Guys. Holy moly. 2 weeks until wedding weekend. Crazy!!!!!!!!! I am going for my last dress fitting tomorrow. Hopefully nothing crazy happens between then and 4.29.... Everyone has been asking if I am getting nervous, but strangely, I'm not. I can't wait to marry Matt and my parents have been THE BIGGEST help ever in regards to the wedding, and because of that, I think that we are not feeling overly stressed (at least I am not...Mom may disagree). There are a few things to take care of between now and the big day, but pretty much we are on autopilot. You kind of just say a little prayer that all the professionals that you hire show up that day and do exactly what you discussed... I'm getting so excited. I love our menus for both the rehearsal dinner AND the reception. It's a black tie wedding, but we are having pierogies by Matt's family's business "Silly Lilly's Pierogies" and then we are having beer on tap by our friends from Tired Hands Brewing....and of course Karamoor Wines! I hope that everything turns out even better than it looks in my head. I can't wait to show you all pictures!
Next Friday we are having our last tour of April - we probably will not have another tour until mid-May (after I return from our honeymoon). It seems like next Friday is a pretty popular date because we are almost sold out. I bet that means that we are going to have a really fun group. I think there are 4 tickets left, so if you are interested, head to the store and buy some tickets!
On Thursday of next week, we are going to have a filming group out from WHYY. How neat is that? I guess I might want to apply some makeup on Thursday in case I end up on TV... Wouldn't that be awesome?! I could tell Matt that he is married to a TV star! #jk. They are coming out on Thursday because we have started bottling...finally. Kevin is actually bottling our 2016 Sauvignon Blanc today! He was supposed to start last week but some of our materials got hung up in New Jersey for some reason...I mean, New Jersey is not that far. Why did it take those shipping companies a week to get it here? My aunt commutes from New Jersey everyday...she probably could have gotten us our materials in like 1/8th of the time it took them. Anyway, the point is that next week Kevin will be bottling our reds. Probably our Meritage is the wine that will end up being filmed next Thursday...which is fitting because Meritage is our flagship wine!
Do you have fun plans this weekend? I think it might rain tomorrow, but Sunday is supposed to be great weather. Maybe I will be able to work on my tan! I know that I already told you that I have my last dress fitting in NYC tomorrow, but TONIGHT (that's right, I have plans on a Friday that do not involve Netflix and bed by 9:45PM) my very best pal from college is coming over with her husband and her 2 dogs for a date night! Can't wait. Then Sunday is Easter! It is both Easter AND Orthodox Easter. Typically for Greek Easter (Orthodox Easter) my grandparents have a big celebration...but this year since all the family is coming in two weeks later for the wedding, my grandparents are going to Florida! Those lucky rascals. Matt and I are going to have a quiet early dinner with my parents...this way Dad and I can practice our dance for the wedding. So, while it will just be dinner for Dad and me, it will be dinner AND a show for Mom and Matt. I hope that you have plenty of Karamoor wine to accompany your ham or lamb. Happy Easter and Happy Passover!!!!!!! Until next time...
Hello!!!!!!!!!!!! What a different week this week has been from last week. Last week was cold. Snowy. Quiet. This week was sunny! Busy! Fun! Doesn't this week just look like it was more exciting from my use of punctuation?
If you are part of our newsletter group, you probably know that we have been running all types of sales and specials for Philadelphia Wine Week. In addition to those sales and specials, we had a BUNCH of stuff going on downtown. I know that I mentioned all of it in last week's blog, but you guys....it was SUCH a great week.
On Tuesday, Kevin and I were at Tria Taproom. The ONLY wines they served all day on Tuesday were ours. It was awesome. We talked to so many people. It was super easy to pick out the Karamoor customers because they just had to have a glass of wine in their hand for us to know! We had a lot of fun filling the customers in on everything they could ever want to know about Karamoor.
Last night was our event at A.Kitchen. It was awesome. What a terrific launch for the A.Vin Chardonnay. Have you ever been to A.Kitchen? So cute and chic and cozy. I will definitely be heading there for dinner at some point in the near future. Maybe after the wedding, because I wanted to eat literally every single thing that they brought out from the open kitchen last night. It was total torture to let it pass by! I am pretty sure that every person there enjoyed the wine because they all seemed to be excited to leave with a bottle to enjoy at home...
