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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.

APR20

Sunday, Apr 20, 2014

Crème de Cassis: A Springtime Sweet

2:00pm to 5:00pm
Come taste one of our favorite treats from esteemed producer Lejay. Made from macerated black currants, this delicious liqueur is guaranteed to add elegance to your next kir royale. Spring is springing, so celebrate the season with this fun and festive sweet.

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APR23

Wednesday Apr 23, 2014

Tuthilltown Gin: A Spirit from the Empire State

6:00pm to 8:00pm
The Tuthilltown Distillery, located in the Hudson Valley, uses local ingredients to make a full line of fascinating spirits. Their Half Moon Orchard Gin, named for the vessel in which Henry Hudson first explored the River and distilled from both wheat and local apples, is one of our favorites. Join us for a taste of this incredible Empire State product, a gin we can proudly call one of our own.

Featuring:

Half Moon Orchard Gin - (LTR)
USA, New York
Item #: 28151

APR24

Thursday, Apr 24, 2014

An Italy for All Seasons

6:00pm to 8:00pm
It's never the wrong season for our favorite Italian wines. This bright, clean, and slightly sweet Moscato d'Asti from Forteto della Luja will please any palate, and the Podere Il Macchione Rosso di Montepulciano has acid and grip, our preferred combination in any good red. Join us as we taste through these two winning Italian selections that will pair well with any meal and any season.

Featuring:

Rosso di Montepulciano, Podere Il Macchione - 2011 (750)
Red, Italy, Tuscany, Montepulciano
Item #: 28937

Moscato d'Asti "Piasa Sanmaurizio", Forteto della Luja - 2012 (750)
White, Italy, Piedmont, Asti
Item #: 20079

APR24

Thursday Apr 24, 2014

Wines of the Willamette: Montinore

6:00pm to 8:00pm
Established in 1982, Montinore Estate is a certified organic and Biodynamic estate along the east-facing slopes of the Coastal Range foothills of Oregon's Willamette Valley. The estate produces seven varieties on dedicated sites, each suited to each grape, two of which – the Pinot Gris and Pinot Noir – we will be tasting on Thursday. This is Oregon fruit at its finest, complemented by stellar winemaking. Don't miss out.

Featuring:

Montinore Pinot Gris, Willamette Valley - 2012 (750)
White, USA, Oregon, Willamette Valley
Item #: 84004

Montinore Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley - 2011 (750)
Red, USA, Oregon, Willamette Valley
Item #: 22189

APR24

Thursday, Apr 24, 2014

The Serious Rums 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 are show-stoppers that might make you wonder why you haven't spent more time sipping rum neat.

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APR25

Friday Apr 25, 2014

Wines for the Weekend

6:00pm to 8:00pm
Looking for a weekend getaway, but still stuck here in the city? These three wines make for the perfect escape. The A. Seltz Gewurtztraminer, Quattro Mani Tocai Friulano, and Wimmer-Czerny St. Laurent will all make you feel like you left the country on an exotic vacation – even if you only make it as far as your living room. So come by for a taste and leave with a sense of worldliness (and maybe a bottle or two).

Featuring:

St. Laurent, Wimmer-Czerny - 2009 (750)
Red, Austria, Wagram
Item #: 25938

Exto Gredic Vineyard (toh-kai), Quattro Mani - 2011 (750)
White, Slovenia
Item #: 21229

Gewurztraminer Reserve, A. Seltz - 2012 (750)
White, France, Alsace, Bas-Rhin
Item #: 24716

APR26

Saturday, Apr 26, 2014

Spring Palate Cleanser

3:00pm to 5:00pm

Featuring:

Chasselas, "Vieilles Vignes", Schoffit - 2012 (750)
White, France, Alsace
Item #: 25524

Crémant d'Alsace, Albert Mann - 2011 (750)
White, France, Alsace
Item #: 13764

Dom. des Cassagnoles Blanc, Côte de Gascogne - 2013 (750)
White, France, Southwest
Item #: 49000

APR27

Sunday Apr 27, 2014

Partida Tequila: Large Scale, Artisanal Methods

2:00pm to 5:00pm
Founded in 2001 by Gary Shansby, Partida Tequila is made on a large scale through artisanal methods. We will be tasting three of Partida's selections: the introductory Blanco, which sees no oak; the lightly aged Reposado, with its creamier and richer notes; and, finally, the American oak-aged Añejo, with its striking intensity. This is a study in the complexity and depth of all levels of tequila that you will not want to miss, so make sure to stop in for a sip.

Featuring:

Partida Añejo Tequila - (750)
Mexico, Jalisco, Lowlands, NOM 1454
Item #: 14034

Partida Blanco Tequila - (750)
Mexico, Jalisco, Lowlands, NOM 1454
Item #: 14032

Partida Reposado Tequila - (750)
Mexico, Jalisco, Lowlands, NOM 1454
Item #: 14033

APR30

Wednesday, Apr 30, 2014

Cool As A Cucumber: Hendrick's Gin

5:00pm to 8:00pm
For a widely known gin, Hendrick's is, in essence, still a small-production product, limiting the batches for greater quality control. This gin is best known, however, for its intense aromatics, which include rose petals and cucumbers. The resulting gin is refreshing and clean and makes for a complex, delicate, and lovely martini. This gin is one-of-a-kind and worth a taste--or two.

Featuring:

Hendrick's Gin - (LTR)
Scotland
Item #: 12876

MAY1

Thursday May 01, 2014

Legs Diamond and Mahia Fig

6:00pm to 8:00pm

Featuring:

Nahmias Legs Diamond Rye Whiskey - (375)
USA, New York, Yonkers
Item #: 30112

Mahia Fig Spirit - (750)
USA, New York
Item #: 27111

MAY3

Saturday, May 03, 2014

The Many Colors of Lillet

2:00pm to 5:00pm
If you don't know Lillet by now, you should. These are French apéritif wines that are blended with macerated liqueurs and a special liqueur that contains quinine. Refreshing, delicious Lillet--available in red, white, and rosé--can be served in a simple wine glass, or, even better, on the rocks with a splash of soda and a simple slice of orange. What better way to usher in the warmer season? We'll be tasting all three versions of this drink, so stop by for a refresher.

Featuring:

Lillet Red - (750)
France
Item #: 12404

Lillet Rosé - (750)
France
Item #: 26908

Lillet White - (750)
France
Item #: 12414

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