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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.

OCT31

Friday, Oct 31, 2014

Crystal Head Vodka

6:00pm to 8:00pm

Featuring:

Crystal Head Vodka - (750)
Canada, Newfoundland
Item #: 21217

OCT31

Friday Oct 31, 2014

Ripe and Red

6:00pm to 8:00pm
When we think autumn, we think of rich, spicy, and earth-driven wines, and so we've hand picked two perfect wines to ward off the new chill in the air. The Fausse Piste "Garde Manger" from Washington has all the spice and pepper one might expect from a great Syrah, while the Pic St. Loup "L'Olivette" Clos Marie, a mineral, pensive blend of Grenache, Syrah, and Mourvèdre, will do just as well in your cellar as it will on your Thanksgiving table. Stop in and sip along with us.

Featuring:

Fausse Piste "Garde Manger," Syrah - 2012 (750)
Red, USA, Washington, Columbia Valley
Item #: 25971

Pic St. Loup "L'Olivette," Clos Marie - 2010 (750)
Red, France, Languedoc-Roussillon, Pic St.-Loup
Item #: 25979

OCT31

Friday, Oct 31, 2014

Wines That Make You Go Boo

6:00pm to 8:00pm
Don't get us wrong; these wines aren't scary. But they will put the fear of teetotaling in you. Why stop drinking when such delicious red wines are at your disposal? We have at our ghoulish fingertips the Château Rahoul Rouge from Graves, as well as the Limited Edition Viña Perez Cruz Syrah, a truly spooktastic red. Any holiday is a holiday worth celebrating. Raise a glass to this one with us!

Featuring:

Ch. Rahoul Rouge, Graves - 2010 (750)
Red, France, Bordeaux, Graves
Item #: 30774

Viña Perez Cruz, Syrah Limited Edition - 2011 (750)
Red, Chile, Maipo
Item #: 30415

NOV1

Saturday Nov 01, 2014

La Grange Tiphaine: An Ode to the Loire

3:00pm to 5:00pm
Founded at the end of the 19th century by Alfonse Delecheneau, this estate is now run by its third generation of family-run winemakers. These Loire Valley gems range from tender to round to fruit-filled to bone-dry to sweet. They share, however, a generous balance and precision, thanks to fine winemaking and a dedication to the terroir. Taste through the Montlouis Sec "Clef de Sol" and the "Nouveau Nez" Pétillant with us and see what this estate is all about.

Featuring:

Montlouis Sec “Clef de Sol”, La Grange Tiphaine - 2011 (750)
White, France, Loire, Touraine, Montlouis
Item #: 24549

"Nouveau Nez" Pétillant, La Grange Tiphaine - 2012 (750)
White, France, Loire, Touraine, Montlouis
Item #: 30275

NOV1

Saturday, Nov 01, 2014

Great Lakes Distillery: The Great Pumpkin [Seasonal Spirit]

3:00pm to 5:00pm
A small-batch distillery located in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Great Lakes makes hand-crafted and award-winning spirits using Old World methods. Their Pumpkin Seasonal Spirit is only available for a limited amount of time, is made in limited quantities, and is aged in a combination of rum, bourbon, rye, and Cabernet Sauvignon barrels. Drink this fall special neat or in a pumpkin old fashioned, but come drink it quickly before it disappears!

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NOV1

Saturday Nov 01, 2014

'Tis the Season for Bourgogne

3:00pm to 5:00pm
Autumn begs for a glass of Burgundy and, lucky for you, we're fully stocked with Bourgogne's finest. From Phlippe Chavy's Bourgogne Blanc to Bruno Clavelier's Bourgogne Passetoutgrain, we have your Burgundy needs covered. Come see what's new this fall.

