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Free Tastings

We love to let you know what we know by teaching and tasting.
Here are some scheduled events that will be fun and informative.
Take advantage of these premier tastings at Astor's Landmark Location - 399 Lafayette at 4th Street.

Aside from the free tastings, enjoy a 15% discount on any wine that's poured, the day of tasting.

JUL29

Wednesday, Jul 29, 2015

ArteNOM Tequila: Summer Margaritas Step Up

6:00pm to 8:00pm
It's summertime and the living is easy. And nothing says easy like an easy, breezy margarita. Make those margaritas shine with this amazing line of tequilas from ArteNOM Selección. We'll be tasting the 1580 Blanco, a viscous, creamy white tequila; the 1146 Añejo, a luxurious and complex spirit; and the 1414 Reposado, an oak-aged, nutty, vanilla-scented tequila that is just as good neat as it is mixed into your favorite margarita.

Featuring:

ArteNOM Seleccion 1146 Anejo Tequila - (750)
Mexico, Jalisco, Highlands
Item #: 31091

ArteNOM Selección 1414 Reposado Tequila - (750)
Mexico, Jalisco, Highlands
Item #: 26916

ArteNOM Seleccion 1580 Blanco Tequila - (750)
Mexico, Jalisco, Highlands, NOM 1079
Item #: 26915

JUL30

Thursday Jul 30, 2015

Quality White Wine from the Loire

6:00pm to 8:00pm
France's Loire Valley is home to some of the world's finest white wines. Come see why this region is synoymous with "quality white" as we open four bottles: two Muscadets and two Vouvrays that show the depth and precision of this winemaking haven.

Featuring:

Muscadet "La Louvetrie," Dom. de la Louvetrie - 2014 (750)
White, France, Loire, Nantes
Item #: 26039

Muscadet "Clos des Allées," Luneau-Papin - 2013 (750)
White, France, Loire, Nantes, Muscadet
Item #: 11988

Vouvray "Silex," Dom. d'Orfeuilles - 2013 (750)
White, France, Loire, Touraine, Vouvray
Item #: 10893

Vouvray, Champalou - 2013 (750)
White, France, Loire, Touraine, Vouvray
Item #: 21777

JUL30

Thursday, Jul 30, 2015

Art in the Age: Better Produce for Better Products

6:00pm to 8:00pm
In 2004, husband-and-wife team Melkon Khosrovian and Litty Matthew began making spirits from local, hand-processed produce. Today, their award-winning line, named Art in the Age, is a testament to the impact that fresh and local organics can have on a spirit. Come taste through the Sage Cordial, Root, Rhubarb Tea, and Snap spirits and see why Art in the Age is truly a trendsetter.

Featuring:

Art in the Age Rhubarb Tea - (750)
USA, Pennsylvania
Item #: 28085

Art in the Age Root - (750)
USA, Pennsylvania
Item #: 24853

Art in the Age Sage Cordial - (750)
USA
Item #: 29825

Art in the Age Snap - (750)
USA, Pennsylvania
Item #: 25314

JUL31

Friday Jul 31, 2015

Mount Gay: The Next Chapter

6:00pm to 8:00pm
The story of Mount Gay is a celebration of some of the greatest spirits ever made in the Caribbean, with standards set for this category of rum that still resonate today. Named after Sir John Gay Alleyne, who ran the company for most of the 18th century, the distillery has been located in the hilly northern part of the island’s St. Lucy Parish, Barbados, since its inception and is surrounded by some of the most highly prized sugar cane fields in the world. Master Blender Allen Smith has spent the past quarter century continuing this tradition and has filled the ranks with some of the most complete, versatile, and drinkable rums in existence. You won't want to miss a flight of these gorgeous rums.

JUL31

Friday, Jul 31, 2015

The Delicate Whites of Portugal

6:00pm to 8:00pm
Portugal is not all Port and circumstance. The whites of this country are perfect for a warm, pretty summer evening (and these three stunners are particularly apropos, given the weather). Join us for a taste of the Quina do Regueiro Vinho Verde, the Quinta do Perdigão Encruzado Dão white, and the da Fonseca Coleccao Privada 204 Castas.

Featuring:

JUL31

Friday Jul 31, 2015

Oregon's Stellar Pinot Noirs

6:00pm to 8:00pm
Nothing says Oregon quite like Pinot Noir (and maybe an episode or two of "Portlandia"). In this focused tasting, we'll be toasting to this incredible state and its reds with a look at three Pinot Noirs: the Mayasara "3 Degrees," the Evesham Wood, and the Teutonic Wine Co. "Huntington Hill Vineyards." Come see what sets Oregon Pinot Noir apart from the pack.

