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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.

MAR1

Sunday, Mar 01, 2015

Crème de Cassis: Our Favorite Sweet

2:00pm to 5:00pm
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. Pick up a bottle to add a twist to any of your favorite cocktails.

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MAR4

Wednesday Mar 04, 2015

Brooklyn Republic Vodka: Drink With the Locals

6:00pm to 8:00pm
This family-owned company is about as local as it gets: Brooklyn Republic Vodka is made right here in our own backyard. We're proud to represent this hometown spirit and we trust you'll like it as much as we do, so come taste what sets Brooklyn apart from everyone else.

Featuring:

Brooklyn Republic Vodka - (LTR)
USA, New York
Item #: 25915

MAR5

Thursday, Mar 05, 2015

Reinventing the Finger Lakes: Hermann Wiemer

6:00pm to 8:00pm
Once upon a time, New York growers believed that vinifera vines--the ones native to Europe and not to the United States--would never thrive in this part of the world. But Hermann Wiemer of the Finger Lakes knew better. Eschewing the belief that northern winters were too harsh for European varietals, he began planting Riesling in 1976 on the western (read: colder) side of Seneca Lake. Almost 40 years later, the reputation of his work precedes him; his balanced, complex wines have survived the test of time. Immerse yourself in the history of the Finger Lakes with us as we take a look at the 2013 Dry and Semi-Dry Rieslings from Hermann Wiemer.

Featuring:

Wiemer Dry Riesling, Finger Lakes - 2013 (750)
White, USA, New York, Finger Lakes
Item #: 86997

Wiemer Semi-Dry Riesling, Finger Lakes - 2013 (750)
White, USA, New York, Finger Lakes
Item #: 17311

MAR5

Thursday Mar 05, 2015

Berkshire Mountain Distillers: Great Barrington at Its Best

6:00pm to 8:00pm
Established in 2007, Berkshire Mountain Distillers has created a line of award-winning artisanal spirits that are all handcrafted in small batches in Great Barrington, Massachusetts at the Berkshire’s first legal distillery since Prohibition. Supporters of local agriculture and business, Berkshire Mountain Distillers uses regional materials in many of their products, creating a truly authentic artisanal brand. Taste along with us as we delve into this new classic with the Berkshire Mountain Bourbon, the Ethereal Gin Batch 11, the Greylock Gin, and the Ragged Mountain Rum.

Featuring:

Berkshire Mountain Bourbon - (750)
USA, Massachusetts
Item #: 24152

Berkshire Mountain Ethereal Gin Batch 11 - (750)
USA, Massachusetts
Item #: 22693

Berkshire Mountain Greylock Gin - (750)
USA, Massachusetts
Item #: 21895

Berkshire Mt. Ragged Mountain Rum - (750)
USA, Massachusetts
Item #: 21896

MAR6

Friday, Mar 06, 2015

Dr. Konstantin Frank: Wine Gamechanger

6:00pm to 8:00pm
Dr. Konstantin Frank, who arrived to the United States with a PhD in viticulture, took a position at Cornell University's Geneva Experiment Station in 1951. Ten years later, he founded Vinifera Wine Cellars, which developed a reputation for producing groundbreaking Rieslings, for which the Finger Lakes region is now known. We will be tasting two of Frank's breathtaking wines that show both his dedication to Riesling as well as his range as a winemaker, including the 2013 Dry Riesling and the 2012 Rkatsiteli. These are wines that prove that New York is just as serious as any other place in the world when it comes to winemaking.

Featuring:

Dr. Konstantin Frank Dry Riesling, Finger Lakes - 2013 (750)
White, USA, New York, Finger Lakes
Item #: 63123

Dr. Konstantin Frank Rkatsiteli - 2012 (750)
White, USA, New York, Finger Lakes
Item #: 66333

MAR6

Friday Mar 06, 2015

Bedell Wine Cellars

6:00pm to 8:00pm
Now that spring is right on the tips of our tongues, there is no better time to explore the wines of our neighboring communities. Bedell Wine 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 recent vintages of the Chardonnay and Cabernet Franc, fine expressions from this North Fork stalwart. Don't miss out!

Featuring:

Bedell Cellars Cabernet Franc, North Fork - 2013 (750)
Red, USA, New York, North Fork of Long Island
Item #: 66214

Bedell Cellars Chardonnay - 2013 (750)
White, USA, New York, North Fork of Long Island
Item #: 25557

MAR6

Friday, Mar 06, 2015

The Serious Spirits 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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MAR7

Saturday Mar 07, 2015

A Fresh Look at France

3:00pm to 5:00pm
Spring is the season of new beginnings, so why not get ready for spring (two week countdown!) with some fresh new wines? Sancerre might be known for its clean and mineral Sauvignon Blancs, but we'd be remiss to omit Sancerre Rouge--the light and lithe Pinot Noirs of the appellation--from our list of spring musts. The same goes for the white Loire wines made from Menu Pineau (known elsewhere as Arbois). If you're unfamiliar with either of these Loire Valley gems, we'll have the Gerard Pierre Morin "Bellechaume" Sancerre Rouge open at this tasting, as well as the Menu Pineau "Racines" from L'Epicourchois. Celebrate the end of winter with a look at two fresh and exciting wines!

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MAR13

Friday, Mar 13, 2015

Ridge Wines: A History of Fine Wine

6:00pm to 8:00pm
In 1885, Osea Perrone, a doctor and promiment member of the San Francisco Italian community, purchased 180 acres of land in California's Monte Bello Ridge. After terracing the slopes and planting vineyards on them, he created the Monte Bello Winery, releasing his first vintage in 1892. The property, long abandoned, was revitalized in the 1940s and began to produce noteworthy and competitive wines in the early 1960s. Today, Ridge, which incorporates several properties beyond Monte Bello, is known world wide for its outstanding wines, with a particular focus on Zinfandel. Join us for a taste of the 2012 Ridge Three Valleys and the 2012 Ponzo, a true salute to California winemaking.

Featuring:

Ridge Three Valleys, Sonoma County - 2012 (750)
Red, USA, California, Sonoma
Item #: 11053

Ridge Zinfandel Ponzo - 2012 (750)
Red, USA, California
Item #: 63265

MAR13

Friday Mar 13, 2015

California Dreamin'

6:00pm to 8:00pm
Imagine yourself in the picturesque west, where the bougainvillea blooms year-round, and where a bottle of stunning red wine is as commonplace as a nascent palm tree. Welcome to California, the Golden State. It is in this spirit that we invite you to taste with us two impeccable wines, both red, from two diverse and accomplished producers, the Poco a Poco Pinot Noir from Sonoma's Russian River Valley and the Brack Mountain "Bench" Cabernet Sauvignon. So sit back, kick your feet up, and transport yourself to sunny California, where (wine) dreams really do come true.

Featuring:

Poco a Poco Pinot Noir, Russian River Valley - 2013 (750)
Red, USA, California, Sonoma, Russian River
Item #: 31198

Brack Mountain "Bench" Cabernet Sauvignon - 2012 (750)
Red, USA, California, Sonoma, Alexander Valley
Item #: 30523