Staff Picks For Spring

Our staff is so excited to see the sun again! At Astor spring doesn’t just mean warmer weather, it means lighter, fresher wines! Check out the video above to hear what our staff is excited to crack open this spring.

Rosé Sekt, Strohmeier – NV
Less really is more when it comes to Franz Strohmeier’s winemaking techniques. He values biodiversity in his vineyard and strives for the most pure expression of terroir by foregoing the use of chemicals and additives. The Rosé Sekt is untouched by sulfur and dosage and does not undergo fining or filtering. Made from 100% Blauer Wildbacher for a full-bodied wine with strawberry flavors and a fine creamy mousse, this is a truly special sparkling rosé that shows Strohmeier’s commitment to quality by letting nature work its magic. If you’re just discovering natural wines, or you’re already a fan, Strohmeier is a winemaker to know. -Laura M.

Vin Mousseux de Qualité “La Divina,” Dom. de L’Ecu – NV
This wine has a feminine name but is very masculine in style: Aromatic, smoky, super dry, and always delicious! The nose mixes notes of minerals, dried grass, smoke, almonds, white fruits, apple and citrus fruits. The palate is precise and lively, with a fine effervescence and great freshness. Melon de Bourgogne, Folle Blanche, and Chardonnay are the main varieties in this cuvée. Winemaker Guy Bossard keeps low yields and the quality of his grapes is high. He harvests by hand, so the attention to craft and quality are on display. Divine! -Eric G.

Morgon, Marcel Lapierre – 2013
There are some wines that you never forget. When I was “just a wee lad,” I cut my teeth on Beaujolais Nouveau and Beaujolais-Villages. I loved the juicy young fruit and uncomplicated palate. When I was old enough, I got my first job in the wine industry. My boss was kind enough to pour me a glass of Marcel Lapierre’s Morgon. A sniff and sip of this Cru Beaujolais and I was on a hillside of lush fruit (blueberries, raspberries, and strawberries), blooming flowers, and fresh spearmint. The experience changed my whole attitude towards wine. I tried the bottle again recently and it was as if I never left that hillside from years ago. There are some wines that you never forget. This is one of them. -Sam D.

Lord Astor London Dry Gin
As avid gin drinkers and cocktail connoisseurs, we ventured to England to find the perfect London Dry Gin. Macerated with only natural botanicals, such as orange/lemon peel, cassia bark, orris root powder, and juniper berries, the liquid is distilled in copper to strip out unwanted flavor compounds. Our gin gives the market leaders a run for their money, leaving behind the outrageous mark-ups inflicted to consumers by nearly all gin companies. We are proud to present our own Lord Astor London Dry Gin, high in quality and low in price.

“Isa” White, Les Chemins de Bassac – 2012
Golden straw in the glass with lovely scents of beeswax, white flowers, peach nectar, plump apricot, and wet stones. A supple texture on the palate yields white pear flesh backed by elegant minerality. A natural. classic blend of Roussanne and Viognier. Choose this for your next fish fry or for a light weeknight supper of spinach salad!


More Staff Picks for Spring:

Muscadet, Dom. de la Pepière – 2014
When it starts getting warm, I usually look for wine that is lighter, crisper, and generally fresher than what I seek out in the winter. Muscadet is an ideal choice, and this wine is an absolute steal. It balances bright minerality and brininess with a creamier, more lees-driven palate. I plan to drink a lot of this! -Nora G.R.

Echevarria Unwooded Chardonnay
When it comes to clean, fresh, and refreshing Chardonnay, I always go for the Echevarria Unwooded Chardonnay from Chile. This wine has juicy and soft tropical fruit aromas and flavors. I like to drink it slightly chilled and pair it with my favorite dish: grilled sea bass and a green salad. -Marco C.