Glendalough Wild Botanical Gin Tasting

Vintage 20 will host a Glendalough Wild Botanical Gin and Blu Giovello Moscato tasting on 8/24/18.

I used to think I hated Gin.

And maybe I did. Or even, maybe I do. What it boils down to, is that I don’t care for juniper. And in my opinion, many gins are just completely burdened with juniper. When I am trying to relax with a cocktail, I don’t need Mr. Clean walking up and punching me in the pie hole, okay? Okay.

So you can see why gin doesn’t often grace my list of favorites: Juniper is the definitive botanical present in gin, and it’s an OVERWHELMING flavor. Merry Christmas, mouth.

Over the past year or so, I’ve happily discovered a few gins that I *do* like. And, as it turns out, I REALLY like them. And they all have one thing in common: they’re light on the juniper.

This week’s selection for our weekly tasting event is probably my favorite gin EVER (I realize this could be taken with a grain of salt, since I think I enjoy three gins in total), and it’s made by Glendalough Distillery. Glendalough is located in County Wicklow, Ireland, and is known for their awesome craft Irish Whiskeys. You may have tasted some of them right here at Vintage 20.

So what makes Glendalough Wild Botanical Gin so special?

glendalough-botanicals-ginThe botanicals used to create Glendalough’s gin are foraged around the distillery. By a full-time forager. I repeat: there is a dude, employed by Glendalough Distillery, whose sole purpose for being there is to forage plants by hand, for gin making purposes. If there isn’t a History Channel show about this guy, there needs to be.

So not only is there a professional forager, carefully and sustainably collecting plants from around distillery grounds, like some sort of superior hipster-caveman, but the botanicals are going into the still within a few hours, and crafted into very small batches. It might leave some inconsistencies from batch to batch, but the result is unique, wild, natural, and delicious. And not at all like a Christmas wreath. I give it an A plus plus plus.

blu-giovello-moscatoTry it for Yourself!

We’ll have Glendalough Wild Botanical Gin available to try this Friday, 8/24/18 from 4PM- 7PM at Vintage 20 Wine and Spirits. The tasting is FREE, of course. And for fun, we will also have customer favorite Blu Giovello Moscato open as well. We’ll be offering 10% off your purchase of Blu Giovello during our tasting event. Cheers!

Los Hidalgos Moscato and Catalina Sauvignon Blanc Tasting

Los Hidalgos Moscato and Catalina Sauvignon Blanc Tasting at Vintage 20 Wine and Spirits 8/17/18.

Heya folks! Today’s note is a super quick one, because I am doing THIS all week…

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…weather permitting. So, you know…just the once, so far. ANYWAY. I’m not much feeling like being on the computer long enough to tell you more than the basics, which are:

Friday August 17th 2018

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House of the Chilean Wine will be here sampling Catalina Sauvignon Blanc and LosHidalgos Moscato from 4pm- 7pm. These are both great, wallet-friendly, light and delicious wines from the fabulous country of Chile! Stop by and try them both. You’ll receive 10% off your purchase of these wines if you buy them during our tasting event.

Hope to see you there!

Mas La Chevaliere C/S and Viognier Tasting

We’re kicking it old school and tasting some classic French wines from Mas La Chevaliere Winery Friday 8/10/18.

This week, we’re sticking with the Classics.

There are many regions in the world that are perfect for wine making, but perhaps none are as classic (and yes, sometimes uppity) as the wine-making regions of France.

The wines we are featuring this week are from the south of France, where the warm Mediterranean sun and high altitudes are ideal for growing a wide variety of high quality grapes. In fact, it is one of the oldest wine-making regions in country, dating back to 4 BC, when Romans first planted vines in the Languedoc Region– the home of Mas La Chevaliere Winery.

Mas La Chevaliere Tasting Friday August 10th at Vintage 20!

la chevaliereMas La Chevaliere Winery makes many fine wines, and we’ve got two at a price that won’t kill you. You might even say they’re a great deal!

Stop by to try both the Cabernet Sauvignon and the Viognier this Friday, August 10th 2018, from 4pm- 7pm. As always, we’ll offer you 10% off your purchase of these wines during our tasting event.

The More You Know

If you’re not much of a wine drinker, don’t know much about wine, or are curious about wines and want to learn more, free tastings like the ones you can find weekly at Vintage 20 are a great way to learn about wine and see what you like– without spending any money! Plus, it’s fun, and we’re good company. 🙂 So come join us!