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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.

MAY27

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

ZYR Vodka: A Pristine Product

6:00pm to 8:00pm
ZYR starts with clean, naturally filtered water from Russia's northwest, not far from the Finnish border. The water is then filtered five times in preparation for its marriage to the fermented blend of grains. After the five distillations of ZYR's mash, ZYR is filtered four more times using carefully selected birch tree charcoal granules to remove any remaining impurities and to round out the taste. See this beauty for yourself.

Featuring:

Zyr Russian Vodka - (750)
Russia
Item #: 09673

MAY28

Thursday May 28, 2015

Chermette: Beaujolais Worth a Second Glance

6:00pm to 8:00pm
Domaine du Vissoux is a family-run wine estate in the Pierres Dorées area of southern Beaujolais. Combining tradition and modernity, winemakers Martine and Pierre-Marie Chermette are fully committed to producing high-quality, authentic, and terroir-driven wines from Beaujolais' finest Crus.

Featuring:

Beaujolais, Pierre Chermette - 2013 (750)
Red, France, Burgundy, Beaujolais
Item #: 21118

Fleurie “Poncié," Pierre-Marie Chermette - 2013 (750)
Red, France, Burgundy, Beaujolais
Item #: 25242

MAY28

Thursday, May 28, 2015

André Clouet: Fine Froth

6:00pm to 8:00pm
What can make a week instantly better, you ask? How about time spent in the presence of tiny, perfect bubbles. André Clouet is known for superb Grand Cru Champagne, and we will be popping bottles of some of the harder-to-find cuvées, including the esteemed "1911" bottling, which comes from Bouzy slopes and Pinot Noir grapes in three distinct and acclaimed vintages. If you can find a better free tasting in New York City today, go to it. Otherwise, we'll see you at 6:00!

Featuring:

André Clouet, Grande Réserve Brut - NV (750)
White, France, Champagne, Montagne de Reims
Item #: 14031

André Clouet Champagne Millésimé - 2008 (750)
White, France, Champagne
Item #: 24293

André Clouet "Cuvée 1911" - MV (750)
White, France, Champagne, Montagne de Reims
Item #: 20715

MAY28

Thursday May 28, 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

MAY29

Friday, May 29, 2015

Ch. Chatelard: Elegant and Complex Beaujolais

6:00pm to 8:00pm
Château Chatelard believes in revealing the excellence of the land and in respecting the quality of the soil and of nature. Their resulting Beaujolais retains a subtle balance between freshness, elegance, and complexity. Now recognized in the greatest areas of the Beaujolais region, Chatelard continues to produce some of the best wines in the area. Enjoy them with us.

Featuring:

Beaujolais Chalandieres, Ch. du Chatelard - 2013 (3L)
White, France, Burgundy
Item #: 27411

Moulin-à-Vent, Ch. du Chatelard - 2013 (750)
Red, France, Burgundy, Beaujolais
Item #: 24662

MAY29

Friday May 29, 2015

Dom. Petitot: Classically Styled Burgundy

6:00pm to 8:00pm
Hervé and Nathalie Petitot craft classically styled Burgundies of precision and pleasure. Based in the Côtes de Nuits Village of Corgoloin, near the city of Beaune, they straddle the line between The Côtes de Beaune and Nuits and have parcels in both. Their practices are transitioning to organic and all of their grapes are hand-harvested and sorted from low-yielding vines. Join us for a look at outstanding--but approachable--young Burgundy.

Featuring:

Ladoix "Vieille Vignes," Dom. Petitot - 2012 (750)
Red, France, Burgundy, Côte de Beaune, Ladoix
Item #: 21135

Côtes de Nuits-Villages "Terres Burgondes," Dom. Petitot - 2012 (750)
Red, France, Burgundy, Côte de Nuits, Côte de Nuits-Villages
Item #: 23445

MAY30

Saturday, May 30, 2015

Burgundy: Some of the World's Best

3:00pm to 5:00pm
Burgundy is without compare--so why try? For this tasting, we will be opening three of our favorites from three diverse producers, Dominique Piron, René Bouvier, and Stéphane Magnien. Travel to France with us for a look at one of the world's very best regions for wine lovers.

