All Astor Center Events

Adventures along the Italian Wine Route

with Anthony Lynch
Say the name Kermit Lynch to any oenophile and you’ll inspire in him or her a glazed and gleeful remembrance of French wines...
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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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April in Paris: A French Wine Tasting

T.S. Eliot was wrong; April is our favorite month. The gray, gravelly New York snow has finally traded places with blooming Park Avenue daffodils. Restaurants have...
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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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Astor Winemakers Invitational: Dinner with Chef Andrew Carmellini & Visting Winemakers

with Andrew Carmellini
Be one of 100 people to enjoy a four-course meal prepared by renowned chef Andrew...
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Astor Winemakers Invitational: Grand Tasting

The Grand Tasting will feature pedigreed selections from Neal Rosenthal, the Kermit Lynch Italian portfolio, as well as wines from Fratelli Barale, Oddero,...
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Astor Winemakers Invitational: Grand Tasting & Dinner Package

Guests will enjoy entry to the Grand Tasting as well as a seat at the dinner with this special package pricing. Astor Winemakers Invitational
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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

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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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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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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Food & Rare Old Wines: A Pairing With Levi Dalton

with Levi Dalton
You know Levi Dalton best as the venerable host of the popular podcast "I'll Drink to That," where he, “interviews incredibly...
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Fortified Wine Workshop: Port, Sherry, Madeira

with Jenn Smith
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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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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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 Workshop: Sicily

with Tess Rose Lampert
Sicily is exploding in the wine world as the destination of new Italian classics (and also quite literally- Mount Etna on the eastern coast of the island is the tallest...
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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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Mad Men Era Cocktails

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 cocktails enjoyed by Don Draper and Roger Sterling as...
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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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Paolo Bea, Il Censo, and Neal Rosenthal

with Neal Rosenthal
It’s a marriage of wine pedigree, and one that deserves its own seminar. Benchmark Montefalco producer Paolo Bea, with...
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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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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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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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The Wines of Marchesi Antinori

with Allegra Antinori
Like King Lear, wine magnate Piero Antinori had always planned to turn his winery over to the hands of a son. Instead, Antinori had three daughters, none of whom was...
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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: 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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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: Warm Weather Wines

with Tess Rose Lampert
Pair your wine to the forecast, and join us for a tasting of the perfect warm weather wines - just in time for picnics in the park, backyard barbeques and imbibing al...
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