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 20% discount on any wine (still or sparkling) and a 10% discount on any spirit that's poured the day of tasting.

FEB 12

Friday, February 12

Bedell Cellars

6:00pm to 8:00pm
Bedell Cellars is producing wines that reflect the terroir of the North Fork. We'll pour their lively, sea-sprayed Chardonnay and their Cabernet Franc, with its macerated blackcurrant fruit and black pepper spice.

FEB 12

Friday, February 12

Palmer Vineyards

6:00pm to 8:00pm
To be sure, Albariño and Pinot Blanc are not typical New York varietals. But in the hands of skilled winemaker, Miguel Martines, these whites really shine. Join us as we try the pineapple-and-peach fruit flavors of Palmer's Pinot Blanc as well as their zesty, floral Albariño (Long Island's very first Albariño!).

FEB 12

Friday, February 12

Midwestern Whiskeys

6:00pm to 8:00pm
Eager to delve into small-batch whiskey? Look no further than the whiskeys of the Ohio River Valley (or as the locals pronounce it, the "O-Why-O"). These character-driven whiskeys balance supple fruit and the distinct creamy-sweet flavors of Ohio wheat. We're happy to be pouring samples of the OYO Michelone Reserve Bourbon, the OYO Straight Pumpernickel Rye Whiskey, and the OYO Single Cask Wheat Whiskey.

FEB 13

Saturday, February 13

Black Dirt Distillery

2:30pm to 8:30pm

FEB 13

Saturday, February 13

Channing Daughters

3:00pm to 5:00pm
The flashy, experimental wines of Channing Daughters simply can’t be ignored. This Long Island winery focuses on producing world-class whites that stray away from the conventional Merlot-Cab Franc blends of the region. We’re tasting their clean and racy “Scuttlehole” Chardonnay, the wild and spicy “Mosaico” blend, and the ultra-savory “Ramato” orange wine.

FEB 17

Wednesday, February 17

Wines of Lebanon

6:00pm to 8:00pm
It’s only natural that one of the most consistently exciting winemakers around is found in the most unlikely of places—in this case, Ch. Musar of Lebanon. Although tasters may try to characterise them as Bordeaux-like, Rhône-like, or Burgundy-like, it’s clear that Musar is wholly unique. We’ll be sampling a slew of reds and whites from various vintages—youthful quaffers and seriously complex agers alike.

FEB 17

Wednesday, February 17

South African Wines

6:00pm to 8:00pm
Never tried the fantastic wines of South Africa? Well, we’re tasting from two fixtures of the South African wine industry. Winemaker Adi Badenhorst was influenced by Serge Hochar of Ch. Musar fame and works in a minimalist style. We’ll try Badenhorst’s honeyed and mineral-driven “Secateurs” Chenin Blanc as well as a juicy red blend. Then, we’ll crack open a bold and sturdy Syrah-Mourvèdre blend à la northern Rhône from the Sadie Family winery.

FEB 18

Thursday, February 18

Reds of Montalcino

6:00pm to 8:00pm
The Mastrojanni estate is one of the finest Brunello producers in Tuscany. This certified-organic estate upholds low interventionist principles, aiming to preserve the natural fruit and character of Sangiovese as it ferments and goes into barrels for maturity. Taste a bit of Montalcino history: we’ll be sampling their elegant Rosso and beautiful Brunello.

FEB 18

Thursday, February 18

Trip to Italy

6:00pm to 8:00pm
Italy has an amazing array of wine varietals—give some of the lesser-known grapes a shot. Set aside Pinot Grigio for a spell when you sample the crisp and floral Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi “Solagne” of Fattoria Dezi. Then, try the exceptionally-balanced Vino Nobile di Montepulciano of Podere Il Macchione—which features a clone of the Sangiovese grape called “Prugnolo”.

FEB 19

Friday, February 19

Italian Gems

6:00pm to 8:00pm
Sometimes all you need is a great value red that pairs with pizza. Look no further than these Italian gems: we’re tasting a juicy Pinot Nero (Italian Pinot Noir!) from Serfanini & Vidotto with flavors of strawberry, cranberry, and vanilla; then we’ll sample Velenosi’s Rosso Piceno “Il Brecciarolo”—full of red berries, floral nuances, and spice.

FEB 19

Friday, February 19

Italy: Familiar and New

6:00pm to 8:00pm
Love Italy? Here’s an opportunity to try something familiar and something unexpected from Europe's beloved boot. We’ll be sampling Val delle Corti’s very traditional Chianti Classico, with its abundant red-berry fruit, savory almond notes, and finely-etched tannis. And for a taste of something completely different, we’ll also be pouring a natural cider from Valle d'Aosta that’s ripe, dry, and downright appley.

FEB 19

Friday, February 19

Escubac Liqueur

6:00pm to 8:00pm
This modern liqueur by Sweetdram is distilled using aromatic botanicals, including caraway, cardamom, nutmeg, and citrus, and is sweetened with raisins and colored with saffron. Best served with tonic and a lemon twist, it offers a new and unique alternative to your usual choice of gin. Try this new-to-the-American-market gem now!