Featuring:

Côteaux Bourguignons, Dominique Piron - 2013 (LTR)
Red, France, Burgundy
Item #: 28629

Marsannay Blanc "Les Clos," René Bouvier - 2011 (750)
White, France, Burgundy, Côte de Nuits, Marsannay
Item #: 23119

Bourgogne Passetoutgrain "Cuvée Tradition," Stéphane Magnien - 2012 (750)
Red, France, Burgundy
Item #: 31231

MAY30

Saturday May 30, 2015

Mahon and Botanica

3:00pm to 5:00pm

Featuring:

Xoriguer Gin de Mahon - (LTR)
Spain, Menorca
Item #: 31630

Botanica Gin - (750)
USA, California
Item #: 30402

JUN4

Thursday, Jun 04, 2015

Crème de Cassis: Our Favorite Sweet

6:00pm to 8:00pm
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 add a twist to any of your favorite cocktails.

Featuring:

JUN4

Thursday Jun 04, 2015

Palmina: Italy through the Eyes of California

6:00pm to 8:00pm
Palmina produces a full range of wines crafted from Italian varietals grown in Santa Barbara County, California. Whille they're not looking to reinvent the Italian wheel, Palmina considers it their role to translate the history of these important grapes to the terroir of Caiifornia. The result is wines that are inspired by their native country but unique to their particular time and place. Join us for a look at Palmina's Barbera and Pinot Grigio, two iconic wines from this estate. .

Featuring:

Palmina Pinot Grigio - 2013 (750)
White, USA, California, Santa Barbara
Item #: 23395

Palmina Barbera, Santa Barbara - 2011 (750)
Red, USA, California, Santa Barbara
Item #: 23396

JUN4

Thursday, Jun 04, 2015

P'tit Paysan: Ian Brand's California Masterpieces

6:00pm to 8:00pm
Star winemaker Ian Brand has created a clean, well-mineraled Chardonnay and a peppery, full-flavored Petite Sirah. Sample these outstanding California wines with us at Astor.

Featuring:

P'tit Paysan Petite Sirah, Monterey - 2011 (750)
Red, USA, California, Monterey
Item #: 30379

P'tit Paysan "Jack's Hill Vineyard" Chardonnay - 2013 (750)
White, USA, California
Item #: 30393

JUN5

Friday Jun 05, 2015

Farnum Hill: Cider Revisited

6:00pm to 8:00pm
Farnum Hill Ciders tend toward the dry, sharp, fruity, and bountifully aromatic. Cider is still figthing against the labeling it adopted during Prohibition--the sweet, nonalcoholic stuff was a gateway for apple growers to continue producing product. But don't confuse those teetotaling versions with these golden-hued beauties. We'll have three on display for your drinking enjoyment.

Featuring:

Farnum Hill Dooryard Cider - (750)
White, USA, New Hampshire
Item #: 25958

Farnum Hill Farmhouse Cider - (750)
White, USA, New Hampshire
Item #: 27381

Farnum Hill Extra Dry Still Cider - NV (750)
White, USA, New Hampshire
Item #: 22485

JUN5

Friday, Jun 05, 2015

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!

Featuring:

JUN5

Friday Jun 05, 2015

New Additions from Austria

6:00pm to 8:00pm
Looking for clean and refreshing wines to welcome June? We have you covered with two bright options from Austria. We'll be tasting the refreshing "Langenlous" Grüner Veltliner from Weszeli and the Burgenländer Rot from Pittnauer, both of which will make you wish you had just one more opportunity to stay indoors and drink a glass or two.

Featuring:

Grüner Veltliner "Langenlois," Weszeli - 2013 (750)
White, Austria, Kamptal
Item #: 29492

Burgenländer Rot, Pittnauer - NV (750)
Red, Austria, Burgenland
Item #: 23781

JUN6

Saturday, Jun 06, 2015

Our Purest Summer Whites

3:00pm to 5:00pm
For a cheerful look at summer, join us for a tasting of three clean, bright, and fun wines that will remind you that the sunniest days of summer are still ahead. We'll be welcoming in the season with a refreshing Clairette de Die from Jean-Claude Raspail, a blend from Hugel, and a Pinot Blanc from Baur. So shed a few more layers and come try some cool white wines with us.

Featuring:

Gentil, Hugel - 2013 (750)
White, France, Alsace
Item #: 21784

Clairette de Die, Jean-Claude Raspail - NV (750)
White, France, Rhône
Item #: 31587

Pinot Blanc "Herrenweg," Baur - 2013 (750)
White, France, Alsace
Item #: 25561

JUN6

Saturday Jun 06, 2015

The Gin and Rye Boom: NY Distilling Co.

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 Gin, the Perry's Tot Navy Strength Gin, the Mister Katz's Rock Rye, and the Chief Gowanus Gin, spirits that we will be tasting through at this refined look at one of our new local favorites.

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