. So, once everything was nice and juicy and the tomatoes were soft, I broke out my new food mill and used the medium hole insert (I wanted some chunks in it and I don't mind a few seeds) and removed all the skins and most of the seeds. Once all the tomatoes were milled, I separated the juice into 3 parts. I eyeballed about 1/4 of the sauce into a separate container, and then I poured some of the sauce to fill about 1/2 of an inch in two (2) 1/4 sheet pans, and then left the remaining 3/4 (minus the sheet pans) in a large pot.
-For the large pot, I put that back on the stove over low heat (for about an hour and a half) to let it cook and bubble and reduce. To that sauce, I added salt (don't add too much and taste in little increments so that you don't OVER salt...no one likes salty tomato sauce), I added another 4 cloves of crushed garlic, and some red pepper flakes. When there was about a half hour left on the stove top, I added a large handful of ripped basil leaves and oregano.
-For the 2 1/4 sheet pans (you could just use a 1/2 sheet pan if you wanted) I put them in the oven at 350 (with the sweet potatoes I was cooking for lunches) and let them reduce and reduce and reduce until I was left with a delicious tomato paste. Make sure that you keep an eye on this or it could easily burn. Stir it every few minutes and more frequently as the water continues to evaporate.
-For the removed 1/4 of sauce, I did nothing to it. I left it and all its fresh tastiness alone and added nothing.
Once all separate components were completed, I added them all together into the same pot. I tasted, and then seasoned with more basil and oregano, salt, and I added a little sugar. I portioned it all out so that I could freeze it and not have to defrost the whole heap at one time. I didn't add onion or anything - I will do that when I am going to use it. I kind of wanted it to be a blank canvas that I could use for anything. Making pizza? Got a sauce for that. Making bolognese? Got a sauce for that. Eating some spaghetti and want an arrabiata? Got it covered. Anyway, give it a whirl. I'd say that it took a total of about 2.5 hours, so it's a great Sunday-while-you-meal-prep project.
To wrap up today's blog, I am going to make a brief mention of Karamoor wines (since I talked about Karamoor's vegetable garden and sauce for the rest of the post). Today, we are bottling our 2016 Chardonnay. There will be about 430 cases when all said and done. We will probably send it out to our Mixed Wine Club members for the September shipment! Stay tuned for next week when I promise to show you some vineyard pictures since we are approaching harvest! Have a wonderful weekend! Until next time...
Another week into 2017 and we are in August. Last weekend we were up in the Reading area to hang out with my brother-in-law and sister-in-law. Matt and his brother played in a golf tournament in the morning and Nicole and I worked on perfecting a frozen mojito! It was a great Saturday. Their friends up there are so nice. At the end of the night, Matt, Andy, and Ryan (their childhood pal) set off a bunch of fireworks. It was great! Then on Sunday morning we woke up entirely too early to go to this place called The Tomcat for breakfast. The Tomcat has this INSANE menu. It is like 5 pages long and has wacky breakfast combos like these pancakes: chocolate chip cookie dough pancakes with layers of vanilla mousse - topped with chocolate drizzle and whipped cream or this breakfast sandwich: Honey Sriracha beef BBQ, two over eggs, smoked Gouda, frizzy onions and jalapeños between two oversized silver dollar pancakes. We've kind of made it a yearly tradition...we went there last year after the Pig Roast (and also to celebrate Andy's birthday) and now this year too! I think once you do it more than 1 time, it becomes tradition. That's the rule, right?
Anyway, when I got home last Sunday after The Tomcat, I had to weed the flower beds. I got sick of looking at the weeds and they weren't just going to go away (sadly), and I had already sprayed Roundup this season (the weeds had the audacity to come back)! I haven't had to do any weeding really since I got stung by a bunch of hornets when I was weeding with my mom when I was in high school...but now that I don't live at Mom and Dad's and I don't feel like paying someone to come and take care of our beds, I had to do it (Matt was mowing the lawn and fixing the fence because Murph is BAD and he has been getting out to go and visit his dog friends and kids in the neighbors pool....). I still hate it just as much as I did when I was in high school, but I will say that I felt very accomplished when I saw how nice it looked when I had finished.
