One Lost Word: The Indigo Girls’ Album Release Shows at City Winery NYC

On July 23, 2015, The Indigo Girls played two shows at City Winery. Our friends at WFUV hosted a special 5pm show for their marquee members and the 8pm show was open to the public, however most tickets sold during our private VinoFile sale before the few tickets were released to the public.

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Grammy-winning folk-rock duo Indigo Girls deliver a beautifully crafted batch of songs that revel in spirited simplicity. Alternating richly textured storytelling with moody ruminations on modern-world worries, their songs reveal a fierce longing for a more idyllic existence while still celebrating the extraordinary in everyday living.

 

The Indigo Girls played numerous songs of their new album, One Lost Day, just released in June including crowd favorites, “Learned It To Me”, “Southern California is Your Girlfriend,” and “Come a Long Way”. They closed the show out with classic song “Galileo” then encored with “The Rise of the Black Messiah” and “Closer to Fine”, both hit songs from One Lost Day. Special guest Lucy Wainwright-Roche, who recently played with Shawn Colvin at City Winery joined The Indigo Girls for a few songs.

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Decades into their career, the Indigo Girls still amaze conventional pundits with their ability to grow and thrive no matter what the state of the music industry is at any given point. The Indigo Girls stand tall, having earned the lasting respect and devotion of a multi-generational audience, which continues to experience their creative evolution in the studio and on stage. No matter where their creative journey takes them, they hold out a hand to their listeners and we get to feel it all.

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Photo credit for all photos: Al Pereira

All About Location: A Spotlight on Alder Springs Vineyard

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What do the heart of Hudson Square, New York City and an old cattle ranch off the coast of California have in common? Both are prime locations for one-of-a-kind wine making. City Winery in New York City makes it a mission to use the highest quality grapes from across the world for their wines, bringing a variety of flavors and influences into their urban winery. Founder and owner Stuart Bewley chose the location for Alder Springs Vineyard as it exceeded every other possible site during his seven-year search for the perfect vineyard. Based on its optimal soil and drainage, the land fit all of Bewley’s strict requirements for growing the finest grapes, specifically for winemaking. Alder Springs’ crop attracts top wineries across America, with clients including but not limited to Patz & Hall, Townley’s Wines and Caldwell Vineyard.

Although it began as a mere cow farm, Bewley has transformed the land into the fruitful vineyard that thrives there today. The grapes yielded from Alder Springs’ harvest produce top-notch wines in the California location. Michael Dorf, owner and founder of City Winery, sparked an interest in this Pacific coast taste and provides it to those in the metropolitan area by teaming up with Alder Springs Vineyard. City Winery partners up with high-quality vineyards similar to this, shining its spotlight on the hard work, devotion, and incredible product found in Alder Springs. These Californian grapes make their New York City debut as they’re imported and made into wine, on-site in the downtown Manhattan winery. With locations in other bustling cities like Nashville and Chicago, City Winery’s goal is to bring city dwellers quality wines from across America, without a plane ticket.

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City Winery and Alder Springs Vineyard both have a devotion to high-quality wines; Alder Springs Vineyard grows the best possible crop and City Winery makes fine wines out of this, and makes them available to those in the New York City area. These grapes travel from across America, from one expert winemaking crew to another, producing elite wines including, but not limited to Roussanne, Pinot Noir, Syrah, and Cab Franc. Be sure to keep an eye out for a new City Winery release of our signature 2013 Alder Springs Pinot Noir and 2012 Alder Springs Syrah. Chicago will be exclusively debuting Ruth On Mars and 2012 Cab Franc Alder as well.

VOTE CITY WINERY FOR THE TENNESSEAN’S TOAST OF MUSIC CITY

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We’re thrilled to have City Winery Nashville nominated in the Tennessean’s Toast of Music City Reader’s Choice Awards 2015! City Winery has been included in 6 different categories and we need your help to get our name up front. We feel honored to be part of Nashville’s ever-growing community and hope to keep indulging this city’s passion for great live music, delicious food, and amazing wine. We thank you for all the support thus far!

Get your vote it in here.

