What’s Happening This Week: Natural Wines, Slow Food


As many of you know, our weekly dining and drinking newsletter features all the coolest epicurean events in the city.

The Wines You Should be Drinking
Astor Center
June 28, 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Andrew Fisher knows from wines. After all, he’s been the president of Astor Wines for more than 30 years. Tonight, he hosts a two-hour seminar on wines that are made with, quite simply, healthy grapes. Or, rather, not so simply. Natural, organic, and biodynamic winemakers, who renounce the use of chemicals in their wines, don’t have the easiest task. But a number of them are making it work, and better than their conventional counterparts.

Second Anniversary Party
Yerba Buena
June 28

Latin fusion restaurant Yerba Buena is celebrating its second anniversary today, but you’re the one who gets a gift. Drop by tonight for $2 Yerba Buena mojitos (Flor de Caña Seven Year rum, yerba buena mint leaves, demerara syrup, fresh lime juice) and $2 Aztecas (Lunazul tequila, St. Germain, Yellow Chartreuse, fresh lime juice) all evening long. You’ll swear the place doesn’t look a day over one.

Slow Food NYC Snail of Approval Spring Market Dinner
Vesta Trattoria and Wine Bar
June 29, 7-9 p.m.

The Slow Food NYC Snail of Approval dinner series heads to Astoria, Queens, tomorrow night for a meal sourced from local purveyors that promote the authenticity and sustainability of food. Chef Michelle Vido will serve a four-course communal meal with an optional two-course wine pairing. The cost is $60 for nonmembers and $50 for members, plus $25 for the pairing.