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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.


Thursday, Oct 02, 2014

Stay Local With Greenhook Gin

6:00pm to 8:00pm
Distiller Steven DeAngelo brings us home-turf 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.



Thursday Oct 02, 2014

Autumn Comes to the North Fork

6:00pm to 8:00pm
There is no better time to explore the wines of our neighboring communities. Lieb Cellars, on the North Fork of Long Island, produces consistently delicious and accessible wines year after year--and they're right here in New York! We'll be opening the Bridge Lane Chardonnay and the 2008 Merlot Reserve, fine expressions from this North Fork stalwart. Don't miss out!


Lieb Cellars Merlot Reserve, North Fork - 2008 (750)
Red, USA, New York, North Fork of Long Island
Item #: 12476

Bridge Lane Chardonnay, Lieb Cellars - 2013 (750)
White, USA, New York, North Fork of Long Island
Item #: 17098


Friday, Oct 03, 2014

The Sweeter Sides of Portugal

6:00pm to 8:00pm
Join us as we explore the fortified wines of one of our favorite countries: Portugal! We will be tasting through two Ports and two Madeiras on our journey to learn more about the ambitious and important benchmark wines of this region.


Blandy's Bual 5 Yr. Madeira - (750)
Amber, Madeira
Item #: 58104

Blandy's Malmsey 5 Yr. Madeira - (750)
Amber, Portugal, Madeira
Item #: 57174

Graham's 30 Yr. Tawny Port - (750)
Amber, Portugal, Douro
Item #: 72704

Graham's Vintage Port - 1994 (750)
Red, Portugal, Douro
Item #: 14481


Saturday Oct 04, 2014

Wines of the West Coast

3:00pm to 5:00pm
With red wine drinking season finally upon us, it's time for a trip out west, to the incredible vineyards of Oregon's Willamette Valley and to the equally impressive vineyards of California's Napa Valley. In Oregon, we'll be tasting the Pinot Noirs of Montinore and Penner-Ash, before moving on to a lush and plummy California Merlot from Merryvale. Get ready to carve up some pumpkins and a holiday roast, for it's nearly that time again, and these wines make perfect companions to any feast.


Merryvale Merlot - 2011 (750)
Red, USA, California
Item #: 30533

Montinore "Parsons' Ridge," Pinot Noir - 2010 (750)
Red, USA, Oregon, Willamette Valley
Item #: 27431

Penner-Ash Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley - 2011 (750)
Red, USA, Oregon
Item #: 15536


Saturday, Oct 04, 2014

Dartigalongue Armagnac: A Heritage in Spirits

3:00pm to 5:00pm
The oldest brandy distilled in France, Armagnac was once consumed as a medicinal beverage and was cited by a 14th century cardinal for its "40 virtues," some of which included the curing of hepatitis and gout. These days, we look to the fine Armagnacs of France--and, particularly, of Dartigalongue--for their pleasurable (rather than healing-oriented) properties. We'll have the producer's outstanding XO cuvée on display for you to taste, so stop in to try this incredible, virtuous delight.


Dartigalongue Armagnac XO - (750)
France, Armagnac
Item #: 27756


Sunday Oct 05, 2014

Taking a Local Tipple: Brooklyn Gin

2:00pm to 5:00pm
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


Tuesday, Oct 07, 2014

Get Spirited: Taste the Koval Lineup

6:00pm to 8:00pm
Established in 2008, Koval produces organic, luxury spirits out of Chicago's first distillery since the mid-1800s. We will be featuring four of their fine, crafted spirits at this tasting, including a wheat whiskey, a rye whiskey, a single-barrel bourbon, and a rose hip liqueur, all of which demonstrate a dedication to detail and precision. These are one-of-a-kind spirits that are still new in the market, so join us for a look at this exciting up-and-coming producer.


Thursday Oct 09, 2014

Pisco Portón: Peru's Rising Star

6:00pm to 8:00pm
Pisco Portón is distilled in the Andes Mountains using centuries-old methods in combination with new technology to produce a high-quality, delicious, and refreshing product. Made in small batches in the Mosto Verde method from partially fermented grape juice, each bottle of Pisco Portón is individually numbered and signed. Come see why pisco is still one of Peru's most popular exports!


