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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.


Friday, Aug 22, 2014

Bubbles Away

6:00pm to 8:00pm
Summer isn't over yer. Raise a glass while the sun's still out and enjoy some bubbly with us as we pop the tops on a few of our favorite bottles, including the Franck Besson Rosé Granit Sparkling NV, the Pierre Brigandat Brut NV, and the Loirot Blanc de Noirs Brut Réserve NV. We're feeling festive, and we hope you are, too!


Rosé Granit Sparkling, Méthode Traditionelle, Franck Besson - NV (750)
Rosé, France, Burgundy, Beaujolais
Item #: 30548

Pierre Brigandat Brut - NV (750)
White, France, Champagne, Côte des Bar
Item #: 45591

Loriot, Blanc de Noirs Brut Réserve - NV (750)
White, France, Champagne, La Vallée de la Marne
Item #: 20988


Friday Aug 22, 2014

Happy Birthday, Dorothy Parker!

6:00pm to 8:00pm
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. Come celebrate Dorothy Parker's birthday with a specially crafted cocktail in her honor from a gin named after her. We'll also be pouring the rest of the NY Distilling Company gins, including the Chief Gowanus and the Perry's Tot Navy Strength.



Saturday, Aug 23, 2014

The Classic Wines of South Africa

3:00pm to 5:00pm
Chenin Blanc, Chardonnay, Pinotage: These are the wines that we think of when we think of South Africa. We'll be taking a look at these traditional and representative wines of one of the New World's most important wine-producing regions and we want you along for the ride. These are classic wines that show just how lively and fun this region can be to drink through.


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

Kanonkop Pinotage, Stellenbosch - 2012 (750)
Red, South Africa, Stellenbosch
Item #: 10190

Raats Chenin Blanc - 2012 (750)
White, South Africa, Stellenbosch
Item #: 24269


Saturday Aug 23, 2014

Gin In Flight: Aviation

3:00pm to 5:00pm
Batch distilled in Portland, Oregon, Aviation Gin teems with savory notes of cardamom, juniper, lavender, and sarsparilla. Named for the classic Aviation cocktail that originated in New York's Hotel Wallick nearly a century ago, this gin pays homage to the classics. It also happens to be one of the highest rated gins on the market, surpassing some of the most popular and time-tested favorites. Taste along with us for a better understanding of what makes this gin so superior.


Aviation Gin - (750)
USA, Oregon
Item #: 17540


Sunday, Aug 24, 2014

Sorel Liqueur: Get Wild With Us

2:00pm to 5:00pm
Sorel is a small-batch, handcrafted, artisanal liqueur distilled from Moroccan hibiscus, Brazilian clove, Indonesian cassia and nutmeg, Nigerian ginger, cane sugar, and New York grain alcohol. This unique, exotic spirit is none we've ever tasted and its versatility is unmatched. Come taste this special newcomer and see why we're so enthusiastic about these wild and untamed aromatics.


Sorel Artisanal Liqueur - (750)
USA, New York
Item #: 27147


Wednesday Aug 27, 2014

Bulldog Gin: The New Classic

6:00pm to 8:00pm
Launched in 2007 by gin enthusiast Anshuman Vohra, Bulldog Gin has made it a major goal to convert the traditional and conservative market of gin, gin-drinking, and gin-thinking. This award-winning gin now has a loyal following and an expanding presence. Join us for a taste and you'll understand why we stand behind this creative (and delicious) up-and-comer.


Thursday, Aug 28, 2014

Summer Sippers: Angostura Rum

6:00pm to 8:00pm
Who says that rum isn't a summer sipper? The 1919 8-year rum and the 1824 12-year by this epic producer are both worth trying neat. These are rums worth savoring.



Thursday Aug 28, 2014

From Italy With Love

6:00pm to 8:00pm
We're pulling out our Italian showstoppers with a delicious white Lambrusco--bubbly, bright, and fun--and an inky, rustic Aglianico del Vulture from the Basilicata. Whether you're looking to please a delicate palate or that of a steak-and-potato lover, we have a wine for you. Join us for a chance to taste through some of Italy's more diverse wines.


