Vintage 20 hosts a FREE absinthe (and more) tasting featuring products from Saint Lawrence Spirits on 3/1/19 from 4p-7p.
Take a “trip” with us this weekend!
Our friends at Saint Lawrence Spirits are back in town, and we’ll be sampling the usual suspects AND something new to Vintage 20 Wine and Spirits: Absinthe!
There is a lot of rumor and mystery surrounding absinthe and it’s legality here in the United States, so let’s talk about that for a minute because it’s soooooo interesting!
The first noted consumption of absinthe was in Switzerland in the 18th century, but it’s popularity grew in 19th century Europe (particularly in Paris) as many famous writers, artists, and practitioners of the bohemian lifestyle considered it their drink of choice. I mean, of course it was. Depending on just how bohemian you were, your absinthe came with it’s own special spoon to melt sugar over it, by adding water or lighting it on fire. Of course. Totally normal behavior for alcohol consumption. Not.
Which Brings Me to the Downer…
Whether absinthe has, or has ever had, hallucinogenic properties is hotly debated. It’s ingredients can include anise, wormwood, fennel, and other botanicals. Absinthe also contains small amounts of the chemical compound thujone, which gives it a trace menthol flavor. This compound takes the blame for the supposed “trip” that we hear about, but it’s teeny tiny amounts are unlikely to cause actual psychedelic effects. Womp womp. It is, however, a high alcohol content spirit and I think we all have a friend or a self that is greatly affected by THAT.
Banned in the U.S. in 1915, absinthe has only been legal here since 2007. All things considered, that is a short amount of time. And with no fanfare or hullabaloo about it’s reintroduction to bars and store shelves, absinthe is a spirit that continues to be a bit mysterious and underappreciated.
No More! Stop by this Friday, March 1st from 4 PM to 7 PM to try TWO great absinthe, lovingly crafted by Saint Lawrence Spirits. Like everything else they do, these are made with high quality ingredients and a passion for creating a superb, locally sourced spirit and it shows! You definitely do not want to miss this free tasting event. Hope to see you there.
Vintage 20 Wine and Spirits kicks of a month of Local Love with a Saint Lawrence Spirits tasting on 12/7/18 from 4-7pm!
This month marks the second anniversary of the day we opened the doors here at Vintage 20 Wine and Spirits, and we’ve been loving it ever since. To celebrate, we’ve invited some of our favorite local wineries and distilleries for our weekly tasting events!
This week we have Saint Lawrence Spirits back with their craft distilled, locally sourced, seriously delicious spirits! If you missed our last tasting with Saint Lawrence, you don’t have to kick yourself too hard. Just come on down this Friday, December 7th between 4PM and 7PM. Hope to see you there!
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!
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!”
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. 😉
KyMar is yet another great local producer of wines and spirits that we are happy to support here at Vintage 20 Wine and Spirits! Right now, we’ve got their Mapple Jack, which is a delicious combination of apple brandy and maple syrup. Holy yum!
We also have their highly-rated, incredibly sought-after, small batch Malt Whiskey!!!
Come taste both on Friday, July 20th from 5PM-7PM at Vintage 20 Wine and Spirits. We’re a little off our regular time because KyMar is coming to do the tasting, and they’ll have other products to taste as well. Be a “Vintage VIP” and let us know what other KyMar products we should carry!
You can also head out to the distillery yourself and see what they have to offer. Check out KyMar’s website for more information.
As always, we LOVE LOCAL, and hope you’ll love supporting KyMar Farm as much as we do!
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
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.