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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.

JUL14

Monday, Jul 14, 2014

Celebrate Bastille Day with Ruinart Champagne

6:00pm to 8:00pm
In honor of Bastille Day, we'll be popping bottles and raising glasses--with Ruinart, a Champagne we can't stop gushing over. You may not have a pétanque tournament to go to on the 14th, but you can celebrate with us by raising a glass of Ruinart Rosé or Blanc de Blancs. You'll be glad you stopped by!

Featuring:

Ruinart, Blanc de Blancs - (750)
White, France, Champagne
Item #: 17043

Ruinart, Rosé - (750)
Rosé, France, Champagne
Item #: 17042

JUL16

Wednesday Jul 16, 2014

Atsby: A Sommelier's Vermouth

6:00pm to 8:00pm
Atsby Vermouth is the brainchild of cultural historian Adam Ford, who, inspired by the romance of vermouth, collaborated with a sommelier to develop a balanced, delicate, and artisanal vermouth that would add nuance to drinks and have a flavor profile that reflected the actual grapes from which it was fermented rather than just its botanicals. We'll be tasting through Atsby's two vermouths, the Amberthorn and the Armadillo Cake, both of which show the breadth and depth of this product.

Featuring:

Atsby Amberthorn Vermouth - (750)
USA, New York
Item #: 27791

Atsby Armadillo Cake Vermouth - (750)
USA, New York
Item #: 27792

JUL17

Thursday, Jul 17, 2014

Deanston and Bunnahabhain: From the Highlands to Islay

6:00pm to 8:00pm
Deanston is a Highland Scotch that began as a cotton mill before becoming a distillery in 1966. Their single malt Scotches are unfiltered, pure expressions, showing natural colors and flavors. Bunnahabhain Distillery lies on the northeastern tip of Scotland's Islay and was established in 1881. Known as the "Gentle Taste of Islay," the Scotch is distilled using clear spring water and un-peated malted barley, giving it a cleaner, less dominant taste than some of its Islay counterparts. We will be tasting two Scotches from each of these established distilleries: the 12-Year and Virgin Oak from Deanston, and the 12-Year and Toiteach from Bunnahabhain. Join us for a look at benchmark Scotch production in both the Highlands and Islay.

Featuring:

Deanston 12 Yr. Scotch - (750)
Scotland, Highlands
Item #: 29765

Deanston Virgin Oak Scotch - (750)
Scotland, Highlands
Item #: 29766

Bunnahabhain 12 Yr. Scotch - (750)
Scotland, Islay
Item #: 05634

Bunnahabhain Toiteach Scotch - (750)
Scotland, Islay
Item #: 27383

JUL17

Thursday Jul 17, 2014

Piedmont's Queen: Produttori del Barbaresco

6:00pm to 8:00pm
In 1958, 19 small growers in Piedmont's Barbaresco founded Produttori del Barbaresco, a cooperative dedicated to producing quality wines from the region. Today, the Produttori has 56 members and 100 hectares of Nebbiolo vineyards in the appellation. Each family controls its own land and grows grapes according to age-old traditions. Join us as we taste two of these remarkable wines that highlight the nuance and breath of one of Italy's finest regions.

Featuring:

Nebbiolo, Produttori del Barbaresco - 2012 (750)
Red, Italy, Piedmont
Item #: 00117

Torre Barbaresco, Produttori del Barbaresco - 2010 (750)
Red, Italy, Piedmont, Barbaresco
Item #: 42322

JUL18

Friday, Jul 18, 2014

Hungry for Hungary

6:00pm to 8:00pm
Ch. Pajzos is perhaps the most well known--and most impressive--producer from Hungary. The dessert wines of Hungary were once as valued as the wines of Sauternes. Today, even the dry wines, like the 2012 Furmint we'll be pouring this Friday, are enjoying a renaissance. Come taste this gem, along with the delicate and sweet 3 Puttonyos Tokaji. Both of these wines will make you hungry for more of Hungary's exciting contributions to the wine world.

Featuring:

Tokaji Furmint, Ch. Pajzos - 2012 (750)
White, Hungary
Item #: 56504

Tokaji Aszú 3 Puttonyos, Ch. Pajzos - 2010 (500)
White, Hungary, Tokay
Item #: 56593

JUL18

Friday Jul 18, 2014

A Trip to Slovenia

6:00pm to 8:00pm
They may not get as much attention as the wines to the west, but the wines of Eastern Europe are worth our notice. In this tasting, we'll be delving into Slovenia, which brings to the proverbial table interesting and thought-provoking wines that will challenge your mind and palate. Stop by for a look at wines that exceed traditional expectations as we taste a Pinot Noir from cult producer Movia and the Exto Gredic Vineyard Tokaji from Quattro Mani.

