City Winery Hosts Grand Barrel Tasting at Classic Car Club in Manhattan

Last week City Winery brought a taste of wine country to Manhattan’s Classic Car Club for an evening of food, wine, cars and live music. The event brought Car Club members together with City Winery barrel owners to taste the latest vintages of their wines.

Wine Samples included a Zinfandel from Dry Creek Sonoma, a Sauvignon Blanc from Lake County CA, and a few of City Winery’s most recent 2012 crop from Russian River Valley, just to name a few.

City Winery hosts 4 Grand Barrel Tastings throughout the year, and with partnering with the Classic Car Club, this proved to be the most successful event yet with over 150 guests in attendance! Fine wine and fine cars make for quite the party in downtown New York!

2012 City Winery Benefit Concerts

 

 

City Winery is all about giving back.  In 2012, the charity events held at City Winery raised over $100,000, benefiting a wide range of causes. Please note all numbers are approximate total.

 

 

May 8th – Music for Occupy – Occupy This Album Record Release Party and Concert – $1,600

The album release party for ‘Occupy This Album’ brought in funds to benefit Music for Occupy that in solidarity with Occupy Wall Street, supports the needs of the growing movement.

 

May 9th – Woman to Woman – Hadag Nahash –  $19,000

Israeli Western hip-hop/electronica band Hadag Nahash put on a performance to benefit Woman to Woman, a non-profit organization dedicated to helping the victims of domestic violence in Israel.

 

July 11th – 13th – WoodyFest –  $13,700

A celebration of Woody Guthrie’s 100th birthday raised money for The Woody Guthrie Foundation.

 

September 22nd – Musicians for Mali – Concert to Aid Refugees – $10,500

Toubab Krewe organized a stellar line up of Malian and American artists to celebrate Malian Independence Day, heighten awareness about 
the ongoing crisis in Mali, and raise money for refugees.

 

November 14th – Hurricane Sandy Benefit – Joe Purdy – $170

Joe Purdy raised money for Hurricane Sandy victims through sales from his Artist Wine.

 

November 16th – Cabinet of Wonders – $11,300

John Wesley Harding’s Cabinet of Wonders with Steve Earle, Loudon Wainwright III, Alec Ounsworth, Quincy Troupe, Gary Shteyngart, Mike Scott and Steve Wickham of the Waterboys came together to raise funds for Hurricane Sandy Relief.

 

December 4th – Free the Slaves – Esperanza Spalding – $35,000

“A Night for Freedom” featuring Esperanza Spalding and special guests raised money for Free the Slaves, an international human rights non-profit organization dedicated to eradicating slavery and human trafficking worldwide.

 

December 8th – Hurricane Sandy Benefit – Kevin Griffin – $300

Sales from the Kevin Griffin Cabernet Sauvignon were donated to Hurricane Sandy Relief.

December 18th – Hurricane Sandy Benefit – Love Letter to NY –  $14,500

Matisyahu, Joan Osborne, Ari Hest, Nicole Atkins, Alberta Cross, Bobby Long, Kevin Devine, Sasha Dobson, Jesse Malin, and Chris Ayer came together for a very special Hurricane Sandy Benefit concert.

 

2012 Year in Review – Top 12 Greatest Moments From Our Staff (in chronological order)

 

#1 -Little Feat

January 2nd – 4th

What a great way start to 2012! For three nights, this American rock group brought their authentic, bluesy-horn blowing, down-home sound to the City Winery stage. City Winery has had their sights set on Little Feat for a long time, and hope that this will become a yearly event before they cross the ocean for their annual run in Jamaica.

 

 

 

 

Click here to see Joshua’s performance at City Winery.

#2 – Joshua Bell

January 6th

Joshua is one the most famed violinists in the world. Being a friend and a fan of our venue, he chose City Winery for a very special underplayed album release performance. The room was jam packed with an audience that was enjoying food and drink while remaining completely captivated by Joshua’s compositions.

 

 

 

 

#3 – The Cabinet of Wonders

February 4th, March 10th, April 28th, May 19th, September 8th, October 19th, November 16th and December 16th

City Winery is proud to have hosted and provided a home for wildly popular and NPR hit variety show by John Wesley Harding. The show has developed over the past three years into a true representation of what City Winery is all about; a coming together of leading cultural influencers in music, comedy, and literature. This year included the likes of Sam Amidon, Iris Dement, Nick Hornby, Stephin Merritt, Eugene Mirman, Aaron Neville, Steve Earle, Loudon Wainwright III, Alec Ounsworth, John Roderick, Ron Sexsmith, Stephen Kellogg and many more!