I guess this is kind of how the guys feel out in the vineyard. Every single day Joen and his crew are out there making the vines look beautiful and keeping the fruit clean and making sure that they can grow the best that they can. I know they are starting to get nervous because we are down to crunch time and these thunderstorms that dump 2 inches of rain in an hour are less than ideal! Did anyone else get that storm that we had last night? I live up in Doylestown and literally, it rained for about 35 minutes and no lie, we got 2 inches of rain. The front yard looked like a pond for a few. Hopefully the weather doesn't do too much of this during harvest...but it's been a weird summer, so you never know. This is my favorite time of year in the vineyard (my favorite time of year on the property is winter)...it is so cool to see all the grapes that will be brought in to make our wine. I mean, this is the time of year that REALLY counts here at Karamoor. It decides how much wine we get to make and what the quality potential is. It is exciting and nerve wracking. But the vineyard is so pretty with all the red grape clusters hanging out there.
Last week, we released 2 more dates for tours (8.18 and 8.25); we have sold out 8.18, but there are still spots remaining for 8.25! We hope that you will come and visit us. Tours start promptly at 3PM and come prepared for an experience! It's not just a tasting. The visit lasts about 2 hours!
I think that's all I've got. No major plans this weekend other than playing golf tomorrow with Matt and then having dinner with my grandparents. Sunday should be nice and lowkey. I hope that you've got some fun weekend plans...one of the last few of summer! Make it count! Until next time...
Happy Friday!!!!!! So, I've been checking the weather for tomorrow like a crazy lady. You see, every year there's this pig roast at a golf club up by my brother-in-law's house and it always falls on the last weekend of July which is usually right around his birthday. Last year, I had a Crossfit competition and couldn't get up there until early evening (everyone was already 3 sheets to the wind!) and it was POURING. I mean...pouring. So it wasn't really the same (or so they tell me) because people kind of left early (it is outside...so it makes sense that people left early because again.....pouring). The year before, I didn't go because I was throwing a tantrum with my boyfriend (now husband) and had refused to go....it was over something that I am sure was very important and rational but it is escaping me at the moment... So, anyway, Andy, Nicole, me, and Matt have been looking forward to this weekend for months! I put it on the calendar right after the wedding. We haven't seen them since the wedding because even though they are only an hour away, life has been crazy busy for all of us... So, we've been talking about it and making plans and figuring out where we were going to eat breakfast on Sunday. Nicole and I were planning to go to the pool while the boys golfed (gotta keep up my Greek tan!). Imagine my surprise when I checked the weather on Wednesday: a 100% chance of rain for the whole entire day on Saturday. Nooooooooooooooo! BUT NOW....it is only 20% chance of a shower and partial sun! Hooray! #poolandpigs
Speaking of rain, we've been having a lot of it here at the vineyard. A lot of rain in the vineyard with these muggy and warm days make the viticulture (even more) difficult. Joe, Kevin, and the rest of the team have things under control out there, but hopefully this crazy rain doesn't seep into the 2nd week of August! Our grapes are around 1 week ahead of last year so that is probably when we will look to pick the Sauvignon Blanc, Viognier, Pinot Gris, and Chardonnay. Rain during harvest is pretty much the worst thing that can happen (in the world of grapes...not the whole world). See, all season we work really hard to get the grapes a lot of sunlight and airflow, keep them free of disease, drop fruit if the crop is very heavy, and trim that crazy canopy so that the grapes can develop the most amount of sugar possible and great, super ripe flavors. When it rains, the water in the ground goes through the plant and into the grapes...thus diluting those wonderful flavors and sugars. That, as you can imagine, is not desireable. After a rain during harvest, we have to let the grapes hang on the vine longer so that they can dry out. Depending on where they are in the ripening process (did they need to be picked yesterday? can they stand up to a few more days on the vine without breaking down?), this can either be OK (we'd still prefer to not have any rain around when we are close to picking the grapes) or it can be a catastrophe. So, hopefully Mother Nature is getting these rain storms that dump an inch at a time out of her system now!