 

Grape Class Series Part 1: Pinot Grigio/ Chardonnay/ Pinot Noir/ Syrah

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From the soil, to the bottle, to our barrel room, we bring you a recap of our first class in the 3-part series all about Grapes! Wine nerds and amateur oenophiles came to swirl, sip, and taste their way through the science and origins of each varietal. This week we focused on Pinot Grigio, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, and Syrah, classic wines that have some misconceptions. This class was lead by our knowledgeable educators (and certified wine geeks), wine director Rachel, sommelier Becky, and manager Hannah. The class was very streamlined and organized to keep within time constraints, but the material was taught organically. As questions arose from guests, ideas and lessons would further develop. Customers were taught how to distinguish facts about wines like soil varietal and terroir all from taste. It’s interesting to learn how just the flavor of wine can tell you what region it came from!

Attendees were also given a plate of amuses, created by our talented chef Andres Barrera, to complement and elevate the characteristics of each wine. A personal favorite was the Pinot Gris from France paired with the grilled apple and olive oil compote. By the end of the night many guests found a new love for certain wines and we converted many ABC (anything but Chardonnay) drinkers into fans! Some of our guests were baffled by the disdain towards Chardonnay, so we’re sure they were happy to see the change. After all, our ultimate goal is for everyone to find an appreciation for wine.

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Wish you made it to the class? Fear not! There are still another two upcoming classes in the series. On August 19th we will be covering Sauvignon Blanc, Riesling, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Merlot. The final class will be held on September 16th and will delve into the world of indigenous and esoteric wines.
Cheers!

 

 

The Americana Music Association, Newport Folk Presents®, and City Winery are pleased to announce the Summer lineup for the State of the Union series

state_of_union_bannerThe Americana Music Association, Newport Folk Presents®, and City Winery are pleased to announce the Summer lineup for the State of the Union series.

State of the Union: A Celebration of American Roots Music, taking place at the esteemed City Winery venues in Chicago, Napa, Nashville and New York City, will highlight artists whose musicianship and excellence set the standard for live performance.

Chicago
Leo Kottke 8/26 and 8/27
Lucinda Williams 9/23 and 9/24 [Both are SOLD OUT – Waitlist available]

Napa
Richie Furay 8/19
Gregory Alan Isakov 8/20

Nashville
Iris Dement 7/12
Steep Canyon Rangers 8/26
Peter Rowan & Ramblin’ Jack Elliott 9/3

New York
Blake Mills 7/31
John Hiatt 8/15 and 8/16 
John Hammond & G. Love 9/28

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About the Americana Music Association
The Americana Music Association is a professional not-for-profit trade organization whose mission is to advocate for the authentic voice of American roots music around the world. The Association produces events throughout the year; including the Americana Music Festival & Conference, presented by Nissan, and the critically acclaimed Americana Honors & Awards program. For more information, please visit www.americanamusic.org.

About the Newport Folk Festival
Newport Folk Festival was founded in 1959 by famed festival producer George Wein and folk icon Pete Seeger. The Festival is renowned for introducing a number of legendary artists to the world. Since 1959, Newport Folk has been serving true musical omnivores, fans who crave innovation but appreciate tradition. The 56 year tradition continues to this day, as Newport has won Pollstar’s Music Festival of the Year for the last two years. The Newport Folk Festival is a production of Newport Festivals Foundation, Inc., a 501 (C) (3) non-profit corporation, whose mission includes educating young people about folk and jazz music, and to present the Newport Folk Festival and Newport Jazz Festival in Newport, Rhode Island in perpetuity. To learn more, visit www.newportfestivalsfoundation.org.

About City Winery
City Winery, founded in 2008 by Michael Dorf, has four locations in New York, Chicago, Nashville, and Napa. The brand is a growing haven of fully functioning urban wineries that present world-class musical performances in an intimate listening room environment. Young and emerging local artists join internationaltouring stars to play the City Winery stage for 320+ showa per year. With a modest capacity of 300 seats in the house, City Winery has created a compelling mix for their sophisticated clientele of active cultural patrons, bringing the wine country experience to the heart of large cities.

This incomparable musical experience is enhanced through state of the art sound systems from Meyer Sound®. Among stainless steel fermenting tanks, French oak barrels and the aroma of fermenting grapes, cultural connoisseurs who are passionate about music, wine and culinary arts can savor top-notch artists in an urban setting with a wine country vibe. For a full schedule of City Winery’s four city programming, please visit www.citywinery.com.

2015 AUGUST EVENTS AT CITY WINERY CHICAGO

 

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We are kicking off August with R&B singer and Detroit native Dwele, who will be bringing his Motown visions to our stage with back-to-back performances on 8/1.

