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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Australian Wine Workshop

with Gordon Little
Australian wines have evolved well beyond the era of quirky, critter-labeled, export-only Shiraz. It’s time to step into the wonder of this country’s modern winemaking....
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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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Brandy Basics

with Tess Rose Lampert
Stop avoiding brandy on your local bar’s drinks list and start getting into one of the broadest categories of spirits. Simply put, brandy is any distillate made from fruit....
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California vs. Bordeaux Wine Workshop

with Dylan York
If you enjoy moderate- to full-bodied red wines with structure, complexity. and power, this is the seminar for you! California...
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Central Italy: 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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Cider 101

with Tess Rose Lampert
Oh cider, how we love you! The initiated drinker knows that cider is every part wine’s equal. In a variety of styles, from bone-dry to sticky sweet, from tart to tannic,...
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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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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 26 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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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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Midsummer Whites

Summer is here and the streets are steaming--which means that it's the perfect time for warm weather sipping. And what better way to combat the heat than with fresh, bright, and thirst-quenching white wine? In this casual,...
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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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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 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 & Cheese Pairing Class

with Kimberly Severson
Wine is the go-to partner for a cheese plate, but sometimes the occasion calls for a fierier companion. Whether your cheese is...
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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 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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Wines of Spain: Classics Revisited

with Andrew Fisher
As with food, modern Spanish wine found a way of converting classic into sublime. In this class, Andy Fisher, president of...
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