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Natural Winemakers Week

Jenny & Francois Selections has released the schedule for this year’s Natural Winemakers’ Week and it’s packed with free tastings, winemaker dinners and wine specials all over New York. These are great opportunities to have some fantastic natural wines and meet the people who make them.

For more details go to their website. Here is a list of all the events:

THURSDAY, MARCH 3

Free tasting with the first winemaker to arrive! Come start off the week with us:
5:30-7:30pm: Sussex Wine & Spirits, 300 E. 42nd St. (2nd Ave.), 212.867.5838.

FRIDAY, MARCH 4

Free tastings with winemakers at the following locations:
5-8pm: White Star, 907 Manhattan Ave, Brooklyn NY, 718.389.4520.
5-8pm: Winfield-Flynn, 558 3rd Ave., NYC, 212.679.4455.
6-8pm: Fermented Grapes, 651 Vanderbilt Ave., Brooklyn, 718.230.3216.
6-9pm: September Wines, 100 Stanton St. @ Ludlow, NYC, 212.388.0770.

SATURDAY, MARCH 5

3-6pm: Astor Center Grand Tasting (upstairs),
399 Lafayette St.@4th St.,212.674.7501.
$20 includes seminars, meeting 15 winemakers, tasting over 30 wines.
Please reserve: www.astorcenternyc.com. Sells out fast!

SUNDAY, MARCH 6: Dinners, classes & tastings!

6-9pm: Brooklyn Kitchen, 100 Frost St., Brooklyn, 718.389.2982.
American Natural Winemakers team up with Meat Hook butchers for a
natural wine/sausage making class.
Reservations: www.thebrooklynkitchen.com, $60.
7:30pm: Tangled Vine, 434 Amsterdam Ave. @ 81st St., NYC, 646.863.3896.
Mediterranean Winemaker dinner. Unlimited food & wine. Reservations, $49.
8pm: Egg, 135 N 5th St., Brooklyn, 718.302.5151.
4 course French wine & rabbit pairing dinner. Reservations, $65.
8pm: Thirst Bar, 629 Classon Ave., Brooklyn, 718.857.9227.
3 course wine dinner. Reservations, $45.

Free tastings with winemakers at the following locations:
4-7pm: Appellation Wines, 156 10th Ave., NYC, 212.741.9474.
4-7pm: West Side Wine, 481 Columbus Ave., NYC, 212.874.2900.
5-7pm: Thirst, 187 DeKalb Ave @ Carlton, Brooklyn, 718.596.7643.
6:30-8:30pm: Discovery Wines, 10 Avenue A, NYC, 212.674.7833.

MONDAY, MARCH 7

10am-5pm: Jenny & François Portfolio Tasting (trade & press only – please RSVP)
287 Spring Street, NYC, call 646.775.6400 or email: info@jennyandfrancois.com

TUESDAY, MARCH 8

5pm-2am: Anfora Winemaker Night, 34 8th Ave., NYC, 212.518.2722.
7:30pm: Crave Wine Bar, 570 Henry Street, Brooklyn, 718.643.0361.
Natural California. Reservations, $65.
7-9pm: City Winery: 155 Varick St, NYC, 212.608.0555.
Women & Wine: Organic & Biodynamic Wines, panel discussion & dinner.
See website for details: www.citywinery.com
10pm-2:30am: Blue Ribbon Wine Bar, 34 Downing St., 212.691-0404.

Free tastings with winemakers at the following locations:
5-8pm: Natural Wine Company, 211 North 11th St., Brooklyn, 646.397.9463.
6-8pm: Maslow 6, 211 W. Broadway, NYC, 212.226.3127.
6-9pm: DOC, 147 Broadway, Brooklyn, 718.388.0087.

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 9

6-8:30pm: Ten Bells, 247 Broome St., NYC, 212.228.4450.
$25 flight of 8 wines & charcuterie, back room.
6:30pm or 9pm (2 seatings): Northeast Kingdom, 18 Wyckoff Avenue, Brooklyn,
718.386.3864. Winemaker dinner. Reservations, $50.
7:30pm: Rouge Tomate, 10 East 60th St., NYC, 646.237-8977. Reservations.

Free wine tasting with winemakers at the following locations:
4-7pm: 67 Wine & Spirits: 179 Columbus Ave., NYC, 212.724.6767.
5-7pm: Chamber’s Street, 148 Chambers St., NYC, 212.227.1434.
6-8pm: UVA, 199 Bedford Ave., Brooklyn, 718.963.3939.

THURSDAY, MARCH 10

Free wine tasting with winemaker:
5-8pm: Natural Wine Company, 211 North 11th St., Brooklyn, 646.397.9463.

FRIDAY, MARCH 11

Free wine tasting with winemakers at the following locations:
5-7pm: West Side Wine, 481 Columbus Ave., NYC, 212.874-2900.
5:30-8:30pm: Dry Dock, 424 Van Brunt St., Brooklyn, 718.852.3625.