The Legacy Continues with Nathan Stanley who is re-releasing his old hits and performing them with The Clinch Mountain Boys featuring his idol and grandfather, Dr. Ralph Stanley. Nathan Stanley is no stranger to the music industry and with his grandfather by his side you’re not going to want to miss these graceful country harmonies when they perform on 8/2.

Amel Larrieux brings her urban vocals to our stage for back-to-back performances on 8/8, and 8/9! On 8/12 Bryan Sutton, best known for his incredible talent on an acoustic guitar, will immerse City Winery with his rich heritage of western North Carolina music as he performs with The Barefoot Movement.

Returning to our stage on 8/14 are The Steel Wheels, bringing their brand of Americana music to our stage. Their 2010 album Red Wing spent 13 weeks on the American Music Association’s top 40 chart.

Helping us bring a final close to our summer on 8/30 we have Ricky Nelson Remembered Starring his twin sons Matthew and Gunnar Nelson. This musically talented family adds a unique twist to music and entertainment by combining the two for a show that appeals to multiple generations.

You’re not going to want to end your summer any other way than with music and wine, so by your tickets now and join us this August!

For tickets to any of these shows follow this link: August Calendar.

8/1- DWELE 7:30PM AND 10:30PM
8/2 – NATHAN STANLEY AND THE CLINCH MOUNTAIN BOYS FEATURING SPECIAL GUEST DR. RALPH STANLEY
8/3- JUSTIN TOWNES EARLE
8/4 THE MUSIC OF GEORGE HARRISON WINE PAIRINGS
8/6 & 7- HOWIE DAY (8/7 with OLIVIA MILLERSCHIN)
8/8- 8/9- AMEL LARRIEUX
8/10- NOAH GUTHRIE AND GABE DIXON
8/11- JOHN MCCAULEY OF DEER TICK
8/12- BRYAN SUTTON BAND WITH THE BAREFOOT MOVEMENT
8/13 – MACEO PARKER 7 & 10pm shows
8/14- THE STEEL WHEELS
8/16- ANNE HEATON AND CALLAGHAN
8/17- PORCHLIGHT MUSIC THEATER PRESENTS: CHICAGO SINGS THE BEST OF MOTOWN
8/18- JERRY DOUGLAS
8/19- JIMMIE VAUGHAN AND TILT-A-WHIRL FEATURING LOU ANN BARTON
8/21- NORM MACDONALD 7:30 & 10pm shows
8/23- ROBIN SPEILBERG 2PM SHOW
8/23,24, & 25- KT TUNSTALL
8/26 & 27- LEO KOTTKE (part of the State of the Union series)
8/28- SONNY KNIGHT & THE LAKERS
8/30- RICKY NELSON REMEMBERED STARRING MATTHEW AND GUNNAR NELSON

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Ricky Nelson Remembered starring Matthew & Gunnar Nelson

 

The Americana Music Association, Newport Folk Presents® and City Winery are please to announce the summer lineup for the State of the Union series

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The Americana Music Association, Newport Folk Presents®, and City Winery are pleased to announce the Summer lineup for the State of the Union series.

State of the Union: A Celebration of American Roots Music, taking place at the esteemed City Winery venues in Chicago, Napa, Nashville and New York City, will highlight artists whose musicianship and excellence set the standard for live performance.

Chicago
Leo Kottke 8/26 and 8/27
Lucinda Williams 9/23 and 9/24 [Both are SOLD OUT – Waitlist available]

Napa
Richie Furay 8/19
Gregory Alan Isakov 8/20

Nashville
Iris Dement 7/12
Steep Canyon Rangers 8/26
Peter Rowan & Ramblin’ Jack Elliott 9/3

New York
Blake Mills 7/31
John Hiatt (Solo) w/ Steve Moakler 8/15 and 8/16
John Hammond & G. Love 9/28

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About the Americana Music Association
The Americana Music Association is a professional not-for-profit trade organization whose mission is to advocate for the authentic voice of American roots music around the world. The Association produces events throughout the year; including the Americana Music Festival & Conference, presented by Nissan, and the critically acclaimed Americana Honors & Awards program. For more information, please visit www.americanamusic.org.

About the Newport Folk Festival
Newport Folk Festival was founded in 1959 by famed festival producer George Wein and folk icon Pete Seeger. The Festival is renowned for introducing a number of legendary artists to the world. Since 1959, Newport Folk has been serving true musical omnivores, fans who crave innovation but appreciate tradition. The 56 year tradition continues to this day, as Newport has won Pollstar’s Music Festival of the Year for the last two years. The Newport Folk Festival is a production of Newport Festivals Foundation, Inc., a 501 (C) (3) non-profit corporation, whose mission includes educating young people about folk and jazz music, and to present the Newport Folk Festival and Newport Jazz Festival in Newport, Rhode Island in perpetuity. To learn more, visit www.newportfestivalsfoundation.org.

