Something Wicked This Way Comes: Bogle Phantom Red

Vintage 20 Wine and Spirits will host a FREE tasting, featuring Bogle Phantom Red on Friday 10/19/18 from 4PM to 7PM.

Autumn is a great time of year to be a liquor store owner.

For one thing: you gear up to actually make money! No more crying into your coffee because you can’t feed the kids wine for dinner– the HOLIDAYS are coming! (I’m mostly kidding about this. Mostly.)

Reason Two: Seasonal releases. The fall sees a dramatic increase in limited release items that are usually very good and highly sought after. Interesting flavors abound, and you get a surge of wine blends aged in different kinds of casks.

bogle-phantomThere are other reasons, but for now let’s focus on reason number two, because it is the entire point my post. One of my all-time favorite seasonal release wines, Bogle Phantom Red, is in stock!! It’s deep, dark, and rich, with loads of spice and fruit flavors. A PERFECT wine to sip on those chilly fall evenings we’re finally getting.

And this year, they’ve jumped on the bandwagon with an “augmented reality” label. If you’re thinking to yourself, what in the Fred Flintstone is THAT? well, you’re probably not alone.

Augmented reality, commonly referred to as “AR”, uses the existing environment to overlay digital information on an image of something being viewed through a device, such as a smartphone or an iPad.

So, Bogle has an app that you can download which will overlay movement and images over an existing item viewed through your phone’s camera, like so:

Sorry I am evidently terrible at converting videos. And does anyone else get a “Stranger Things” vibe from that vine?? Half spooky, half silly, completely entertaining and mildly creepy, this app is sure to be a crowd-pleaser at your Halloween shindig. And hey, so’s the wine!

 

Wanna try before you buy?

That’s why I post! Because we love you, we will have Bogle Phantom open this Friday, October 19th from 4PM- 7PM. After 7 I cannot promise that I won’t finish the rest. We’ll also be offering 10% off this product during our tasting event. Hope to see you there. Cheers, friends!

Bailey’s Almande Almond Milk Liqueur Tasting

What in tarnation is Bailey’s Almonde? It’s Bailey’s Irish Cream made with almond milk. So it’s dairy free. It’s gluten free. AND it’s quite delicious.

Do you ever feel like your life is a juggling act and you’re trying to keep too many plates in the air, and someone keeps removing one mid-juggle, lighting it on fire, and then handing it back to you? Just me?

Well, you know what they say, life is what happens while you’re busy making plans. So I’m just going to keep planning super awesome tasting events featuring products I love, that I can’t even attend because “something came up.” You guessed it, that’s what’s going on this week.

So here is this week’s tasting event, and I’m sad because I probably won’t be there.

Friday, October 12th from 4:00 pm- 7:00 pm we’ll have Bailey’s Almande available to try.

What in tarnation is Bailey’s Almonde? It’s Bailey’s Irish Cream made with almond milk. So it’s dairy free. It’s gluten free. AND it’s quite delicious.

If you’ve tried almond milk in the past and have found it lacking (I hear you), rest assured that while Bailey’s Almande does NOT taste like regular Bailey’s, it IS tasty. The almond flavor kinda steals the show, but there are also notes of caramel, and that pleasant whiskey burn. I like it on the rocks, but you could definitely make a pretty solid mixed drink with this. And with the weather being what it is, you could make either a wintery mix or a summery concoction with this and be happy. There you go, I’ve shored up your weekend plans for you.

Cheers!

Ho-Ho-Hold Your Horses!!

Evan Williams Eggnog is in stock at Vintage 20.

So yesterday I went to K-Mart

(yes, I live within driving distance of an actual, real-live K-Mart) to buy my kid diapers, and you know what I saw? Christmas. My god, it was Christmas everywhere. And not just like, cards and stuff, but full on rotating, singing, fake-snow clotted Balsam-branched nightmares.

The curse of retail: The Christmas Creep.

 

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You wait your turn, old man.

Even us fun-loving, inherently reasonable, liquor store folk must fall victim to the unforgiving march of the Christmas Creep. I don’t even have a Halloween costume yet. I wore shorts and sandals less than a week ago!!! And yet, I must hang my head in shame as I tell you, we set up this display yesterday:

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I still want to trick or treat, dammit.

Yep. Eggnog.

Don’t get me wrong– Evan Williams ready-to-serve Eggnog is A-MAZING. It’s probably the best eggnog out there, spiked or otherwise (Stewart’s is a close second). But come on. I haven’t even conned my children out of their Halloween Reese’s yet. Have some compassion for the fall festivities.

But also, get the Nog. Get it before it’s gone. Every liquor store I have ever worked in has run out well before Christmas, and I’ve been doing this for 15 years (holy crap!). So there’s that.

P.S. I don’t know what we’re tasting this week, but I promise it isn’t eggnog. 😉