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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.

JAN30

Friday, Jan 30, 2015

Yaguara Cachaça: A Spirit Reinvented

6:00pm to 8:00pm
Yaguara is a small batch, artisanal cachaça that is the product of five generations of Brazilian dedication. This refined spirit is perfect on its own or blended into your favorite caipirinha. Come see what Yaguara has to offer with their organic and delicious product.

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JAN30

Friday Jan 30, 2015

Wines of the West: Oregon

6:00pm to 8:00pm
With red wine drinking season upon us, it's time for a trip out west, to the incredible vineyards of Oregon. We'll be tasting Pinot Noir from Stringtown, as well as an impressive Pinot Gris from Melrose Vineyards. These wines make perfect companions to any winter feast.

Featuring:

Stringtown, Pinot Noir - 2011 (750)
Red, USA, Oregon
Item #: 31397

Seven Hills Pinot Gris, Melrose Vineyards - 2012 (750)
White, USA, Oregon
Item #: 22742

JAN30

Friday, Jan 30, 2015

The American Northwest

6:00pm to 8:00pm
On the fence about wines of the northwest? Unclear about what exactly Oregon and Washington have to offer? Stop by for a quick taste tutorial on the bounty from this terroir-driven slice of the United States. We'll be tasting both the Oregonian Ransom "Jigsaw" Pinot Noir and the Washingtonian Gramercy Cellars Viognier. You won't be disappointed.

Featuring:

Ransom "Jigsaw" Pinot Noir - 2013 (750)
Red, USA, Oregon, Willamette Valley
Item #: 16686

Gramercy Cellars, Viognier - 2013 (750)
White, USA, Washington, Walla Walla
Item #: 31420

JAN31

Saturday Jan 31, 2015

The Case for Riesling

12:30pm to 2:30pm
Travel to Germany with us for a look the outstanding Rieslings of Zilliken. We will be visiting the Mosel-Saar-Ruwer for a taste of Zilliken's "Butterfly" Estate Riesling, an off-dry beauty packed with stone fruit and intense minerality. Then it's on to the Saarburger Rausch Riesling Spätlese, followed by the Ockfen Bockstein Riesling Kabinett. Don't miss out on this focused tasting.

Featuring:

Saarburger Rausch Riesling Spätlese, Zilliken - 2012 (750)
White, Germany, Mosel-Saar-Ruwer, Saar
Item #: 16781

Ockfen Bockstein Riesling Kabinett, Zilliken - 2013 (750)
White, Germany, Mosel-Saar-Ruwer, Saar
Item #: 20696

"Butterfly" Estate Riesling, Zilliken - 2013 (750)
White, Germany, Mosel-Saar-Ruwer, Saar
Item #: 11263

JAN31

Saturday, Jan 31, 2015

Great Grapes with Egon Müller

12:30pm to 2:30pm
Riesling takes on a whole new identity through the lens of Egon Müller. A look at two of the wines of this hallowed producer--the Ch. Belá and the Scharzhofberger--will have you wondering why Riesling isn't already your go-to varietal.

Featuring:

Ch. Belá Riesling, Egon Müller - 2012 (750)
White, Slovakia
Item #: 32107

Scharzhofberger Riesling, Egon Müller - 2013 (750)
White, Germany, Mosel-Saar-Ruwer, Saar
Item #: 32106

JAN31

Saturday Jan 31, 2015

NY Distilling Co.: Tom Potter Shows Us the Ropes

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, the Chief Gowanus New-Netherland Gin, and the Mister Katz's Rock Rye, all of which we will be tasting through at this refined look at one of our new local favorites. Tom Potter, President of NY Distilling, will be hosting. Don't miss this opportunity to learn from this distillation insider!

Featuring:

Ny Distillery Dorothy Parker Gin - (750)
USA, New York
Item #: 26280

NY Distilling Co. Chief Gowanus Gin - (750)
USA, New York
Item #: 29592

Perry’s Tot – Navy Strength Gin - (750)
USA, New York
Item #: 26278

NYDC Mister Katz's Rock & Rye - (750)
USA, New York, Brooklyn
Item #: 31718

FEB1

Sunday, Feb 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 warm up your winter cocktails.

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FEB4

Wednesday Feb 04, 2015

Taking a Local Tipple: Brooklyn Gin

6:00pm to 8:00pm
Fresh orange peels--rather than dried--set this gin apart. Emil and Joe, the founders of Brooklyn Gin, take the time to handcraft small batches of this artisanal product, which we believe is one of the best on the market. Come taste the difference that lively botanicals and exacting standards make in one of the United States' most classic spirits as we take a local tipple with Brooklyn Gin.

