CEO and Founder Michael Dorf Surviving Storm Jonas


Michael Dorf is at City Winery braving through the blizzard with some great wine, good food and a warm, safe place! City Winery is open for business today. We hope you all are warm in safe in the midst of Winter Storm Jonas! We are offering a FREE Alejandro Escovedo show TONIGHT at 8:00 p.m. for those who are able to attend. Seating will be first come, first served and we will have dinner and full bar available. Doors open at 6:00 p.m.

If you are in the Manhattan area and are able to make it down to City Winery tonight, we invite you to join us for wine, food and warmth along with a free set by Alejandro! We hope to see you (safely) later tonight!


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January’s Wine of the Month: Pinot Noir Reserve Bien Nacido Vineyard

January marks the beginning of our Wine of the Month program! To start it off, this month’s vino is our 2013 Pinot Noir Reserve from the Bien Nacido Vineyard, which was recently awarded 92 points from Wine Enthusiast. Awaken your tastebuds from the doldrums of winter with this fruity pinot which features the refreshing taste of strawberries and the invigorating scent of rosemary. Stop by the Barrel Room or head over to our website to pick up your bottle today!

2013 Pinot Noir Bien Nacido Vineyard Reserve


The Corona Youth Music Project Shares The Stage With Los Lobos

On Monday, December 19, 2015, City Winery, Los Lobos, and the D’Addario Foundation invited The Corona Youth Music Project to take part in a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity: allowing kids to play music with one of the best bands on the planet. Los Lobos was already  performing in a more intimate space than their 40+ years as a band would suggest, but to do so with less than 20 people in the room, while allowing questions and impromptu collaboration is unheard of. The kids were able to sit right in front of the artists, ask them about what it’s like to be in a band and even performed “La Bamba” with them onstage.

“We’ve heard from parents already that the kids came back home with a glow,” said Founding Director, Alvaro Rodas.


This is the purpose of the Soundcheck Initiative recently launched by the D’Addario Foundation. To provide kids with limited access to music the ability to get directly in front of the leading professionals so that they themselves can become inspired. Not simply to reach such a level of musicianship, but to ultimately follow their dreams and know that anything is possible. But what is most inspiring is the role that music plays in helping kids become motivated to reach those dreams.bC9NtO3nHIEyqxZpGCQo4vt6ocpya-njGyBWFweEeEg

The D’Addario Foundation supports what leading educators have known for so long. Studying music has a profoundly positive academic and emotional impact. The reality today is that most children in an unstable educational system have seen music programs cut from school budgets. According to the U.S. Department of Education 40% of high schools do not require any coursework in music to graduate. Sadly, the most at-risk students cite their participation in music and arts as the primary reason for staying in school. Students describe a supportive environment that promotes constructive acceptance of criticism and one where it is safe to take risks. Without music, many children that struggle in traditional academic subjects find themselves with precious few outlets to explore their creativity and build vital self-confidence.


One such program, the Corona Youth Music Project, was founded in 2010 in Corona (Queens, NY) to empower youth, fight poverty, and promote social inclusion through music education and performance. It is the first organization in Queens that is part of “El Sistema,” a global movement of music for social change. Through their participation in the Orchestra, children are given the opportunity to become valued assets of the Corona community.


Making music education accessible is the core mission of the D’Addario Foundation. As grant-makers, D’Addario makes funding decisions that will have the most transformative results. The Foundation provides financial and product support to hundreds of grassroots efforts that address the particular needs in their community; from band programs in the Lower 9th Ward of New Orleans that not only provide music instruction but academic tutoring and a safe haven for children after-school, to guitar programs serving youth on Native American reservations with the lowest high school graduation rates in the country. Through a rigorous application process, the D’Addario Foundation ultimately invests in the most effective organizations on the frontline of the battle to improve access to music education-bridging the gap in our education system, eliminating barriers of entry, and providing a safe community for self-expression. Because of their affiliation with D’Addario and Company, global manufacturer of instrument accessories, 100% of their budget goes to support their partner programs. D’Addario and Company generously absorbs all operational costs.

The Corona Youth Music Project is an example of one such music program, and we are proud to support these efforts and whole-heartedly believe that building communities through music can positively affect social change and foster better citizens of the world.

All photographs taken by Sham Hinchey