Tips For Attending Your First Wine Tasting

The best way to learn about wine is to taste. Astor Center walk around tastings are a great opportunity to taste and compare many different kinds of wines, and they are perfect for wine lovers of every experience level. There is no need to be intimidated by a large scale wine tasting! Watch the video above to get some tips on how to taste wines like a pro.

Ready to start tasting? Check out these upcoming tastings at Astor Center:


Applepalooza 2014

Thursday, October 30th 5pm-8pm

A celebration of all things apple: We can’t think of a better way to welcome the season!

Calvados! Hard cider! Applejack! The fall harvest offers up a bounty of delights, drinkable and otherwise, all ripe for celebrating. Join us for Astor Center’s fifth annual Applepalooza, an autumnal tasting extravaganza. We’ll be pouring an abundance of apple- and pear-based libations, including brandies, ciders, and other fruit spirits.

As we’ll be in the very height of apple season, we’ll have a plethora of interesting and unusual varieties of fresh apples available for tasting. And don’t forget the apple-tizers! Come in for a taste of fall.

In addition to Applepalooza, Astor Center is also hosting its 1’st annual Cider week class, New York’s State of Mind: Cider and Cheese. For guests interested in attending both events, a special package rate is available under our NYC Cider Week Package.

List of Featured Products*
Eve’s Cider, Autumn’s Gold
Eve’s Cider, Northern Spy
Eve’s Cider, Essence Iced Cider
2013 Poiré, “Granit,” Eric Bordelet
2013 Sydre, “Argelette,” Eric Bordelet
2013 Aaron Burr Cidery, Appinette
2013 Aaron Burr Homestead Cider, “Neversink Highlands”
Cidre de Normandie, Le Père Jules
NV Weidmann & Groh, “Cydonia”
2013 Isastegi Sagardo Basque Cider
Tilted Shed Cider, “January Barbecue,” Smoke Cider
2012 Foggy Ridge, First Fruits Cider
Farnum Hill, Dooryard Cider
NV Farnum Hill, Extra Dry Sparkling Apple Cider
Doc’s Draft, Hard Pear Cider
Doc’s Draft, Hard Apple Cider
Doc’s Draft, Hard Pumpkin Apple Cider
Wölffer No. 139 Dry Dry Rosé Cider
Camut, 12 Yr. Calvados
Camut, 6 Yr. Calvados
Camut, Pommeau du Domaine de Semaineville
Dom. Montreuil, Calvados
Lemorton Reserve, Calvados
Groult Pays d’Auge 8 Yr., Calvados
Groult Pays d’Auge Reserve, Calvados
Roger Groult, 10 Yr. Single Barrel, Calvados
Cornelius, Applejack
Harvest Spirits, Apple Brandy
Core, Vodka
Core, Black Raspberry Vodka

*List of products subject to change


Red Red Wine

Wednesday, November 12th 6pm – 8pm

Can’t you feel that chill in the air? Thanksgiving is right around the corner and, pretty soon, we’ll be unearthing those winter coats from forgotten drawers. It may not be snowing— yet— but that doesn’t mean we can’t get our seasonal drinking in order. That’s right: ‘tis the season to drink red wine.

For this walk-around event, we will be featuring 25 wines, along with a selection of cheeses and charcuterie. We’ll be taking our red wine journey around the globe, seeking out expressions that are lithe, bold, bright, and maybe even a little surprising. Join us for a bit of red wine worship as we prepare to stock the cellars for the long, cold winter ahead.