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

 

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!!

 

 

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!

Pristine Vodka Tasting at Vintage 20!

Vintage 20 welcomes Pristine Vodka for a free tasting on Friday 11/2/18 4 to 7 pm.

Guess who’s back? Back again? Pristine’s Back. Tell a friend!

^^Tell me you also sang that. Or maybe it was just me, summoning Slim Shady (but why, even?).

Pristine Vodka - Liquor Stores

We’re happy to have Pristine Vodka back in the house this Friday, November 2nd for a free tasting event from 4 PM- 7 PM. Pristine is a great vodka, because it has that “Top Shelf” look and taste, but costs about the same as a middle-of-the-road vodka. Any time you get more bang for your buck, I am a fan.

I also love that Pristine is a local import. So that means you are getting high quality, authentic Ukrainian vodka, imported into beautiful Voorheesville New York, by a person who KNOWS HIS VODKA (that’s Alex, by the way. And he is a blast to talk to. I would say that he is fully 50% of the reason I am looking forward to this tasting). So come, be our guest, talk his ear off, try some Pristine Vodka. It’s bound to be a great time!

Cheers.

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.

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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!

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 BottleÂŽ. Spirit Tastings available in our seasonal tasting room or inside Saint Lawrence Spirits Château!”

Saint Lawrence Chateau
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!