What’s Happening This Weekend: Autumn Wine Festival, Brew Your Own Belgian, Aperitifs & Digestifs, and John Dory Party


We’re inching closer and closer to Thanksgiving, which means you only have so much free time left before the holiday parties are in full swing. We think that’s as good of a reason as any to do something delicious this weekend.

Autumn Wine Festival, Conrad Hotel, 102 North End Avenue, Saturday, 3 p.m.

Taste over 200 wines during two three-hour tasting sessions curated by Vintry Fine Wines. While you sip, snack on bites by Danny Meyer’s Union Square Events catering team and enjoy live jazz by Grammy award nominee Gil Parris. Each attendee will also receive a Riedel wine glass to take home after the event. Tickets can be purchased via the event’s website.

Brew Your Own Belgian Beer, Petite Abeille, 401 East 20th Street, Saturday, 4:30 p.m.

Interested in brewing your own batch of holiday ale? Or perhaps you’d like to get a head start on the holiday gift season? Go brew a Belgian beer. Christophe Semaille, the founder of Belgian DIY brand Brew Spot, is dropping into the city to demonstrate how you can replicate the distinctive Belgian taste at home. Tickets are $65; reservations can be made via the class’s online ticketing site.

Aperitifs & Digestifs, Terroir Murray Hill, 439 Third Avenue, Saturday, 5:30 p.m.

With big meals on the horizons, you might consider picking up a favorite digestif, which can help ease your body back to normalcy when you’ve overdone it. Learn a few tricks of the trade at this hour-long course and tasting session. If you’re planning on hosting a big party, learning about ways to pump up your guests’ appetites via aperitifs should also come in handy. Tickets are $27.

John Dory Anniversary Party, The John Dory Oyster Bar, 1196 Broadway, Sunday, 5 p.m.

Celebrating three years of shucking, John Dory will launch its upcoming Mussel Sundays specials with complimentary wine flights for the night’s dinner guests. Dine on PEI mussels with leeks and pancetta for $12, and taste through new sommelier Jessica Brown’s five three-ounce samples, which will include local pours like the Gotham Project Cab Franc Rose. Reserve your spot by calling the restaurant directly at 212-792-9000 or by emailing