The Harvest Is Here!: Grapes Arrive At City Winery NYC

Crush season is well under way and after collecting the crop, the real fun begins! September 28th was an exciting day at City Winery NYC, as our winemakers were on site from the break of dawn to receive over twenty tons of grapes arriving from various vineyards across California. This included seven tons of Petit Verdot from Windsor Oak Vineyard in Chalk Hill; four tons of Merlot from Stagecoach Vineyard, Atlas Peak; three tons of Cabernet Franc from Alder Springs Vineyard in Mendocino, and six tons of Cabernet Sauvignon from Obsidian Ridge Vineyard in Red Hills.

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After bringing the cargo into the winery by the crate, workers began to sort through them by hand to weed out stems and rotten fruit, ensuring that the finished product is the highest quality. From here, the grapes will be taken into a vessel where the fermentation process will start.

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Want to get involved? Our Wine Club and Private Barrel members have the opportunity to participate in the crushing process. To learn more, sign on to the winemaking section of our website for information on our team, tours and how to join.

Photos by Al Pereira


October 2015 Concerts & Events at City Winery NYC

The leaves are beginning to the change and the heat of summer has given way to cooler days—autumn is in the air, and this season is a busy one for us at City Winery NYC. With countless talented musician coming through our venue, not to mention the wine and food events which will be taking place, October is shaping up to be a fantastic month.

Ushering in the month on Oct. 2, three-time Blues Music Award winner and Grammy nominee Shemekia Copeland will return to her hometown of New York City to celebrate the release of her latest album, Outskirts of Love. This marks Copeland’s first record since 2012, and her eighth in the span of her 20 year career.


On Oct. 4, in partnership with eyewear giants MOSCOT, we welcome back legendary guitarist and former musical director of Saturday Night Live G.E. Smith and special guests to the City Winery for a night of celebrating Legendary Rock of the Lower East Side. There’s a fun twist—Guests can purchase a raffle ticket which gives them a chance to win a brand new, limited edition convertible Smart Car! A percentage of the evening’s proceeds will go to toward MOSCOT Mobileyes, the company’s charity which aims to provide free eye care to those living in New York who may not have access to quality healthcare.


Bringing a bluegrass, country vibe to the heart of SoHo, Cynthia Sayer will be joined by Kristin Scott Benson of The Grascals and multi-instrumentalist Bruce Molsky for Sayer’s first NYC Banjo Bash on Oct. 11. The event, which begins at 10:30 AM and lasts throughout the afternoon, offers a variety of workshops, vendors, jamming, and “other banjo things,” concluding with a concert where all three artists will be performing.


A taste of western Europe comes to Manhattan on Oct. 13 with the 2015 Wines of Portugal Producer Showcase. Offering over 250 different varieties from every region of the beautiful country, guests are invited to stroll through our venue and sample the best wine that Portugal has to offer, along with some light appetizers.

Join us Oct. 19 for a packed evening of entertainment when KEXP-FM and City Winery present Joseph Arthur, Hamilton Leithauser, Kevin Devine and Soren Juul. The concert also offers a pre-show reception where fans can dine on cheese, charcuterie, and sip wine with KEXP radio personality John Richard. There will also be a post-performance meet and greet with the stars. All net proceeds will benefit KEXP’s New Home Campaign, which aims to create a space for the groundbreaking radio station at the Seattle Center in Seattle, Washington.


We shift our focus from music to culinary excellence on Oct. 20, as we welcome author and master sommelier, Evan Goldstein, for ABC Dinner. The night will be dedicated to showcasing wine and cuisine of South America, highlighting Argentina, Brazil, and Chile. Guests will be treated to a three-course meal as they learn more about the region’s wealth of history and vineyards. Copies of Goldstein’s acclaimed book, Wines of South America, will also be available for purchase.

John Forté and Ben Taylor close out the month, sharing the stage on Oct. 29. Best known for his work with monumental hip-hop group The Fugees, Forté is also an accomplished solo artist. His last record, Water, Light, Sound came out in 2011. Taylor is both an actor and a musician who has been active in the industry since the ’90s, and his latest album, Listening, was released in 2012.




Check out our full list of events below. For more information and tickets, visit our website.

