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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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 2015

Astor Center’s 7th Annual Bacon & Bourbon is here! Join our annual celebration of two great American pleasures by tasting your way through the best of the best: 40+ samples of bourbon, rye, and other American whiskies, paired...
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Bacon & Bourbon 2015 VIP: Bourbon and the Barrel

Well over half the flavor in bourbon comes from the charred new oak barrels in which it is aged. Simply stated, this means that the quality and character of every...
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Bacon & Bourbon 2015 VIP: Whiskey and Charcuterie Tasting

So, you love bourbon and you love bacon. Maybe you even want to know more about how both of the objects of your affection go together. Or maybe you want to take it a...
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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

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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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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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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French Wine 101

with Kristina Sazama
When it comes to wine, France is the inspiration for and benchmark of wines produced all over the world. But how well do you really know the wines of France? Between the...
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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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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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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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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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Southern 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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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 Matta-Aliah May
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 11th Annual Natural Wine Event

It’s time for our 11th Annual Natural Wine Event! Sample Astor’s natural wines, imported by Jenny & François Selections, and learn about them from the winemakers...
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The 11th Annual Natural Wine Event VIP: Damien Delecheneau of La Grange Tiphaine

Get an intimate look at natural wine production with this special VIP seminar with Damien Delecheneau, winemaker at La...
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The 11th Annual Natural Wine Event VIP: Natural Wine 101

What exactly is natural wine, you ask? Join Andy Fisher, President of Astor Wines & Spirits/Astor Center as he gives guests a crash course on natural wine, including...
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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

with Timothy Sullivan
The Elements of Saké is a fun, informative and tasty way to dive into the world of premium saké. We'll walk you through every step of the saké production process to show...
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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 Origins of Flavor in Scotch Whisky

with Daniel Fisher
This seminar will guide burgeoning whisky enthusiasts and veterans alike along an in-depth exploration of flavor through the...
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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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Whiskey 101

with Rachel Kim
Have you ever bellied up to your favorite bar and wondered, is it whiskey, or whisky? What exactly is a single malt? What makes up a mash bill? Why does bourbon taste so...
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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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