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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, Apr 30, 2015

Italy's Marche through the Lens of Fattoria Dezi

6:00pm to 8:00pm
Fattoria Dezi's 30 acres of vines grow along the hillsides surrounding the estate's winery in Italy's Marche region. After World War II, Romolo and Remo Dezi, brothers and natives of Servigliano, chose to plant the one-of-a-kind, indigenous Montepulciano grape, which many believe comes from the Abruzzo region futher to the south. The whites and reds from this winery are unsurpassed. Taste them for yourself.



Friday May 01, 2015

Raicilla: Take a Step Back in Time

6:00pm to 8:00pm
Raicilla is a drink of pre-Hispanic origin, much appreciated by the ancient indigenous people of Mexico who claimed its consumption increased vitality, strength, and health. These native people produced it by utilizing fermentation as a basis of the production process. The original craft includes the use of wild agave plants, which are now cultivated for this purpose in some parts of the central and coastal areas of Jalisco. Come try a spirit that pre-dates the Hispanic people.



Friday, May 01, 2015

Piedmont vs Tuscany

6:00pm to 8:00pm


Chianti Classico, Val delle Corti - 2011 (750)
Red, Italy, Tuscany, Chianti, Classico
Item #: 18324

Costa della Sesia Nebbiolo, Mauro Franchino - 2012 (750)
Red, Italy, Piedmont
Item #: 31368


Saturday May 02, 2015

Spain's Hidden Treasures

3:00pm to 5:00pm
We're off to Spain this week, for a quick trip that's worth a thousand tastes. First it's the Via de la Plata Rosé Cava Brut, and then the Albariño from Bodegas Albamar. Finally, we'll try the Sistema Vinari from Château Paquita. Get your passport out; we're ready to fly!


Vìa de la Plata Rosé, Cava Brut - NV (750)
Rosé, Spain, Estremadura
Item #: 32576

Albariño, Bodegas Albamar - 2013 (750)
White, Spain, Rías Baixas
Item #: 32578

Sistema Vinari, Chateau Paquita - 2013 (750)
Red, Spain, Mallorca
Item #: 32524


Saturday, May 02, 2015

Los Nahuales

3:00pm to 5:00pm



Sunday May 03, 2015

Casa Dragones Gift Set

2:00pm to 4:00pm
Come taste one of our most exquisite tequilas. This bottle comes with two Riedel crystal flutes, and it's quite possibly the best gift you can give to the tequila drinker in your life.



Thursday, May 07, 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.


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

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


Friday May 08, 2015

Stay Local with Greenhook Gin

6:00pm to 8:00pm
Distiller Steven DeAngelo brings us home-turf gin made right here in Greenpoint, Brooklyn. We will be tasting this classic spirit, the Old Tom Gin, and the Beach Plum Gin Liqueur, which is infused with Long Island beach plums and Turbinado sugar. Join us for an evening of drinking locally.


Greenhook Ginsmiths Beach Plum Gin Liqueur - (750)
USA, New York
Item #: 27258

Greenhook Ginsmiths Dry Gin - (750)
USA, New York
Item #: 26619

Greenhook Ginsmiths Old Tom Gin - (750)
USA, New York, Brooklyn
Item #: 31486


Sunday, May 10, 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 add a twist to any of your favorite cocktails.