Featuring:

Maysara "3 Degrees" Pinot Noir, McMinnville - 2013 (750)
Red, USA, Oregon, Willamette Valley, McMinnville
Item #: 32302

Evesham Wood Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley - 2013 (750)
Red, USA, Oregon, Willamette Valley
Item #: 87214

Pinot Noir "Huntington Hill Vineyards," Teutonic Wine Co. - 2013 (750)
Red, USA, Oregon, Willamette Valley
Item #: 32348

AUG1

Saturday, Aug 01, 2015

Greenhook Gin Presents Summer Streets Bloody Marys!

11:00am to 1:00pm
We're celebrating Summer Streets with Greenhook Gin bloody Marys! Distiller Steven DeAngelo brings us home-turf gin made right here in Greenpoint, Brooklyn. We will be tasting the Ginsmiths Dry Gin, the Old Tom Gin, and the Beach Plum Gin Liqueur, which is infused with Long Island beach plums and Turbinado sugar. All three gins will be featured in Astor's special Summer Streets celebration. Don't miss out on this extremely seasonal treat!

Featuring:

Greenhook Ginsmiths Dry Gin - (750)
USA, New York
Item #: 26619

Greenhook Ginsmiths Beach Plum Gin Liqueur - (750)
USA, New York
Item #: 27258

Greenhook Ginsmiths Old Tom Gin - (750)
USA, New York, Brooklyn
Item #: 31486

AUG1

Saturday Aug 01, 2015

Savage Grace Wines: Old World Sensibility, New World Wine

3:00pm to 5:00pm
In 2011, winemaker and owner Michael Savage established Savage Grace Wines with an inaugural vintage of Cabernet Franc. His vision was and is to make Old World-style wines in a restrained and consistent manner, yielding wines that are balanced and palatable from vintage to vintage. Come taste the 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon and the 2013 Sauvignon Blanc from this up-and-coming producer.

Featuring:

Savage Grace Wines, Sauvignon Blanc - 2013 (750)
White, USA, Washington, Yakima Valley
Item #: 32405

Savage Grace Wines, Cabernet Sauvignon - 2011 (750)
Red, USA, Washington, Yakima Valley
Item #: 32407

AUG1

Saturday, Aug 01, 2015

Zepaltas: A Young Winemaker Impresses

3:00pm to 5:00pm
Ryan Zepaltas is a young winemaker assisting at Siduri who began his own label with the 2005 vintage. He crafts Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, and Syrah in an urban winery in Santa Rosa, California. This young winemaker is taking California by storm and we'll be tasting three wines that demonstrate just how diverse California winemaking still is.

Featuring:

Zepaltas Lake County Sauvignon Blanc - 2014 (750)
White, USA, California, Lake
Item #: 26968

Zepaltas “Babushka” Chardonnay - 2012 (750)
White, USA, California, Sonoma, Russian River
Item #: 26976

Zepaltas Sonoma Coast, Pinot Noir - 2012 (750)
Red, USA, California, Sonoma
Item #: 32926

AUG6

Thursday Aug 06, 2015

Hennessy: Still the Best

6:00pm to 8:00pm
In 1786, Richard Hennessy hired Jean Fillioux as the first Hennessy Master Blender. In an extraordinary relationship between the two families, eight generations of direct Fillioux descendants have overseen the aging and blending of Hennessy Cognacs, including Yann Fillioux, Master Blender today. All the grapes used to create Hennessy Cognacs are born of the unique soil of the Cognac region surrounding the River Charente. Ugni Blanc grapes are harvested, crushed, fermented, and then distilled according to strict practices perfected over time. Come see why Hennessy is still at the top of the Cognac game.

Featuring:

Hennessy 250 Collector's Blend Cognac - (LTR)
France, Cognac
Item #: 32913

Hennessy VS Cognac - (LTR)
France, Cognac
Item #: 06506

AUG8

Saturday, Aug 08, 2015

Cocchi: The Original Americano

3:00pm to 5:00pm
Cocchi's is widely regarded as the original Aperitivo Americano, and has been made continuously since 1891 using only natural ingredients. This spectacular spirit is made by blending white wine with a secret selection of herbs and spices, some of which include gentian, cinchona, and bitter orange peels. In recent years, Cocchi has developed a cult following. Here at Astor, this comes as no surprise; join us at this tasting and see Cocchi for yourself.

Featuring:

Cocchi Americano Aperitif - (750)
Italy, Piedmont
Item #: 23153

Cocchi Americano Rosa - (750)
Italy
Item #: 28317

Cocchi Barolo Chinato - (500)
Italy, Piedmont
Item #: 24568

Cocchi Vermouth di Torino - (750)
Italy, Piedmont
Item #: 24730

AUG9

Sunday Aug 09, 2015

Mahia Fig and Legs Diamond

2:00pm to 5:00pm

Featuring:

Mahia Fig Spirit - (750)
USA, New York
Item #: 27111

Nahmias Legs Diamond Rye Whiskey - (375)
USA, New York, Yonkers
Item #: 30112