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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.

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

AUG5

Wednesday, Aug 05, 2015

A Midsummer Night's Whites

6:00pm to 8:00pm
In conjunction with Astor Center's Midsummer White Event, we're serving up two refreshing whites, the Josmeyer Pinot Blanc and the A. Seltz Gewurztraminer, If you can't make the event--and we sure hope you can!--at least stop by for a look at two of our featured wines.

Featuring:

Pinot Blanc, Josmeyer - 2012 (750)
White, France, Alsace
Item #: 26594

Gewurztraminer Reserve, A. Seltz - 2013 (750)
White, France, Alsace, Bas-Rhin
Item #: 24716

AUG5

Wednesday Aug 05, 2015

French Sparklers for Summer Nights

6:00pm to 8:00pm
Raise a glass to the waning nights of summer with the Francis Boulard Blanc de Blancs and the Causse Marines Vin Mousseux Presqueambulles, two French sparklers that honor the fun and cheer of August.

Featuring:

Francis Boulard Blanc de Blancs Vieilles Vignes, Extra Brut - NV (750)
White, France, Champagne, La Vallée de la Marne
Item #: 33039

Vin Mousseux Presqueambulles, Causse Marines - 2012 (750)
White, France, Southwest, Gaillac
Item #: 33002

AUG6

Thursday, Aug 06, 2015

Cabernet Franc: An Underappreciated Grape

6:00pm to 8:00pm
Oh, how we love Cab Franc. And not just in blends, either! Allow us to introduce you to the magic of this grape as we taste through two reds from the Loire, both of which are sure to make you go... mmm.

Featuring:

Anjou Rouge "Les Copines Aussi," Sablonnettes - 2014 (750)
Red, France, Loire, Anjou and Saumur, Anjou
Item #: 11415

St. Nicolas de Bourgueil "Sables", Dom. du Mortier - 2013 (750)
Red, France, Loire, Touraine, St.-Nicolas-de-Bourgueil
Item #: 21313

AUG6

Thursday Aug 06, 2015

Chinon: The Loire's Famed Red

6:00pm to 8:00pm
The wines of Chinon, the small interior appellation of the Loire Valley known for its reds, are earthy, spicy, and perfect when the mercury climbs in the thermometer but red wine is still in order. We have two wines on the docket here, both of which are sure to convert you to Chinon-drinking (if you weren't already a Chinon-drinker, that is). Come along for the ride!

Featuring:

Chinon “Les Terrasses," Lambert - 2014 (750)
Red, France, Loire, Touraine, Chinon
Item #: 24786

Chinon "Cuvée Les Puys", Dom. Wilfrid Rousse - 2009 (750)
Red, France, Loire, Touraine, Chinon
Item #: 22148

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

AUG7

Friday Aug 07, 2015

Cab Franc Isn't Just for Blending

6:00pm to 8:00pm
It isn't just a blending grape! Cabernet Franc is one of our favorite stand-alone varieties--and we intend to show you why. In this focused tasting, we're opening two bottles of Cab Franc from two of our favorite producers. By evening's end, we know you'll share our perspective when it comes to this amazing grape.

Featuring:

Saumur Rouge, Château Fouquet, Filliatreau - 2013 (750)
Red, France, Loire, Anjou and Saumur, Saumur
Item #: 12423

"La Pépie" Cabernet Franc, Dom. de la Pépière - 2013 (750)
Red, France, Loire, Nantes, Muscadet
Item #: 20960

AUG7

Friday, Aug 07, 2015

The Fine Reds of California

6:00pm to 8:00pm
Not all California reds are jammy, unctious, and winter-worthy. Case in point: The two wines we'll be opening at this tasting. The Bebame Red Blend and the Atticus John Cabernet Sauvignon are both lean enough to pair well with the weather. This is a whole new California.

Featuring:

Bebame Red Blend El Dorado - 2012 (750)
Red, USA, California, El Dorado
Item #: 28000

Atticus John Cabernet Sauvignon - 2011 (750)
Red, USA, California, Napa
Item #: 21416

AUG8

Saturday Aug 08, 2015

Scholium Project: Abe Schoener's Distinct Winemaking

3:00pm to 5:00pm
Former philosophy professor Abe Schoener makes off-the-beaten-path wines under the label Scholium Project. To define these wines, well, we don't even know where we'd begin. For an accurate depiction of Abe and his wines, come try three of them at this brilliant tasting!

Featuring:

Scholium Project "Blowout," Sparkling Wine - NV (750)
White, USA, California
Item #: 32484

Scholium Project "Camilla," Sauvignon Blanc - 2013 (750)
White, USA, California, Sonoma
Item #: 33007

Scholium Project "Rhododactylos" Blanc de Noir - 2014 (750)
White, USA, California, Lodi
Item #: 30128

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

A New York Story: Distiller David Nahmias

2:00pm to 5:00pm
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