City Winery raises $10,000 for Nepal Earthquake victims

City Winery Nashville hosted two benefits for the Nepal earthquake victims on May 16 & 23, 2015. Performers on May 16 included Keb’ Mo’, John Oates, Jim Lauderdale, and more. May 23rd performers included Kathy Mattea, Suzy Bogguss, Leigh Nash, Melanie, and Peter Bradley Adams. Over $10,000 was raised between the shows.

Funds will go to Revolutions Per Minute (RPM)’s “When Disaster Strikes” Fund. For more information about RPM, visit http://revolutionsperminute.net/. Thank you to the artists, their teams, and those who came out to the shows for helping this very urgent cause!

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12th & Broad’s Punctuate! at City Winery

12th & Broad is pleased to announce Punctuate!: a day-long creativity, lifestyles and innovation lab, at City Winery on Friday, June 5.

Sessions include a mix of inspirational and practical, such as:

  • “The Culture of Play”
  • “Build Your Own Creative Process”
  • “The Rituals of Success”
  • “Productivity Tools You Won’t Believe You Lived Without”
  • “Money Management For Life Success”

The day will give you inspiration and tactics for approaching work and life with more creativitycollaboration and mindful intention – leading to more success for you and your business. Tickets include opening coffee rave, lunch, mindful meditation session, t-shirt and a creative cockail hour not to mention amazing speakers from all over Nashville.

Register now and get 20% off as a thank you for being part of City Winery!

June 2015 Events at City Winery Chicago

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Summer is finally here!

And we’re ready for it with a new menu and plenty of events all summer long. The first week of June is packed with food and wine events, starting with The Dinner Party on 6.01 with Elysabeth Alfano featuring Joe Mantegna. This months theme features a “Sideways” film theme. That same day, vino lovers will rejoice at our Michigan Wines event, featuring over 15 wineries from around the state!

Then on 6.03, all the wine lovers can rejoice once again when we host the Paso Robles grand tasting. This tasting will give you the chance to taste over 100 wines from over 20 wineries. And later this month on 6.14, don’t miss a music and wine pairing event with The Rack and the Riddler! Sip Palm Bay wines specially selected by our wine director and Certified Sommelier Rachel Driver Speckan and Master Sommelier (and bassist of The Rack and the Riddler!) Serafin Alvarado while listening to 90s rock. 

June is also filled with many different tasting and pairing events, so be sure to check out our events calendar.

There’s plenty coming up on the music side of things as well!

Our show with Red Baraat on 6.7 is going to be a great start to the month. This dhol and brass ensemble from New York is always show stopping, and reflects their founder Sunny Jain’s traditional Indian roots. This is one experience you don’t want to miss.

Later in the week, couple Lucy Kaplansky & Richard Shindell bring their latest endeavor The Pine Hill Project on 6.12. The Americana pair have been together for over 30 years, and they’re finally made a full length album for us to enjoy. On 6.14 Hackensaw Boys will be at City Winery to share their unique Americana style. This energetic group lets everyone have a chance to lead on a song, as well as sit back and play.

On 6.19, Wanda Jackson will grace the stage of City Winery.  This legendary singer has been in the business for decades, and has worked with artists from Elvis Presley to Jack White. This Rock n Roll Hall of Fame inductee is not someone you’ll want to miss.

6.20 is packed with not one, but two great opportunities for shows. Martha Davis and The Motels  will be here at 7pm for a show that will showcase this bands decade spanning work. The group that started touring together in the 70’s has recently began touring again, more than they have been since the 80’s in fact!  And, later that night, make sure you stop by for the official after party of Taste of Randolph at 10pm, featuring Little Hurricane & Spirit Family Reunion

See the full lineup below for all upcoming shows:

