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
American vermouth is arguably the most interesting category in the spirits world right now. Over the past two years, a flood of new craft American producers has hit the...
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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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Brunch Cocktail Class

with April Wachtel
Skip the long waits and typical brunch drink selections with this special Saturday class. We’ll take you beyond the bloody Mary and the standard OJ mimosa and get into a...
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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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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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Drinking Local: 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...
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Eastern European Wines

with Tess Rose Lampert
Eastern Europe, the historical birthplace of wine, is reemerging as a powerhouse region to watch. Offering everything from sparkling wines, to floral whites, to funky orange...
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Fortified Wine and Cheese

with Jenn Smith
Fortified wines offer a wide range of flavor profiles. With expressions that go from dry and briny to honeyed and fruity to floral and earthy, these unique wines can awaken...
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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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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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In with Gin: A Cocktail Class

with Jenn Smith
Ah, gin…such a colorful past. In ancient times, it was used as a medicinal treatment (ineffectually) for a variety of ailments, from bubonic plague and malaria 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: 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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Northern Italy: Wine, Cheese, and 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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Robert Burns Day: A Scotch Whisky Celebration

Join us as we celebrate the life and times of iconic Scottish poet and author of “Auld Lang Syne,” Robert Burns. To honor Burns on the holiday named for him, we will...
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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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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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Spanish Wine 201

with Kimberly Severson
Want to take your love of Spanish Wine to the next level? Join us as we take a more in-depth look of the wines of Spain. Move beyond the classics as we compare Old World and...
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Speak like a Sommelier: Learning the Language of Wine

with May Matta-Aliah, Matta-Aliah May
Ever find yourself searching for the ‘right’ word to describe the wine in your glass,...
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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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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: 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 & 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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