All Astor Center Events

Agave Smackdown: Tequila vs Mezcal

with Tess Rose Lampert
Do you still think of Mezcal as the worm-infused cousin of Tequila? Did you know that tequila is actually a type of mezcal?...
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American Vermouth Uncovered

with Adam Ford, Bianca Miraglia
American vermouth is arguably the most interesting category in the spirits world right now. Over the past two years, a flood of new...
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American Whiskey 101

with Allan Roth
Join us for an introduction to American Whiskey. In this in-depth tasting class we’ll cover the basics and give you the tools you need to decipher the ever-growing selection...
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Armagnac: An Introduction

with May Matta-Aliah
Get seduced by France’s best-kept secret, Armagnac. Steeped in a history that goes back 700 years and flavored by the characters that can only be found in Gascony; a sip of...
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Aw, Shucks: A Hands-On Oyster Primer

with Kimberly Severson, Nellie Wu
In this class we are going to learn by doing - we'll explore what different species of...
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Bartender’s Choice Cocktail Workshop

with Rachel Kim
When you look at a cocktail menu, certain words might pop out: fizz, rickey, daisy, collins, flip, and old fashioned are just...
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Bartending 201: Techniques & Tips for the Creative Process

Ready to 'shake’ your dependency on recipes and develop the confidence to create delicious custom cocktails off the cuff? This is the perfect class for students who...
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Beyond Bourbon: American Single Malts

with Allan Roth
American Single Malts are one of the fastest growing and most innovative categories within the current American Whiskey boom,...
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Bordeaux: Left Bank vs Right Bank

with Dylan York
In Bordeaux, terroir is essential. From the composition of the soil, to primary grapes grown, to blending decisions made by vignerons and négociants; location is key to...
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Classic and Historical Whiskey Cocktails

with Allan Roth
Take a trip back in time as we rediscover the cocktails of whiskey’s history. From its original use as a medicinal mixer to...
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Cocktail Classics: The Mad Men Era

with Rachel Kim
This hands-on class is your passport to boozy adventure in the not-too distant past. We’ll take a look at the classic...
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Cocktails for a Crowd: Holiday Entertaining

with Kara Newman
Whether you’re planning an elegant holiday soiree or a laid-back New Year's Eve get-together with friends, learn the insider...
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DIY Home Bar: A Hands-On Cocktail Workshop

with April Wachtel
Do you want to build your home spirits collection but don't know where to start? Want to wow your guests with your creative...
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DIY Signature Cocktails: Champagne Edition

with Jenn Smith
Fact: anything that tastes good tastes better with bubbles. This is true not only of food but of drink as well. So, like a...
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Fortified Wine Workshop: Port, Sherry, Madeira

with May Matta-Aliah
In this intimate workshop-style class in the Astor Center Kitchen, learn how fortified wines are made, what makes them unique,...
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Fried & Fizzy

Join us for a night of getting fizzy with it as we celebrate all that is good in the world: fried food and sparkling wine. For this walk-around tasting, we will be featuring 23 sparklers, ranging from the coveted wines of...
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Italian Wine Workshop: Chianti

with Tess Rose Lampert
Join us for an immersive tasting tour of Chianti, one of Italy’s most famous wine regions, and one of the most recognizable wines the world. From the basket wines-turned...
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Italian Wine: Discoveries from the Astor Cellar

with Andrew Fisher
With over 3,000 wines in our cellar, we have a wide selection of little-known and extraordinary bottles. In this class, Andy...
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Martinis, Manhattans and More

with Jenn Smith
'I never have more than one drink before dinner. But I do like that one to be large and very strong and very cold, and very well-made.’ – Casino Royale Join us for an...
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Rum Tasting and Cocktail Primer

with April Wachtel
As the most unregulated spirit category in the world, rum has the greatest diversity in terms of flavor profile. But, while variety is great, it’s often difficult to...
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Rye Revival

with Allan Roth
From innovative craft distilleries across the country to the great distilleries of Kentucky, rye whiskey-bourbon’s spicier cousin and America’s first whiskey-has never seen...
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Smoke Signals: Smoke, Peat and Malt

with Allan Roth
This class will focus on the variety of ways that smoke and peat can influence the flavors of malt whisky. Through tasting...
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Spain: Wine, Cheese & Charcuterie

with Kimberly Severson
Spanish wine is quickly gaining popularity among wine lovers, and it’s easy to see why. With a dizzying array of wine styles...
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Sparkling Wines for Every Occasion

with Tess Rose Lampert
Let’s face it, sparkling wines may just be our favorite wines of all; they’re versatile, delicious, and just as good with food...
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Speak like a Sommelier: Learning the Language of Wine

with May Matta-Aliah
Ever find yourself searching for the ‘right’ word to describe the wine in your glass, only to come up blank? Or been at a...
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Tequila Cocktail Lab

with Tess Rose Lampert
Looking for more than just margaritas when it comes to a tequila cocktail? Join us for a hybrid workshop, where we will explore all angles of this amazing spirit. We’ll...
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The Elements of Saké: Pairing Saké with Food

with Timothy Sullivan
The Elements of Saké or an ideal choice for any saké enthusiast eager to broaden their horizons! In Part II, we’ll deepen our...
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The Elements of Wine

with Andrew Fisher
Andy Fisher, President of Astor Wines/Astor Center, teaches the basics of wine tasting and food pairing in this hands-on, plain-language tasting class. As you taste through...
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Tiki Time: A Cocktail Workshop

with Jenn Smith
The mai tai, the scorpion bowl, and the painkiller: one sip of each of these can transport your taste buds to the South Pacific. Get into an island vibe as we explore the...
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USA: Wine, Cheese & Charcuterie

with Kimberly Severson
We may be the new dog in town, but the USA is proving that our wines can hold their own against even the most well-known wines...
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Whisky Smackdown: Irish vs. Japanese

with Robin Robinson
Donkeys vs. elephants, Android vs. Apple, King Kong vs. Godzilla - everywhere you go, there’s challenge and competition. Now,...
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Whisky Smackdown: Scotch vs. Bourbon

with Robin Robinson
Donkeys vs. elephants, Android vs. Apple, King Kong vs. Godzilla - everywhere you go, there’s challenge and competition. Now,...
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Wine & Food Pairing Essentials: A Workshop

with Kimberly Severson, Emily Peterson
Do you panic when handed the wine list? Are you intimidated by the Sommelier? Afraid...
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Wine Workshop: Cruising California

with Kristina Sazama
While Napa Valley Cabernet sets the benchmark for California wines, the Golden State is bursting with delicious wines from its...
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Wine Workshop: Portugal

with Kristina Sazama
There’s more than just Spanish wine coming from the Iberian Peninsula, and in many ways, Portugal has more to offer wine drinkers: indigenous grape varieties to explore, a...
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Wine Workshop: Rhone Reds

with Kristina Sazama
While Châteauneuf du Pape and Hermitage are among the most famous wines out of the Rhône, there are many other hedonistic red wines made in this sunny region of France (and...
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