Featuring:

Bourgogne Blanc, Philippe Chavy - 2011 (750)
White, France, Burgundy
Item #: 30047

Bourgogne Passetoutgrain, Bruno Clavelier - 2012 (750)
Red, France, Burgundy, Côte de Nuits
Item #: 30116

NOV2

Sunday, Nov 02, 2014

Letherbee: The Windy City's Next Big Thing

2:00pm to 5:00pm
Bartender Brenton Engel of the Chicago bar scene wanted to make some good booze. That's why he began Letherbee, an artisan distillery responsible for such gems as the Autumnal Gin, Charred Oak Absinthe Brun, and, most famously, the Malört, a briny, bitter, tart liqueur that is known for imparting on its drinkers a signature "Malört Face." Stop by our tasting for a Malört Face of your own--or for a chance to learn more about this small Chicago distillery that is doing really big things.

Featuring:

Letherbee Charred Oak Abisnthe Brun - (375)
USA, Illinois, Chicago
Item #: 29552

Letherbee Gin - (LTR)
USA, Illinois, Chicago
Item #: 29553

Letherbee Malort - (LTR)
USA, Illinois, Chicago
Item #: 29554

NOV5

Wednesday Nov 05, 2014

Iceberg Vodka and Cockspur Rum: A Fresh Look

6:00pm to 8:00pm
Iceberg Vodka is a company built by Canadians who set themselves apart by their willingness to go to any length to make the smoothest and best tasting vodka possible. In this case, that means harvesting icebergs to get the world's purest water. Cockspur 12 Rum is a rich, well-aged, premium rum with a dark color and vanilla and oak aromas. These two products are extremely different, but what they have in common is that they are both artisanal and that their producers are dedicated to making them the best in their market. Come taste them both and see why they are changing the face of vodka and rum.

Featuring:

Cockspur 12 Rum - (750)
Barbados
Item #: 16359

Iceberg Vodka - (1.75)
Canada, Newfoundland
Item #: 05237

NOV5

Wednesday, Nov 05, 2014

86 Company: Host-Friendly Spirits

6:00pm to 8:00pm
The 86 Company creates spirits with some of the best distillers and distilleries from around the world. Each of their diverse spirits comes in an ergonomic bottle that was designed by and for bartenders--the information on the label of each of these bottles is filled with information that is useful to people actually working behind the bar. Included in this line of spirits is the Aylesbury Duck Vodka, the Cana Brava Rum, and the Ford's Gin--and we'll be trying them all. Don't miss these bartender- and host-friendly spirits.

Featuring:

Cana Brava Rum - (LTR)
Panama
Item #: 28331

Ford's Gin - (LTR)
England
Item #: 28330

Aylesbury Duck Vodka - (LTR)
Canada
Item #: 28333

NOV6

Thursday Nov 06, 2014

Kings County Spirits

6:00pm to 8:00pm
New York City's oldest operating whiskey distillery, Kings County Distillery is the first to open its doors since Prohibition. The esteemed house produces moonshine and bourbon from the 115-year-old Paymaster Building in Brooklyn's Navy Yard, using New York grain and traditional distilling equipment. We will be tasting through the Chocolate Whiskey, the Moonshine, and the Single Barrel Bourbon, so come check out these delicious spirits with us!

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NOV6

Thursday, Nov 06, 2014

Explore Hidden Treasure: Corsica

6:00pm to 8:00pm
It's one of the most beautiful places in the world--and also one of the least discussed wine regions. But Corsica produces some of the gems of the wine world, from unknown varieties like Nielluciu to better known ones like Syrah and Vermentino. Join us as we taste the epic Domaine de Torraccia Rouge, an unforgettable red blend that will surprise you with its complexity. Come explore this true treasure with us.

Featuring:

Dom. de Torraccia, Rouge - 2011 (750)
Red, France, Corsica
Item #: 30763

NOV7

Friday Nov 07, 2014

California's Richest: Spotlight on Syrah

6:00pm to 8:00pm
From Santa Ynez's Stolpman Estate to Dry Creek Valley's Unti, this tasting is all about rich, spicy, and unctuous Syrah. These wines are made to last--both in the cellar and on the table--and can hold up to whatever food you toss their way. Syrah is the name of the game, so get in while the getting's good.

