Tastings, News, and Events

Cutwater Cans- Actually Taste Good

A ready-to-drink cocktail that actually TASTES like a cocktail? Sign me up!

File this one under: Huh.

You can get a pre-mixed drink, in a can, that doesn’t taste like malted metallic garbage. In fact, Cutwater Spirits has come out with a line of ready-to-drink cocktails that are quite delicious.

I’m not sure why no other company has really been able to do this with any amount of success (in the flavor department, in my humble opinion), but perhaps it’s because Cutwater is not only the maker of the base alcohol, but also the mixers. So when you’re drinking a Cutwater Rum and Ginger, you’re drinking Cutwater’s Three Sheets white rum, mixed with their made-in-house ginger beer. Since they craft the cocktail from start to finish, the quality is entirely on them.

My Favorite Cutwater Ready-to-Drink Cocktail

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Say “ah.”

is definitely the Gin and Tonic. Which is funny, because I don’t like Gin. In general, I think gin tastes like Christmas in a bad way. Like a mouth full of pine needles. No thanks.

But Cutwater’s pre-mixed Gin and Tonic? DIFFERENT. As their website says, it’s a “modern spin on an old classic.” Cutwater’s Old Grove gin is blended with a made-in-house grapefruit and cucumber tonic water. It’s refreshing, tart, delicious.

Ready to Try?

You’re in luck! We’ll have these bad boys available at Vintage 20 on Friday, June 8th from 4PM-7PM at our weekly tasting! You’ll definitely want to throw a pack of these in your cooler for your next outdoor adventure. Mix and match a 4 pack, or get just one. The price is right on these! Cheers!

Western Son Flavored Vodkas

Flavored vodkas are a dime a dozen. Unique and well done flavors are worth noting.

So we just got in these cute lil’ guys: Western Son Vodka flavors, in 50ml bottles. At 99 cents a pop, you can try all six of the flavors we carry (peach, lime, cucumber, prickly pear, watermelon, and grapefruit) without spending a ton of money. AND we also have them available in 10 packs (single flavor only, sorry) for $8.99, so you save about a dollar that way. Good deal!

Western Son distills their vodka in Texas, and they *might* be knocking on the doors of Tito’s fans (they also boast that they are a small batch, hand-crafted, gluten-free corn vodka, distilled 10 times…oh, and they, too, give back through their own charity). However one big difference: Western Son has the FLAVAHS.Western Son Minis

NOW ON TO MY RANT. I feel like these days there are as many flavored vodkas as there are shows on the History Channel that have nothing to do with history (and I blame you, Pawn Stars).
I checked, and there are easily a gillion different vodka flavors. Everything from Bacon to Sriracha to Chocolate Whipped Cream. I mean, I’m sure that gym-sock flavored vodka is going to go GREAT in your post-workout Bloody Mary, but I don’t see a ton of uses for some of these crazy flavors.

Western Son Vodka comes in flavors that are different, but not super-specific and weird (I bet you were wondering where I was going with the gym-sock thing). Lime and Prickly Pear could go in any number of fun fruity cocktails. With summer just around the corner, Fun Fruity Cocktails are definitely on my list of things to do. So while I’m pretty sure flavored vodkas in general are poised to go the way of the Cupcake, I’m hoping these will stick around to grace my concoctions for years to come.

The Tasting Bar at Vintage 20!

The Tasting Bar at Vintage 20 Wine and Spirits in Duanesburg, NY has a solid selection of spirits that you can try before you buy!

Our friends over at Rehab Crafters made this classy sign for our tasting station. What do you think?!

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I, for one, LOVE it. But I also love that I have the sort of job where I can create my own tasting bar!! Life is full of strange and joyful surprises, isn’t it?

So hey, stop by Vintage 20 Wine and Spirits literally any time that we’re open, for a small taste of one or all of the spirits we have on display. Just like Mom used to say, how do you know whether or not you like something unless you try it?

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Easily the 2nd or 3rd least appealing food on the planet.

SIDE NOTE: My mom was talking about Brussels Sprouts. Which are gross. I’m talking about whiskey. Which is delicious. So maybe this isn’t such a great comparison…never mind.

Back to what I was saying, I am always a big proponent of “try before you buy.” While we can’t offer you a taste of every item in stock, we do our best to have a decent array of spirits available at the Tasting Bar, as well as at our weekly tasting events. And: OH! Stay tuned for a new addition that will make wine tastings an all-week-long affair!

