Amy Zavatto is the daughter of an old school Italian butcher who used to sell bay scallops alongside steaks, and is also the former Deputy Editor of Edible Brooklyn and Edible Manhattan. She holds her Level III Certification in Wine and Spirits from the WSET, and contributes to Imbibe, Whisky Advocate, SOMMJournal, Liquor.com, and others. She is the author of Forager's Cocktails: Botanical Mixology with Fresh, Natural Ingredients and The Architecture of the Cocktail. She's stomped around vineyards from the Finger Lakes to the Loire Valley and toured distilleries everywhere from Kentucky to Jalisco to the Highlands of Scotland. When not doing all those other things, Amy is the Director of the Long Island Merlot Alliance.

Why Joe Bastianich (yes, the Winemaker, Restaurateur, Author, Athlete) Wants you to Drink and Think SlowWine

Joe Bastianich has a new memoir, Restaurant Man, due in Spring, a multitude of thriving restaurants across New York, Los Angeles and Las Vegas, a hand in the market called Eataly, a few NewYork marathons and Ironman competitions under his svelte belt, and a winery, to name a few of his myriad projects. Despite his fast-paced schedule, we caught up with him recently to talk about the new SlowWineGuide hitting our shores this January–don’t miss the launch party and first stop on the national tour this January 30!–his penchant for Slow Food-approved winemaking (these days that’s called low-intervention) and why you should drink a bottle of wine a day. Slowly, of course.

Boat to Beer: Saturday’s Staten Island Craft Beer Fest is a Free Ferry Ride Away

After all the cruddy rain we’ve had, Saturday’s supposed to be mercifully beautiful — and what better excuse for free ferry ride? Hop a boat to Staten Island for the Richmond County Craft Beer Fest at the Staten Island Yankees Ballpark right next to the ferry terminal, where from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. dozens of craft brewers will be pouring their sudsy wares, as well as teaming up with local restaurants for beer-and-food pairings fit for fall.