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!

Complete Your Holiday Meal with Smoking Loon Wines!

Vintage 20 has Holiday Wine Pairings featuring Smoking Loon Wines Friday 4/19/19 4p-7p. Open Easter Sunday from 12-3, on call if ya need us from 3-6!

Easter Sunday is This Weekend

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And you know it– we’re OPEN. One of the great benefits of our location is we are pretty much always around! Vintage 20 Wine and Spirits will be OPEN from 12:00 PM to 3:00 PM for your last minute holiday needs. If you find yourself in a place of desperation between 3 and 6:00 PM (hey, wine emergencies happen), just give us a call at 518-895-1098. We’ll be happy to open up for you!

Fabulous Wine Pairings To Go!

smoking-loonIf you’re not sure what to serve with your holiday meal, you will definitely want to stop by our tasting this Friday, April 19th between 4:00 PM and 7:00 PM. We’ll have a nice variety of wines from Smoking Loon open, free to try! Let us know what’s on the table and we can recommend something that will go along great! Try one, try ’em all. The tasting is FREE and we will offer you 10% off your purchase of our featured wines during our tasting event. Smoking Loon is a real bang-for-you-buck sort of wine anyway, so you really can’t lose.

And of course, I am crossing my fingers for some sunshine and a warm breeze. Cheers, friends!

 

Cote Mas Sparkling Rose Tasting

Vintage 20 hosts a free tasting, featuring Cote Mas Sparkling Brut Rose on Friday 4/12/19 from 4p to 7p.

I think it’s safe to say that I am officially desperate for Spring! Pretty much all of the tastings we’ve scheduled for the next month focus heavily on my desire to drink something chilled and preferably out-of-doors. Anyone else dying to break in their deck and patio furniture? I can’t be alone here!

cote-mas-sparkling-roseMy trusty cell phone weather app assures me that it will indeed be a glorious weekend, so it’s a great time to stop by Vintage 20 Wine and Spirits for a free sample of a new-to-us wine: Cote Mas Brut Rose. It’s pink. It’s bubbly. It’s got some rich fruit flavors. Guys– we deserve this.

Tonight ONLY (Friday April 12th 2019) we’ll have a bottle of this bad boy open to try for free, AND we’ll give you 10% off your purchase of our featured wine if you decide to take it home with you. Good deal! That’s tonight from 4:00 PM to 7:00 PM. Hope to see you there! Cheers, friends!

Spring is in the Air with Blossom Bros.

Spring is in the Air with Blossom Bros. Join us for a free sample this Friday 3/22/19 from 4p to 7p.

I don’t know about you, but I am LOVING this sunshine! It’s mid March, we’re just adjusting to Daylight Savings robbing us of a precious hour of sleep, and we are just about into “fake spring”. If you live in upstate New York, you know that “fake spring” is that glorious trickster stretch of several days to a week where the sun is warm, the birds are chirping, and most of the disgusting dirty snow melts. Usually about a week later the temperature drops again and we all curse the heavens, but it’s a sure sign: ACTUAL Spring is on the way!

blossom-brosThis is the time of year I start to think less about hearty reds, and focus my attention on lighter cocktails, fruit flavors, and chilled glasses. Enter Blossom Brothers Wine Spritzers. Light, refreshing, bubbly, and no added sugar. These guys really hit the spot.

We’ll be sampling them for FREE this Friday, March 22nd from 4pm- 7pm. Stop by and give them a try! Take some home and we will give you 10% off your purchase of Blossom Bros. during the tasting event. 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!

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!