Lose the fence, add some parking, open the patios…

Since the development began on City Winery Nashville nearly 10 months ago, we have watched the neighborhood grow in positive ways. With every step of the construction, the area became one step closer to a burgeoning and safer community.  It has always been our goal to contribute to that spirit, and now we’re taking it one step further. Today, the razor wire on the fence around our building has come down, and next week the fence will be reduced to only the front section of our building.  We feel this will allow easier access to our parking lot for our guests during open hours, and is a necessary makeover as we enter the spring and open our patios for our guests during warmer months ahead.
As much as we want to protect our patrons and employees, we also prioritize being a friendly neighbor as we grow with Nashville. We are excited to be pioneers in the Pie Town/Sobro neighborhood, and look forward to new neighbors coming in this spring (Flo Thinkery, Frothy Monkey, Made In Network, etc.)
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We heard voices in our heads similar to that of “Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall”!   The message was more like “tear down the chain link and razor wire”, but anyway we heard the message, we agreed and are thrilled to be making this next step!

See you for some wine on the patios very soon!

Northstar Winery Game and Wine Dinner at City Winery Nashville

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Northstar Winery is proud to partner with City Winery to present a five course game menu dinner with five paired Washington Star Reds. Winemaker David “Merf” Merfield will be in attendance! For a sneak peek at the menu, please click here.


Northstar is dedicated to the production of world class Merlot, showcasing Washington’s star grape variety.

From the early days of the Columbia Valley, it has been recognized that Washington Merlot has very special characteristics. The legendary winemaker and mentor André Tchelistcheff used to talk about the absolute clarity of varietal expression that Washington’s Merlot grapes have. Northstar was conceived in the early ‘90’s with a singular focus on this varietal. Our winemaker handcrafts our Merlots; the flagship Columbia Valley Merlot showcases the top 1% of Merlot available in the state. The Walla Walla Merlot, often more rounded in its youth, is made in very small quantities and showcases the unique characteristics of Northstar’s home, the Walla Walla Valley.

Merf has been Northstar’s winemaker since 2005 after moving to the Northwest in 1990, originally to become a craft brewer. The opportunity came to apply his fermantation science background at Northstar, and he’s been an integral part of the Washington wine industry ever since.

We are proud to offer blog readers a $15 discount on the purchase of tickets for this very special event! Enter code WINEANDGAME at checkout to receive.





Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Member Promises All The Horns,
Groovy Licks and some Surprise Hits with his Special Guests

Nashville, Tenn. (February 13, 2014) – World-renowned soul singing legend, Sam Moore, will bring a rare, intimate, 11-piece full band performance to Nashville’s City Winery Monday, February 23rd. The Original Soul Man is no stranger to the city, having recently collaborated with bluegrass group Nu-Blu with their tribute to his friend George Jones, titled “Jesus and Jones”. Moore gave a moving tribute to the late great country singer at Playin’ Possum – The Final No Show! at Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena in November of 2013 and kicked off Fan Fest at Marty Stuart’s Late Night Jam in June to a standing ovation. This month’s intimate appearance will be Moore’s first full-band, full-length Nashville concert in more than 10 years.

Hits to expect in this special appearance will include “Hold On, I’m Comin’,” “I Thank You,” “When Something Is Wrong With My Baby,” “I Take What I Want,” “Rainy Night In Georgia” “ Come On Come Over” his Grammy Nominated version of “ You Are So Beautiful To Me” and his monster Grammy winning and inspiration for The Blues Brothers hit “Soul Man,” among others.

Tickets and VIP/Meet & Greet passes are still available to the February 23rd concert at www.citywinery.com/nashville orhttp://bit.ly/cwSamMoore.

The past year has seen Moore very active from coast to coast, with appearances in support of Al Green at December’s Kennedy Center Honors, where he delivered a stirring rendition of Green’s “Take Me To The River” with Mavis Staples. The performance followed appearances at the Memphis Music Hall of Fame induction ceremony in November and September visits to multiple media outlets with Nu-Blu. In August, CBS Sunday Morning profiled Sam including coverage of the Stax Museum opening in Memphis.  You can also see Sam in the Gregg Allman “All My Friends…” tribute concert airing on AXS TV, HDNet and Magnolia Pictures VOD.

Sam recorded a tribute to the late Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in early 2014. “They Killed A King” pays tribute to his great friend. The song was released in early April to commemorate King’s passing and inspires all to remember and continue the cause of inclusion and equality.