About City Winery
City Winery, founded in 2008 by Michael Dorf, has four locations in New York, Chicago, Nashville, and Napa. The brand is a growing haven of fully functioning urban wineries that present world-class musical performances in an intimate listening room environment. Young and emerging local artists join internationaltouring stars to play the City Winery stage for 320+ showa per year. With a modest capacity of 300 seats in the house, City Winery has created a compelling mix for their sophisticated clientele of active cultural patrons, bringing the wine country experience to the heart of large cities.

This incomparable musical experience is enhanced through state of the art sound systems from Meyer Sound®. Among stainless steel fermenting tanks, French oak barrels and the aroma of fermenting grapes, cultural connoisseurs who are passionate about music, wine and culinary arts can savor top-notch artists in an urban setting with a wine country vibe. For a full schedule of City Winery’s four city programming, please visit www.citywinery.com.

Big news from our Winery!

It wasn’t clear before, but let it be known that City Winery does indeed produce wine right here in Nashville.  City Winery winemakers have been working diligently in our cellar to create some exclusive blends for Nashville’s palates, and our first three labels have been bottled. They will be available for souvenirs, gifts, and even to simply take home and enjoy on your own starting July 23rd.
 
On July 23rd City Winery will open up it’s Tasting Bar within the walls of the City Winery’s restaurant and begin offering tastes of our current wines for you to enjoy onsite or for retail purchase.  Tastings will include individual tastes of our two labels for a nominal price, as well as flights and tours for you and your friends.  The cost of tastes may be waived with certain retail purchases.  City Winery will also be receiving its first crop of grapes from California Napa Valley late August . Coming soon will be the introduction of our barrel purchase program, our wine club tier of our VinoFile program, and growlers to go!  Also, keep your eye out for our collectable Artist Wines available night of a show, as well as Crush events for you to come get your hands dirty!
Below are some details about our first wines that we’ll be featuring! These wines were blended, cellared, and bottled at our facility here in Nashville.
Roundabout Red
2012 Cabernet Sauvignon, Mendocino County, California

Barrel Aged about year, Combination French Oak/Neutral Oak
pH: 3.80
13.7% Alcohol by Volume
110 Cases Bottled
Tasting Notes: Tart Montgomery cherries and pomegranate drive the aromatics of this wine, with notes of rich coffee, herbal sage and violet on the back end. This medium-bodied wine boasts balanced tannins and a fresh, long finish, with bright acidity which makes it a perfect companion for a variety of foods.
 
Naming notes: We chose the name “Roundabout Red” since this wine was our very first blend on site. For those familiar with Nashville, you’ll know that our location is right off of the roundabout at 8th Avenue South, and we felt Roundabout Red was a great name for an all-around unique red blend.
 
Pairing Notes: Share a carafe of Roundabout Red in our Restaurant with our delicious house-made Charcuterie plate or KLD Farm Burger. Feeling creative? Take a bottle to-go and drink it alongside a meal with roasted eggplant, rich tomato sauces, fresh berry pie.
 
Two Rivers Chardonnay
2014 Chardonnay, Russian River Valley, California

Barrel Fermented, Neutral French Oak
pH: 3.71
14.1% Alcohol by Volume
Cases Bottled: 72
Tasting Notes: A savory nose of green olives and oregano,  juxtaposed with tinges of fresh fig and sweet blood orange. The subtle oak allows for grapefruit and lemongrass notes to come through on the palate, along with a crisp, light mouthfeel and clean finish.
 
Naming Notes: Fruit was sourced in Russian River Valley, California. The wine was Barrel Aged in neutral French Oak Barrels for about a year. We felt with the Two Rivers of the Nashville area and the grapes originating from the Russian River, that this was a perfect name for our first Chardonnay.
 
Pairing Notes: Have a glass of Two Rivers Chardonnay on tap in the Restaurant alongside Chef’s Pork Braciola or Crispy Rapini Flatbread. Or, bring a bottle home with you and serve it with herb-crusted chicken thighs, or a slab of strong Gorgonzola cheese.NEXT: We will be receiving our own grapes for full-scale production this fall. Stay tuned for more news on Wine Wednesday!