All Astor Center Events

Agave Spirit Workshop: Mezcal

with Tess Rose Lampert
No longer trapped in the long shadow of Tequila, Mezcal has finally come into the light. Beloved for its seductively smoky flavors and transparent terroir, Mezcal is 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Midsummer Whites

With the heat of midsummer upon us, it’s definitely time for some serious summertime sipping. We’re talking about fresh, zingy, thirst-quenching, lively white wines, of course! Come enjoy this slow-paced, casual walk-around...
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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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Old World vs. New World: A Wine Workshop

with Kristina Sazama
‘New World’ wine regions are making delicious wines that compete with the best that Europe and the ‘Old World’ has to offer....
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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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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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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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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 Cocktail Lab - A Hands-On Workshop

with Jonathan Pogash
Bartenders, cocktail waitresses, brand ambassadors, advanced amateurs: looking to expand your cocktail-making repertoire? Step...
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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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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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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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Wines of Tuscany

with Tess Rose Lampert
Take your palate on a vacation as we visit the rolling hills of Tuscany. Spend a night delving into this iconic wine region and explore the flavor profiles that have made it...
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