All Astor Center Events

A Taste of France

This spring, we’re bringing Paris to New York: we’ll be pouring more than 25 French wines at our walk-around tasting, an ode to the country that brings everything to the table when it comes to fine wine. Sip at your leisure as...
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A Taste of Italy

The legendary winemaking of Italy encompasses over 350 official grape varieties, a breathtaking array of terrain, and a collection of true masters of the craft. Come and celebrate the oenological accomplishments of Europe’s...
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A Tour of Champagne

with Kristina Sazama
Be luxurious for a night-come enjoy some of the finest bubbly in the world. We'll be talking about and drinking Champagne exclusively in this guided tasting. Join us as we...
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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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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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Bacon & Bourbon 2016

Astor Center’s 8th Annual Bacon & Bourbon event is here! Join us in our celebration of two great American pleasures by tasting your way through the best of the best: 50+ samples of bourbon, rye and other American whiskies,...
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Bacon & Bourbon 2016 VIP: Bacon & Boubon Cocktails

Get the most out of your bourbon and your bacon with this special hands-on cocktail seminar. We’ll show you fun ways to mix your favorite pork product into your...
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Bacon & Bourbon 2016 VIP: Trends in American Craft Whiskey

with Robin Robinson
These days, American whiskey isn’t just about bourbon. Using everything from groundbreaking aging techniques to exotic grains,...
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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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Beyond Bartending: Infusions and Syrups

with Jenn Smith
Delicious cocktails require technique, balance, and complexity. Once you have your arms around the first two elements, how do...
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Beyond Bitters: Vermouth and Amaro

with Tess Rose Lampert
Ever wonder what that special ingredient is that makes that cocktail you're sipping so delicious? Many times our favorite...
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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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Brunch Cocktail Class

with Jenn Smith
Skip the long waits and typical brunch drink selections with this special Saturday class. We’ll take you beyond the standard bloody Mary and mimosa and get into a whole new...
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Building Your Bar: Cocktails for Beginners

with Jenn Smith
Don’t limit you exploration of cocktails to the local bar scene. There is a whole world of beverages just waiting to be...
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Drink Me First: Apéritifs and Their Cocktails

with Jenn Smith
Gain a practical understanding of how and why European cultures have a tradition of enjoying apéritifs as a way of "opening...
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French Wine: Discoveries from the Astor Cellar

with Andrew Fisher
Take a French wine tour with Andy Fisher, Astor’s president and owner, in this fun and informative tasting class! ...
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Greek Wine by the Vine

with Chris Badini
Wine production in Greece dates back to 4000 B.C., making it one of the first civilizations to produce, consume, and sell wine. Today, Greek wines cover a wide spectrum of...
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Irish Whiskey Revival

with Robin Robinson
Irish whiskey is back, and whiskey connoisseurs everywhere are rejoicing! Recently the explosion of high quality whiskeys from Ireland has reminded us how much there is to...
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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 Workshop: Sicily

with Tess Rose Lampert
Sicily is exploding in the wine world as the destination of new Italian classics (and also quite literally- Mount Etna on the eastern coast of the island is the tallest...
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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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Loire Valley Wines: Discoveries from the Astor Cellar

with Andrew Fisher
This intensive tasting class is designed to teach you all you've ever wanted to know about the Loire Valley – in just two...
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More Than Martinis: Gin and Its Cocktails

with Jenn Smith
Ah, gin…such a colorful past. In ancient times, it was used as a medicinal treatment (ineffectually) for a variety of...
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Natural Progression: Global Trends in Natural Wines

with Andrew Fisher
Grow healthy grapes and turn them into wine: easier said than done. In order to end up with a truly great wine, the winemaker...
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New York Distilled: A History of Spirits through Tasting

with Colin Spoelman
Join Colin Spoelman, Co-Founder and Master Distiller of Kings County Distillery, as he takes a look back at the rich history...
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Princely Pinot Noir

The mere mention of Pinot Noir makes many wine drinkers swoon. It’s easy to see why: this finicky little grape has achieved a kind of wine royalty, as it continues to produce some of the most gorgeous wines in the world. As...
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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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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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The Bartender's Garden: Winter Cocktails Edition

with Jenn Smith
Learn to concoct cocktails with ingredients that are in season - whether juiced, muddled, mixed or infused (and sometimes even...
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The Bartender’s Garden: Cocktails from the Greenmarket

with Jenn Smith
Learn to concoct cocktails with ingredients that are in season – whether juiced, muddled, mixed or infused (and sometimes even...
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The Culture of Saké

with Laura Mooney
Japanese culture is one that is based on hard work and the pursuit of perfection. But sometimes these things can be a lot to live up to. Luckily, the Japanese also have some...
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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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The Wines of New York State

with Kimberly Severson
There’s never been a better time to get acquainted with the wines of New York State. The region has made incredible headway over the past few decades and the concept of...
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The World of Cabernet Sauvignon

with Kristina Sazama
Cabernet Sauvignon is one of the most popular grape varieties in the world. Found in blends and/or on its own in the bottle, it’s an easy wine to spot on a wine menu or on...
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Tuscany & Beyond: Wine, Cheese & Charcuterie

with Kimberly Severson
Italian wines are some of the most fascinating and delicious in the world. Learning about Italian wine, however, can be...
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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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Whisky Smackdown: Whiskies of the World

with Robin Robinson
Bourbon from America, Irish whiskey from Ireland, Scotch from Scotland: is that it for whisky? Not even close. This brown...
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Wine & Chocolate Pairing

with Tess Rose Lampert
When it comes to wine and chocolate, it’s hard to pick a favorite. Luckily, with this class, you don’t have to. Join us as we explore how these two delicious vices were made...
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Wine & Food Pairing Essentials: A Workshop

with Kimberly Severson, Alexis Tanen Shaw
Do you panic when handed the wine list? Are you intimidated by the Sommelier? Afraid...
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Wines of the World

FREE TASTING! This event is free, but you must register at the link below. Do NOT click on the purchase tickets link as that will not register you. If you have any questions or trouble registering, contact us at...
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