There are a bunch of other great events happening downtown through Sunday of this week. If you are interested, here is the link: http://www.phillywineweek.org/events/list/?tribe_paged=1&tribe_event_display=list&tribe-bar-date=2017-03-24. Lo Speido is tapping one of the last kegs of Chrysos (our collaborative beer we did with Goose Island) and our keg red today, so I hope that you are heading there!
Sorry for the short post today, but I wanted to make sure I could fill you in on the fun! I am off to make some deliveries! Until next time...
HAPPY SAINT PATRICK'S DAY!!!!!! I'm not Irish. I never had one of those green shirts that had one of those crazy sayings on it and I normally do not even wear anything green, but last weekend I was with my mom and we were driving through Frenchtown and I found the cutest green dress at this little boutique owned by a mother and her daughter! So, I wore it today and I'm feeling festive.
You are probably wondering what I was doing driving through Frenchtown. Welllllllll, last Saturday I had my first dress fitting for my wedding dress up in NYC! You guys...it was too big! Wedding diet success! My mom was concerned that maybe I wouldn't like the dress as much as I did when we bought it. She had nothing to worry about. I LOVE it. Cannot wait to wear it on the big day! After the dress fitting, I got my hair cut by the woman that is going to be doing my hair on my wedding day. She is the absolute best ever. Her name is Sanae and she is a stylist at Mark Garrison Salon. Everyone is always like, "Ali, why can't you just have someone who is already in Philadelphia do your hair?" I have tried!!!!!!!!!!! No one cuts hair like Sanae. I'm not so much of a girlie girl, so I never really know what I want done to my hair because I really don't give it too much thought. I always just tell her to do what she wants, make it look good, and the only parameter is that I need to be able to put it up for working out. She always gives me exactly what I didn't know I wanted. Anyway, I needed a cut and I needed to schedule a date to do a hair trial. Done and done! On April 1st, you will find me back up in NYC for another dress fitting and my wedding hair trial. I am so excited.
Moving on from the wedding stuff....next week is Philly Wine Week! In addition to the events below, we are going to run some sales. So! If you aren't signed up for our newsletter, now is the time to sign up. Also, when you sign up, you get a 15% off coupon that can be used on any order (including tour tickets). So, what are you waiting for?
March 19-March 26 - Plenty Cafe (Passyunk Location) will be "Celebrating Local Wine" all week! Among some other local superstars, you will find a Karamoor Estate wine that was blended for Plenty Cafe's. The managing partners created this wine under the watchful eye of Karamoor's winemaker, Kevin Robinson. Though it will just be at their Passyunk location next week, it will eventually be available at each of their locations over the next few weeks! Give it a try before it is gone!!
March 21 - Kevin and I will be at Tria Taproom on Tuesday, March 21 for a "Karamoor Tap Takeover!". We will be there from 5:30-7PM and Tria has 4 wines from Karamoor to choose from! 2015 Sauvignon Blanc, 2015 Rose, 2013 Chardonnay, and the LAST KEG of special 2014 Petit Verdot Blend! Glasses will be available at attractive prices!
March 23 - On Thursday, March 23 from 5:30-7PM Kevin and I will be down at A.Kitchen & Bar for the release of A.Vin! This is a privately labeled Chardonnay that we did for AKA. A majority of the proceeds from the event on Thursday will be going to the Institute for Functional Restoration at Case Western Reserve Univeristy to help spinal cord injury patients (like Eli Kulp who was injured in the 2015 Amtrak derailment) regain function through new technologies. Tickets for Thursday night are available here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/avin-chardonnay-release-party-fundraiser-tickets-32827573155
March 24 - On Friday, March 24 (all day!!!), Lo Spiedo will be having a Grapes and Grain day! They will be offering glasses of our blended red keg wine and the beer that we collaborated on with Goose Island Brewing (Chrysos) for $7! What a steal!