Pisco Porton - (750)
Item #: 24866


Thursday, Oct 09, 2014

Bright and Bold

6:00pm to 8:00pm


El Pedrosal, Ribera del Duero - 2010 (750)
Red, Spain, Ribera del Duero
Item #: 26364

Zorzal Graciano, Vinicola Corellana - 2011 (750)
Red, Spain, Navarra
Item #: 29755


Thursday Oct 09, 2014

Spanish Sweethearts

6:00pm to 8:00pm
We want to leave a sweet taste in your mouth. That's why we're treating you to something different with this Spanish tasting, which will feature two Spanish wines typically featured at the end of a meal. The first, a dry Moscatel from Telmo Rodriguez, is teeming with honeycomb and spice. Though dry, this wine is medium-bodied and luscious and will definitely leave you dreaming of dessert. We'll finish with a medium-dry Amontillado Sherry from Alvear, a rich, fortified wine that pairs perfectly with cheeses and fruit desserts. Raise a glass to meal's end!


Mountain Blanco Dry Moscatel, Telmo Rodriguez - 2011 (750)
White, Spain, Málaga
Item #: 30260

Alvear Medium Dry Amontillado, Montilla - (750)
Amber, Spain, Montilla-Morilles
Item #: 56804


Friday, Oct 10, 2014

The Best of Portugal: Quinta do Montalto

6:00pm to 8:00pm
Located north of Lisbon in the region of Ourem, Quinta do Montalto is known not only for their grapes but also for their olive groves and orchards. In this tasting, however, we'll focus on the juice. Join us as we view Portugal in a new and exciting light.



Friday Oct 10, 2014

Solbeso: Cacao Rediscovered

6:00pm to 8:00pm
First created in northern Peru, Solbeso is the product of distilled fresh cacao fruit, which has been fermented in open-air beds with natural and Champagne yeasts that aid in the development of the distinctive flavor of this spirit. Solbeso is truly the first of its kind.


Solbeso Cacao Fruit Spirit - (750)
USA, Kentucky
Item #: 31202


Saturday, Oct 11, 2014

A Spanish Wine Tour

3:00pm to 5:00pm
We're off to Spain this week, for a quick trip that's worth a thousand tastes. At the winery Fuga, we're tasting through a delicious, lively Mencía from a producer that harvests wine from hundred-year-old vines--and older. Then, it's off to Rioja for a look at the 2008 Cerro Anon Reserva Rioja, a traditional, rich, and robust take on this Spanish favorite. We'll hit Toro, too, for a look at the 2011 Bodegas Maurodos "Prima" and, finally, Valencia, for a Cabernet Sauvignon from Cerniego that will knock your socks off. Get your passport out; we're ready to fly!


"Prima’" Toro, Bodegas Maurodos - 2011 (750)
Red, Spain, Toro
Item #: 24193

Cerniego Cabernet Sauvignon - 2011 (750)
Red, Spain, Valencia
Item #: 26565

Cerro Anon Reserva Rioja, Bodegas Olarra - 2008 (750)
Red, Spain, Rioja, Rioja Alta
Item #: 24542


Sunday Oct 12, 2014

Purity Vodka: A Spirit Redefined

2:00pm to 5:00pm
Distilled in a proprietary still made from copper and gold in the 13th century Ellinge Castle in the south of Sweden, Purity Vodka is made from natural ingredients, including organic winter wheat and malted barley. Certified organic, this exclusive vodka is distilled 34 times, guaranteeing the cleanest, purest taste imaginable. Come see what fine ingredients and distillation practices yield.


Purity Vodka - (750)
Item #: 24326


Wednesday, Oct 15, 2014

OYO Spirits: Bringing the Midwest East

6:00pm to 8:00pm
Brady Konya and Ryan Lang founded Middle West Spirits in 2008 and opened their distillery in 2010 with the idea of celebrating the distinctive flavors of the Ohio River Valley. OYO stands, in fact, for the phonetic prononciation of Ohio. Inspired by four generations of distilling traditions and by artisanal methods, Konya and Lang now produce some of the most unique and lauded spirits in the region. We'll be tasting the OYO Honey Vanilla Bean Vodka, the Michelone Reserve Bourbon, the Single Cask Wheat Whiskey, and the Stone Fruit Whiskey, all of which are excellent tributes to the Buckeye State and beyond.


OYO Honey Vanilla Bean Vodka - (750)
USA, Ohio, Columbus
Item #: 29743

OYO Michelone Reserve Bourbon - (750)
USA, Ohio, Columbus
Item #: 29746

OYO Single Cask Wheat Whiskey - (750)
USA, Ohio, Columbus
Item #: 29745

OYO Stone Fruit Vodka - (750)
USA, Ohio, Columbus
Item #: 29744