Cheers to a great week, friends! I’ll be posting our June tasting calendar soon. <<clink>>

 

Get Ready for Summ-ahhhhhh…

Holy crap, guys. This weekend is Memorial Day. I literally just put away my shovel and…we’ve arrived at summer.

Not. Complaining.

Anyway. I thought now might be a good time to remind you of a few things:

  • ONE- We deliver. Yes, friends, we will physically bring your wine and liquor to your
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    Our delivery area.

    very door. Or flap, if you’re tenting in our delivery area. If you’re boating, camping, festival-ing, or Rendezvous-ing in our delivery area, we’ll bring your purchase to you. Of course, there are a few catches…

    • We still have to follow the law. So please, do the same. We can’t sell to visibly intoxicated persons or persons under the age of 21. If we suspect either of these things are present, the transaction won’t happen. We take this stuff very seriously.
    • Right now, we have a delivery driver available Fridays and Saturdays from 430pm-830pm. We will also gladly deliver at other times and on other days. Just give us a call (518-895-1098) and we’ll do what we can. The further in advance you let us know, the better the chance we’ll be able to make it happen!
    • General information: $45 minimum purchase, with a $5 delivery fee. Fee is waived for purchases over $150. Discounts still apply, so military personnel and veterans, remind us about your service so we can give you your 10% off! The person placing the order must be the person who will receive the order, and he or she must provide a valid government issued photo ID at the time of purchase. NO EXCEPTIONS.

 

  • TWO- With a holiday weekend coming up, it’s never a bad time for a reminder that we are pretty much always open. We are open every day, with the exception of Christmas Day. If there’s two feet of snow…we’re open. On major holidays (such as Memorial Day) we’re open!! We might “close” early, but that just means we’re out back having a good time, and don’t want to listen for the door. If you call us, we’ll pop in and help you out! And we’ll always hang a sign letting you know what’s up.

 

Apothic Brew
Coffee is the new wine.
  • THREE- This. This is a thing. Apothic has made a so-limited-it’s-damn-near-exclusive-release red wine blend that’s been infused with cold brew coffee. Yeah, you read that right. We were miraculously able to get our hands on some, so try it while you can!

 

  • FOUR- With outdoor activities picking up, don’t forget that we have many items in outdoor-friendly packaging AKA: plastic (and in some instances, cans or bags). This stuff is great to take to festivals or into campgrounds/on lakes, where alcohol is permitted but glass containers aren’t. We have a great selection to choose from.

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    Yes please.

I feel like I should have a super exciting closer, but I got distracted looking for free images of campfires, and now I just want to go camping. I mean, doesn’t that sound glorious? What’s your favorite thing to drink while sitting around a crackling fire? I’ll probably blog about THAT next week. Until then… Cheers!

 

Pristine Vodka and A.D. Prosecco

Turn your Friday into a FriYAY with Pristine Vodka and Anno Domini Prosecco! A FREE tasting is scheduled for 5/18/18 at Vintage 20 Wine and Spirits.

This week we’re turning your Friday into a FriYAY with a FREE wine AND spirit tasting!

Let’s start off with the fabulousness that is Pristine Vodka. If ever you’ve shopped our shop, there’s a good chance you’re familiar with this sleeper Vodka. What I mean by sleeper is it’s been around our area for a while, and has picked up in volume because people have realized it’s just that damn good.

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This movie was a sleeper.

If you like top-shelf vodka without paying a top-shelf price, you should definitely try this one!

prisitne-vodka-anno-domini-proseccoAnother great thing about Pristine Vodka, it’s available through a local importer. We LOVE local.

From the same company, we’ll also have Anno Domini Prosecco available to taste. You may have heard me refer to this one as the “ransom note” prosecco, because the label has an unmistakable “leave me one thousand dollars in unmarked bills under the park bench at noon” feel to it. Of course, I love that about this wine, almost as much as I love the taste. I’ve long been a big prosecco fan, and I *think* this one might be my new favorite.

You can try both of these great products for FREE this Friday 5/18/18 from 4pm-7pm at Vintage 20 Wine and Spirits! Hope to see you there! Cheers!

 

Mother’s Day Weekend Special

mothers day 2018Celebrate Mom with this great deal: 14 Hands Moscato, regularly $9.99, is marked down to $7.99 this Mother’s Day Weekend ONLY (that’s Saturday 5/12/18 and Sunday 5/13/18). We’ll also gift wrap it for you, free of charge. We are open regular hours this weekend (Saturday 10am-9pm and Sunday 12pm-6pm) and as always, DELIVERY is available Saturday from 430pm-830pm. From all of us at Vintage 20, have a relaxing Mother’s Day!