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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, Dec 19, 2014

A Wine Legend Takes Napa: Neyers Vineyards

6:00pm to 8:00pm
In 1999, wine legend Bruce Neyers and his wife, Barbara, purchased and renovated a winery on a thirty-acre parcel in the Sage Canyon area of Napa Valley. Over the next 14 months, they built a modern, highly functional winery designed for their traditional winemaking practices. They produced their first vintage in this state-of-the-art facility in 2000. In 2002, Wine and Spirits Magazine named Neyers Vineyards the Artisan Winery of the Year. Come taste the iconic Conn Valley Cabernet Sauvignon and Carneros Chardonnay from this groundbreaking producer.


Neyers Ranch-Conn Valley, Cabernet Sauvignon - 2011 (750)
Red, USA, California
Item #: 31608

Neyers Chardonnay, Carneros - 2012 (750)
White, USA, California, Napa
Item #: 17318


Friday Dec 19, 2014

Armagnac: France's Own Medicine

6:00pm to 8:00pm
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 hepatits and gout. These days, we look to the Armagnacs of France for their pleasurable (rather than healing-oriented) properties. Stop in to try these incredible, virtuous delights.


Marie Duffau Napoleon Armagnac - (750)
France, Armagnac
Item #: 27753

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

Armagnac Laubade XO - (750)
France, Armagnac
Item #: 02354

Castarède Armagnac Réserve de la Famille - (750)
France, Armagnac, Bas-Armagnac
Item #: 23850


Friday, Dec 19, 2014

A Toast to the Season: Champagne

6:00pm to 8:00pm
Join us for some sparkle as we open the epic Champagnes of Loriot in a toast to the holidays. We all deserve a little bit of pampering--and no one does pampering better than the masterminds behind the world's finest bubbles. So raise a glass with us and celebrate the most wonderful time of the year, which, we can say with confidence, is finally here. Cheers!


Loriot, Rosé Brut - NV (750)
Rosé, France, Champagne, La Vallée de la Marne
Item #: 28198

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


Saturday Dec 20, 2014

Agustí Toreló Mata: Cavas with Soul

3:00pm to 5:00pm
Agustí Torelló Mata set up his own winery dedicated to Cava production in 1950 and the first laboratory for wine analysis in 1953. His winery is located in Sant Sadurní d’Anoia, the capital of Cava that lies in the heart of the Penedès region in Catalonia on the Mediterranean Sea. The house is dedicated to the traditional varieties of Spanish Cava: Macabeu, Xarel-lo, and Parellada. The wines of Agustí Torelló Mata reflect the personal commitment of a family and team that creates internationally acclaimed Cavas that retain individual expression and personality.These are Cavas with soul. Come taste them while we have them open!


Cava Reserva, Agustí Torelló Mata - (750)
White, Spain, Penedès
Item #: 27013

Cava Rosat Trepat, Agustí Torelló Mata - 2009 (750)
Rosé, Spain, Penedès
Item #: 27016


Saturday, Dec 20, 2014

Plantation Rum: The Jewel in the Crown

3:00pm to 5:00pm
Considered Jewels in the Crown of the Caribbean, these incredible rums are aged in Maison Ferrand Cognac casks before release. In fact, in lieu of some payment, some of Ferrand’s producers merely send back casks filled with rum. He then blends them or decants and bottles them. This series of rums is a top-notch representation of Alexandre Gabriel’s skilled work. Ranging from white to dark in style, with all variations of color and depth in between, Plantation Rum is truly an example of the apex of contemporary rum production.


Saturday Dec 20, 2014

Holiday Sparklers: Our Picks

3:00pm to 5:00pm
Here are our holiday sparkler picks--well, some of them, anyway. Because, let's be honest... our lists are endless. But let's start the selecting with Champagne, a must at any holiday table. We'll be opening the L. Aubry Fils Brut NV and the Gimonnet Blanc de Blancs 1er Cru Brut NV. The holidays are here, but we're prepared!


Gimonnet, Blanc de Blancs 1er Cru, Brut - NV (750)
White, France, Champagne, Côte de Blancs
Item #: 15012

L. Aubry Fils Brut - NV (750)
White, France, Champagne, Montagne de Reims
Item #: 15000


Sunday, Dec 21, 2014

Art in the Age: Better Produce for Better Products

2:00pm to 5:00pm
In 2004, husband-and-wife team Melkon Khosrovian and Litty Matthew began making spirits from local, hand-processed produce. Today, their award-winning line, named Art in the Age, is a testament to the impact that fresh and local organics can have on a spirit. Come taste through the Sage Cordial, Root, Rhubarb Tea, and Snap spirits and see why Art in the Age is truly a trendsetter.


Art in the Age Sage Cordial - (750)
Item #: 29825

Art in the Age Root - (750)
USA, Pennsylvania
Item #: 24853

Art in the Age Rhubarb Tea - (750)
USA, Pennsylvania
Item #: 28085

Art in the Age Snap - (750)
USA, Pennsylvania
Item #: 25314


Saturday Dec 27, 2014

A Post-Christmas Miracle

3:00pm to 5:00pm
Just because your guests have returned back to their respective homes does not mean you have to stop buying wine. In fact, we have two exceptional wine deals for you, which we'll be sampling at this tasting. The first, Malvira's Favorita, is a delicious and lush white that's perfect for winter. Add to this the Chianti Classico Reserva from Borgianni and you have wines fit for a king and queen. Go ahead--usher 2014 out with a bang.


Langhe Favorita, Malvira - 2013 (750)
White, Italy, Piedmont, Langhe
Item #: 31658

Chianti Classico Reserva, Borgianni - 2009 (750)
Red, Italy, Tuscany, Chianti
Item #: 44254


Saturday, Dec 27, 2014

Feeling Hungary

3:00pm to 5:00pm
Hungary boasts a wealth of delicious dry and off-dry table wines, both red and white, made from native indigenous and international grape varieties. Furmint and Hárslevelu are perhaps the most famed of the indigenous white varieties, and they are used to make everything from crisp, bone-dry wines to the most viscous and honeyed dessert-level wines. And we'll be tasting both at this Hungary-focused tasting. Join us as we look at the sweet and dry wines of this incredible country.


Hárslevelu, Patricius - 2011 (750)
White, Hungary, Tokaji
Item #: 30610

Tokaji Aszú 5 Puttonyos, Patricius - 2003 (500)
White, Hungary, Tokaji
Item #: 27260