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!

 

Blue Chair Bay Key Lime Rum Cream

Vintage 20 brings you to the beach on Friday 5/10/19 from 4p-7p with a FREE Blue Chair Bay Key Lime Rum Cream tasting.

Let’s talk about Rum Creams for a minute.

First of all, if you didn’t know this was a thing: you’re welcome. Rum Creams, just like any other creamy alcoholic beverage, are a combination of Rum and dairy cream. What’s nice about them is they have a very decadent and dessert-y quality without having to actually mix anything. Maybe throw in an ice cube or something. Or just chill ahead of time. Lazy drinks are the BEST.

What’s not nice about them? They can be a little bit addicting!

Blue-Chair-bay-key-limeThis one’s an old favorite around these parts: Blue Chair Bay Key Lime Rum Cream. Blue Chair Bay is Kenny Chesney’s line of rums. I’m not a huge country music fan (sorry, most-of-America), but he did a good job with these. A lot of times you’ll see a celebrity sign on with a distillery or winery and it’s just a name, not quality. But these are good. REAL good.

The Key Lime Rum Cream is the BOMB.

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If you’ve every been to Key West, FL, you’ve probably had a Key Lime something-or-other, whether it’s a cocktail or a pie, or something else entirely. The flavor of a Key Lime is pretty distinctive, with a higher acidity than a typical lime. So you get citrus with a distinctive tart– the perfect accompaniment to sweet and smooth Caribbean rum and real dairy cream.

Blue Chair Bay Key Lime Rum Cream makes me want to plop down in a beach chair with a chilled glass and a teeny umbrella, and just take it all in one sip at a time. Preferably from that beach pictured above. Take me back!!

Join me on my pretend beach journey this Friday, May 10th from 4pm to 7pm at Vintage 20 Wine and Spirits for a FREE sample of Blue Chair Bay Key Lime Rum Cream. It’s the perfect way to start your weekend B-)

Cheers!

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!

XXX Tennessee S’Mores Whiskey Tasting

Vintage 20 Wine and Spirits hosts a free liquor tasting featuring XXX Tennessee S’Mores Whiskey on 1/11/19 from 4p-7p.

We’re back! I mean, not that we’ve gone anywhere, really, but the holidays are oh-vahhh, and we are taking a step back and a collective breath here at Vintage 20, looking at our tasting schedule, and seeing empty spaces. Let’s fix that beginning this week!

xxx-smores-whiskeyJoin us Friday January 11th for the first official tasting of the year! We’ll feature something sweet and tasty that you can sip by a cozy fire– XXX Tennessee S’mores Whiskey from XXX Distillery. I bet you didn’t think you could get a whiskey that tastes like graham crackers, but I am here to prove you wrong! Toasted marshmallow and graham cracker, with the full body warmth of a rye-heavy whiskey. Pretty darn tasty!

Try some yourself this Friday between 4 and 7PM right here at Vintage 20 Wine and Spirits! Stay warm and enjoy the rest of your week. 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!

 

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!