Heading off the rain topic, did you know that both of our tours (for today and Friday, August 11) are now sold out? We are going to be adding tours on Friday, August 18, and Friday, August 25th as well. The tour dates through August, September, and October will be a little different because I cannot guarantee that Kevin or Joe will be available to chat with our groups...because it is harvest time. That being said, if there is a Friday where they are picking grapes, it will be really cool for our tour groups to see. Since the tours happen at 3PM, which is typically the time where grapes are coming in from the field and there should be a lot of activity in the winery for you to watch (so you will get to listen to me a little less than the normal tour!). You will probably even get to taste a ripe wine grape. What a treat!
Our tour group will be arriving any moment (because like always, I procrastinate in writing the blog to where I only have an hour and a half to get it done...because that's just me!), so I've got to jet. Have a wonderful weekend and enjoy the SUNSHINE! Until next time...
Hi everyone, and happy Friday!!!! I'm back! Sorry for the 6 week lag between blogs. That is absolutely my bad... I think that my last post was at the beginning of June. so I have plenty to catch you up on! First is that we had an amazing event here on the 24th and then the Friday after that, I left for a 2 week family vacation....and now, it is the middle of July. There, we are caught up. Just kidding!
So, first let's talk about the event that we had here on the 24th of June. It was a fundraiser for Institute for the Functional Restoration at Case Western Reserve University, which is at the forefront spinal cord research and it was done in honor of Eli Kulp. Eli was on the 2015 Amtrak train that derailed and he was seriously injured. At the time, Eli was the head chef at A.Kitchen & Bar (the restaurant at Larry Korman's flagship AKA location) and he was also a partner in High Street Hospitality (which owns High Street on Market in Philadelphia, High Street on Hudson in NYC, and Fork Restaurant in Philadelphia). Since the accident, Eli has not been able to resume his duties as head chef at A.Kitchen, but he has maintained his partnership with Ellen Yin of High Street Hospitality and has remained very involved with all the restaurants and their continued growth. This fundraiser doubled as the release party for the new A.Vin Meritage, which was created in partnership with AKA Hotels (Larry Korman) and Karamoor Estate! This fundraiser brought some of the top chefs in Philadelphia out to the suburbs. We had Greg Vernick (Vernick Food & Drink), Mike Solomonov (Zahav), John Patterson (Fork), Eli Collins (A.Kitchen), Nick Elmi (Laurel Restaurant), John Nodler (High Street), Chris Curtain (Eclat Chocolate) and some of their amazing sous and pastry chefs as well, join us here at Karamoor to put out a spectacular event. Each chef prepared a different course (which was paired with a different Karamoor Wine!) and the whole menu was overseen by Eli Kulp so that it flowed perfectly. There were about 80 people here and they were able to raise over $40,000 for the cause!
As I mentioned, we did a private label for AKA Hotels; A.Vin. There is a Chardonnay and there is a Meritage and both of these wines are 100% made and produced here at Karamoor. The 2015 A.Vin Chardonnay and Meritage are being sold at many of the restaurants listed above, and a portion of the sales proceeds are earmarked for the Institute for the Functional Restoration at Case Western Reserve University. Larry said that he plans to offer the A.Vin Chardonnay as an amenity in the hotel suites in the future...great news!
A little more great news is...on Tuesday of next week we will be having our Christmas in July sale! All I can say is this...you're going to want to stock up. Some of the best retail prices you've ever seen for our wines! I will be sending out the sale info on Tuesday via our newsletter group. So, if you aren't part of the email list, you're going ot want to sign up now!
Matt's out of town this weekend (I was on vacation with him for 2 weeks, so I guess it's OK...), so I've got the place to myself. I am having dinner with some pals tonight, heading to a baby shower tomorrow for one of my oldest friends tomorrow, but then the rest of the weekend I hope to just lay low and relax and play with the puppy dogs. I think that they missed us lots while we were away...even though they had some pretty great humans to hang out with. The thing about having awesome dogs is that there is never a real problem finding people that want to take our spots while we are out of town! I hope that you have a wonderful weekend!!! Until next time.....(and I promise it won't be in 6 weeks!)
