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.

goth-phase
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!

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!

Be a Vintage VIP at This Week’s Tasting

Our featured wines will be Painted Pail Red and Painted Pail White, but we’ll also have two NEW wines you can try as a Vintage VIP.

Our last tasting with Pail Shop Vineyards went so well

…we’ve decided to have another!

20180626_124436

In addition to the super popular, light-and-sweet Painted Pail Red, we also now carry the Painted Pail White. So light and delicious, it’s practically BEGGING you to sip it on a hammock.

Both the red and white blend will be available for your tasting pleasure this Friday, 6/29/18 from 4pm-7pm. And of course, you’ll receive 10% off your purchase of either of these wines during our tasting event.

We’ll ALSO be raffling off a bottle of the Painted Pail Red Blend. Just put your name and phone number on the back of your proof of purchase (aka receipt) for a chance to win. Free stuff is always good, but GOOD stuff FREE is always GREAT!

BUT WAIT, THERE’S MORE

20180626_124635

During the tasting, we invite you to be a Vintage VIP and get the inside scoop on some new and exciting wines. We’ll have Pail Shop’s “Portrait of a Cooper” and “10,000 Wooden Pails” available to try, and we want to know if *YOU* think we should carry them. Give both a try and cast your vote Friday 6/29/18 from 4pm to 7pm.

Can’t wait to see you there. Cheers!

 

Local Spotlight: House of the Chilean Wine

FREE tasting event June 15, 2018 featuring several delicious wines from locally-owned House of the Chilean Wine.

At Vintage 20 Wine and Spirits, we LOVE LOVE LOVE local products. So you might be wondering why we’re highlighting a company with another country (on a different continent even!) right in the name. Well, I’m not one for suspense. It’s because House of the Chilean Wine is a locally-owned importer of fine wines from Chile! HotCW is a nearly-one-woman operation and that one woman KNOWS HER WINE. If you have shopped our store, there’s a good chance you’ve had one of those wines recommended to you (you could call them a house favorite).

So, this week’s tasting (Friday June 15th, 2018) we are going to be featuring several amazing┬áChilean Wines, that will all be 10% off during the tasting, just in time for Father’s Day!!

House-Chilean-Wine
Catalina Sauvignon Blanc, La Tosca Carmenere and Reserva Cabernet Sauvignon, Clos Centenaire Red Blend

Don’t worry, if your dad is more of a spirits’ guy, we’ve got him covered too.

And hey, did you know Tipsy (our friendly feline shop-keep) has an Instagram? Check it out for some of her cute antics, and you may even find a sneak peak of next week’s tasting!

Have a great week, everyone! Cheers!

Father’s Day Special at Vintage 20

From Applejack to Zinfandel, get Dad a gift he’ll LOVE at Vintage 20 Wine and Spirits.

From now until Father’s Day, your purchase of a Gift Certificate valued at $50 or more will be discounted $5. So a $50 gift certificate will only cost you $45, a $60 gift certificate will only cost you $55, etc. A good deal for a great dad: Yours!!

Happy Father's Day
This Stock Image Dad would LOVE a Gift Certificate from Vintage 20 Wine and Spirits.

And don’t forget to check out our awesome selection of Bourbon, Scotch, and Whiskey, including specialty items available in our Private Collection. We’ve got something for everyone, and gift wrap too!

Get Ready for Summ-ahhhhhh…

Holy crap, guys. This weekend is Memorial Day. I literally just put away my shovel and…we’ve arrived at summer.

Not. Complaining.

Anyway. I thought now might be a good time to remind you of a few things:

  • ONE- We deliver. Yes, friends, we will physically bring your wine and liquor to your
    wine liquor delivery duanesburg
    Our delivery area.

    very door. Or flap, if you’re tenting in our delivery area. If you’re boating, camping, festival-ing, or Rendezvous-ing in our delivery area, we’ll bring your purchase to you. Of course, there are a few catches…

    • We still have to follow the law. So please, do the same. We can’t sell to visibly intoxicated persons or persons under the age of 21. If we suspect either of these things are present, the transaction won’t happen. We take this stuff very seriously.
    • Right now, we have a delivery driver available Fridays and Saturdays from 430pm-830pm. We will also gladly deliver at other times and on other days. Just give us a call (518-895-1098) and we’ll do what we can. The further in advance you let us know, the better the chance we’ll be able to make it happen!
    • General information: $45 minimum purchase, with a $5 delivery fee. Fee is waived for purchases over $150. Discounts still apply, so military personnel and veterans, remind us about your service so we can give you your 10% off! The person placing the order must be the person who will receive the order, and he or she must provide a valid government issued photo ID at the time of purchase. NO EXCEPTIONS.

 

  • TWO- With a holiday weekend coming up, it’s never a bad time for a reminder that we are pretty much always open. We are open every day, with the exception of Christmas Day. If there’s two feet of snow…we’re open. On major holidays (such as Memorial Day) we’re open!! We might “close” early, but that just means we’re out back having a good time, and don’t want to listen for the door. If you call us, we’ll pop in and help you out! And we’ll always hang a sign letting you know what’s up.

 

Apothic Brew
Coffee is the new wine.
  • THREE- This. This is a thing. Apothic has made a so-limited-it’s-damn-near-exclusive-release red wine blend that’s been infused with cold brew coffee. Yeah, you read that right. We were miraculously able to get our hands on some, so try it while you can!

 

  • FOUR- With outdoor activities picking up, don’t forget that we have many items in outdoor-friendly packaging AKA: plastic (and in some instances, cans or bags). This stuff is great to take to festivals or into campgrounds/on lakes, where alcohol is permitted but glass containers aren’t. We have a great selection to choose from.

    campfire-drinks
    Yes please.

I feel like I should have a super exciting closer, but I got distracted looking for free images of campfires, and now I just want to go camping. I mean, doesn’t that sound glorious? What’s your favorite thing to drink while sitting around a crackling fire? I’ll probably blog about THAT next week. Until then… Cheers!