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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.

JUL31

Thursday, Jul 31, 2014

Farm-to-Table Comes Home: Shinn Estate

6:00pm to 8:00pm
Native Midwesterners Barbara Shinn and David Page met in 1988 when they were both living in the Bay Area. Shinn was finishing an MFA while David was working as a chef. Both moved east, to New York, to pursue lives in food and wine; they opened Home, a James Beard-acclaimed restaurant that became one of the East Coast's first farm-to-table restaurants. Today, they run Shinn Estate, based in Long Island's North Fork in the town of Mattituck, where they grow native varieties and bottle their own cider, which we will be sampling this Thursday, along with their rosé and red wines.

Featuring:

Shinn Estate Vineyard Wickam Pear Cider - 2012 (750)
White, USA, New York, North Fork of Long Island
Item #: 27655

Shinn Estate Rosé - 2013 (750)
Rosé, USA, New York, North Fork of Long Island
Item #: 23350

Shinn Estate Red - NV (750)
Red, USA, New York, North Fork of Long Island
Item #: 23792

JUL31

Thursday Jul 31, 2014

Wines of Long Island

6:00pm to 8:00pm
The wines of Long Island's North Fork are some of our favorites, so we're bringing in one of our premier producers for your tasting enjoyment. Paumanok Vineyards will be showing their 2013 Chenin Blanc and 2010 Merlot. Come prepared to stock your cellars with these local stunners.

Featuring:

Paumanok, Chenin Blanc - 2013 (750)
White, USA, New York, North Fork of Long Island
Item #: 20041

Paumanok Merlot - 2010 (750)
Red, USA, New York, North Fork of Long Island
Item #: 83713

JUL31

Thursday, Jul 31, 2014

Five Fathers

6:00pm to 8:00pm

Featuring:

Five Fathers Pure Rye Malt Whiskey - (375)
USA, Kentucky, Maysville
Item #: 30908

AUG1

Friday Aug 01, 2014

Meet Sake Samurai

6:00pm to 8:00pm

Featuring:

AUG1

Friday, Aug 01, 2014

Combier

6:00pm to 8:00pm

Featuring:

Combier, Liqueur d'Orange - (750)
France
Item #: 19825

Combier Mure fruit Liqueur - (375)
France, Loire, Saumur
Item #: 30805

Combier, Crème de Pamplemousse - (750)
France
Item #: 26338

Combier Peche de Vigne Liqueur - (375)
France, Loire, Saumur
Item #: 30803

AUG1

Friday Aug 01, 2014

Meet Sake Samurai

6:00pm to 8:00pm

Featuring:

AUG2

Saturday, Aug 02, 2014

Giffard and Bigallet: The Makings of Classic Cocktails

3:00pm to 5:00pm
We're always in search of interesting spirits here at Astor and these selections from Giffard and Bigallet are no exception. On display Saturday afternoon from Giffard will be the Créme de Pamplemousse Liqueur, a light and refreshing grapefruit tipple, as well as the Créme de Violette, a classic spirit that is floral and flexible. We'll also be tasting Bigallet's China China, a signature bitters that dates back to 1875. These are classics designed for the most classic of cocktails.

Featuring:

Giffard Creme de Pamplemousse Liqueur - (750)
France, Loire, Angers
Item #: 31025

Giffard Creme de Violette - (750)
France, Loire, Angers
Item #: 30978

Bigallet China China Amer Bitter Liqueur - (750)
France, Virieu
Item #: 30577

AUG2

Saturday Aug 02, 2014

The Bright Side of Germany and Austria

3:00pm to 5:00pm
Looking for clean and refreshing whites to get you through the summer doldrums? We have you covered with three bright options from Austria and Germany that are sure to provide relief from the heat. We'll be tasting through a dry Riesling from Germany, as well as two bracing Grüner Veltliners from Austria, all of which will make you wish summer lasted just a beat longer.