6/1 THE DINNER PARTY WITH ELYSABETH ALFANO FEATURING ACTOR, JOE MANTEGNA
6/2 IAN MAKSIN & GORAN IVANOVIC TRIO
6/4 CHARLIE MARS & CLARENCE BUCARO
6/5 GRIFFIN HOUSE with special guest JENN GRANT
6/7 GRAHAM PARKER & THE RUMOUR with special guest LOWELL THOMPSON – 4 PM SHOW
6/7 RED BARAAT
6/8 GRAHAM PARKER & THE RUMOUR with special guest LOWELL THOMPSON
6/11 SAM BUSH BAND WITH SPECIAL GUESTS OLD SALT UNION
6/12 THE PINE HILL PROJECT – LUCY KAPLANSKY & RICHARD SHINDELL
6/14 HACKENSAW BOYS
6/16 -HELP REBUILD NEPAL BENEFIT CONCERT WITH LYNNE JORDAN, WAYNE BAKER BROOKS, THE EMPTY POCKETS & MORE
6/17 RYAN MONTBLEAU BAND WITH SPECIAL GUESTS THE CRANE WIVES
6/18 RICH ROBINSON OF THE BLACK CROWES WITH SPECIAL GUESTS THE BUFFALO KILLERS
6/19 WANDA JACKSON – 7:30 PM SHOW
6/20 MARTHA DAVIS & THE MOTELS – 7PM SHOW
6/20 OFFICIAL TASTE OF RANDOLPH AFTER PARTY WITH LITTLE HURRICANE & SPIRIT FAMILY REUNION – 6/20
6/23 & 6/24 SNARKY PUPPY
6/25 & 26 DAVE MASON’S TRAFFIC JAM – Meet & Greet tickets available.
6/28 DR. JOHN & THE NITE TRIPPERS
6/29 LAS GUITARRAS DE ESPAÑA PRESENTS THE ENSEMBLE “SURAHBI” (INDO-AFRO-FLAMENCO) FEATURING AN “ALL-STAR” WORLD MUSIC LINE-UP AND CD RELEASE – 6/29
6/30 – 7/5 WEIR WORLD! All access passes available
6/30 A VERY SPECIAL EVENING OF MUSIC AND MUCH, MUCH MORE… FEATURING MUSICAL HOST JONATHAN WILSON AND FRIENDS

Find tickets for all of these fantastic shows on our website.

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City Winery & Everest Awakening Raise $20K+ for Nepal Earthquake Victims

On May 17th, artists came together to play at a daytime benefit show to raise awareness and money for the victims of Nepal’s recent earthquakes. Notable performers include Michael Stipe, Patti Smith, Jesse Paris Smith, Kaki King, Raju Lama, Loudon Wainwright III, Nicole Atkins, Jesse Smith, Martha Mooke and Shyam Nepali. Together, $21,113.50 was raised! To learn how you can help, visit www.everestawakening.com. Another benefit supporting RPM’s Disaster Relief Fund is scheduled for June 17th. The artist line-up includes Betty LaVette, Lucy Wainwright-Roche, Suzzy Roche, Lizz Wright and many more to be added.

Everest Awakening was founded in light of the recent earthquake to bring together musicians, artists, writers, poets and activists in an effort to raise awareness and funds for Nepal and neighboring territories of the Himalayan region. Using our skills and various platforms, we are doing what we can to spread awareness and hope, using our voices and resources to keep people informed and educated, and to help others to direct their efforts and donations to where they are needed most.

Click here for more information and tickets to the 6/17 benefit concert.

 

Photo credit: Al Pereira 

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Founder of Everest Awakening, Jesse Paris Smith and her mother, Patti Smith at Everest Awakening Benefit Concert at City Winery NYC 5/17

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Everest Awakening Benefit Concert at City Winery NYC 5/17

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Kaki King aEverest Awakening Benefit Concert at City Winery NYC 5/17

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Everest Awakening Benefit Concert at City Winery NYC 5/17

 

Memorial Day Wine Sale through 5/23!

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It’s the unofficial start of summer: the long Memorial Day weekend! Pick up the Memorial Day Wine Package through 5/25, from the City Winery Wine Shop on Varick St. Call or email ahead: wine@citywinery.com / 646-751-6024

Thirsty Thursday – The Making of a Pinot Porter

This last April City Winery brewed a delicious Porter co-fermented with Pinot Noir Juice. For grains we used mostly German Pale Ale malt, and supplemented with Crystal 20, Crystal 80, Black Patent, Chocolate, Vienna malts to add a darker rich color and roundness. Lubliner and Northern Brewer hops were used also everything else is secret. Welcome to our 7 Barrel System Brewery and hope you enjoy.

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These are some of the grains that are used for CW Pinot Porter:

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Once we have all our grains together we will get ready to mash them in the MASH TUN. (All equipment is cleaned the day before with PBW, rinse, Acid, rinse, Sanitizer and then we air dry the tanks overnight. This prevents the growth of any bacteria that might be harmful to the brew.

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All the grains are added to Mash Tun then we begin to fill the tank with our pre heated water and gently stir to break up any lumps and achieve an Oatmeal-like consistency. Some malt is pre-milled for better extraction of sugars from the grains. Grains that are not pre-milled are usually for coloring and aroma.

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Here is shot of the Mashing process.

 

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After we are done mashing and sparging which extracts all the sugar from the grains we transfer the Wort into the Boiler where it boils for usually an hour. In the first minutes of the boil we add Hops to get the bitterness that we want.   In the last minutes of the boil we add the second Hop addition for Aromas, at this time we also add the Pinot Noir Concentrate which will then Co- Ferment in the Fermenter.

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Fermentation for the Pinot Porter usually takes 2 weeks. Here is an image of one of the most important steps in the whole brewing process “pitching the yeast”. This is done in the fermenter. After the 2 week period the beer is racked into the cooling tanks to give it time to Carbonate and Clear up since matter will sink to the bottom of tank. Here is our brewmaster David Drake pitching the yeast.

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