I just looked at the weather for the weekend. Did you see that we are supposed to get snow AGAIN tomorrow? Doylestown is supposed to get maybe 3 inches tomorrow night. What is that? Isn't Monday the first day of Spring? I guess that crazy groundhog was right in saying that there were going to be six more weeks of winter. Anyway, I hope that you've got some fun things planned for the weekend. I have to meet with the florist tomorrow and then on Sunday, Matt and I have our last meeting with the priest. I don't know what I am going to do with all my free time after the wedding! Until next time...
You guys. As I am writing this...snow is falling. WHAT THE HECK!? Last Friday it was 70 degrees. Maybe it is snowing today so that it makes sense for you to mull some wine? That has to be it. Otherwise, it makes no sense at all. I am glad that it chose today to snow and not last weekend, because last weekend was my bridal shower! My grandmother threw it for me...she's the absolute best ever. My brother and sister-in-law flew in from Chicago, my cousins came down from New York, and Matt's sister and sister-in-law came in from the Reading area...on top of which all my pals came (including my best friend from college who I haven't seen in about 3 years!). It was great. I went off diet for Saturday...which means that I had some (I kept it in check...mostly) mimosas, red velvet cake, and then some of my dad's world famous linguini with clam sauce and garlic bread. It was totally worth it. My dad's linguini with clam sauce is out of this world. It is probably all the butter and garlic that is in it...which makes garlic bread the perfect accompaniment (because more butter and more garlic and more carbs!).
So, like I mentioned above, it's snowing so that you can make some mulled wine. Which is great because it is Mulled Wine Day. How appropriate! Do you like mulled wine? I feel like it is OK...I would much rather have a spiked cocoa, but to each their own. Shaina loves mulled wine (which is why we have a "Shaina's Famous Mulled Wine" recipe). I've posted the recipe here before, so instead of posting it again, I will link you to our Facebook page where Shaina posted it today: https://www.facebook.com/KaramoorEstate/. I bet she will be making mulled wine today when she gets home from work! As I sit here writing about the snow and mulled wine, I am just realizing that this morning I did not wear a jacket...NOT GOOD. I guess it is lucky that I do not have to walk too far to get to my car!
We only have 2 tickets left for next Friday's tour. The tours (in case you are wondering) have been going really well. Did you know that I give the tours? I talk non-stop for about 2 hours (lucky tour attendees!)...well, almost non-stop. Kevin chats for a little while about winemaking and Shaina helps with some of the chit chat during the tasting portion. The tours are so fun for us though. I really have enjoyed each and every one of them because the groups that we have had out have been so awesome (and I know the rest of the team agrees). Karamoor wine fans really are the best!
Do you have anything fun planned for the weekend? Tonight I am heading to the gym to workout (and will follow it up with some Indian food, but not my normal pre-wedding diet meal :(...not really too much of a sad face though because what I get now is prettttttttty delicious) and then tomorrow Matt and I will probably workout in the morning and then we have plans to go to the mall with our friends. The main purpose of the mall trip is to help my friend find a dress for our wedding!!! Also, Matt has to pick out bow ties...and a tuxedo shirt (not to be confused with a tuxedo t-shirt) for himself. His tux came in this week. It is blue and I really like it. He looks quite dapper! Anyway, I hope that you will be doing something a little more exciting than going to the mall...but if not, maybe I will see you there! Until next time...
You guys! It is February 24th and it is 70 degrees outside. I do not hate it! I am the weirdo that likes winter (for the most part), but I do love this type of weather. I like summer for pools, beach, BBQ, and fun with friends. But I am not a summer weather type of gal. I do not like to sweat unless I am at the gym...or on the beach....or at the lake...or by a pool. You get it. Either working out or close to a body of water. That is probably why I enjoy winter. Just add layers until you are warm! But it is hard to grill and have fruity beverages outside when it is 10 degrees...
People have been asking what this weather is going to do to our vines. Is it good? Is it bad? WELL. It is good if the weather stays like this. It is bad if we have a few weeks of this weather and then a frost. Right now, the vines are still asleep...so even if it gets cold again this weekend, we will be OK. If it stays warm like this for the next week or so, and the vines wake up and the buds start to push, we could be in a world of hurt if we get a frost! So, let's hope that the weather stays warm....or stays cold. Let's hope that Mother Nature just makes up her mind as to whether it is currently winter or spring!
