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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.

OCT22

Wednesday, Oct 22, 2014

Crème de Cassis: Our Favorite Sweet

6:00pm to 8:00pm
Come taste one of our favorite treats from esteemed producer Lejay. Made from macerated blackcurrants, this delicious liqueur will add a bit of elegance to your next kir royale. Fall into autumn with this fun and festive sweet.

Featuring:

Lejay Lagoute Crème de Cassis - (750)
France, Dijon
Item #: 31228

OCT23

Thursday Oct 23, 2014

The Stars of Alsace: Baur

6:00pm to 8:00pm
Charles Baur's vineyards are located on the finest slopes of Alsace's Eguisheim and its immediate vicinity. The wines made here are rich, concentrated, and typically dry. For this tasting, we'll be opening the delicious, traditionally vinified Crémant d'Alsace, along with the 2012 "Herrenweg" Pinot Blanc. These are iconic wines from an iconic producer, so be sure to stop by for a taste.

Featuring:

Crémant d'Alsace, Baur - NV (750)
White, France, Alsace
Item #: 20439

Pinot Blanc "Herrenweg", Baur - 2012 (750)
White, France, Alsace
Item #: 25561

OCT23

Thursday, Oct 23, 2014

The Serious Sprits of Hacienda Santa Teresa

6:00pm to 8:00pm
Aged in American white oak and French Limousin oak, the rums of Hacienda Santa Teresa are serious spirits. Some of these rums--like the Solera cuvée--have been aged for over 25 years prior to release. For your drinking enjoyment, we'll be opening the entry-level Añejo Gran Reserva (aged two years) as well as the top-level cuvée, the 1796 Solera.These show-stoppers will make you wonder why you haven't spent more time sipping rum neat.

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OCT23

Thursday Oct 23, 2014

Meinklang: An Austrian Gem

6:00pm to 8:00pm
Meinklang is a unique entity; for over 20 years, these iconoclastic producers have sought to live among nature. This estate, which is run by the Michlits family, practices organic and Biodynamic farming on their own land. The pride of the estate is the herd of angus cattle, which provides fertilizer and a source of income for this family-run winery. We'll be tasting two wines from this incredible Austrian gem, including the white Hárslevelu from the 2012 vintage and the "Prosa" Frizzante Rosé from the 2013 vintage. Taste Austria with us!

Featuring:

Hárslevelu, Meinklang - 2012 (750)
White, Hungary, Nagy-Somlo
Item #: 31122

"Prosa" Frizzante Rosé, Meinklang - 2013 (750)
Rosé, Austria, Burgenland, Mittelburgenland
Item #: 27555

OCT24

Friday, Oct 24, 2014

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 some of the more philanthropic tipples on the market.

Featuring:

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

OCT25

Saturday Oct 25, 2014

Bordeaux, France's True Treasures

3:00pm to 5:00pm
With Thanksgiving fast approaching, it's time to start thinknig about wines for your holiday table. And what better wines to bring to your feast than the wines of Bordeaux? These earth-driven, structured wines will stand up to any food you make with gusto. Or, if you prefer, they can spend time in your cellar, acquiring age for the next special occasion. Taste with us as we open the 2010 Clos Magne Figeac, the 2011 Haut-Batailley, and the 2005 Château de Cérons.

Featuring:

Clos Magne Figeac, St. Émilion - 2010 (750)
Red, France, Bordeaux, St.-Émilion
Item #: 27605

Ch. Haut-Batailley, Pauillac - 2011 (750)
Red, France, Bordeaux, Médoc, Haut-Médoc
Item #: 28575

Ch. de Cérons, Cérons - 2005 (375)
Amber, France, Bordeaux, Graves
Item #: 30942

OCT25

Saturday, Oct 25, 2014

Warm and Rich for Fall

3:00pm to 5:00pm
Now that we're well into autumn, come taste two Bordeauxs that we have on deck, the Ch. Bellevue Lussac and the Ch. Aney, both guaranteed to impress as the weather gets cooler. Long live red wine!

Featuring:

Ch. Bellevue Lussac St. Émilion - 2008 (750)
Red, France, Bordeaux, Lussac-St.-Émilion
Item #: 21871

Ch. Aney, Haut-Médoc - 2010 (750)
Red, France, Bordeaux, Médoc, Haut-Médoc
Item #: 27465

OCT25

Saturday Oct 25, 2014

Blossoming Gin: NY Distilling Co.

3:00pm to 5:00pm
With the dream of establishing a craft distillery that creates products and brands steeped in American cocktail heritage, the NY Distilling Co. opened its doors not long ago. Today, they distill the Dorothy Parker American Gin, the Perry's Tot Navy Strength Gin, and the Chief Gowanus New-Netherland Gin, three different styles of the spirit that we will be tasting through at this refined look at one of our new local favorites.

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OCT26

Sunday, Oct 26, 2014

Ilegal Mezcal: Finally Legal

2:00pm to 5:00pm
Born out of John Rexer's bar, Café No Sé, a watering hole in Antigua, Guatamala, Ilegal Mezcal is an artisanal spirit that enjoys a clandestine history, which includes smuggling and festive parties. Rexer was making this mezcal in Mexico and smuggling it into Guatamala in duffel bags. And so the name Ilegal was born. We'll be tasting three iterations of this now-legal mezcal, including the introductory Joven, the mid-range Añejo, and the aged Reposado. Get your bootlegging boots ready. It's time to party.

Featuring:

Ilegal Añejo Mezcal - (750)
Mexico, Oaxaca
Item #: 22911

Ilegal Joven Mezcal - (750)
Mexico
Item #: 22643

Ilegal Reposado Mezcal - (750)
Mexico
Item #: 22645

OCT30

Thursday Oct 30, 2014

Christian Drouin: Calvados At Its Peak

6:15pm to 8:15pm
Astor Center is celebrating Applepalooza! We're keeping the celebration going through fall and, keeping with our theme of all things apple in our store, we're presenting to you Christian Drouin, who has been producing quality Calvados since 1960.

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NOV1

Saturday, Nov 01, 2014

Great Lakes Distillery: The Great Pumpkin [Seasonal Spirit]

3:00pm to 5:00pm
A small-batch distillery located in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Great Lakes makes hand-crafted and award-winning spirits using Old World methods. Their Pumpkin Seasonal Spirit is only available for a limited amount of time, is made in limited quantities, and is aged in a combination of rum, bourbon, rye, and Cabernet Sauvignon barrels. Drink this fall special neat or in a pumpkin old fashioned, but come drink it quickly before it disappears!

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