Study up on Armagnac, France's oldest brandy, with Alain Royer at the Astor Center.
Thursday, Feb 18, 2010 Updated at 3:13 PM EDT
SIP: With the current craze for amber booze, it’s just a matter of time before Armagnac – the bourbon of France -- takes center stage. Be prepared with the Astor Center class “Armagnac: A Guide to France's First Brandy,” where 6th generation Cognac native Alain Royer will sketch the production and ageing process and offer up five different vintages from as early as 1974. .
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