Last night, we were at the Bucks County Locavore event. It is always a great event, but last night (probably due to this weather) was amazing. So many people came out! There were so many great things to try from other producers as well. Because I am on my crazy diet, I only got to try some tomato sauce...but it DID NOT DISAPPOINT. Shaina got to try many more items than I did. I was even able to introduce her to the most delicious Belgian Waffles the world has ever known. Nina's. If you ever have a hankering for waffles and ice cream and you find yourself in Doylestown (or Lambertville)...you MUST check out Nina's Waffles. AMAZING. After Matt and I are hitched, I am definitely going to get some waffles.
I hope that you all have some great plans for the weekend. Tomorrow morning I am having my makeup trial done for the wedding and then I have my bridal shower!!!! I can't wait. For either thing, really. I am so excited to see all my friends and family, but I am also excited to have a face full of makeup! Normally, I just wear chapstick. I see that there is a 100% chance of rain for tomorrow, but I don't think that will put much of a damper on the festivities! Anyway, don't forget that tomorrow is "Open that Bottle" Day! It is the day to open up that bottle that you have been saving for the perfect occasion! Perhaps a Karamoor Estate 2013 Petit Verdot? Until next time...
They have a holiday for everything these days! When I used to listen to other Sirius radio stations besides the 80s on 8 (I have not changed this station in my car for almost 2 months...) I used to listen to the hits. I think it was channel 2. Anyway, every single morning they would always say "today is national (insert weird thing here) day!". I mean, there are things like National Fried Shrimp Day, National Cupcake Day, National Chocolate Day, National Ice Cream Day.... I feel like everything that is semi bad for you has its own day! I have yet to see a National Broccoli Day, Brussels Sprouts Day, Teeth Cleaning Day, or Go for a Run Day. I feel like maybe we should insert some of those days to counteract all of the junk food days. Can you tell that I have been eating healthy for too long?
Anyway, tomorrow is a National Day that I can get behind! It is National Drink Wine Day. There are a lot of funny memes floating around out there. Remember when we didn't have memes? Is there an inventor of the meme? If there is, I bet that person is a millionaire by now. Anyway, I pulled some of my favorites that I was able to find. Here they are:
Betty White is the best! Can you believe that she is 95 years old? That is crazy. She sure does have a lot of pep! How is she so funny? We need more people like her in the world.
I hope that you are well stocked for National Wine Day. Once Sunday rolls around and you find that you need to replenish your inventory...keep Karamoor in mind. Don't forget that our 2013 Chardonnay is on super sale right now! *Hilarious sidenote: One time, my grandmother was ordering some takeout for a family get together. The person on the phone asked her if she wanted "soup or salad", to which she replied, "Yes, I will take the super salad". Super sale reminded me of that story. Anyway, the 2013 Chard is on sale for $25.50 per bottle and then there is an additional 20% off full cases! Getting the price to $20.40 per bottle. Now that's crazy!
I hope that you have a great weekend. Sadly, I will not be partaking in National Wine Day (you know...the whole prewedding diet thing...), but I do plan to eat some Halo Top Ice Cream and watch some movies. I sure do lead a wild life! Until next time...
I was verrrrry skeptical of the weather reports on Tuesday that said that after an almost 70 degree day, we would be getting snow (and not just a dusting). Those weathermen just never seem to be right, so I usually do not pay any mind to their "severe weather advisories". I woke up at 4AM to the sound of rain. I was like, "OK! Guess they were wrong. Back to bed and then to the gym in an hour and a half!". At 5:30AM, it was a full on blizzard and the gym was closed. I think I have told you that I live in Doylestown, and I guess the further outside Philadelphia you got, the more snow you got. We got about 6 inches in 5 hours! We have a super long driveway and let me tell you, that snow was HEAVY. I didn't even have to go to the gym to get a workout! I am really glad that I shoveled when I did because after the snow, the sun came out and did some work with the salt I spread. If I had waited to shovel, the driveway would have been like a sheet of ice!
Down here at Karamoor, we only got about 3 inches. Maybe even less! Crazy what 20 miles difference will do. All this up and down with the weather is not so great for the vines. Hopefully Mother Nature figures out soon if it is going to be winter or if it going to be spring!
