Fall Into Some Stellar Chardonnay

Vintage 20 Wine and Spirits hosts a FREE tasting, featuring Ravanal Gran Reserva Chardonnay this Friday 9/28/18.

It’s Fall, Ya’ll!

On this damp, kinda dreary day, I’m having a hard time remembering why Fall is my favorite season. Hopefully crisp breezes, changing leaves, and the smell of wood smoke are just around the corner. While we wait, I’ll share with you a STELLAR buy:

Ravanal Gran Reserva Chardonnayravanal-gran-reserva-chardonnay

Maybe it just caught me on the right day, but holy hell! This is probably the best, uncharacteristic Chardonnay I’ve had in AGES.

What I mean by “uncharacteristic”: This is not yo’ mama’s over-oaked, fuzzy-tongued, buttery Chardonnay (by the way, I HATE those. I know they are popular and all, but BLECH). This one’s got some actual character. As in, from the grapes, and not just from the wine-making process.

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I wonder if Chardonnay is going through it’s “emo” phase.

Here is my totally lame analogy: Chardonnay’s are like middle schoolers. In trying to figure out how who they are, they take on the characteristics of the environments they are exposed to more than they express what is naturally inside of them. So since oak-laden Chardonnay ala California sells well, a lot of wine-makers are happy to help you pour a glass of wood chips by over-oaking it.

Still with me? Good! The Ravanal Gran Reserva Chardonnay is different! A light, almost refreshing Chardonnay that’s easy to drink, with notes of coconut and tropical fruits (really!). YUM. I’d be just as likely to pair this one with dessert as I would with dinner.

And here’s the kicker…

I bought it on a close-out deal. So it is a FANTASTICALLY priced wine, and when it’s gone, it’s gone! In fact…it’s not even here yet. And I’m kinda flying by the seat of my pants, hoping it will arrive before this week’s tasting so I can share it with you (that’s my plan, anyway).

Stop by this Friday, September 28th, so I can put my money where my mouth is! Our tasting of Ravanal Gran Reserva Chardonnay happens from 4:00 PM to 7:00 PM, is FREE to try, and as always we will offer you 10% off the featured wine if you purchase it during our tasting event.

Hope to see you there!

Saint Lawrence Spirits Tasting

Vintage 20 welcomes Saint Lawrence Spirits on Friday 9/21 from 4pm-7pm for a FREE tasting event.

We LOVE New York

I am always excited to share when we’ve picked up a great new local product. You may not think of the Saint Lawrence River as super local, but it’s New York State, and Saint Lawrence Spirits uses all that New York and the Saint Lawrence River have to offer to create their stellar spirits!

Everything, and I mean EVERYTHING, about this distillery has local roots. They are the first and only distillery using purified water from the Saint Lawrence River. All of the corn, grain, and botanicals come from their own family-owned properties, or other nearby areas in upstate New York.

Come taste the difference at our FREE tasting event this Friday, September 21st from 4:00pm- 7:00pm. We’ll have:

Anchored American Gin

Captain’s Flask Bourbon Whiskey

Rye Knot Rye Whiskey

and Empire Cream— a Bourbon Cream made with their Ryesing Tide Whiskey and Upstate Cream Liqueur. I assure you, this is heaven in a bottle.

More About Saint Lawrence Spirits

From their website: “Saint Lawrence Spirits is a family owned and operated farm-based distillery. We are passionate about providing quality small batch craft spirits. Craft Spirits are distilled on-site, including Vodka, Gin, Moonshine & Absinthe, along with Whiskey and Bourbon currently aging in American Oak Barrels! We are the first distillery to used purified Saint Lawrence River Water to proof down all of our spirits, providing The Spirit Of The River In Every Bottle®. Spirit Tastings available in our seasonal tasting room or inside Saint Lawrence Spirits Château!”

Saint Lawrence Chateau
My. GOD.

Tasting Room. Chateau. Ahhhhh. It sounds and looks incredible. I strongly recommend visiting. But maybe don’t tell me about it if you do, because I have neither the time nor the money to go anywhere right now and it’ll just make me sad. 😉

Hope to see you Friday, though. Cheers, friends!

Cavicchioli Lambrusco. ‘Cause Mama needs a DRANK

Vintage 20 Wine and Spirits is hosting a FREE tasting on Friday 9/14/18 from 4PM-7PM featuring Cavicchioi Lambrusco.

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That’s not coffee.

Guys, it’s only Wednesday, and school has only been in session for a week. My brand new kindergartner is adjusting to real-deal public school, and so am I. It’s going pretty well really, and although she’s come home with a few choice words from the bus, I’m pretty sure she already knew them. So that’s a plus.

But for whatever reason, it’s been a rough week-or-so around these parts. So for this week’s tasting, I wanted something food-friendly, easy-drinking, and CHEAP. I think I knocked it out of the park with Cavicchioli Lambrusco. Effervescent and lightly sweet, this table wine goes great with barbeque, take out, or any quick throw-together meal you can think of. It’s great cold, so it works well on those September days that you think are going to be chilly, but then find yourself sweating through by the time you get home.

And parents, you deserve it. Not in the “My kids are driving me to drink meme” sort of way, but in the “it’s nice to relax with a glass of wine at the end of a stressful day” sort of way. Don’t let anyone take that away from you!

cavicchioli lambrusco tastingSo stop by at the same Bat time, same Bat channel: Vintage 20 Wine and Spirits, Friday 9/14/18, 4PM to 7PM. We’ll pour you a sample and if you likey, you’ll receive 10% off your purchase of Cavicchioli Lambrusco during the tasting event. If you don’t like it…have a dumdum. Free for kids of all ages. 🙂

Hope to see you Friday. Cheers!

Santa Rita Coleccion Privado Chardonnay

Vintage 20 will have Santa Rita Coleccion Privado Chardonnay available at our free tasting Friday 9/7/18.

Hello friends and stealth followers of the Casual Wine Taster blog. And hi, Mom. Did you miss me last week? You will quickly discover on this blog that I am the sort of person for whom when it rains, it pours. And when it pours, it’s a hurricane. That often means that my anal-retentively carefully planned days are often laughed at, chewed up, and spit out by fate, and I’m left shrugging over WTF JUST HAPPENED.

Folks, the past couple of weeks have been those sort of weeks. Soooo much, planned and unplanned, happened. This morning I am taking a deep breath and realizing that I neglected to post last week. Shame on me.

I am back at it today though, with just a quick little note about our upcoming tasting this Friday. School’s back in session, so I know everyone is experiencing that acute pain, felt deep in the wallet, after school clothes and supplies (and books! For those of you who are or who have college students), so this Friday we will be sampling something that really fits what I find myself wanting right now: inexpensive, unassuming, and good with food.

santa-rita-coleccion-privada-reserva-chardonnaySanta Rita Coleccion Privada Reserva Chardonnay is a mouth-full to say, and a delight to drink. It’s soft, light on the oak (y’all know I HATE an over-oaked chardonnay), and inexpensive. Perfect for a weeknight indulgence with Chinese Takeout. Or a turkey sandwich, if you’re feeling extra culinary this week. I am feeling neither of those things, and will likely take my chardonnay with popcorn and a half-eaten bag of fruit snacks, because hey, you only live once.

So if you’re feeling it, stop by Vintage 20 Wine and Spirits this Friday, September 7th from 4PM to 7PM for your FREE sample of Santa Rita blah blah blah Chardonnay (the tasting bar is open too, BTW), and then if you decide you LOVE it, relax because we’ve got you with a two for one special. Hope to see you there! Cheers!