All Astor Center Events

A Taste of Scotland

with Ethan Fixell
In this class we’ll break down the key characteristics and flavor profiles associated with each major Scotch whisky production region in Scotland. From the Highlands to...
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Agave Smackdown: Tequila vs Mezcal

with Tess Rose Lampert
Discover the history, production methods, and flavor profiles of tequila and mezcal as we enjoy a comparative tasting of these...
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Applepalooza 2016

Cider season is upon us. And at Astor Center’s seventh annual Applepalooza cider tasting, there’s a not single bad apple in the bunch! Join us for an autumnal celebration of all things apple as we taste through a cornucopia of...
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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
Collect pearls of wisdom in this enlightening oyster pairing workshop. From flavor...
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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
When it comes to Bordeaux wines, it's all about location. In this accessible and highly informative class we’ll break down the key differences between the wines of the Left...
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Bourbon and Beyond: American Whiskey

with Ethan Fixell
Get to know bourbon, rye, and everything in between in this spirits seminar exploring the bounty that is American whiskey....
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Cider 101

with Tess Rose Lampert
In this class, we’ll take a cider-tasting tour. Starting in Europe, we’ll explore the dry and restrained Spanish sidras, rustic French cidres, and the sharp and strong...
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Cognac vs. Armagnac: Smackdown Rebooted

with Robin Robinson
Step up your spirits game as we dig into some of France’s most unique offerings: Cognac and Armagnac. From its monastic...
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Easy Entertaining: Cocktails in Equal Parts

with Kara Newman
Looking for a way to streamline your DIY cocktail making? In this class we explore cocktails that are made in “equal parts” —...
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French Wines: Discoveries from the Astor Cellar

with Andrew Fisher
Astor Wines & Spirits President Andy Fisher will guide you through some of France’s most iconic regions while sharing what...
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Fried & Fizzy

It may be a little-known secret that fried food and bubbly are best friends. But at Fried & Fizzy, the secret is out: Enjoy an exuberant evening of mind-blowing Champagnes, thrilling Cavas, uber-refreshing Sekts, and more...
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Italian Wine: Discoveries from the Astor Cellar

with Andrew Fisher
In this class, Astor Wines & Spirits President Andy Fisher shines a spotlight on some of Italy’s most iconic wine regions....
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Loire Valley Wines: Discoveries from the Astor Cellar

with Andrew Fisher
In this class, Astor Wines & Spirits President Andy Fisher shines a light on one of the most fascinating French wine regions:...
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Martinis, Manhattans and More

with Jenn Smith
'IIs there a cocktail with more lore surrounding it than the elegant martini? Or a cocktail that has inspired as much variety among bartenders as the poised manhattan? Join...
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Master Class with Fred Noe

with Fred Noe
Join us for an intimate and extremely rare guided tasting of incredible small-batch whiskeys led by Fred Noe—Master Distiller and Global Ambassador of the beloved Jim Beam...
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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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Tequila Cocktail Lab

with Tess Rose Lampert
When it comes to tequila, margaritas are just the beginning. Master this wild spirit by crafting cocktails with premium ingredients that highlight tequila’s natural flavors....
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The Bartender’s Garden: Cocktails from the Greenmarket

with Jenn Smith
Make the most of your farmers market finds. In this hands-on workshop, you’ll master cocktail-making with the freshest...
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The Culture of Saké

with Laura Mooney
Come learn all about saké and how the Japanese really like to drink it. We’ll cover the basics of Japan’s national drink and then get into the real fun covering all the...
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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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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: Whiskies of the World

with Robin Robinson
Whisky has taken the world by storm: From Austria to India to Taiwan, this delicious brown spirit has been produced in almost...
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Wine & Food Pairing Essentials: A Workshop

with Kimberly Severson, Alexis Tanen Shaw
In this workshop we give you the tools to navigate food and wine pairings with success. ...
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Wines of Piedmont

with Tess Rose Lampert
A mountain of world-class wines await you in Italy’s Piedmont region. We’ll explore this incredible wine destination through its famous offerings—Barolo, Barbaresco, and...
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Wines of Spain: Classics Revisited

with Andrew Fisher
Join Andy Fisher—president of Astor Wines & Spirits and Astor Center—on a tasting tour of Spain’s most important wine regions....
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Wines of Tuscany

with Tess Rose Lampert
Taste your way through the rolling hills of Tuscany as we explore the wines of this iconic region. From Chianti to Brunello di Montalcino to the elusive Super Tuscans, we’ll...
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