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!

 

 

2015 AUGUST EVENTS AT CITY WINERY CHICAGO

 

The Steel Wheels

The Steel Wheels

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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 pleased 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 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.