 

 

 

 

 

#4 – Wyclef Jean

February 24th, March 31st, October 18th, December 16th (Chicago)

2012 was “The Year of Wyclef” performing four incredible shows between New York and Chicago. This amazing talent showed everyone who was lucky enough to get in to the four-day residency that he is much more than a refugee; he is an amazing and talented musician who knows how to put on a remarkable performance. By the end of the show Wyclef had everyone out of their seats waving  City Winery napkins in the air. We look forward to seeing more from Wyclef in 2013 when he hosts the newly created Refugee Lounge Series at the winery.

 

 

 

 #5 – Robert Johnson 100th Birthday Celebration Rehearsal Show

March 5th

A live dress rehearsal at City Winery the night prior to the sold out show at The Apollo Theater. The show featured many soul, jazz and blues legends such as Steve Jordan’s All Star Band, Living Colour, Shemekia Copeland, Bettye LaVatte, Taj Mahal, Keb Mo, Sam Moore, Todd Rundgren and more.

Click here to see a clip from the show at City Winery.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Click here to see Todd’s performance at City Winery

#6 – Todd Rundgren

March 7th

One of our most beloved artists came through City Winery with five shows this past year, each one a little different from the other. These shows were advertised as ‘An Unpredictable Evening With Todd Rundgren’ not without reason. In addition, Todd also took part in our outside production at the Apollo Theater to celebrate Robert Johnson’s 100th birthday anniversary.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

#7 – Mother’s Day Show with Patti Smith & daughter Jesse Paris Smith plus Lucy Wainwright Roche  and daughter Suzzy Roche. 

May 13th

Click here to see a clip from the show at City Winery.

This very unlikely bill was put together specifically for City Winery and featured two mother and daughter combos and brought together the beautiful, melodic, harmonies of the Roches contrasting the strong minded delivery of the Smiths. Only in New York and only at City Winery can such a collaboration blossom from idea to reality.

 

 

 

 

 

#8- Ronnie Spector’s Beyond the Beehive

July 6th, 14th, 20th, 27th, August 18th, September 15th

This was a monumental run of 6 shows that was developed specially for City Winery and featured Ronnie Spector at her best. Ronnie took the audience on an emotional journey through her amazing life story through song, photos and video. Audience members included fellow celebrities in the music and theater community and friends that Ronnie has collected over the year.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Click here to see the performance of “This Land is Your Land” by Diana Jones, David Robbins, Steve Earle, Tim Robbins, Miles Guthrie Robbins, Steve Butts (original member of The Highwaymen), and John Hammond.

#9 – Woodyfest: Celebration of Woody Guthrie’s 100th Birthday

July 11th-13th

An incredible line up of musicians from all genres came out to celebrate the100th Birthday year of the man who defined Americana music in this country. The performers selected for the tribute were a perfect fit for the City Winery audience and we were lucky enough to get a little help from our friend Steve Earle who was both the co-curator and host for all three nights. Some of the highlights included Billy Bragg, Allen Toussaint, Tim Robbins and John Hammond among others.

 

 

 

 

 
#10 – Sam Moore

July 17th

Who knows the fate of feel good soul music? A true, once-in-a-lifetime opportunity came when   Sam Moore of Sam and Dave played two shows in one day at City Winery this past summer. First he rocked out our backyard at the Hudson Square Wine & Music Festival and then a full show in the winery that evening. Keeping the Soul Man music alive!

See Sam More on “Goody Day NY” with Bethenny Frankel and Dave Price.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



#11 – Taj Mahal

August 25-26th

The legendary blues man hit the stage for two special nights as well as joined our Rolling Stones tribute at Carnige Hall. Taj has been on our radar from day one and to see him finally play our stage was definitely  a highlight, especially when his daughter Deva joined him on the last night.

 

 

 

 

 

#12 Gad Elmaleh

November 25th-29th

Truly not knowing what to expect after booking a 4 night of comedy show performed all in French – we ended up adding two additional nights, made way for Jerry Seinfeld and started talks about an encore performance this summer!  The show was a real home run with the French community in New York! We hope that by hosting one of the most successful comedians in the world more will join the ranks.

 

 

Be sure to comment below and let us know some of your favorites, or acts you would like to see at City Winery in 2013.

 

Happy New Year!!