Jean-Luc Colombo Cotes du Rhone

Jean-Luc Colombo Cotes du Rhone tasting at Vintage 20 Wine and Spirits on Friday 11/30/18.

Are you all tired of talking about the holidays yet?

Cause I’ve kind of got them on the brain, and not entirely in a good way. Retail wine and liquor (or really any retail) be CRAZY this time of year, and I am feeling it big time. Plus, with all of the fun early-winter illness that’s been running around our household (yay, pinkeye!), I feel both exhausted and wired in a way that’s beginning to just feel like late November/ early December to me.

My frazzled demeanor and lack of time to relax has me looking forward to sampling an easy drinking wine this week. Jean-Luc Colombo Cotes du Rhone has a lot to offer in that department. Food friendly, delicately spiced, and budget-conscious, this one is a great choice to warm you up on a chilly December evening. It’s the sort of wine you might want to have on hand to bring to a holiday party, or as a last minute gift to give a friend or coworker that you have forgotten about in your haze of hurry-up-and-shop. I speak from experience: ALWAYS have a few spare gifts on hand!

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We will have a bottle of Jean-Luc Colombo Cotes du Rhone available to try this Friday, November 30th, from 4PM- 7PM. As always, it’s FREE to try, and if you decide to purchase this wine during our tasting, we’ll give you 10% off. It’s a good deal any way you look at it.

Now excuse me while I go find my hiding 5 year old and attempt to put a single eye drop in her eye without being jumped.

Cheers, friends!

I Have NEWS!!

The Holidays have arrived at Vintage 20 Wine and Spirits in Duanesburg, NY!

It’s Thanksgiving week! Around here that means we are gearing up for the holiday season, so I’d like to take a minute to share what’s going on in our neck of the woods:

We are OPEN Thanksgiving Day from 10AM- 1PM.

So if you have any last minute items you need to make your holiday special (or even just bearable), we’ve got you covered. Every other day from now until Christmas Eve we will be open regular hours. I’ll keep you posted on hours for that week as soon as I can– one step at a time, friends!

This Week’s Tasting

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Because Thanksgiving happens on Thursday, and because Black Friday is traditionally nothing special at liquor stores (everyone is too busy trying not to get trampled at Best Buy, I suppose), we’ll be hosting our weekly FREE tasting on Wednesday, and it will feature Ecco Domani Pinot Grigio (a classic pairing for a turkey dinner) and Pail Shop Vineyards Portrait of a Cooper Red Blend. Pail Shop is a local winery, and this is definitely my favorite wine in their portfolio.

We Now Have Gift Cards!

Welcome to the future. Vintage 20 Wine and Spirits now offers gift cards, in any denomination. They are reuseable, too. Pretty cool. Ask us for more details. If you have received a gift certificate prior to this that you haven’t redeemed yet, no worries; we still accept those too. 🙂

Last But Not Least

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We’re adding some great new products just in time for the holidays. Gift sets, hard-to-find items, free promotional ware, complimentary gift wrap, stocking stuffers, and custom gift baskets are available. You can also shop our private collection for some of our favorite special wines and spirits.

From all of us, have a safe and Happy Thanksgiving!!

 

 

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!

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:

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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!

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!

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!