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JUL18

Friday, Jul 18, 2014

Mezcal Vago

6:00pm to 8:00pm

Featuring:

Mezcal Vago Arroqueno en Barro - (750)
Mexico, Sola de Vega
Item #: 30687

Mezcal Vago Cuixe - (750)
Mexico, Oaxaca
Item #: 29591

Mezcal Vago Mexicano - (750)
Mexico, Oaxaca
Item #: 29166

Mezcal Vago Elote - (750)
Mexico, Oaxaca
Item #: 29165

JUL19

Saturday Jul 19, 2014

Hungary: The Wines of Patricius

3:00pm to 5:00pm
Hungary, thankfully, is gaining a following, and we're here to bolster its reputation as a region worth paying attention to. Join us as we pour two wines from the Patricius Winery, including one very special 2003 5 Puttonyos Tokaji that will braoden any oenophile's appreciation for this wine country.

Featuring:

Tokaji Aszú 5 Puttonyos, Patricius - 2003 (500)
White, Hungary, Tokaji
Item #: 27260

Hárslevelu, Patricius - 2011 (750)
White, Hungary, Tokaji
Item #: 30610

JUL23

Wednesday, Jul 23, 2014

Bulldog Gin

6:00pm to 8:00pm

Featuring:

Bulldog London Dry Gin - (750)
England
Item #: 16882

JUL24

Thursday Jul 24, 2014

Château Fantin: Representing Bordeaux

6:00pm to 8:00pm
A refuge for monks in the 16th century, Château Fantin has been in the Houbaer family since 1890. The vineyard sits atop the steep slopes overlooking the Dordogne River, facing south-southeast, toward the medieval town of Saint-Émilion. Join us as we taste two epic wines from this established producer, one red and one rosé, boith superior representations of what Bordeaux can do.

Featuring:

Ch. Fantin, Bordeaux Supérieur - 2011 (750)
Red, France, Bordeaux
Item #: 20569

Ch. Fantin, Bordeaux Rosé - 2013 (750)
Rosé, France, Bordeaux
Item #: 28526

JUL24

Thursday, Jul 24, 2014

Small Batch Whiskies from Compass Box

6:00pm to 8:00pm
Compass Box brings small batch Scotch whisky to the foreground of the spirit world. This is artisan whisky at its finest, and we are proud to be able to guide you through a flight of four of these delicious spirits: the limited-release Delilah's; the rich and spicy Spice Tree; the French and American oak-aged Oak Cross; and the one-off Great King Street New York Blend, of which only 1,840 bottles were made. It's a rare treat to taste high-performing, mindful Scotches like these, so come share the joy with us.

JUL24

Thursday Jul 24, 2014

Jauma: An Ode to South Australia

6:00pm to 8:00pm
Owned and managed by Denise and James Erksine, Jauma is an artisanal winery based in Australia's Adelaide Hills. Their inaugural vintage was in 2010 and since then they have brought to the market award-winning Chenin Blanc, Grenache, Shiraz, and Gewurtztraminer. You won't want to miss out on the oppiorunity to try these bewitching wines--the "Alessa" Shiraz and "Biggles" Grenache, both of the 2013 vintage, will be here for the taking.

Featuring:

Jauma "Alessa" Shiraz - 2013 (750)
Red, Australia, South Australia, McLaren Vale
Item #: 30866

Jauma "Biggles" Grenache - 2013 (750)
Red, Australia, South Australia, McLaren Vale
Item #: 30865

JUL25

Friday, Jul 25, 2014

Frensh and Pure for Summer

6:00pm to 8:00pm

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JUL25

Friday Jul 25, 2014

Damoiseau Rhum Agricole From Guadeloupe

6:00pm to 8:00pm

JUL25

Friday, Jul 25, 2014

Daimouseau: Rum for the Connoisseur

6:00pm to 8:00pm
The Daimouseau family has been producing rhum agricole according to French Caribbean tradition since 1942. We will be tasting two of their special bottlings, including the Virgin Cane Rhum, made from fresh-pressed sugarcane juice, as well as the VSOP, which spends four years in charred bourbon casks. These are serious spirits for serious rum connoisseurs.

Featuring:

Damoiseau Virgin Cane Rhum Agricole - (750)
Guadeloupe
Item #: 31027

Damoiseau VSOP Rum - (750)
Guadeloupe
Item #: 30970

JUL26

Saturday Jul 26, 2014

Blossoming Gin: 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 American Gin, the Perry's Tot Navy Strength Gin, and the Chief Gowanus New-Netherland Gin, three different styles of the spirit that we will be tasting through at this refined look at one of our new local favorites.

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JUL26

Saturday, Jul 26, 2014

Sauvignon Blanc Goes South

3:00pm to 5:00pm
You may not have time to fly all the way to New Zealand, but that doesn't mean you can't take a virtual trip. We'll be traveling there by proxy by way of Sauvignon Blanc, as highlighted through two producers, Seresin and Momo. Join us for a look at the expressions of this unique and character-driven grape in the Southern Hemisphere.

Featuring:

Seresin, Sauvignon Blanc - 2011 (750)
White, New Zealand, South Island, Marlborough
Item #: 10510

Momo, Sauvignon Blanc - 2013 (750)
White, New Zealand, South Island, Marlborough
Item #: 31036

JUL26

Saturday Jul 26, 2014

New Australia

3:00pm to 5:00pm
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