Moore’s last album Overnight Sensational, produced by Randy Jackson, included collaborations with friends and fans like Bruce Springsteen, Jon Bon Jovi, Sting, Vince Gill, Travis Tritt, Paul Rodgers, Eric Clapton, Billy Preston, Billy Gibbons, and Wynonna. The album’s song “You Are So Beautiful” earned him a Grammy nomination. His 1994 collaboration with Conway Twitty on “Rainy Night in Georgia” earned the pair two CMA awards and an ACM nomination. He has also received the coveted NARAS Heroes Award, been inducted into the GRAMMY Hall of Fame for “Soul Man,” earned the ETAM Living Legend Award and received a Pioneer Award from the Rhythm & Blues Foundation. Rolling Stone Magazine named Sam Moore among the Top 100 Greatest Singers of All Time.

Purchase tickets for the concert and a special meet and greet experience now!

City Winery Nashville develops distinct Music City flavor



City Winery Nashville develops distinct Music City flavor

The first time I went to City Winery Nashville, a colossal food, wine and events venue on Lafayette Street, it was for its grand opening party — a colossus itself. I was there with, oh, 1,500 other guests. In the wild crush, it was hard to take in the huge concert space, the different bars, wine tasting rooms, private dining rooms. What I do recall were fleet-footed bartenders pouring the City Winery’s selection of wines-on-tap, and the house blend red was excellent. I snagged a tasty risotto ball, golden on the outside, stuffed with short rib and pimiento cheese. And, on the second floor (far from the madding crowd), I found an outdoor dining balcony with an astonishing view of the city, framed by the undulating lines of Music City Center’s green roof.


Ensuing visits have been more serene, to be sure, allowing my companions and me the chance to savor executive chef Kristin Beringson’s handiwork and CW’s wines. Beringson, formerly of East Nashville’s Holland House, loves the flavors of the Mediterranean rim as much as she loves Southern food (a melding evidenced in her stuffed risotto ball) and she’s designed a menu of small and large plates to pair with the grape. And, mercy, there’s a lot of grape. On tap, by the glass, carafe or one of 400 bottles listed in “the Atlas.” (This year, CW will begin producing 14 varietals on site.)

To read Nancy Vienneau’s full review, visit The Tennessean online!

City Winery and the Grammys: A Perfect Pairing!


The Grammy Awards are coming up this weekend, and while they may be taking place across the country, here at City Winery Nashville we have performances from past winners and current nominees all February long! Here’s a peek at what’s coming up in the next few weeks.

Join us on February 9 when Grammy-nominated Lori Mckenna performs with Trent Dabbs in an evening that will celebrate singer-songwriters. Mckenna was nominated in 2013 for her co-written song, “I Want Crazy.”

Wayne Krantz Group on February 11 features Grammy-nominated Anthony Jackson and Keith Carlock. Jackson, inventor of the six-string bass, this Steely Dan collaborator brings his jazz ensemble to Nashville for an evening of storytelling and funk.

Sam Bush Band performs a sold out evening on February 14, but you can still sign up for the wait list if tickets become available! Bush has won 3 Grammies: Best Country Performance with Emmylou Harris & Nash Ramblers in 1992, Best Pop Instrumental Performance with Bela Fleck and the Flecktones in 1996, and as part of the O Brother, Where Art Thou? soundtrack in 2001.

Current nominee Lee Ann Womack joins us on February 20 for a sold out performance, but the wait list is open! Womack has previously won Best Country Song for “I Hope You Dance,” Best Country Collaboration with Vocals for “Mendocino Country Line,” and two 2010 awards for Best Female Country Female Vocal Performance and Best Country Album. This year, she is nominated for Best Country Album for The Way I’m Livin’ Now.

Meet Grammy Hall of Fame member and Award nominee Sam Moore (of Sam & Dave) on February 23: this legendary man of soul was inducted to the Grammy Hall for “Soul Man.” In addition to his City Winery performance, he’ll also be meeting and greeting fans after the show.

Booker T. Jones comes to City Winery as a Grammy Award winner for lifetime achievement, received in 2007. He’s also a three-time Award winner: twice for Best Pop Instrumental Album, and once for Best Pop Instrumental Performance. He plays Nashville on February 24 with opener Bhi Bhiman as part of our partnership with Newport Folk Fest and the Americana Music Association, State of the Union: A Celebration of American Roots Music.

Grammy nominee Tracy Lawrence brings some special guests out for his Honky Tonkin’ With Tracy Lawrence launch party on February 25. His 2009 release was nominated in the Best Southern, Country or Bluegrass Gospel Album category, and this late night record release is sure to be a night to remember.

Finally, join us on February 28 for An Evening With Jorma Kaukonen, who received a Grammy nomination for his 2002 album Blue Country Heart.