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.

Finger Lakes Distilling: White Pike Whiskey

The mash bill of this young whiskey (its aging is all of 18 minutes) combines local corn, spelt, and malted wheat, and it’s meant to be a receptacle of a spirit – for whiskey lovers who don’t dig vodka, it’s the equivalent of a base-spirit blank canvas. It’s soft, fruity, and creamy in your mouth, with just a little bit of sweetness that lingers subtly on your tongue from the corn.

Q&A with Eataly Wine Director, Dan Amatuzzi

His parents might have had a string of heart palpitations when Dan Amatuzzi graduated with a shiny degree in Economics from Villa Nova and told them he wanted to sniff corks for a living, but after he made the list of Forbe’s 30 Under 30 to watch in 2012, they realized their son with the big grin and shock of premature grays had found his passion. Now the 29-year-old is Joe Bastianich’s right-hand wine man, handling the not-so-small job of Wine Director for the entire of Eataly.

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, our sister publication Edible Manhattan 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.

Today Williamsburg’s Natural Wine Company Turns One; Tonight They’re Throwing a Party

It is very cool to see more and more natural-skewed wine shops popping up around Gotham, and one of the great, new entries into that wonderful world of pesticide kickin’, natural-yeast lovin’, environment coaxin’ versatile vinous offerings is Billyburg’s one and only Natural Wine Company at 211 North 11th Street. NWC is celebrating their First Year Anniversary tonight (woot-woot!), and in honor of this auspicious occasion are pouring some pretty fabulous and fun celebratory bottles.