Warm up with Citra Montepulciano D’Abruzzo on 1/24/20 from 4p-7p at Vintage 20 Wine and Spirits.
If it’s still January, it counts as a New Year’s post, right?
If you have ever worked in any sort of retail environment, you are probably well aware that the “Holiday Season” (aka Hell) is both the best and worst of times. It takes forever to go by, and at the same time, you blink and it’s the end of January, and you’re wondering where the heck did it all go?
I know that’s where I’m at. And I have also been very bad at keeping up this site. Best intentions and all that.
But here I am! Trying to come up with some sort of a tasting schedule for the coming year.
Let’s start with something hearty this week, ’cause winter only started a month ago and I am already tired of being cold all the time. So please, join us this Friday January 24th 2020 from 4:00 to 7:00 PM for a free sample of Citra Montepulciano D’Abruzzo. This is a great everyday table wine for cold months, as it packs a little bit of heat and a touch of acidity, but not too much. It’s right smack in the middle of the palate for fruity vs peppery, dry vs. sweet. So basically, it’s an easy going, people pleasing, delight. And super reasonably priced, too!
But wait, there’s more! During the tasting (hosted by yours truly), we’ll take 10% off your purchase of Citra Montepulciano. It’s a good deal with some great company, if I do say so myself 🙂
Hope to see you there! Cheers!
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.
You’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!
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
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!
If 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!
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!
My 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. 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!
This 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!
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
Jean-Luc Colombo Cotes du Rhone tasting at Vintage 20 Wine and Spirits on Friday 11/30/18.
Are you all tired of talking about the holidays yet?
Cause I’ve kind of got them on the brain, and not entirely in a good way. Retail wine and liquor (or really any retail) be CRAZY this time of year, and I am feeling it big time. Plus, with all of the fun early-winter illness that’s been running around our household (yay, pinkeye!), I feel both exhausted and wired in a way that’s beginning to just feel like late November/ early December to me.
My frazzled demeanor and lack of time to relax has me looking forward to sampling an easy drinking wine this week. Jean-Luc Colombo Cotes du Rhone has a lot to offer in that department. Food friendly, delicately spiced, and budget-conscious, this one is a great choice to warm you up on a chilly December evening. It’s the sort of wine you might want to have on hand to bring to a holiday party, or as a last minute gift to give a friend or coworker that you have forgotten about in your haze of hurry-up-and-shop. I speak from experience: ALWAYS have a few spare gifts on hand!
We will have a bottle of Jean-Luc Colombo Cotes du Rhone available to try this Friday, November 30th, from 4PM- 7PM. As always, it’s FREE to try, and if you decide to purchase this wine during our tasting, we’ll give you 10% off. It’s a good deal any way you look at it.
Now excuse me while I go find my hiding 5 year old and attempt to put a single eye drop in her eye without being jumped.