Wednesday, March 22, 2017

'Blending Bash' adds vodka to Saratoga Winery tasting room

Vodka and wine usually don't mix. However, they will when the Saratoga Winery hosts its first "Blending Bash." It's set to run from 7 to 10 p.m. Saturday, April 1.

It's a joint effort with the Saratoga Courage Distillery, for which the winery now proclaims it is "the official tasting room." The distillery was founded in Greenfield Center 2013 by Holly and Serge Shishik, and their Pick Six Vodka quickly was picked up by numerous bars and restaurants in  the Capital Region.

Unfortunately, Serge died last summer of cancer at the tender age of 43. But, Holly persevered, and partnering with Saratoga Winery to provide an official tasting room was a major step. (Local regulations precluded opening a tasting room at the distillery.)  She enlisted Serene Mastrianni, her sister-in-law, and Kellie Fisher, a cousin by marriage, to help run various aspects of the business, making it one of the few woman-owned and -run distilleries in the U.S.

Admission to the "Blending Bash" is $5, which includes a signature drink sample. Live music, BBQ, and a drink luge are included in the festivities.

The Saratoga Winery is located at 462 Route 29 West, three-plus miles from downtown Saratoga Springs. Phone: (518) 584-9463.

• Go here to visit the Capital Region Brew Trail
• Go here to visit Notes On Napkins
• Go here to visit Dowd's New York Wines Notebook

1 comment:

  1. Serene Mastrianni writes (via Facebook):

    Thank you for covering the tasting room opening at Saratoga Winery. We had an incredible turnout.