Free Tastings (Week of 6/20/13)

Thursday, Jun 20, 2013 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Pinot Gris Two Ways
New Zealand makes a great Pinot Gris – and so does Oregon! Come by and taste two distinct and excellent renditions of this summer-friendly white grape.

Prophet’s Rock Pinot Gris, Central Otago – 2009 (750)
White, New Zealand, South Island, Central Otago
Seven Hills Pinot Gris, Melrose Vineyards – 2011 (750)
White, USA, Oregon

Mae de Ouro Cachaça
Made from freshly cut Brazilian mountain cane, Mae de Ouro is full of big tropical fruit flavors. Try it this Thursday at Astor!

Mae de Ouro Cachaça – (LTR)

Reds for Summer BBQs
We love BBQ season – and we love picking out great wines for grilling! We’re pouring a New Zealand Pinot Noir and an old-vine Spanish red that will stand up to summer’s biggest, smokiest flavors. Try them for yourself this Thursday!

Cashburn Pinot Noir, Central Otago – 2011 (750)
Red, New Zealand, South Island, Central Otago
Antidoto “Cepas Viejas,” Ribera del Duero – 2010 (750)
Red, Spain, Ribera del Duero


Friday Jun 21, 2013 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Dinner Delights
We’re pouring two versatile, delicious reds that shine next to all sorts of foods. Taste them with us this Friday at Astor!

Freemark Abbey Merlot, Napa – 2010 (750)
Red, USA, California, Napa
Mt. Difficulty Pinot Noir – 2009 (750)
Red, New Zealand, South Island, Central Otago

O Canada
Our neighbor to the north is turning out some incredible wines these days. At this tasting we’re pouring a bright Riesling and a rare varietal Pinot Meunier, both made in Ontario by Vineland Estates. These have got to be tasted to be believed – so we’ll see you Friday!

Riesling Brut, Vineland Estates – 2008 (750)
White, Canada, Ontario
Pinot Meunier, Vineland Estates – 2010 (750)
Red, Canada, Ontario, Niagara

As Easy as Uno, Dos, Tres!
Taste a trio of tequilas from 123! The flight will take you from fresh floral aromas to rounder, sweeter barrel tones. These are exquisite spirits from an excellent producer: if you’re a tequila fan, do not miss this tasting.

123 Añejo Tequila (Tres) – (750)
Mexico, Jalisco, Lowlands, NOM 1480
123 Blanco Tequila (Uno) – (750)
Mexico, Jalisco, Lowlands, NOM 1480
123 Reposado Tequila (Dos) – (750)
Mexico, Jalisco, Lowlands, NOM 1480


Saturday, Jun 22, 2013 3:00pm to 5:00pm

America’s Original Bottled Cocktail Tasting
Stop in today and sample Hochstadter’s Slow & Low Rock & Rye. 6 year old rye is infused with orange peels, honey and the botanical herb- horehound and bottled so you don’t have to do the work.

Weekend Reds

Dom. Lucci Red Blends – 2011 (750)
Red, Australia, South Australia, Adelaide Hills
Cinsault “Exordé,” Clos Mathélisse – 2011 (750)
Red, France, Languedoc-Roussillon