Hey There, Autumn…

Vintage 20 invites you to sample a fantastic assortment of spirits from Saint Lawrence Spirits on Friday 9/20/19 from 4p-7p.

Do you ever have one of those years that makes you wonder if you are secretly the star of a sitcom and you just…I don’t know…forgot…or nobody told you, or something? Just me?

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                          Ever see The Long Long Trailer? It’s like that.

This has definitely been my reality of late (okay, it’s been going on for a while now) and I feel like it’s just been a Murphy’s Law extravaganza of comedic error, and I-Love-Lucy-style ridiculousness. Life gets that way sometimes. I just keep reminding myself, hey– at least I’m never bored.

And while that’s true…I do often get distracted, and then I look up one day and realize it’s been TWO ENTIRE MONTHS since I’ve published a blog post. Whoops.

So here I am, just an exhausted mom/business owner/wine aficionada waving at (all 5 of) you from my keyboard, hoping you’ll join me this Friday for our Saint Lawrence Spirits tasting.

If You’ve Read the Casual Wine Taster Blog before, you probably recognize Saint Lawrence Spirits. We’ve invited them to taste here a number of times, and with good reason. They are a New York family owned and operated distillery, and above all we LOVE sharing high quality, locally crafted products with our customers.

My personal favorite is their Empire Cream. It’s made with their Ryesing Tide Whiskey and real cream (from Batavia). Smooth and decadant, this is a fall evening in a glass, especially if you’re like me and don’t much care for pumpkin-spiced-everything.

::ducks::

They’ll be bringing their other fabulous spirits, too. Around here people seem to love the Captain’s Flask bourbon. Saint Lawrence also makes some more interesting offerings, like Downbound Gin, which is barrel-aged, giving it a distinctive, nutty warmth at 114 proof.

Stop by and try it all this Friday, September 20th from 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm. As with all of our tastings, there is NO CHARGE to attend. Just stop by and sample at your leisure!

We hope to see you there!

They’re Baaaack!

FREE Saint Lawrence Spirits tasting at Vintage 20 on Friday 6/28/19 from 4p-7p.

No, not the spirits from Poltergeist. Instead we have much more friendly Spirits– from Saint Lawrence Distillery in Clayton, NY! We’ve got them stopping by this Friday, June 28th for our weekly FREE tasting.

One of our favorite homegrown, handcrafted lines, the spirits from Saint Lawrence Saint-lawrence-downbound-ginDistillery are right outta this world. We just brought in their Downbound Gin, which is unique because it’s barrel aged and “Navy Strength” (aka 114 proof). We also have some old favorites, including Empire Bourbon Cream, and Captain’s Flask Bourbon. AND SO MUCH MORE. A rep from the company will be on hand with many samples from the Saint Lawrence Spirits portfolio.

So bring your questions and your taste buds– there’s a lot to explore this Friday (June 28th) from 4PM-7PM at Vintage 20 Wine and Spirits. Cheers!

 

You’ll Wanna Try this: Scrumpy Ewe

Vintage 20 Wine and Spirits hosts a Scrumpy Ewe Cider tasting on Friday 6/14/19 from 4pm to 7pm.

So Here’s Something a Little Bit Different

…but only a little. Here at Vintage 20, we really enjoy supporting other local businesses. So it’s always a good day when we’re able to add new products to our inventory that highlight the great stuff being crafted in our little corner of the world, and share them with you. This week’s tasting highlights a local Cidery (for a change): Scrumpy Ewe. Located a hop, skip, and a jump away in West Fulton, Scrumpy Ewe Ciders are born and brewed in the Schoharie Valley using an interesting variety of apples in a European style. What you get is a cider that feels more like a fine wine. So yeah, this ain’t your scrumpy-ewe-cidermama’s cider.

Nothing against your mama, of course 😉

Join us this Friday, June 14th from 4pm to 7pm to try some Scrumpy Ewe’s goodness, and maybe even learn what “scrumpy” means (unless you already know or decided to Google). We’ll have two ciders open for your tasting pleasure. They’re night and day— and delicious. Hope to see you there!

 

Absinthe and More! Tasting this Friday

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!

KIDDING. Kinda.

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!

absinthe-albany-nyThe 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. absinthe-schenectady

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.

Cheers!

Local Love: KyMar Farms Distillery

Our month of Local Love continues with a KyMar Farms Distillery tasting on Friday 12/21/18 from 4pm-7pm.

‘Twas the week before Christmas and all through the store,

We’ve sampled local-made spirits galore.

It started last month with some Helderberg Mead,

“Let’s finish the year out,” we quickly agreed.

“With our favorite locals, both spirit and wine.

If we host one a week we’ll have just enough time.”

Then Saint Lawrence Distillery, next Hummingbird Hills,

Wondering what’s next? Well, you’re in for a thrill!

When what to your wondering eyes should appear,

but Kymar Farms this Friday– it’s practically here!

With their fine malted whiskey and Mapple Jack too,

and some other great wines and fine spirits will do.

So stop by on Friday between four and seven,

you’re sure to believe you’ve found homegrown heaven.

And you’ll hear us exclaim ‘ere you drive out of sight,

“Thanks for shopping local, and have a great night!”

THANK YOU for celebrating with us.

— Lyssa at Vintage 20 Wine and Spirits

 

Keeping it Local in December: Week One, Saint Lawrence Spirits

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!

 

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!

Saint Lawrence Spirits Tasting

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!”

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My. GOD.

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. 😉

Hope to see you Friday, though. Cheers, friends!

KyMar Farms Distillery Tasting!

Vintage 20 Wine and Spirits welcomes KyMar Farm Distillery on Friday July 20th from 5PM to 7PM.

We are super stoked to welcome the folks from KyMar Farms Distillery this Friday for a FREE tasting event!

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!

kymarWe 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!

See you Friday. 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!

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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

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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!