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As part of the Wellington On A Plate festival, Urlar Vineyards is sponsoring a Biodynamic and Organic Food and Wine Degustation.

Feast on the flavours of organically grown Highland cow and pig matched with biodynamic wines of Urlar. Travis Clive-Griffin of Bar Salute and Angus Thomson of Urlar Vineyard join forces to present a wonderfully biodynamic six course degustation.

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Join us for the ultimate organic wine and food feast. Winemaker Tony Coturri will pair his wines with a Nose-to-Tail suckling pig feast at Resto on May 11th at 7pm. This dinner, part of a series sponsored by the Organic Wine Journal, highlights that responsible wining and dining are as much about pleasure as they are about practices.

For more than 30 years, Coturri Winery has been making “real wines” using organically grown grapes, natural yeast fermentation, and no additives. Robert Parker has called his wines “some of the most intriguing I’ve ever reviewed.”

Resto Restaurant has received rave reviews for their Large Format Feasts from the New York Times, Food Network and Time Out New York.

Vegetarians – don’t feel left out. We’ll work out some great food for you if you let us know advance.

Reservations can be made through Resto at 212-685-5585 or by email

Date: Tuesday, May 11th, 2010
Time: 7pm
Price: $75pp (not including tax/tip)

Resto
111 East 29th Street New York, NY 10016
212- 685-5585
Restonyc.com


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Working with some obscure theory that wine and taking off your clothes are somehow linked, Greenpeace has teamed up with photographer Spencer Tunick to do a shoot at a vineyard in Burgundy to bring awareness to climate change and how it may affect your favorite vintages.

From the press release:

Save the wines of France!

Greenpeace and Spencer Tunick invite you to participate in a unique art installation that is committed to raising awareness.
On Saturday, October 3rd 2009, in a vineyard in the South of Burgundy – Rain or Shine!

The impacts of climate change are being felt all around the world. In France, they are already affecting the wines and the vineyards. If we don’t act here and now, humankind and its cultural heritage will ultimately be condemned.

For more than 15 years, artist Spencer Tunick has staged mass nude installations all over the world. His collective landscapes always question humankind’s relationship with its environment.

Together, Greenpeace and Spencer Tunick invite you to take part in a unique and original artwork that symbolizes the impacts of climate change.

We all must make our voices heard – or let our bodies speak – to urge political leaders to take action.

Click here for the event website.


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The Organic Wine Journal is doing it’s second class and tasting at the Astor Center in new York City on April 27th. We’ll explore the differences between organic, biodynamic, natural and sustainable winemaking and taste some great wines along the way.

For more info, and to sign up, click here.


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Union Square Wines is pleased to welcome Adam Morganstern of the Organic Wine Journal to the Salon for a luxury tasting of top organic cuvées from around the world! Organic Wine Journal is the premier online source for all eco-friendly queries and Mr. Morganstern, joined by OWJ’s “green wine” guru Greg Wacks, is ready to elaborate and elucidate on biodynamic practices, certified (and uncertified) organic, and sustainable farming! These terms are more pertinent than ever as farmers turn to earth-friendly practices and consumers look for natural products in shops across NYC!

Attendees can look forward to a stunning lineup of natural wines from France, Austria, Italy, South Africa, New Zealand, and the US! Savory meats and artisanal cheeses will be served following the formal presentation sourced from Murray’s Cheese and Saxelby Cheesemongers! Join USQ and Organic Wine Journal in celebrating the organic movement and the vinous fruits of its labor!

Reservations are required to attend this tasting. Reservations cost just $20 and include a $10 wine voucher valid towards purchases the night of the event! Click here to sign up.


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Counter Restaurant will host NYC’s second annual Organic Beer Bash on October 25, 2008 from 12 pm – 4 pm. Sample over 30 organic beers and ciders from around the world. Savor a Wolaver’s Wit beer spiced apple purse or a Peak Nut Brown Ale pecan pie; swig a Grizzly Beer (organic whiskey, lemonade and brown ale) or Bloody Beer (spiced tomato juice and pale ale). Brewers will be at the event representing their beers and discussing their brewing practices.

Proceeds will be donated to the Greenmarket (CENYC) & Food Systems Network NYC. Greenmarket promotes regional agriculture and the continuing supply of fresh, local produce for New Yorkers. Food Systems Network NYC is a collaborative of not-for-profit organizations, government agencies, professionals, and food advocates dedicated to improving awareness of nutrition and access to it.

WHERE: COUNTER. 105 First Avenue (6th & 7th st.)
WHEN: Saturday October 25th, 2008
TIME: 12:00 – 4:00pm
COST: $30
RSVP: deborah@counternyc.com or 212-982-5870


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The wine dinner is being postponed until the fall. We’ll let you know when it’s rescheduled.


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