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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.


Wednesday, Nov 26, 2014

Returning to Our Roots: Greek Wine

6:00pm to 8:00pm
Take a trip to the Mediterranean with us as we explore three wines from Greece in this fascinating tasting. We will be sampling a variety of different wines that show the breadth of this wine region, which is responsible for so much of the history of wine culture. Join us for a trip back to Greece, where much of modern winemaking began.


Belgeri Ikaria, Affianes - 2013 (750)
White, Greece
Item #: 27266

Malagouzia Peloponessos, Antonopoulos - 2013 (750)
White, Greece, Peloponessos
Item #: 27360

Agioritiko "Red on Black" Neméa, Mitravelas - 2013 (750)
Red, Greece, Peloponessos, Nemea
Item #: 20547


Wednesday Nov 26, 2014

Traveling Deep Within America

6:00pm to 8:00pm
Thinking of staying "in the neighborhood" for Turkey Day? We have your domestic needs covered. A 16-acre estate set atop the tiny Sonoma Mountain Viticultural Area, Laurel Glen is a bucolic, sloping, hillside vineyard that was founded by Patrick Campbell in 1977 and that is planted entirely to Cabernet Sauvignon. We'll have two wines on hand from this iconic producer, as well as one wine from Winery Sixteen 600, an organic and sustainable winery in the heart of Sonoma. Why travel far from home for Thanksgiving when you can stay right here in the U.S. of A.?


Winery Sixteen 600 "Hommage au Galet" - 2011 (750)
Red, USA, California, Sonoma
Item #: 30886

Laurel Glen "Counterpoint" Cabernet Sauvignon - 2012 (750)
Red, USA, California, Sonoma
Item #: 69284

Laurel Glen Cabernet Sauvignon - 2009 (750)
Red, USA, California, Sonoma
Item #: 28611


Friday, Nov 28, 2014

Ardbeg: A Taste of Islay

6:00pm to 8:00pm
The fine Scotches of Ardbeg are native to Islay, famous for its green, rolling hills and peaty single malts. The smoke that is so often associated with Islay comes across beautifully in the 10 Year Scotch, the Uigeadail Scotch, and the Corryvreckan Scotch, all of which will be open for your sipping pleasure at this focused tasting.


Ardbeg 10 Yr. Scotch - (750)
Scotland, Islay
Item #: 03327

Ardbeg Uigeadail Scotch - (750)
Scotland, Islay
Item #: 12873

Ardbeg Corryvreckan Scotch - (750)
Scotland, Islay
Item #: 22147


Friday Nov 28, 2014

A Spanish Wine Tour

6:00pm to 8:00pm
We're off to Spain this week, for a quick trip that's worth a thousand tastes. At the winery Pago Calzadilla, we're tasting through two magnificent reds from a family-run estate that takes grape-growing seriously. Then it's off to Cérvoles Cellars, a winery known for their cutting-edge technology and dedication to quality. Get your passports out; we're ready to fly!


"Calzadilla Allegro," Pago Calzadilla - 2008 (750)
Red, Spain, La Mancha
Item #: 31604

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

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


Friday, Nov 28, 2014

Dress Up Your Table With Bubbles

6:00pm to 8:00pm
Maybe you're in the mood for bubbles but can't quite spring for that bottle of Champagne. Have no fear! The Jaillance "Cuvée Impériale" Clairette de Die is here to make your holiday table special nonetheless. This wine, hailing from the Rhône, is floral and fun with just a touch of sweetness. Stop in for a taste of a sparkler that's sure to knock you off your feet without doing too much damage to your bank account.


Clairette de Die "Cuvée Impériale," Jaillance - NV (750)
White, France, Rhône, Côtes du Rhône
Item #: 12532


Saturday Nov 29, 2014

The Classic Whites of South Africa

3:00pm to 5:00pm
Chenin Blanc and Chardonnay: These are the whites that we think of when we think of South Africa. We'll be taking a look at these traditional and representative wines of one of the New World's most important wine-producing regions and we want you along for the ride. These are classic wines that show just how lively and fun this region can be to drink through.