10/1- A Very Special Solo Evening with Joan Armatrading with Marti Jones and Don Dixon
10/2- Shemekia Copeland (Album Release)
10/4- PJ Rasmussen and the Boardwalk Jazz Band
10/4- City Winery & MOSCOT Present: Legendary Rock of the Lower East Side Feat. G.E. Smith & Friends
10/6- Murray’s Cheese and Wine Pairing: Bordeaux Night with Yasmina Asseily, the owner of Chateau Biac
10/6- Sharon Shannon with Alan Connor
10/7- The Ann Wilson Thing (Two shows!)
10/9- Wesley Stace’s Cabient of Wonders with Robyn Hitchcock, Kelly Link, Tom Sleigh, Emma Swift, Joe Jack Talcum of The Dead Milkmen, and London Wainwright III
10/11- Cynthia Sayer’s 1st NYC Banjo Bash & Brunch Feat. Kristin Scott Benson and Bruce Molsky
10/11-Kevin Griffin of Better Than Ezra
10/12- Chuck Prophet & Robbie Fulks
10/13- Wines of Portugal Producer Showcase
10/14- Dan Bern w/ Alyssa Robbins
10/16- Idan Raichel Up Close and Intimiate (Solo Piano Concert)
10/16- Bettye Lavette (Late Show)
10/18- Klezmer Brunch with Metropolitan Klezmer
10/19- KEXP & City Winery Present: Joseph Arthur, Hamilton Leithauser, Kevine Devine & Soren Juul (All net proceeds benefit KEXP’s New Home Campaign) [Meet & Greet available!]
10/20- ABC Dinner with Evan Goldstein Master Sommelier
10/20- Dave & Phil Alvin with The Guilty Ones (Album Release)
10/23- Dave Davis with Edward Rogers
10/24- Tyrone Wells with special guest Tim Halperin
10/25- Klezmer Brunch with Ben Holmes
10/25- Poundcake (feat. Teddy Thompson, Jeff Hill, & Ethan Eubanks)
10/26 & 10/27-Joshua Radin (Solo & Acoustic) with special guest Anya Marina [Meet & Green Available]
10/28- Murray’s Cheese and Wine Pairing: Europe’s Prized and Globally Renowned Chateau Purcari Wines with Ira Shapiro
10/29-John Forte & Ben Taylor
10/30- Jay Farrar performs songs of Son Volt’s “Trace” (20th Anniversary)
10/30-The 6th Annual International Pairing Series presented by American Airlines Introducing Fance Bordeaux of the Grid
10/30- Wasabassco Halloween: Costume Party & Burlesque Show (Late show)
10/31- Marc Broussard w/ Jamie Kent

The Ultimate Guide to What Pope Francis Should Eat in NYC / Yahoo! Food

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September 24, 2015

I’m not Catholic, but I love the pope. As far as papal history goes, Pope Francis is about as cool as they come. He’s a refreshingly open-minded man of the people. He blesses pizza, advocates for the environment, and generally seems like a fun-loving kind of guy. Since Pope Francis will be plenty busy while in the U.S., I thought I’d lend a hand and plan a 40-hour eating tour of NYC for him. Ranging from essential New York classics to spots every do-gooder must pay a visit to, here are the spots worth a #blessed visit.

City Winery: For an after-dinner drink, the pope will love City Winery for two reasons. One: He loves him some vino. In fact, he loves it so much the president of the Italian Sommelier Association even named Pope Francis an honorary sommelier. And two: City Winery supports a variety of causes, donating about 10 percent of their profits every year to charities. Their mission statement says they “feel fortunate to be in a position to leverage our resources including our space, wine, human capital, and energy for philanthropy.” If that doesn’t sound like something Pope Francis — who himself has launched a major anti-hunger initiative — would support, then I don’t know what is.

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Wine Crush Wednesday at City Winery NYC

Scopus Vineyards, Photo by Brent Miller

Scopus Vineyards, Photo by Brent Miller

The last week of August marked the beginning of crush season, and here at City Winery NYC we’ve had our hands full. Recently, our own Chief Winemaker, David Lecomte, was on site in California overseeing the harvest of countless tons of grapes that will be crushed, punched, and aged to become a variety of wines. This includes sixteen tons of Chardonnay gathered from the beautiful Scopus Vineyard in Sonoma Valley, which will be divided amongst our sister spots in Nashville and Chicago as well as our SoHo location. Six tons of organic Syrah have already begun being pressed to create a special rosé, which will be available exclusively at City Winery NYC. Additionally, another six tons of grapes were picked from the Bettinelli Vineyard in Napa Valley which will become Cabernet Sauvignon, also for the Big Apple location.

Scopus Vineyards, Photo by Brent Miller

Scopus Vineyards, Photo by Brent Miller

This morning, the fun began at 5 AM. The NYC winery team was on hand to receive a truck that had been on the road from the West Coast since Saturday. Now the fermentation process begins, but this doesn’t mean the intake is over. The focus has shifted to harvesting Paso Robles Cabernet Sauvignon from Merlot Stagecoach Vineyard in Atlas Peak, Petite Sirah from Windsor Oak Vineyard in Chalk Hill, and Pinot Noir from Hyland Vineyard in Willamette Valley, Oregon.

In the middle of a massive urban hub such as New York City, it can be difficult to break away from the constant chaos of everyday life. As the only winery in the heart of Manhattan, we provide a much needed break from the daily hustle and bustle, and do our best to bring a taste of wine country to the tri-state area.


Scopus Vineyards, Photo by Brent Miller