All Astor Center Events

A Taste of Italy

Come celebrate Italian Wine Month here at Astor Wines & Spirits by attending our walk-around tasting, featuring 27 wines! Italy’s legendary winemaking covers over 2000 native grape varieties and varied terrains. You can only...
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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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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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Bartending 201: Techniques & Tips for the Creative Process

with April Wachtel
Ready to 'shake’ your dependency on recipes and develop the confidence to create delicious custom cocktails off the cuff? This...
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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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Bitters and Beyond: Amaro, Vermouth and the Cocktail

with Tobin Ludwig
The Hella Bitter team is excited to offer an in-depth look at the world of bitters and how to make great cocktails using them....
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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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Chardonnay Day

Chardonnay has a thousand stories to tell, from the mineral-driven Chablis of northern Burgundy to the rich wines of the Côte de Beaune to the unoaked wines of Australia to the cellar-worthy wines of Champagne’s Montagne de...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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New York's State of Mind: Cider and Cheese

with Tess Rose Lampert
Elevate your sliced apples and cheddar lunch snack and step into the splendors of the northeast. We're talking about a night...
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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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Seasonal Cocktails: Fall Edition

with April Wachtel
A changing of leaves, a crispness in the air, an abundance of gourds at the farmer’s market: these are all signs of autumn. As our surroundings transition into a new season,...
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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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Spirit Smokedown: Mezcal v. Scotch

with Tess Rose Lampert, Robin Robinson
Smoke may be a bad sign in a dry forest, but it’s really great to find when you are...
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Thanksgiving Table: A Wine Seminar

with Emily Peterson
Complete your Thanksgiving dinner with the perfect wine pairing. Join Emily Peterson, chef and wine instructor, as she gives a...
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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 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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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 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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