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.

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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!

Summahhhh Sangria: Opici Red Sangria

Vintage 20 Wine and Spirits will feature a FREE tasting of Opici Red Sangria on 7/19/19 from 4p to 7p.

Do you want to know what my hands down, 100% most favorite thing EVER about owning a liquor store is?

Besides owning tens of thousands of dollars worth of wine and liquor that I could just drink whenever I wanted, but I don’t because $$?

It’s the TASTINGS. I love picking out something delicious and sharing it with all of you. Because how do you know what you like or don’t like, if you don’t try it first? And how much easier is it to try something if you’re not obligated to buy it? Way easier, right? Try-Before-You-Buy is the best!

This weekend is supposed to have a “feels like” temperature of 102 degrees. Which is gross. Summer is definitely here, and that demands we find the perfect deck/pool/camp/boat/ beverage. Because what’s a lazy summer weekend without an ice cold drink in your hand?

So in honor of it being ridiculously hot out, I’m breaking out my favorite summer sipper: Opici Red Sangria. Yes, it’s a premade Sangria. But I promise you, it lacks NADA in flavor. We sell it in 3 liter boxes because when you break this stuff out at a party, it goes FAST.

Opici-sangriaYou’ll want to keep the box in your fridge or cooler, because it’s definitely best chilled (that’s why it’s one of my summer staples!). With a great citrus tang and a hint of spice, a glass of this sangria goes with everything from burgers and dogs, to ice cubes and upper lip sweat. It’s just a friendly and approachable wine. I want to open it right now.

BUT, our tasting doesn’t start until Friday, July 19th at 4 PM. Stop in between 4 PM and 7 PM to give this one a sip. You won’t be disappointed. We’ll also be offering 10% off your purchase of Opici Red Sangria for the entirety of the tasting event. So try it, love it, buy it, and save 10%. What a deal!

Hope to see you there. Cheers!

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!