CULTURE CLUB
Cambalache Shows New Yorkers the Good Life -- Argentine Style

Cambalache spread out in a Brooklyn warehouse like a secret Argentine neighborhood lost in space. Tucked away in each corner of the room were in activities, decorated seating areas, secluded artists providing live entertainment, while the main expanse was filled with booths of wine, which was poured freely and sipped carefully. The crowd was abuzz from the start of the event at six until the end at eleven, with never a lull nor a dull moment. Excited Brooklynites mingled with Argentine expats hunting for a taste of their home in a Malbec grape.

CULTURE CLUB
Cambalanche Brings Argentine Wine to NYC on April 16th and 17th

The Argentine wine-tasting event Cambalanche is making its way to New York City on April 16th and 17th. Calambanche – which means “bazaar” in Spanish – had a terrifically successful sold-out London debut and is already winning industry awards. Cambalanche tries to give people the experience of drinking Argentine wine in Argentina, or at least the closest approximation Brooklyn can provide.

DELICIOUS DEBUTS
Blue Olive Market's Wine Tasting Debut

Blue Olive Market, an eatery featuring fresh ingredients and traditional Greek favorites, kicked off their first ever Weekly Wine Tasting and Pairing Event last Friday. Joonbug sampled the specially designed three-course meal (including expertly paired wines for each dish), and let us tell you: We were impressed.

This Mediterranean marketplace; comprised of various food stations, a marble wine bar, and small eating area; made its grand debut last month. With a focus on organic ingredients and fine imports, the hot spot prides itself on chef-centric cuisine and authentic Greek hospitatlity. They also house the best frozen yogurt we've ever tasted. That's right. Out of all the Pinkberry and wannabes in the world, this place's Greek fro-yo beats them all, hands down. But we'll get to that later.

CULINARY OCCASIONS
My BIG Fat Greek Wine Tasting Happens Tomorrow!

Love Greek food? Blue Olive Market; a new marketplace featuring Mediterranean food stations using local ingredients like their Greek Yogurt Bar, Charcuterie and Meze Station, and marble Wine Bar; is hosting their first ever Weekly Wine Tasting and Pairing Event. The special occasion will occur this Friday the 21st at 6:30 pm, and includes a three-course meal accompanied by carefully selected wines. The dinner costs $28 per person, and will be overseen by George Mandakas, the chef, general manager, and culinary expert of the eatery.

CULINARY OCCASIONS
The Fifth Annual NYC Winter Wine Festival Is Coming Up

On February 8, the fifth annual NYC Winter Wine Festival will be in full swing. The tasting event promises over 250 wines selected by experts at Vintry Fine Wines along with simple pairings like artisan breads, cheeses, and hors d'oeuvres. There will also be live contemporary jazz music (Brian Simpson and his band), and guests can take home a complimentary luxe wine glass after the event.

HAPPENINGS
Global Youth Connect Wine Tasting, a Piquant Event

On Thursday, September 19, 2013 the Global Youth Connect is hosting a wine tasting to celebrate its recent success implementing human rights programs in Bosnia and Rwanda this summer—so just for this, we can "mix" children and alcohol.

As if wine tastings weren’t full-bodied enough, the proceeds to GYC give the event an even sweeter finish. GYC is an organization that advances global social justice by encouraging young adults to become human rights activists. To empower these young adults, the charity offers cross cultural human rights workshops as well as opportunities to engage in volunteer service. GYC aligns with various grassroots, NGOs, policy makers, and other stakeholders to sustain international human rights activism.

CULINARY OCCASIONS
Wine Riot NYC


Wine events can be overly stuffy, intimidating, and can make those of us unfamiliar with wine regions and grape horticulture techniques feel very out of place. The wide world of wines can seem really booshie but Wine Riot NYC is changing the way people approach wine. The two-day wine tasting festival, held September 21–22, at the 69th Regiment Armory showcases what fine wines have to offer in a relaxed and accessible way. Similar to how microbreweries have marketed their products through fun, interactive festivals, Wine Riot is a great way for amateur sommeliers, or the seldom wine drinker, to enjoy the many facets of the wine industry. Wine Riot NYC, organized by SecondGlass.com, is dedicated to helping people learn more about wine without the conservative nature associated with traditional wine tastings.

CULINARY OCCASIONS
Celebrate Greek Week for Wine

When you stop in your local wine boutique you see wines from around the United States, France, Italy, Austria, Spain, South America, even Africa, but when was the last time you saw a bottle of Greek wine on a shelf? It’s been there all along, it was just kept as a “secret stash” for sommeliers and other wine connoisseurs who favor more “underground” varieties. In the wine department, Greece has got it goin’ on. There are over 300 indigenous grape varieties, a unique and distinctive landscape, and they’ve been winemaking for the last 4,000 years. So like the foundations of modern civilization, it is safe to say the Greek’s have got it covered.

LIQUID COURAGE
TONIGHT: Free Wine Tasting at Maslow 6

Newly opened Maslow 6 Wine Bar is hosting a free wine tasting tonight from 6:30-9pm. Francesco Ripaccioli, proprietor of Canalicchio di Sopra, one of the classic estates of Montalcino, will be in attendance and pouring a number of vintage Brunello di Montalcino.

The event begins at 6:30pm with a tasting of Rosso and a brief presentation by Fancisco at 7pm; followed by the Brunello tasting. Those who miss the beginning, fret not, you will still be able to taste the wines later, up until 9pm.

The event is free to attend but RSVPs are recommended and can be made here. Happy sipping, New York!