CMA Music Teacher of Excellence at City Winery

The CMA Music Teacher of Excellence was held at the City Winery April 26, 2016.  During the event, 50 music teachers from Metro Nashville Public Schools were recognized as a Teacher of Excellence and received a $2,000 grant from the CMA Foundation. The foundation and its operating entity the Country Music Association, have donated $10 million to Metro Nashville Public Schools’ music education programs in the past 10 years.

Not only was the night special for the recipients, their families, and schools, but also for host Brett Eldredge. Eldridge was accompanied by his middle school teacher, Judy Carroll. “He asked, ‘Do you want me to sing this is in my little boy voice or my big man voice?’” Carroll recalled. “And that was just the beginning. He could do it either way. I was just captivated.”

Eldredge said music programs improved his people skills, gave him confidence and taught him to turn fear into a performance tool. He wanted to get involved with the CMA Foundation’s goal of supporting music education programs when he heard that funding for the arts was being cut and that choral programs could turn into volunteer-only, after-school meetings.

The CMA Foundation compiled its list of honorees through an application process that was augmented by testimonials from students’ parents and the principals and their respective schools. More than 80 applications were reviewed and winners were chosen by an anonymous panel of music education professionals.

Brett-Eldredge-CMA-TeachersBrett Eldredge welcomes his childhood music teacher, Judy Carroll, as his special guest. 

Photo: Kayla Schoen / CMA

 Check out the full story along with a list of recipients here 

Rest In Peace, Prince


We are saddened to hear about the passing of our friend, Prince. We had the privilege of having him perform one show in Chicago and two in NYC in 2013 and ’14, respectively.

The City Winery family – and music lovers worldwide – mourn his loss today.

World Malbec Day – April 17th

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Today is World Malbec Day! On April 17, 1853, Argentinian president Domingo Faustino Sarmiento launched a proposal to diversify his country’s wine industry, leading the way for Malbec in the region.

Malbec grapes quickly became a common varietal for Bordeaux blends, combining with the region’s top wine grapes. With poor resistance to weather and pests, it never became a top French variety.

Though you’ll find Malbec growing in places like California and Chile, Argentina has over 75% of Malbec in the world.

Malbec grapes have a dark, opaque, violet color frequently compared to Syrah and Mourvedre. Round and sweet tannins are an often recognized quality.

We proudly source our Malbec grapes from the Catena’s family estates in Mendoza, Argentina. This estate is one of the largest producers of Malbec grapes​ in the world!

Let’s Make Your Big Wedding A Little More Intimate

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So your dreams of having an intimate, 12 person wedding have been thrown out the window as you are finding it impossible to cut down your guest list. We get it. Here are some ways to make your 300 person wedding feel a little more intimate, a little more like what you had envisioned.

Select a Cozy Venue. Just because you have 300 guests doesn’t mean you have to host your wedding reception in a ballroom. Example, our main concert venue hosts up to 300 wedding guests. Our building has a warm, cozy feel, while still being an upscale, elegant venue.

Sexy Lighting. Lighting is everything! Lighting determines the overall feel of your wedding. It creates ambience, and can turn a neat venue into a fabulous space. Use lighting to your advantage to put the final touches on that wedding feel you are going for.

Add a Side Space. Create an area for guests to escape – whether this is a lounge area in the reception room, or flipping the cocktail space into a lounge once reception doors are open. Let your guests connect with their loved ones who they might not have seen in a while.

A Weekend Affair. Why should your wedding be just one day? Make a weekend out of it! This will create more opportunities for your guests to connect with each other, you, and the city.

 Personalization. Just because you have a large wedding doesn’t mean you need to lose your style or personality. Take the time to personalize every aspect of your wedding – I promise your guests will notice.

Wine Wednesday! April’s Wine of The Month, and 10% off Retail Wine with Ticket Purchase!

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April is here and our Wine of the Month is the award-winning 2014 Scopus Vineyard Reserve Chardonnay. Rich & bright, this is the perfect wine to bring you into the warmer months. Try it for yourself every Friday this month 4pm-6pm at our weekly tasting room, or take some home with you today!

We’ve also got a new special on all of our retail wines, when bought with concert tickets, for the total City Winery experience. When buying online, just choose your wine & tickets, then pick it up at the show!

Keep rockin’!

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Have Your Dream Spring Wedding at City Winery!


It seems as though since the beginning of time, fall and summer have been wedding season. But why not spring? What’s wrong with a sunny, cool, wedding date from March to June? I can name about seven reasons why Spring should be the new wedding season.  

  1. Spring is all about revival, rebirth, and renewal. That sounds like the perfect time to start a new life with the one you love.
  2. Flowers are in bloom! You can have any flower of your dreams in your bouquet. There is nothing worse that being in love with tulips and being told that they are not in season for your October wedding (or an added expense from your florist who can get them, but they are just going to be $30.00 a stem and not look very alive.)
  3. Seersucker and tan suits. What southern girl doesn’t love her man in a classic seersucker suit?
  4. Color. You can choose any color you want as your accent wedding color – nothing is off limits in the spring.  Neutrals, vibrant blue, pastels, anything!
  5. Embrace the rain. Yes, we know a Spring rain is always in the back of a bride and groom’s mind, but embrace it! Buy everyone matching umbrellas and rain boots and make it a part of your wedding day photos.
  6. Peonies are in season. You shouldn’t need a seventh reason.
  7. The temperature is perfect. No need to worry about sweating on your wedding day (or mosquitoes). The average springtime temperature in the south is 65 degrees, which sounds pretty perfect to us!


Are you ready to start planning your Spring 2017 wedding with us? 




City Winery Atlanta Welcomes Don McLean on July 3rd


Don McLean is one of America’s most enduring singer-songwriters and is forever associated with his classic hits “American Pie“,”Vincent (Starry Starry Night)”, “Castles in the Air”, “And I Love You So” and “Crying”.

Since first hitting the charts in 1971, Don has amassed over 40 gold and platinum records world-wide and, in 2004, was inducted into the Songwriters’ Hall of Fame. His songs have been recorded by artists from every musical genre, most notably Madonna’s No. 1 recording of “American Pie” in 2000 and George Michael’s version of “The Grave” in 2003, sung in protest at the Iraq War.

LIVE STREAM Michael Dorf Presents: The Music of David Bowie on Thurs. & Fri.!

If you are unable to attend one of the upcoming David Bowie tribute concerts presented by City Winery founder & CEO Michael Dorf on 3/31 and 4/1, you don’t have to miss out! As The Guardian just reported, the shows will be streamed live, worldwide, via Skype!

Click here to read more.

The star-studded events will feature stars such as, Debbie Harry, Michael Stipe, The Roots, Cyndi Lauper, Esperanza Spalding, The Polyphonic Spree, Mumford & Sons and more, at the acclaimed NYC’s venues Carnegie Hall and Radio City Music Hall. City Winery is honored to be hosting after-parties for both shows, of which 100% of net profits will be donated to charity.

For more info., check out!