Featuring:

Brooklyn Gin - (750)
USA, New York
Item #: 26154

FEB5

Thursday, Feb 05, 2015

Fly By Night Tastes: Spain

6:00pm to 8:00pm
We're off to Spain this week, for a quick trip to Catalunya and Pago Calzadilla. At Cérvoles Cellars, we're tasting through a delicious and unexpected red. Then, it's off to Pago Calzadilla for a look at the 2009 Opta, a robust ode to España. Get your passport out; we're ready to fly!

Featuring:

Cérvoles Negre, Cérvoles Cellars - 2007 (750)
Red, Spain
Item #: 31605

"Opta," Pago Calzadilla - 2009 (750)
Red, Spain, La Mancha
Item #: 31603

FEB5

Thursday Feb 05, 2015

A New York Story: Distiller David Nahmias

6:00pm to 8:00pm
What do legendary bootlegger Legs Diamond and figs have in common? They both happen to be the centerpieces of projects helmed by New York-based Master Distiller David Nahmias. Nahmias's Legs Diamond Rye Whiskey comes from organic, New York-grown rye, and his Mahia Fig Spirit comes from local figs and a small dose of anise seed. What better way to support New York agriculture than to come out for a taste of spirits made right in our own backyard? Join us for a look at these unique artisanal products as we embrace a bit of our local culture.

Featuring:

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

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

FEB5

Thursday, Feb 05, 2015

Kick Back, Relax, and Drink Red

6:00pm to 8:00pm
We have the kick-back-and-relax wines that you've been waiting to greet the weekend with! The Clos Martinet "Menut" Priorat is a rich wine that's worth your free time. But, then again, so is the Volker Eisele Estate Cabernet Sauvignon. Taste these rib-sticking reds and take home a bottle--or two or three--to add to your drink-now collection.

Featuring:

Priorat "Menut", Clos Martinet - 2011 (750)
Red, Spain, Priorato
Item #: 23887

Volker Eisele Estate, Cabernet Sauvignon - 2009 (750)
Red, USA, California, Napa
Item #: 25973

FEB6

Friday Feb 06, 2015

Discover Singani

5:00pm to 8:00pm

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FEB6

Friday, Feb 06, 2015

A Spanish Wine Tour

6:00pm to 8:00pm
This trip to Spain is worth a thousand tastes. We're tasting through two magnificent reds from wineries that take grape-growing seriously and a Cava that will make you a convert from Champagne (if you aren't already). Come see why Spain is quickly becoming one of every oenophile's go-to regions.

Featuring:

Avinyó Cava Brut Nature Reserva - NV (750)
White, Spain, Penedès
Item #: 15845

Priorat, Cesca Vicent - 2012 (750)
Red, Spain, Priorato
Item #: 22196

Joan d'Anguera "Altaroses," Montsant - 2012 (750)
Red, Spain, Montsant
Item #: 29172

FEB7

Saturday Feb 07, 2015

The Fine Wines of Abad Dom Bueno

3:00pm to 5:00pm
Since opening their doors in June 2003, Bodega del Abad has boasted modern facilities and technological innovations somewhat unique to the region of Bierzo. These leaps and bounds in winemaking allow a thorough quality control of the entire process. Here, we'll be tasting the 2013 Godello from this esteemed producer, as well as the 2011 Mencia. Enjoy this focused look at Spain.

Featuring:

Bierzo Godello, Abad Dom Bueno - 2013 (750)
White, Spain, Bierzo
Item #: 20591

Bierzo Mencia, Abad Dom Bueno - 2011 (750)
Red, Spain, Bierzo
Item #: 31758

FEB7

Saturday, Feb 07, 2015

A Taste of Spain's Most Famous Region

3:00pm to 5:00pm
Rioja is known for its Old World style and high quality of winemaking. Few would argue that the wines made here are some of the best in the world, and we're fortunate enough to have two for you to taste: the 2013 Blanco and the 2010 Reserva from iconic winery Muga. These are special wines that you will not want to miss the chance to taste, so join us for this important trip to Rioja!

Featuring:

Muga Blanco, Rioja - 2013 (750)
White, Spain, Rioja
Item #: 50064

Muga, Reserva - 2010 (750)
Red, Spain, Rioja
Item #: 49524

FEB7

Saturday Feb 07, 2015

Macallan Single Malt Scotch

3:00pm to 5:00pm
Located in the Speyside region of Scotland, Macallan is renowned for their extremely high-quality single malt Scotches. The name Macallan is synonymous with distinction and we are fortunate enough to have these Scotches here to taste through. We will be tasting the 12-year, 18-year, and the Fine Oak 15-year. This is one tasting you will not want to miss

Featuring:

Macallan 12 Yr. Scotch - (750)
Scotland, Speyside
Item #: 03514

Macallan Fine Oak 15 Yr. Scotch - (750)
Scotland, Speyside
Item #: 12685

Macallan 18 Yr. Scotch - (750)
Scotland, Speyside
Item #: 03664