We had a great tour last Friday (2/3). The group was a lot of fun. I think that the best thing about the tours that we give is the fact that they are super personal. People really seem to like that aspect of things. That and of course the drinking of wine! Our tour for Valentine's Day is completely sold out, but we still have some spots available for 2/24! I hope that you come to visit us soon.
Lots of wedding prep happening this week! Finalized the menu for the rehearsal dinner and for the reception. People are getting their invitations which makes everything seem very real. My dad and I picked the song that we are going to dance to and I just made us a dance lesson appointment (I am a BAD dancer). I have been chatting with my cousin (MOH) about the bachelorette party and I am getting SO EXCITED for it. I can't believe that we are only 2.5 months away from the big day. Seems crazy!
Next week I will include some new winery photos. We have been changing things around quite a bit and this week we have been doing construction to the main portion of the winery where our new tanks will find their permanent home (because for the last few months these shiny new tanks have just been sitting in the middle of the winery taking up lots of room)! So, stay tuned for that! I hope that you have a wonderful weekend. Until next time..
Another week gone! It's February! Only 84 days until my wedding! Lots of !!!! We got out the invitations this week. That was a big project. I had to tie so many pieces of string that my finger got a blister on it. They looked cute though, so the blister was totally worth it. In addition to finishing the invites last weekend, Matt and I went to Crossfit with my parents again! Did I tell you that for Christmas, we got them a 10 punch card to the gym that is closest to their house? They are both very active anyway, but Matt and I thought they would have fun incorporating Crossfit into their fitness routine. I think they are enjoying it. It is nice to share something that both Matt and I enjoy with my parents. It has been a fun Saturday morning thing. We head over to their house, pick them up, head to class, and then we cook breakfast and hang out. It has been great.
Do you know what else is great? Locally made products. I don't know about you, but I absolutely LOVE farmer's markets. The main reason that I love them so much is that you can find delicious locally made items. Like....roasted coffee beans, handmade chocolates, specialty honey, dips, marinades, and I guess also vegetables.... There is this great event coming up in Doylestown. It is called the Bucks County Locavore, and basically it is a big (FREE) networking event/semi-farmers market. It is only a semi-farmers market because not EVERYONE there can sell their products. Some of the people there (ahem, Karamoor Estate) can only pour and sample their products! I haven't decided what we are planning to sample just yet. Any ideas? Maybe our Sauvignon Blanc and our Meritage? I have some time to figure it out, as it is not until the 23rd of February...but the way this year is flying by, I should probably think about it sooner rather than later! Here is a link to the event page on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/139817283181395/163531147476675/?notif_t=admin_plan_mall_activity¬if_id=1486055504539865
Can you believe that I have never been to an ice hockey game? I don't think I have ever even watched a full ice hockey game on TV...but, I am going to the Flyers game tomorrow! Matt said that they have been very exciting to watch this season. I like watching sports when they are good games, but that is really the only time. Even the last 2 SuperBowl's have been tough for me because they were not very good games. Last year even the commercials were bad. This is going to be a sports weekend for me, I guess! Hockey, football... Anyway, I hope that you've got some great plans. What are you going to make for snacks for the big game? Usually I look forward to bad-for-me-foods during the SuperBowl, but this year I am on that crazy wedding dress diet. Have a great weekend! Until next time...
I started this strict diet (you know, so that I can fit in my wedding dress (which just came in!!!!!)) on January 3rd, and I have not cheated once. I am very proud of myself. It is based on macronutrients that you need based on the time you workout and the intensity of your workout. It is pretty cool, but I also kind of miss treats and snacks. I really miss treats and snacks as I watch Matt eat a stacks of pancakes, cheeseburgers, chocolate chip cookies, drink beers on the weekends, and keep a 6 pack. How does that happen? Life is so unfair.