You guys!!!!!!!!!!!! It's going to be 90 degrees this weekend. What the heck. On Wednesday, I had a meeting with a few of the chefs and one of the managers at A.Kitchen for the event ont he 24th and it was freezing outside! Not actually freezing, but I was wishing that I had a jacket... I have a feeling that we are going to go from 60s and raining to 95 degrees for the rest of the summer. I am not ready for that!
Speaking of this event on Saturday, June 24th, have you read about it yet? It should be amazing and it is for a really great cause. Here is the link for the article that was posted by Foobooz: http://www.phillymag.com/foobooz/2017/06/01/eli-kulp-high-street-hospitality-karamoor-estate/?utm_campaign=EDIT%3A%20News&utm_source=hs_email&utm_medium=email&utm_content=52639160&_hsenc=p2ANqtz-_vJWrWXMfQSVD_yVbuZhzg8GQzt4gvYhpbtoDb_1E6BHXVPEHmDhkPO-_SmVkKXECFiNnvPj3WLIzBsZf-LF21v7OUuw&_hsmi=52639160. It does sound like an all-star chef event, doesn't it? I bet the food and wine pairings are going to out of this world. I can't wait!
Did you know that tomorrow is National Rose Day? I have a feeling that I know one person that will most definitely be celebrating! That person is my brother. I don't know that there is one person on this earth that enjoys a nice dry Rose more than him. We are currently running a Rose sale in honor of the special day! Buy 5 and get 1 for free! What a deal. Here's a cute little promo that Shaina made for it:
I am so excited for tomorrow! Matt and I have had things going on every single weekend since the wedding and then every single weekend until AUGUST 5th....except for this weekend. This weekend is FREE! We get to play golf and hang out and maybe do some yard work. I'm so looking forward to it. Hopefully you have some plans to enjoy the hot weather, and hopefully those plans include enjoying an ice cold bottle of Karamoor Rose! Until next time...
It's National Chardonnay Day AND Friday of Memorial Day Weekend! The official kickoff of summer! Warm weather, barbeques, more vacations, and super busy work time...here I come! I looked at our calendary and Matt and I have something EVERY weekend (whether work or enjoyment) until August 5th. Is that crazy or is that crazy? I have a feeling that I am going to blink and this summer will be over.
This weekend, Matt and I are heading up to New Hampshire with my family. Hopefully we can time the trip where we do not hit too much traffic because that can make a 6.5 hour car trip an 8.5 hour car trip in a snap! I'm looking forward to the weekend though. It has been a while since we've gotten up to our house on Lake Winnepisaukee and it's always so great once we are there. There is something about the lake that is very relaxing, but then you add my crazy family and it's a lot of fun too. It is the perfect balance!
So there have been a lot of wine related National Days this week. On Wednesday, we had #slurpheardaroundtheworld and on Thursday it was #nationalwineday and now today it is #Chardonnayday! Because of all these wine holidays, we had to offer some great sales. Hopefully you got to take advantage of them (judging from the amount of deliveries we are making today, it appears many of you did!).
Next Friday we have a group from the Main Line School Night coming out. There is a group of 12 people coming and we are going to have a tour and a tasting with them. We will explain the winemaking process, we will tour the winery and vineyards, we will explain what we are trying to accomplish, and we will taste at least 5 wines with them. It should be a great time!
We are going to have limited tour dates in the month of June (and July) because we don't have many free Fridays in June due to scheduled Karamoor events and then Shaina is on vacation the last week of June and I am in vacation the first two weeks of July. So, for the time being our only scheduled tour date is June 16th. We hope that you can make it!
I hope that your Memorial Day Weekend is filled with fun and sunshine. Remember to be thankful on Monday for all that you have as we remember all of those that have paid the ultimate sacrifice in order to defend our freedom. Until next time...