Lambrusco Bianco Lini 910 - NV (750)
White, Italy, Emilia-Romagna, Lambrusco
Item #: 20477

Aglianico del Vulture, d'Angelo - 2010 (750)
Red, Italy, Basilicata
Item #: 46005

Rosso del Palazzone, Il Palazzone - NV (750)
Red, Italy, Tuscany
Item #: 31261


Friday, Aug 29, 2014

Stay Local With Greenhook Gin

6:00pm to 8:00pm
Distiller Steven DeAngelo brings us home-tuf gin made right here in Greenpoint, Brooklyn. We will be tasting this classic spirit and the beach plum flavor, which is infused with Long Island beach plums and Turbinado sugar. Join us for an evening of drinking locally.



Friday Aug 29, 2014

An Italy for All Seasons

6:00pm to 8:00pm
It's never the wrong season for our favorite Italian wines. This bright, clean Arneis from Vietti will please any palate, and the Avignonesi Rosso di Montepulciano has acid and grip, our preferred combination in any good red. Join us as we taste through these two winning Italian selections that will pair well with any meal and any season.


Arneis, Vietti - 2012 (750)
White, Italy, Piedmont
Item #: 17419

Rosso di Montepulciano, Avignonesi - 2011 (750)
Red, Italy, Tuscany, Montepulciano
Item #: 25618


Friday, Aug 29, 2014

Take a Trip to the Southern Hemisphere

6:00pm to 8:00pm
Your tasting tour will include two exquisite red wines: one from Chile and one from Argentina. The Syrah is dark and well-crafted, while the Cabernet Sauvignon is big and fleshy. We'll see you this Friday!



Saturday Aug 30, 2014

A Piece of Piedmont

3:00pm to 5:00pm
It's a wine region that's diverse and regal, and we're showing you much of what it has to offer, from the light, playful and slightly sweet wines of Moscato d'Asti to the bright, ripe reds of Barbera d'Asti to the ageworthy and serious wines of Barolo. We're talking about Piedmont, of course, that noble norther Italian appellation that we just can't get enough of. One tasting will only scratch the surface, but come join us as we taste a few delights from one of the finest winemaking spots on earth.


Barolo "Vigna Gattera", Bovio - 2006 (750)
Red, Italy, Piedmont, Barolo
Item #: 14686

Barbera d'Asti "Mon Ross", Forteto della Luja - 2012 (750)
Red, Italy, Piedmont, Asti
Item #: 28932

Moscato d'Asti "Piasa Sanmaurizio", Forteto della Luja - 2012 (750)
White, Italy, Piedmont, Asti
Item #: 20079


Wednesday, Sep 03, 2014

Taking a Local Tipple: Brooklyn Gin

6:00pm to 8:00pm
Fresh orange peels--rather than dried--set this gin apart. Emil and Joe, the founders of Brooklyn Gin, take the time to handcraft small batches of this artisanal product, which we believe is one of the best on the market. Come taste the difference that lively botanicals and exacting standards make in one of the United States' most classic spirits as we take a local tipple with Brooklyn Gin.


Brooklyn Gin - (750)
USA, New York
Item #: 26154


Thursday Sep 04, 2014

Atsby: A Sommelier's Vermouth

6:00pm to 8:00pm
Atsby Vermouth is the brainchild of cultural historian Adam Ford, who, inspired by the romance of vermouth, collaborated with a sommelier to develop a balanced, delicate, and artisanal vermouth that would add nuance to drinks and have a flavor profile that reflected the actual grapes from which it was fermented rather than just its botanicals. We'll be tasting through Atsby's two vermouths, the Amberthorn and the Armadillo Cake, both of which show the breadth and depth of this product.


Atsby Amberthorn Vermouth - (750)
USA, New York
Item #: 27791

Atsby Armadillo Cake Vermouth - (750)
USA, New York
Item #: 27792