Featuring:

Stolpman Estate Syrah - 2011 (750)
Red, USA, California, Santa Barbara, Santa Ynez
Item #: 31109

Unti Syrah, Dry Creek Valley - 2011 (750)
Red, USA, California, Sonoma, Dry Creek
Item #: 22091

NOV7

Friday, Nov 07, 2014

Laubade 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--and, particularly, of Laubade--for their pleasurable (rather than healing-oriented) properties. We'll have four of the producer's cuvées available to taste, so stop in to try these incredible, virtuous delights.

Featuring:

Armagnac Laubade VSOP - (750)
France, Armagnac
Item #: 02344

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

Floc de Gascogne, Laubade - (750)
France
Item #: 25125

Laubade Armagnac 1993 - 1993 (750)
France, Armagnac
Item #: 28228

NOV7

Friday Nov 07, 2014

Raising a Glass to Red

6:00pm to 8:00pm
If it's red wine you want, it's red wine you'll have. With seasons changing, we're happy to oblige the changing palette of seasons--and palates of our patrons. It's no longer Sancerre season, so how about delving into a lovely Chinon, also from the Loire, from Lambert, with us? Or a Bairrada Tinto from the producer Vadio? With so many red options out there, it's hard for us to choose what to showcase, but these are a few of our favorites. Cheers to red wine!

Featuring:

Chinon “Les Terrasses”, Lambert - 2012 (750)
Red, France, Loire, Touraine, Chinon
Item #: 24786

Vadio, Bairrada Tinto - 2009 (750)
Red, Portugal, Bairrada
Item #: 28864

NOV8

Saturday, Nov 08, 2014

White Beauties: California

3:00pm to 5:00pm
Not all white wine must be discarded at summer's end. Some whites, muscular and full of backbone and fruit, can stand up to autumn's chill. So it is with these three wines, the Verdelho from Forlorn Hope, the Chardonnay from Porter Bass, and the Chardonnay from Atticus. These are gripping whites that each have a story to tell. Come hear what these promising wines have to say.

Featuring:

Forlorn Hope "Que Saudade" Verdelho - 2012 (720)
White, USA, California
Item #: 30065

Porter Bass Eseate Chardonnay - 2010 (750)
White, USA, California, Sonoma
Item #: 31192

Atticus John Chardonnay, Napa Valley - 2009 (750)
White, USA, California, Napa
Item #: 23802

NOV8

Saturday Nov 08, 2014

High West Distillery: Utah's Finest

3:00pm to 5:00pm
High West Distillery is Utah's first distillery since the 1870s and the world's first ski-in distillery and gastro-saloon. Perhaps you don't have time to make it to Park City to witness this legend-in-the-making, but you're in luck, because we're bringing Utah to you. Come taste High West's "The 36th Vote" Barreled Manhattan, their A Midwinter Night's Dram Rye, their American Prairie Reserve Whiskey, and their Double Rye Astor Cask, an Astor-Exclusive. Skis and parkas optional.

NOV9

Sunday, Nov 09, 2014

Pavan and AO Vodka: A Pairing Made in Bartending Heaven

2:00pm to 5:00pm
We're pairing together one of our favorite liqueurs, Pavan, which is made from French Muscat grapes with the addition of orange blossom, with AO vodka, a refreshing and clean rice vodka from the Japanese distiller Suntory. Come see what happens when these two incredible spirits join forces.

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NOV12

Wednesday Nov 12, 2014

Purity Vodka: A Spirit Redefined

6:00pm to 8:00pm
Distilled in a proprietary still made from copper and gold in the 13th century Ellinge Castle in the south of Sweden, Purity Vodka is made from natural ingredients, including organic winter wheat and malted barley. Certified organic, this exclusive vodka is distilled 34 times, guaranteeing the cleanest, purest taste imaginable. Come see what fine ingredients and distillation practices yield.

Featuring:

Purity Vodka - (750)
Sweden
Item #: 24326

NOV13

Thursday, Nov 13, 2014

Christian Drouin: Calvados At Its Peak

6:00pm to 8:00pm
Christina Drouin has been producing quality Calvados since 1960. We're honored to welcome Drouin himself for a tasting that will include the Calvados Seleccion, the Pommeaux de Normandie, the Calvados XO, and the 1992 Calvados. Join us for this rare opportunity to discuss this product with the man who makes it.
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