Hi!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Well, wedding palooza is officially over. What are Mom and I going to work on now?! Matt and I went to Saint Lucia for our honeymoon. It was great. We stayed at the Viceroy and when we were leaving, a guy at the airport told us that it's where Brad Pitt and Matt Damon, and etc. stay when they visit the island. I have no idea if that is true, but it would make sense if they did. The resort was gorgeous, but food and drink were SO expensive. Like a tiny pina colada was $16. I mean......how's a girl supposed to drink 20 of those without breaking the bank? Anyway, I'd definitely go back. We went deep sea fishing one day - only caught 1 fish in SIX HOURS. That is a lot of trolling. We only got 2 bites all day! The fish that we caught was an awahoo...it was like 2 feet long and about 30 lbs. LOL. The 2nd bite that we got seemed like it would be a little more exciting because it broke the line, and almost ripped the fishing rod off the boat! But, we didn't get to fight it for too long (hence the broken line...). We also went ziplining, we went to this cool waterfall, and we checked out the volcano. The volcano was pretty awesome. There was this mud that you were suppposed to rub on yourselves and then you let it dry and then you get into this hot spring (which was hot hot hot!) to rinse off. They say that the mud has healing properties... The thing that I can't get over is that the way that they get the mud. The mud comes from a cave basically inside the volcano and this guy has to go and collect it! I would not want that job, that's for sure. It seems like it could be a real gamble with death. Not only could you get burned, but like the whole walk up the volcano is over the lava rock and it's all sharp and craggy and you could def roll an ankle. Anyway, Matt and I enjoyed our time on the island, the people that live there are just so nice. I would say that the coolest thing of our trip is that I met a guy that I knew from my last trip to Saint Lucia which was 20 years ago! I took a vacation with my mom, dad, and brother in the 90's and we played basketball and made friends with 2 men who worked at the resort...Andre and Leei. WELL, we ran into Andre at one of the restaurants that we went to when we were exploring Soufriere! Luckily, Mom took a picture of me, Dad, and Zack with Andre and Leei, so my dad sent me a picture of the picture so that I could show Andre. It was so cool. Obviously we took an updated picture :)
Anyway, in the midst of all my wedding happiness, we have been humming right along here at Karamoor. Lots of things in the works, lots of things happening. This week we are replanting the 2.5 acres or so that we ripped out 2 years ago. The vines that had to be removed were Merlot grapes and we have been replanting them with more Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot! I was out there in the field yesterday as they were replanting (because we were filming it with WHYY) and it was so hot! I felt so bad for all of them because I was melting just standing there, I can't imagine how they felt digging the holes and planting the vines. Typically our vineyards have been planted with a big tractor that is lined up with a laser, but because this was a replant and the end posts were already put in, we had do the 2.5 acres by hand. Here's a picture of our vineyard manager, Joe, looking like an Italian Indiana Jones!
So in addition to this replanting, we've almost completed all of our bottling. The only one still remaining is our 2015 Merlot! There won't be too much of this, but I had the pleasure of giving this a taste yesterday. I think that you will all be very pleased with the 2015 Merlot!
There are a lot of other exciting snippets I could share with you, but I think that I will save those snippets for next Friday...which is already Memorial Day Weekend! Yeesh! Anyway, I hope that you have all been doing well and that you have some excellent things planned for this weekend. I looked at the weather and it seems like it will be a perfect Spring weekend! Not like a confusing August weather weekend. It's May, Mother Natuture! Until next time...
You guys!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! We got married! It was literally the most perfect day. Other than the fact that Mom was sick. I felt so bad! She was so sick, she couldn't get out of bed until she was scheduled to get her hair done, and even then I think she was only there because she had to get ready. She didn't look sick by the time we were all made up, and by the time we were ready to walk down the aisle, I think the adrenaline had kicked in. But...besides Mom being sick, it couldn't have been a more perfect day. Everything was perfect. The ceremony was at Saint George Greek Orthodox Cathedral, and if you know anything about the Greek Orthodox religion, you probably know that this is usually quite a serious ceremony. Not in our case. There was a lot of laughter up on that alter...even the priest cracked a few jokes at the end. The organist who was supposed to play the music as we were pronounced husband and wife....fell asleep!!! So instead of music, we had hooting and hollering from all of our friends and family. I don't think I could have planned it better in that regard...it just seemed very fitting that we leave the church with hoots and hollers.
