Thursday, May 22nd

Calling hipster wine snobs! Have you noticed all of the 26-year-olds flouncing about Brooklyn with their noses stuck in glasses of Bordeaux, acting like Robert Parker if Robert Parker were the sort of doofus to wear mutton chops, pubic-hair-baring jeans and mooch off his parents? Here’s something to make them wild: Benjamin Wallace reads from The Billionaire’s Vinegar: The Mystery of the World’s Most Expensive Bottle of Wine, which, he told us, is “about the most expensive bottle of wine in the world, which was a Chateau Lafite Bordeaux, which sold at auction at Christies in 1985 for $156,000 to the Forbes family, and from the beginning there were questions about whether the bottle was real. It was a bottle that had supposedly belonged to Thomas Jefferson.” And, well, did it? “That’s kind of the mystery,” said Mr. Wallace, possibly suggesting we should buy the damn book. In the course of his research, the author encountered an “obsessive subculture of these guys who are really into super-old wine. I’ve heard some with a sense of humor call themselves necrophiliacs.” Before he wrote the book, Mr. Wallace “was the guy who goes into the wine store and thinks he’s gonna spend $10 and says, ‘Oh, that label looks cool.’” (Smoking Loon, anyone?) Naturally, the book has already been optioned by Will Smith’s production company. “Fingers crossed; they’re looking for a writer,” said Mr. Wallace. Later, El Museo Del Barrio stages its 15th Anniversary Gala at Cipriani, calling it “a Quinceañero,” which museum director and CEO Julian Zugazagoitia explained is “a very special transition into the adult world, kind of like the sweet 16 here.” Hosts Ruben and Isabel Toledo, the Cuban It Couple of fashion, along with guests Carolina Herrera, Diane Von Furstenberg, Narciso Rodriguez, Francisco Costa of Calvin Klein, and Donatella Versace, will be “contributing with their gowns to make it the sexiest event ever!” said Mr. Zugazagoitia, who emphasized that this is no stuffy fund-raising gala. “There is a clause in my contract that if I don’t do my speeches short, I am fired automatically,” he said. “There’s not going to be a lot of formal addressing, because that kills the party.” Instead, there will be “great foods, great design, lavish people … a lot of dancing and a lot of beautiful people.”

[Benjamin Wallace reading, BookCourt, 163 Court Street, 7 p.m.; El Museo Del Barrio 15th Annual Gala, Cipriani 42nd Street, 7 p.m., 212-660-7137]

Thursday, May 22nd