Featuring:

Riesling Trocken, Schmitges - 2011 (LTR)
White, Germany, Mosel-Saar-Ruwer, Mittel-Mosel
Item #: 27028

Grüner Veltliner Messwein, Stift Göttweig - 2012 (750)
White, Austria, Kremstal
Item #: 21955

Grüner Veltliner, Franz Etz - 2013 (LTR)
White, Austria, Kamptal
Item #: 22010

AUG3

Sunday, Aug 03, 2014

Pavan Liqueur de France

2:00pm to 5:00pm
Come taste one of our favorite liqueurs. Crafted from Muscat grapes in France with the addition of orange blossom, Pavan's incredible liqueur is sure to add a bit of elegance to your next Champagne cocktail.

Featuring:

AUG6

Wednesday Aug 06, 2014

Raise Your Glass to Billecart-Salmon

6:00pm to 8:00pm
Founded in 1818 through the marriage of Nicolas François Billecart and Elisabeth Salmon, Billecart-Salmon, housed in the prestigious commune of Mareuil-sur-Ay, is one of the few larger Champagne houses to remain family-owned. Bubbly lovers, rejoice: we will have three delicious cuvées of this outstanding Champagne open to taste: the Brut Blanc de Blancs NC, the Demi-Sec NV, and the "Cuvée Elisabeth Salmon" Rosé Brut 2002. Come watch the corks fly as we enjoy this delicious and widely respected Champagne.

Featuring:

Billecart-Salmon, Brut Blanc de Blancs - NV (750)
White, France, Champagne
Item #: 15525

Billecart-Salmon, Demi-Sec - NV (750)
White, France, Champagne
Item #: 17255

Billecart-Salmon "Cuvée Elisabeth Salmon" Rosé, Brut - 2002 (750)
Rosé, France, Champagne
Item #: 17632

AUG7

Thursday, Aug 07, 2014

American Pinot Noir: Drink Us Now

6:00pm to 8:00pm
These wines are drinking well now and will pair well with any of your delicious late summer barbecues. We love Pinot Noir for its flexibility, its depth, and its restraint--and we know you'll find these domestic selections just as inspiring as we do. We're opening the Adele Pinot Noir from the Russian River Valley, as well as the Bacchus Pinot Noir, also from California. Come share some fine American Pinot with us.

Featuring:

Adele Pinot Noir, Russian River Valley - 2012 (750)
Red, USA, California, Sonoma
Item #: 30319

Bacchus Pinot Noir, Ginger's Cuvée - 2012 (750)
Red, USA, California
Item #: 23682

AUG7

Thursday Aug 07, 2014

Oregon and California Pinot

6:00pm to 8:00pm
Who says you can't drink red in summer? Sometimes, hot weather begs for a bright, clean red wine and the Pinot Noirs that we will be tastnig on Thursday from California and Oregon are perfect for the occasion. We'll begin with Andrew Rich's "Prelude" Pinot Noir from Oregon's Willamette Valley and move on to the Hilliard Bruce "Moon" from Santa Barbara. Come by and be prepared to stock up your summer cellar!

Featuring:

Andrew Rich, "Prelude," Pinot Noir - 2012 (750)
Red, USA, Oregon, Willamette Valley
Item #: 27926

Hilliard Bruce "Moon" Pinot Noir - 2009 (750)
Red, USA, California, Santa Barbara
Item #: 30152

AUG7

Thursday, Aug 07, 2014

Partida Tequila: Large Scale, Artisanal Methods

6:00pm to 8:00pm
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.

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

AUG8

Friday Aug 08, 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. We will be tasting two of these single varieties, along with an Edelzwicker blend, this Tuesday. This is Oregon fruit at its finest, complemented by stellar winemaking.

Featuring:

Montinore "Borealis" Edelzwicker Blend, Willamette Valley - 2013 (750)
White, USA, Oregon, Willamette Valley
Item #: 31077

Montinore Pinot Gris, Willamette Valley - 2013 (750)
White, USA, Oregon, Willamette Valley
Item #: 84004

Montinore Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley - 2012 (750)
Red, USA, Oregon, Willamette Valley
Item #: 22189

AUG10

Sunday, Aug 10, 2014

Lejay

2:00pm to 5:00pm

Featuring:

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