“DMZ” De Morgenzon, Chardonnay - 2013 (750)
White, South Africa, Stellenbosch
Item #: 24267

Raats Chenin Blanc - 2012 (750)
White, South Africa, Stellenbosch
Item #: 24269

Cape Indaba Chenin Blanc - 2013 (750)
White, South Africa, Western Cape
Item #: 70010


Sunday, Nov 30, 2014

Sorel Liqueur: Get Wild With Us

2:00pm to 5:00pm
Sorel is a small-batch, handcrafted, artisanal liqueur distilled from Moroccan hibiscus, Brazilian clove, Indonesian cassia and nutmeg, Nigerian ginger, cane sugar, and New York grain alcohol. This unique, exotic spirit is like none we've ever tasted and its versatility is unmatched. Come taste this special newcomer and see why we're so enthusiastic about these wild and untamed aromatics.


Sorel Artisanal Liqueur - (750)
USA, New York
Item #: 27147


Monday Dec 01, 2014

Champagne Champion: R.H. Coutier

6:15pm to 8:15pm
Located in the Grand Cru village of Ambonnay, R.H. Coutier owns nine hectares of Champagne-producing vineyards, planted with one-third Chardonnay and two-thirds Pinot Noir. In 1946, this groundbreaking producer was the first to plant Chardonnay in the village of Ambonnay, which now has a reputation for performing just as well as its equally famous Pinot Noir. Join us for a taste of their 100% Chardonnay blend, the Blanc de Blancs Brut, as well as the Brut Rosé, both of which are testaments to the enduring quality of Champagne.


R.H. Coutier, Blanc de Blancs Brut - NV (750)
White, France, Champagne, Ambonnay
Item #: 31612

R.H. Coutier, Brut Rosé - NV (750)
Rosé, France, Champagne, Ambonnay
Item #: 31613


Monday, Dec 01, 2014

Pop, Pop, Fizz, Fizz

6:15pm to 8:15pm
Oh! What a relief it is that we have all the bubbles you need for your upcoming holiday celebrations--and gift-giving. Splash around in bubbles with us as we uncork the Loriot Blanc de Noirs Brut Réserve NV, the Loriot Rosé Brut NV, and the Jean Velut Blanc de Blancs Brut NV. Ring in the holiday season with these finds that will bring fun and fizzle to any holiday gathering!


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

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

Jean Velut, Blanc de Blancs, Brut - NV (750)
White, France, Champagne, L`Aube
Item #: 30549


Wednesday Dec 03, 2014

From Austin With Love: Tito's Handmade Vodka

6:00pm to 8:00pm
Produced in Austin, Texas' first and oldest distillery, Tito's Handmade Vodka is made in small batches in an old-fashioned pot still by Tito Beveridge, a geologist from San Antonio. This award-winning vodka has won the loyalty of vodka-drinkers around the country and we believe that it will win yours, too, so stop in to see why, after 16 years, Tito's Handmade Vodka is still one of the best spirits on the market.


Tito's Handmade Vodka - (LTR)
USA, Texas
Item #: 12508


Sunday, Dec 07, 2014

Catskill Distilling: Summers of Love

2:00pm to 5:00pm
Catskill Distilling Company owner and distiller Monte Sachs grew up on a dairy farm in coastal Connecticut and first encountered the art of distillation while attending veterinary school in Italy. In 2008, he and his wife Stacy opened a micro distillery in Bethel, NY, where they now produce such artisan products as the Most Righteous Bourbon and the Peace Vodka. We'll be tasting both at this peace, love, and happiness tasting (Catskill Distilling Co. is just a stone's throw from the sacred grounds of 1969's Woodstock) so join in on the fun.


Catskill Distilling Co. Most Righteous Bourbon - (375)
USA, New York
Item #: 27952

Peace Vodka - (750)
USA, New York
Item #: 26483