After the ceremony, Matt and I bee lined it out of the church with the rest of the family close behind. We boarded a trolley with the immediate family (there were 35 of us...haha...) to set off for pictures. The rest of our guests boarded buses for a boozey city tour of Philadelphia (which ended at the reception venue). Matt and I got photos by ourselves in Elfreth's Alley which is the oldest street in Philadelphia...where my veil blew off my head! Classic. Then we got back on the trolley and we went to this old vintage furniture warehouse. It was awesome. The lighting was picture perfect and I am so so so excited to see the photos from this photoshoot. In addition to photos of me and Matt, we got photos of all the family members in a ton of different groupings. There will be a photo for every person that was at this warehouse which is awesome. After the photoshoot at the warehouse, we got back on the trolley and we took a picture under the El when we arrived at Front and Palmer. I saw a proof of it and it turned out exactly how I had pictured it....I will share it with you when I get the photos back, but for now you will have to visit our instagram page: https://preprod.instagram.com/karamoorestate/.
When we got into the reception venue, Mom, Auntie Des, Kara, and the lead female vocalist from the band(!) helped to bustle my dress. Then it was party time. The night went exactly to plan...other than Dad and I forgot a lot of our dance steps (but I don't think that anyone noticed...). It was a wild wedding. The dance floor was never empty! The reception ended at 11:30PM, and the after party went until after last call!!
Matt and I are leaving for our honeymoon tomorrow. We are super excited! I am sure that I will have lots to fill you in on in TWO Friday's! Hopefully then I have some photos and/or the video teaser to share with you. Until next time...
It's April 21st! That means that next Friday is the 28th! Which means that my wedding is NEXT Saturday. Can't believe it. Tomorrow is Matt's local bachelor party (that lucky rascal gets two bachelor parties!), and while he is doing that, I am going to be doing wedding stuff. Tomorrow morning I have to swing by the jeweler to make sure that my ring fits...hopefully I still like it! Choosing a ring was hard. I am glad that Matt just picked my engagement ring for me...because I am very indecisive. When we went in to choose wedding bands, Matt was like, "I will take that one." It took him like 4 seconds. I had to go to two different stores, look at all the options, then go home and think about it, then go back for a second look... After the jeweler, I am heading to Mom and Dad's (but Dad will be taking part in the bachelor party festivities, so he will not be there) to put together the welcome bags and then do a little DIY decor stuff (among a few other things). Mom and I couldn't find any table number holders that we liked (because we are picky and none of the already-made-for-you holders were justtttttttttt right), so we are going to be spray painting them, then filling them with like this rubbery concrete stuff, and then we have these swirly table numbers made out of like thin gold. Hopefully they turn out great because we do not have a back up!. We also have to do the koufeta. Koufeta are white sugar coated almonds and it is customary to give the koufeta to your wedding guests at the ceremony (and of course, to the bride and groom during the service). The koufeta symbolizes purity (the white color), the new life which begins with marriage (the egg shape of the almond), the endurance of marriage (the hardness of the almond), and the sweetness of future life (the sugar coating). Koufeta are always given out in odd numbers and that is because those numbers are indivisible, just as The Bride and The Groom shall remain undivided. I'm getting so excited!!!
I am also excited about a few other things that happened this week! Like...yesterday we had a film crew out from WHYY because they are going to be doing a little story on Karamoor Estate! It is going to be about the journey of grape to bottle and background on the winery and winemaking process. Not sure when it will air, but I will let you know. In addition that awesome piece of news, we also bottled and labeled our Sauvignon Blanc (finished that last Friday) and this week we finished our Meritage! In addition to Karamoor's Meritage, we also bottled the Meritage for AKA. So...two Meritages! Next week Kevin is going to be bottling our Cabernet Franc and our Merlot, and then we will be all done bottling until we do our 2016 Chardonnay in later August...but I will have other things to share with you after bottling. Don't you worry!
I hope that you have awesome plans for this weekend. It looks like it is going to be a little overcast (sadface), but I bet you will still make the most of it! Until next time...