New York Wine Week: Free Tastings At Astor (3/14-3/16)

Astor Wines & Spirits is proud to carry a huge selection of local New York wines. There are some amazing bottles being produced right in our backyard and we’re excited to celebrate them during NY Drinks NY week. The grand tasting on March 18th is happening just upstairs at Astor Center, but if you can’t make it to that, we’ve arranged some free in-store tastings happening all week long. Check out the schedule below and stop by to taste some of our favorites! Click here to read our overview of the major New York wine regions.

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Thursday March 14th 6-8pm:

Shaw Vineyards
Shaw Vineyards Sauvignon Blanc – 2011
Dancing between a creamy texture and a classically bright acidity this Seneca Lake Sauvignon Blanc is a treat with oysters. It has a green melon aromas, hints of fresh cut grass and flavors or gooseberry and green apple.
Shaw Vineyards Keuka Hill Reserve – 2007
Aromas of a fall morning abounds in this smoky meritage blend. It shows an amazingly complex chocolate, dried herbs and dark blueberry nose while maintaining a lightness on it’s feet, with easy tannins on the end. This red is a must have with roast squash and game dishes.

Jamesport Vineyards
Jamesport Vineyards East End Cinq 
Cinq has beautiful dark fruit, floral aromas, a silky mouthfeel, and a spicy finish. Flavors of blackberry and fig dominate this blend of five grapes, ending with mouthwatering acidity. This is reminiscent of a Rhône red, but so distinctly Long Island.
Jamesport Vineyards Late Harvest Riesling – 2010 
Everything you’d want in a golden dessert wine, with a highlight that it’s from a local winery. Brilliant gold in color and expressive, showing orange flowers, honey, marzipan and orange zest. Jamesport Vineyards only produces this gem in ideal years so consider this a limited treat.

Friday, March 15th 6-8pm:

Paumanok Vineyards
Paumanok, Chenin Blanc – 2012
Reminiscent of some Loire Valley Chenin, this popular North Fork white is crisp and fruity with grapefruit, pineapple and melon aromas. It’s delightfully refreshing and ends with a zippy, lemony finish. What an excellent companion to shellfish dishes.
Paumanok Merlot – 2008
The Paumanok winery is one of the oldest wineries on the North Fork of Long Island. Winemaker Kareem Massoud has truly mastered Merlot (among others) and shares with us this deeply expressive and vibrantly accessible wine. Dark cherries and sanguine plums blend with notes of delicate herbs. It’s supple and smooth ending with nice tannins and bright acidity.
Paumanok Semi-Dry Riesling – 2011 
Fermented in stainless steel tanks, this Riesling bursts with a fresh, fruit cocktail of peach, apricot, nectarine and apples. While it starts off sweet, it finishes dry with crisp acidity. Pair it with loin of pork, Asian foods – especially Thai or Indian – and Cajun or Tex-Mex dishes.

Shinn Estate
Shinn Estate Red – NV 
This red quaffing wine shows delicious North Fork fruit characteristics. It has bright red fruit and refreshing acidity with flavors of red cherries, licorice and the telltale graphite minerality. It has soft tannins, making this red smooth, soft, refreshing and elegant.
Shinn Estate “Wild Boar Doe” – 2009
A playful “wild” Bordeaux blend of Merlot, Petit Verdot, Malbec, Cabernet Franc, and Cabernet Sauvignon. A spicy and aromatic blend showing flavors of black pepper and blackberry. Try it with highly seasoned stews, roasted meats, and full flavored cheeses.

Saturday, March 16th 3-5pm:

Fox Run Wines
Fox Run Lemberger – 2009
What will blow you away in this classic Finger Lakes Lemberger are the aromas: freshly ground black pepper, blackberry and raspberry are complemented by rich plum and black cherry flavors that lead to a smoky, spicy black pepper finish. It’s light in body but will hold up to a meal easily. What a way to compliment a classic outdoor grilling party!
Fox Run Vineyards Hedonia 
This delicious fortified apéritif wine from Fox Run Vineyards in the Finger Lakes is made in the white port style from Traminette grapes, sourced from the Simmons Vineyards on Bluff Point, Keuka Lake. It is beautifully perfumed with aromas of lychee, elderflower, and bitter orange. Enjoy this over ice, add it to your favorite sparkling wine, or give a classic cocktail recipe a new and fragrant twist! Get yours soon: only 54 cases were made.

Wölffer Estate
Wolffer, Cabernet Franc – 2010
Cabernet Franc, known to flourish in the Loire Valley, also thrives on Long Island. Enjoy this bottle’s spicy black fruit and its relative ease (in contrast to its Loire Valley counterparts, which tend to be more structured).
Wölffer Rosé – 2012 Item
One of the few wineries on Long Island’s South Fork, Wölffer uses Bordeaux grapes (plus a splash of Chardonnay) to create this ultra-fresh, food-friendly rosé. Citrus, strawberries, and a mineral-laden finish will make for a night to remember – even if you’re not in the Hamptons.

Red Tail Ridge Winery
Red Tail Ridge Winery Dry Riesling – 2011
A particularly pleasing dry Riesling from the limestone slopes of western Seneca Lake. Abundant aromas of fresh sliced apricots, wet stone and orange blossoms lead to a rich creamy texture, finished off with bright, mouthwatering acidity. A delight with glazed pork or fresh cheeses.
Red Tail Ridge Winery Blaufränkisch – 2010
Gaining popularity among NY winemakers the vigorous, dark-skinned Blaufränkisch has really found a footing along the slopes of the Finger Lakes. Purple and blueberry aromas jump from the glass rounded by black pepper spice on the palate with hints of clove and black berries on the end. This bright and expressive red make a great partner to grilled lamb.