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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.


Thursday, Jul 09, 2015

Letherbee: The Windy City's Next Big Thing

6:00pm to 8:00pm
Bartender Brenton Engel of the Chicago bar scene wanted to make some good alcohol. That's why he began Letherbee, an artisan distillery responsible for such gems as the Letherbee Besk, the Charred Oak Absinthe Brun, the Letherbee Fernet, and the Letherbee Gin. Stop by our tasting for a chance to learn more about this small Chicago distillery that is doing really big things.


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

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

Letherbee Seasonal Vernal Gin - (750)
USA, Illinois
Item #: 33087

Letherbee Fernet - (750)
USA, Chicago
Item #: 31879


Thursday Jul 09, 2015

Summer of Riesling

6:00pm to 8:00pm
Join us for look at one very unforgettable grape as we explore ever-stylish Rieslings from four different producers. Shed your preconceived notions about what this varietal brings to the table and drink our curated selection of Rieslings from Zilliken, Hexamer, Selbach-Oster, and Müller-Catoir. We're kicking off summer with a look into one of our favorite grapes and we want you along for the ride!


"Butterfly" Estate Riesling, Zilliken - 2014 (750)
White, Germany, Mosel-Saar-Ruwer, Saar
Item #: 11263

Meddersheimer Altenberg Riesling Kabinett, Hexamer - 2013 (750)
White, Germany, Nahe
Item #: 10447

Zeltinger Sonnenuhr Riesling Kabinett, Selbach-Oster - 2011 (750)
White, Germany, Mosel-Saar-Ruwer, Mittel-Mosel
Item #: 42774

Riesling Feinherb, Müller-Catoir - 2013 (750)
White, Germany, Pfalz
Item #: 19185


Friday, Jul 10, 2015

A Sunset in the Loire

6:00pm to 8:00pm
The Loire Valley has something for everyone, from its bright, clean, oyster-perfect Muscadets to its honeyed, lithe Chenins from the interior appellations. This tasting will feature four summer-ready whites, two from Muscadet and two from Vouvray; all four are perfect for settling into a summer sunset with your feet up.


Muscadet "La Louvetrie," Dom. de la Louvetrie - 2014 (750)
White, France, Loire, Nantes
Item #: 26039

Muscadet "Clos des Allées," Luneau-Papin - 2013 (750)
White, France, Loire, Nantes, Muscadet
Item #: 11988

Vouvray "Silex," Dom. d'Orfeuilles - 2013 (750)
White, France, Loire, Touraine, Vouvray
Item #: 10893

Vouvray, Champalou - 2013 (750)
White, France, Loire, Touraine, Vouvray
Item #: 21777


Friday Jul 10, 2015

Coole Swan: A Unique Irish Liqueur

6:00pm to 8:00pm
Created in 2008 from a blending of single malt Irish whiskey, fresh Irish cream, and white Belgian chocolate, Coole Swan is a sweet cream liqueur that can be used in a multitude of cocktails--or simply over a few cubes of ice. This award-winning spirit is limited to a few natural ingredients and retains the quality that it has had since its inception. Stop in for a taste of something different!



Saturday, Jul 11, 2015

Bastille Day Is Right around the Corner

3:00pm to 5:00pm
Celebrate Bastille Day (and the other red, white, and blue) with a nod to French wine. At this tasting, we'll be featuring three delicious wines from the country that still prides itself on producing some of the world's finest juice. It's red, bubbly, and rosé in the house at this afternoon tasting delight. Don't miss out!


Marsannay Rosé, Dom. Collotte - 2014 (750)
Rosé, France, Burgundy, Côte de Nuits, Marsannay
Item #: 19954

Crémant d'Alsace, Albert Mann - 2012 (750)
White, France, Alsace
Item #: 13764

Mercurey Rouge, Dom Michel Juillot - 2012 (375)
Red, France, Burgundy, Côte Chalonnaise, Mercurey
Item #: 32745


Wednesday Jul 15, 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.


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