Let’s face it, wine language is weird. What’s an earthy, full-bodied red, with notes of dark cherries, wood, tobacco and firm tannins? Why does something that tastes like “earth” with hints of “wood” appeal to anyone? And what the hell are tannins, anyway? These are perfectly good questions and certified sommelier Kristina Sazama will satisfy your curiosities at Brooklyn Winery with an introductory class that will arm you with the proper vocabulary and understanding to drink and decode wine speak. The interactive, $35 class will allow you to taste some premium wines (produced right here in Brooklyn) and learn what it is you are looking for in each glass, and how to put into words what you taste, feel and smell. Get tickets and learn to drink like a pro.
With just over a week left ’til Oct. 31, Halloween is already creeping into the calendar, threatening to eclipse perfectly unspooky events like the CMJ Music Marathon, that annual showcase for new music across hundreds of NYC venues. We’ve winnowed the 1300-band lineup down to 15 bands to check out. On Saturday, you can […]
It’s probably time we declare the entirety of October Halloween month, rather than restricting all the costumed revelry to one night a year. In the interest of extending your spooky good times, we’ve rounded up two weekends worth of fabulous frightening fêtes, from the creepy catacombs of Green-Wood Cemetery to the terrifyingly toxic Newtown Creek. […]
It arrives earlier and with more abundance each year—pumpkin-spice season. Flavoring everything, from cookies, to cream cheese, to local beer, to much-maligned-as-of-late pumpkin spice lattes that have become a sure sign of sweater-weather, pumpkin, the faker the better it seems, has become shorthand for fall. While we love actual pumpkin, in soup, curry, pie and even […]
Before the Royal Palms Shuffleboard Club opened in Gowanus, shuffleboard was an activity you associated with Florida retirement homes. Now Royal Palms is one of the hottest spots in South Brooklyn, best known for its sprawling shuffleboard courts, but it also has one of the borough’s most sophisticated cocktail programs. Designed by general manager Tim […]
As much as we love New York City, and as ideal as it is for many things, it is not the best place to enjoy fall foliage and get that taste of the outdoors that even the most seasoned city dwellers need from time to time. Here are two easy trips north where you can […]