Local Love: Hummingbird Hills Wine Tasting

Join us on Friday December 14th to celebrate our second anniversary at Vintage 20 Wine and Spirits! Hummingbird Hills will be here from 4-7pm!

This Friday is SUPER special at Vintage 20! On this date, two years ago, we opened our doors for the first time. And we’ve been living the dream ever since!

There is a whole lot to love about what we get to do every day, and that’s in no small part because of the community we live and work in, so THANK YOU! We can’t wait to see what’s in store from here until forever.

Help us celebrate this milestone with a FREE wine tasting, featuring one of our very favorite local wineries: Hummingbird Hills!  They’ll be here from 4pm- 7pm sampling their unique and delicious local wines. This time of year, I highly recommend the Elderberry Wine, and the Pumpkin Patch Spice. YUM. As always, the wine tasting is FREE, and you’ll receive 10% off your purchase of these wines during the tasting!

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The winery itself is just a hop, skip, and a jump from here in Fultonville, NY. If you have the time they offer a fantastic deal on Groupon for a wine tasting that comes with a chocolate, and cheese platter. You should definitely check that out! Plus, Ken and Kimm are about the nicest people you ever laid eyes on. You’ll love visiting them at their awesome winery.

Next week we will continue our month of Local Love with some more fantastic stuff from a local winery/distillery. Stay tuned 🙂

Helderberg Meadworks Tasting at Vintage 20!

Join us for a free tasting, featuring the best mead available anywhere, made right here in Duanesburg!

We’re happy to welcome Helderberg Meadworks back from 4PM to 7PM, 11/16/18.

Ah, mead season. AKA late fall, when it’s not quite winter and I haven’t committed to having my heat on full blast yet and I need a drink made of sturdier stuff. I’m not even a little bit exaggerating when I tell you that their mead is one of my favorite things in my entire store. It’s local (sourced, crafted, and aged right here), traditionally made, DELICIOUS, and the artwork is pretty cool too. Did I mention it’s delicious?

If you’re already familiar with Helderberg Meadworks, you’ll be happy to know that we’ve got their NEW Apple Mead in stock!

If you’re new to mead, well, get down here and check it out! Friday 11/16 from 4PM to 7PM. We’ll see you there 🙂

Short and sweet (just like me) this week, because I’m on my way out the door! Errands beckon. Cheers!

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!

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.

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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!

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!

 

Sandara Wine Mojito Tasting

Long live the Mojito! Join us for Sandara Wine Mojito cocktails on Friday August 3rd 2018.

File this one under “I’m doing a tasting because I want to try it myself.”

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Seriously though, how delicious does a fizzy wine mojito cocktail sound? Enter Sandara Wine Mojito. Word on the street is it’s going to be another oppressively hot weekend (thanks, Climate Change!), so a refreshing combination of lime, mint, wine, and bubbles seems like it would hit the spot. So I think I’m gonna hit the deck, stick my feet in the kiddos’ inflatable pool, and have a few glasses of this bad boy.

Care to join me?

As always, the tasting is this FRIDAY (August 3rd) from 4PM- 7PM. Give it a try, and if you decide you’ve gotta have it, we will give you 10% off your purchase of Sandara Wine Mojito during our tasting event.

Stay tuned for more great tastings coming up in August! I’ll post the official calendar soon, as I am still buttoning up some items. It’s gonna be a good month at our Tasting Bar though!!

Cheers!

Party Like it’s Your Birthday

Vintage 20 will be sampling Nika Passito de Pantelleria dessert wine on Friday 7/27/18 from 4-7pm.

Because it’s my birthday on Friday!

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So. Much. Fun.

I’m getting to an age where birthdays feel less like a celebration and more like a hassle (or a slow march toward eventual and unavoidable death, but that’s a topic for another day). Where once I would dress up and hit the town for dinner and drinks with 25 of my closest friends, I now find myself longing for  a quiet room and 15 minutes to myself. Or at least a dinner that I get to eat whilst still warm, and without taking seven exploratory trips to the public restroom with my 4 and 2 year olds.

One thing’s for sure though, I still enjoy a really nice, fancypants birthday drink, and this year, I am sharing one with you!

nikaOn Friday July 27th from 4PM-7PM, I’ll have one of my own staff picks open for tasting: Nika Passito de Pantelleria (which I can only imagine translates to something like Past the Nike Pants Store). This is a sweeter wine than I am generally fond of, but then it’s a dessert wine, and that calls for a different sort of drinking.

Nika is a golden yellow in color, and literally bursting with flavors of honey, raisins, and dates. As a dessert wine, it is pretty sweet, but that’s the idea. It goes down like a cordial, and might be a sound accompaniment to biscotti.

So if you’re ever curious about some of the more expensive wines you see on our shelves, Friday is your chance to try one of my personal favorites, free of charge. We’ll also offer you 10% off if you decide to buy a bottle for your own celebration.

 

 

And for the record, anything can call for a celebration if you believe in yourself!  Cheers, friends!

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This miracle right here definitely calls for a celebration.