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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.

JUL25

Friday, Jul 25, 2014

All Things Australia

6:00pm to 8:00pm
These gems from Australia will make the perfect companions to the burgers and hot dogs you'll have on the grill this weekend. From Jansz's Premium Rosé to Yalumba's Y Series Riesling, these are bright, refreshiing, food-friendly wines that will astound you with their depth and flexibility. These wines are just the thing to pair with your favorite summer foods.

Featuring:

Jansz Premium Rosé - NV (750)
Rosé, Australia, Tasmania
Item #: 29063

Yalumba Y Series Riesling - 2011 (750)
White, Australia, South Australia
Item #: 24448

JUL25

Friday Jul 25, 2014

Our Purest Summer Whites

6:00pm to 8:00pm
For a cheerful look at summer, join us for a tasting of three clean, bright, and fun wines that will remind you that the sunniest days of summer are still ahead. We'll be welcoming in August with a refreshing Crémant d'Alsace from Albert Mann, a Viognier from La Vrille et le Papillon, and a white Côte de Gascogne from Domaine des Cassagnoles. So shed a few more layers and come try some cool white wines with us.

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JUL25

Friday, Jul 25, 2014

Damoiseau: Rum for the Connoisseur

6:00pm to 8:00pm
The Damoiseau family has been producing rhum agricole according to French Caribbean tradition since 1942. We will be tasting two of their special bottlings, including the Virgin Cane Rhum, made from fresh-pressed sugarcane juice, as well as the VSOP, which spends four years in charred bourbon casks. These are serious spirits for serious rum connoisseurs.

Featuring:

Damoiseau Virgin Cane Rhum Agricole - (750)
Guadeloupe
Item #: 31027

Damoiseau VSOP Rum - (750)
Guadeloupe
Item #: 30970

JUL26

Saturday Jul 26, 2014

Sauvignon Blanc Goes South

3:00pm to 5:00pm
You may not have time to fly all the way to New Zealand, but that doesn't mean you can't take a virtual trip. We'll be traveling there by proxy by way of Sauvignon Blanc, as highlighted through two producers, Seresin and Momo. Join us for a look at the expressions of this unique and character-driven grape in the Southern Hemisphere.

Featuring:

Seresin, Sauvignon Blanc - 2011 (750)
White, New Zealand, South Island, Marlborough
Item #: 10510

Momo, Sauvignon Blanc - 2013 (750)
White, New Zealand, South Island, Marlborough
Item #: 31036

JUL26

Saturday, Jul 26, 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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JUL26

Saturday Jul 26, 2014

Australia's New Wave

3:00pm to 5:00pm
You may associate Australia with black-fruited Shiraz, but we want to welcome you to the new wave of Australian wines. We'll be tasting two slightly off-beat cuvées today, starting with Route du Van's "Gioia Bianco," a blend of Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Grigio, before we move on to Alkoomi's Cabernet Sauvignon-Merlot blend. These wines will challenge your assumptions about Australia and lend a new and exciting perspective about this always inspiring wine region.

Featuring:

Alkoomi Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot - 2010 (750)
Red, Australia, Western Australia, Lower Great Southern
Item #: 24675

Route du Van "Gioia Bianco," Sauvignon Blanc-Pinot Grigio - 2011 (750)
White, Australia, Victoria, Yarra Valley
Item #: 30650

JUL27

Sunday, Jul 27, 2014

Brooklyn Republic Vodka: Drink With the Locals

2:00pm to 5:00pm
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

JUL31

Thursday Jul 31, 2014

Farm-to-Table Comes Home: Shinn Estate

6:00pm to 8:00pm
Native Midwesterners Barbara Shinn and David Page met in 1988 when they were both living in the Bay Area. Shinn was finishing an MFA while David was working as a chef. Both moved east, to New York, to pursue life in food and wine; they opened Home, a James Beard acclaimed restaurant that became one of the East Coast's first farm-to-table restaurants. Today, they run Shinn Estate, based in Long Island's North Fork in the town of Mattituck, where they grow native varieties and bottle their own cider, which we will be sampling this Thursday, along with their 2013 rosé and NV Estate Red.

Featuring:

Shinn Estate Vineyard Wickam Pear Cider - 2012 (750)
White, USA, New York, North Fork of Long Island
Item #: 27655

Shinn Estate Rosé - 2013 (750)
Rosé, USA, New York, North Fork of Long Island
Item #: 23350

Shinn Estate Red - NV (750)
Red, USA, New York, North Fork of Long Island
Item #: 23792

JUL31

Thursday, Jul 31, 2014

The Wines of Long Island

6:00pm to 8:00pm
The wines of Long Island's North Fork are some of our favorites, so we're bringing in one of our premier producers for your tasting enjoyment. Paumanok Vineyards will be showing their 2013 Chenin Blanc and 2010 Merlot. Come prepared to stock your cellars with these local stunners.

Featuring:

Paumanok, Chenin Blanc - 2013 (750)
White, USA, New York, North Fork of Long Island
Item #: 20041

Paumanok Merlot - 2010 (750)
Red, USA, New York, North Fork of Long Island
Item #: 83713

JUL31

Thursday Jul 31, 2014

Five Fathers

6:00pm to 8:00pm

Featuring:

Five Fathers Pure Rye Malt Whiskey - (375)
USA, Kentucky, Maysville
Item #: 30908

AUG1

Friday, Aug 01, 2014

Combier

6:00pm to 8:00pm

Featuring:

Combier, Liqueur d'Orange - (750)
France
Item #: 19825

Combier Mure fruit Liqueur - (375)
France, Loire, Saumur
Item #: 30805

Combier, Crème de Pamplemousse - (750)
France
Item #: 26338

Combier Peche de Vigne Liqueur - (375)
France, Loire, Saumur
Item #: 30803

AUG1

Friday Aug 01, 2014

Meet Sake Samurai

6:00pm to 8:00pm

Featuring:

AUG1

Friday, Aug 01, 2014

Meet Sake Samurai

6:00pm to 8:00pm

AUG3

Sunday Aug 03, 2014

Pavan

2:00pm to 5:00pm

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AUG6

Wednesday, Aug 06, 2014

Raise Your Glass to Billecart-Salmon

6:00pm to 8:00pm
Founded in 1818 through the marriage of Nicolas François Billecart and Elisabeth Salmon, Billecart-Salmon, housed in the prestigious commune of Mareuil-sur-Ay, is one of the few larger Champagne houses to remain family-owned. Bubbly lovers, rejoice: we will have three delicious cuvées of this outstanding Champagne open to taste: the Brut Blanc de Blancs NC, the Demi-Sec NV, and the "Cuvée Elisabeth Salmon" Rosé Brut 2002. Come watch the corks fly as we enjoy this delicious and widely respected Champagne.

Featuring:

Billecart-Salmon, Brut Blanc de Blancs - NV (750)
White, France, Champagne
Item #: 15525

Billecart-Salmon, Demi-Sec - NV (750)
White, France, Champagne
Item #: 17255

Billecart-Salmon "Cuvée Elisabeth Salmon" Rosé, Brut - 2002 (750)
Rosé, France, Champagne
Item #: 17632

AUG7

Thursday Aug 07, 2014

Oregon and California Pinot

6:00pm to 8:00pm

Featuring:

Andrew Rich, "Prelude," Pinot Noir - 2012 (750)
Red, USA, Oregon, Willamette Valley
Item #: 27926

Hilliard Bruce "Moon" Pinot Noir - 2009 (750)
Red, USA, California, Santa Barbara
Item #: 30152

AUG7

Thursday, Aug 07, 2014

Domestic Pinots

6:00pm to 8:00pm
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