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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.

APR24

Friday, Apr 24, 2015

Bright, White, Full of Light

6:00pm to 8:00pm
Warmer weather has finally arrived. What better time to bring out those cool, refreshing wines? If you're looking for white, here are some of our favorites. We'll start with the Tokaji Furmint from Evolúció and follow it up with the Pinot Grigio from Terlan. These are perfect wines for any sunny afternoon, so join us as we usher in summer with our brightest whites.

Featuring:

Tokaji Furmint, Evolúció - 2013 (750)
White, Hungary, Tokaji
Item #: 27264

Pinot Grigio, Terlan - 2014 (750)
White, Italy, Trentino-Alto Adige, Alto Adige
Item #: 31579

APR24

Friday Apr 24, 2015

Snow Leopard: A Spirit With a Soul

6:00pm to 8:00pm
Snow Leopard is "a spirit with a soul." Donating 15% of their profits--as well as all monies raised through fundraising--to the Snow Leopard Trust, this company cares just as much about producing high-quality vodka as it does about protecting the planet. Stop in and taste one of the more philanthropic tipples on the market.

Featuring:

Snow Leopard Vodka - (750)
Poland
Item #: 31246

APR24

Friday, Apr 24, 2015

Spring Palate Cleanser

6:00pm to 8:00pm
For a cheerful look at this changing season, please join us for a tasting of two fun wines that will remind you that the worst of winter is finally behind us. We'll be cleansing our palates of the cold and welcoming in warmer weather with a refreshing Langhe Favorita from Malvira and a slightly richer Chardonnay--the "DMZ" from De Morgenzon. So shed those extra layers and come try some whites with us.

Featuring:

Langhe Favorita, Malvira - 2013 (750)
White, Italy, Piedmont, Langhe
Item #: 31658

“DMZ” De Morgenzon, Chardonnay - 2013 (750)
White, South Africa, Stellenbosch
Item #: 24267

APR25

Saturday Apr 25, 2015

Austrian Reds in Any Season

3:00pm to 5:00pm
Who says red wine's not for spring and summer sipping? Certainly not us. In fact, we've found a few of our favorite warm-weather Austrian reds, perfect for the sunshine. From Zweigelt to Blaufränkisch, we're spotlighting the Austrian wines that we think fare best with longer days and warmer nights, so stop in for a taste and see why red is still all the rage.

Featuring:

Zweigelt, Rosi Schuster - 2011 (750)
Red, Austria, Burgenland
Item #: 23276

Zweigelt, Umathum - 2011 (750)
Red, Austria
Item #: 56124

Blaufränkisch, Moric - 2013 (750)
Red, Austria, Burgenland
Item #: 20778

APR25

Saturday, Apr 25, 2015

Singani 63 Brandy: Tradition and Technique

3:00pm to 6:00pm
A clear, 80 proof spirit that has been produced for 450 years in South America, Singani is made from a single grape variety using techniques similar to those used in Cognac for ages. This award-winning spirit has, in the past, been consumed almost exclusively in South America, but is now enjoying international acclaim as it sees a wider export market. Come join us for a taste of this incredible and unique spirit.

Featuring:

Singani 63 Brandy - (750)
Bolivia
Item #: 30950

APR26

Sunday Apr 26, 2015

Botanica and Mahon: It's Always Martini Time

2:00pm to 5:00pm
Gin is the name of the game at this focused tasting. We're opening up the Botanic and the Xoriguer Gin de Mahon for a deeper look at some of the best gins on the market. Here at Astor, it's always martini time.

Featuring:

Botanica Gin - (750)
USA, California
Item #: 30402

Xoriguer Gin de Mahon - (LTR)
Spain, Menorca
Item #: 31630

APR30

Thursday, Apr 30, 2015

Casa Dragones Gift Set

6:00pm to 8:00pm
Come taste one of our most exquisite tequilas. This bottle comes with two Riedel crystal flutes, and it's quite possibly the best gift you can give to the tequila drinker in your life.

Featuring:

APR30

Thursday Apr 30, 2015

Italy's Marche through the Lens of Fattoria Dezi

6:00pm to 8:00pm
Fattoria Dezi's 30 acres of vines grow along the hillsides surrounding the estate's winery in Italy's Marche region. After World War II, Romolo and Remo Dezi, brothers and natives of Servigliano, chose to plant the one-of-a-kind, indigenous Montepulciano grape, which many believe comes from the Abruzzo region futher to the south. The whites and reds from this winery are unsurpassed. Taste them for yourself.

Featuring:

MAY1

Friday, May 01, 2015

Meet the Winemaker: Deneufbourg

6:00pm to 8:00pm
When Corinne and Damien Deneufbourg took over their family’s domaine, they decided to continue a tradition established by over four generations. Previously, the harvest was taken to the local co-op for vinification and bottling. Corinne and Damien decided to take this up on their own. With the goal of absolute respect for the terroir and the environment, they converted the domaine to organic agriculture in 2010. Come taste four of their epic wines with us.

Featuring:

Côtes du Roussillon Rosé, Deneufbourg - 2014 (750)
Rosé, France, Languedoc-Roussillon
Item #: 30579

"Olympe" Red, Deneufbourg - 2013 (750)
Red, France, Languedoc-Roussillon, Vin de Pays Catalanes
Item #: 31863

"Blanc," Deneufbourg - 2014 (750)
White, France, Languedoc-Roussillon, Vin de Pays Catalanes
Item #: 29345

Muscat de Rivesaltes, Deneufbourg - 2012 (500)
White, France, Languedoc-Roussillon, Vin de Pays Catalanes
Item #: 29346

MAY1

Friday May 01, 2015

Raicilla: Take a Step Back in Time

6:00pm to 8:00pm
Raicilla is a drink of pre-Hispanic origin, much appreciated by the ancient indigenous people of Mexico who claimed its consumption increased vitality, strength, and health. These native people produced it by utilizing fermentation as a basis of the production process. The original craft includes the use of wild agave plants, which are now cultivated for this purpose in some parts of the central and coastal areas of Jalisco. Come try a spirit that pre-dates the Hispanic people.

Featuring:

MAY2

Saturday, May 02, 2015

Spain's Hidden Treasures

3:00pm to 5:00pm
We're off to Spain this week, for a quick trip that's worth a thousand tastes. First it's the Via de la Plata Rosé Cava Brut, and then the Albariño from Bodegas Albamar. Finally, we'll try the Sistema Vinari from Château Paquita. Get your passport out; we're ready to fly!

Featuring:

Vìa de la Plata Rosé, Cava Brut - NV (750)
Rosé, Spain, Estremadura
Item #: 32576

Albariño, Bodegas Albamar - 2013 (750)
White, Spain, Rías Baixas
Item #: 32578

Sistema Vinari, Chateau Paquita - 2013 (750)
Red, Spain, Mallorca
Item #: 32524

MAY7

Thursday May 07, 2015

A New York Story: Distiller David Nahmias

6:00pm to 8:00pm
What do legendary bootlegger Legs Diamond and figs have in common? They both happen to be the centerpieces of projects helmed by New York-based Master Distiller David Nahmias. Nahmias's Legs Diamond Rye Whiskey comes from organic, New York-grown rye, and his Mahia Fig Spirit comes from local figs and a small dose of anise seed. What better way to support New York agriculture than to come out for a taste of spirits made right in our own backyard? Join us for a look at these unique artisanal products as we embrace a bit of our local culture.

Featuring:

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

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