Did you see the article that Craig LaBan wrote about locally made wines that took home gold medals at the San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition? It was online on Wednesday and then it was the Inquirer on Thursday. It was a really nice article! Here it is: http://www.philly.com/philly/food/20170126_The_local_wines_that_won_San_Francisco_Chronicle_Wine_Competition.html. In addition to the article, Craig also had some great tasting notes on our 2013 Petit Verdot (which in case you decide to not read the blog from last week or the article, was one of the gold medal winners). Here they are: "Karamoor Estates 2013 petit verdot, $55: This 100 percent petit verdot is made only in years when the fruit is right, and the 2013 was a winner that delivered a deep purple juice jammy with blackberries, but that also unfolded as more interesting, with layers of black licorice, tobacco, earth, and a tingle of numbing Sichuan peppercorn spice that rides a light pucker of black plum on the finish. The price tag is prohibitive, but collectors will now realize this grape has a future in Pennsylvania."
Since this article went live, we have been getting lots of questions like, "Where can I taste this wine?". So, since it is not a wine that we wholesale at all, we decided that for the month of February, we are going to include the 2013 Petit Verdot in every single one of our on-site tours! Speaking of our on-site tours, there are 3 dates in February (tickets have been selling fast, though. So, hurry!). I know that I have made mention of the Friday, February 3rd tour prior to today, but we added the tour on Valentine's Day and we added another tour on Friday, February 24th as well. The tour on Valentine's Day is a special one! We are going to give out a bottle of our pretty and very pink bottle of 2015 Rose to each couple that signs up. What a treat!
I hope that you have some fun things planned for the weekend. I know that tonight I am stuffing wedding invitations...wahooo! If you are ever looking for some top notch invitations, check out LoveLeigh Invitations. The owners are so nice and they did an amazing job with our custom invites. Super easy to work with as well! And a quick turnaround. I think that I will need a glass of Rose while I do the invitations. Have a safe and wonderful weekend! Until next time....
We've been super busy over here at Karamoor for the last few weeks, so I am sorry that it has been a while since I updated the blog! How have you all been? I hope great! On top of all these projects over here at work (that I will get into in a minute!), I've also been planning the big day (with help, of course, from Mom, Matt, and Dad!). Did I tell you that we are having 3 cakes? I feel like I did. I'm very excited about that because I love cake, so I talk about it a lot. Most recently, we have been finishing up the final rounds of invitation revisions, meeting with the florist to come up with a game plan, and finalizing(ish) the menu and overall decor and set up. ALSO, my MOH finally received the dress that she ordered in November! And it is PERFECT. So excited.
So, while the wedding stuff is taking up a lot of my mental capacity currently, Karamoor is realllllllllly making me stretch the memory available. We have been working on SO MUCH STUFF. Did you see that in the middle of December we completed our collaboration with Goose Island Brewing? There were about 4 articles that went out about that. This one is probably the one that is the most in depth article that was written: http://www.tickettoentertainment.com/blog/2017/01/11/the-brewholder-karamoor-estate-teams-up-with-goose-island-for-farmhouse-style-beer/. It was a great collab and the launch party took place at Osteria with our good friends, the folks from Vetri restaurants. The beer, Chrysos, is pretty cool. It is Gooses's Sofie beer, but kind of ramped up. Their typical Sofie beer is a Saison that is partially aged in oak (about half of the beer is aged in oak), and the oak barrels that they use have been sterilized and cleaned prior to filling. In the case of Chrysos, they aged the Saison 100% in our barrels that had previously held Cabernet Franc. They did not sterilize or rinse the barrels prior to filling, so the Saison had direct contact with color and flavors that were in the barrel from our ever popular, Cabernet Franc. The beer is only available at Vetri resturants (Alla Spina, Osteria, and Lo Spiedo).
In addition to the Goose Island collab, we got the results from the San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition on Friday of last week. We were so happy with our results! Our 2013 Petit Verdot took a gold medal, our 2013 Meritage took a silver, and our 2015 Sauvignon Blanc took a bronze! We added a San Francisco Chronicle Bundle on our website. The bundle is slightly discounted, so take advantage of it while it is available.
To keep the momentum of this blog post going, I wanted to make mention of the fact that we are going to be doing a private label for AKA. There will be more information surfacing on this in the next few weeks, but we are so excited to be working with such a great brand!
That's all I have time for today as a writer from PhillyBite is coming by in a few! I hope that you have a wonderful weekend and I promise that I will post again next week! Until next time...