City Winery Nashville All Stars: Jenelle Engleson

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Our blog series, “City Winery Nashville All Stars,” is meant to share the hidden talents and unique qualities of our entire staff. Enjoy another peek inside our location’s employees’ lives outside the workplace.

This week’s City Winery Nashville’s All Star is Beverage Director Jenelle Engleson.

Where were you born, and how long have you lived in Nashville?

Born in Fairfax, Virginia. Lived in Nashville for three years.

How long have you worked at City Winery? What is your role?

I’ve worked at City Winery for two and a half years. I started as a Wine Captain and am now the Beverage Director for the Nashville location.

You have quite the history with the dance industry. Tell us more!

I started my dance training at the age of three in tap, jazz and ballet. Throughout high school, I performed in the school’s musicals, which led to my dream to perform on Broadway. I moved to New York City at the age of seventeen and danced with the Radio City Rockettes. I’ve travelled all over the world touring with musicals. While living in LA, I was featured in many commercials, including one of the iPod commercials, and other several feature films!

You’re also a highly-decorated sommelier and have accomplished many things in the beverage industry. Tell us a little bit about your history in the bev world.

I’ve worked in the food & beverage industry for over ten years. I began my wine career in retail and received my Advanced Certification through the WSET five years ago. I’ve been studying with the Court of Master Sommeliers for several years now and have my Certified Sommelier pin. I’m now in the process of studying for my Advanced Sommelier pin, too.

Click here to read more about Jenelle’s Engleson’s history as City Winery Nashville’s Beverage Director.

City Winery Featured On MSNBC “Your Business”

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On June 4th City Winery founder and CEO Michael Dorf was featured on MSNBC‘s Your Business.  He discusses the origins of his unique business model, how the company was forced to adapt in the midst of an economic crisis, and his bright vision for the future. Watch the full segment below!

June 4, 2017: This $50 million dining business started as an urban winery with innovations like wine on tap. Now City Winery has a state of the art live music venue and hosts private events. Founder, Michael Dorf balanced multiple revenue streams and duplicated his business in five cities.

City Winery Nashville All Stars: Bill Anton

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Our blog series, “City Winery Nashville All Stars,” is meant to share the hidden talents and unique qualities of our entire staff. Enjoy another peek inside our location’s employees’ lives outside the workplace.

This week’s City Winery Nashville’s All Star is Wine Maker Bill Anton.

Where were you born, and how long have you lived in Nashville?
Born in Bay Shore, New York. Two years in Nashville.

How long have you worked at City Winery? What is your role?
Since 2009. Started as the Assistant Wine Maker in New York and Chicago, before taking the wine-making position here in Nashville.

Have you always been interested in wine-making? Why? If not, what else interests you?
To some degree, yes. I have always enjoyed wine and became intrigued by the wine-making process after completing culinary school. My other interests include endurance sports, such as cycling and triathlons. I completed Ironman Chattanooga 70.3 in May of 2016 and Ironman Racine 70.3 in July of 2014. I am signed up to do Ironman Boulder 70.3 this coming August.

You’re also a talented thoroughbred jockey. Tell us more!
Yes, I was a thoroughbred jockey for sixteen years. I had the opportunity to ride with some of the most talented jockeys in the industry, as well as riding at amazing racetracks all over the United States and UK. My son William is currently one of the top ten jockeys at Golden Gate Fields in San Francisco. He’s a much better rider than I ever was. :)

Click here to read more about Bill Anton’s history as City Winery Nashville’s Wine Maker.

Rockabilly Red: City Winery Wine Release Party featuring The High Jivers

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Join us as we celebrate the release of three newly bottled City Winery wines beautifully crafted by our in-house winemaker, Bill Anton. Enjoy an afternoon of light bites and live music while we sip and savor on our outdoor patios with stunning skyline views of Nashville. Enjoy this exciting day filled with delicious food, fantastic wine and dancing! Rockabilly music provided by Nashville’s own The High Jivers!

Price of ticket includes a tasting of the three featured wines and light bites. Click here to purchase your ticket.

Hyland Reserve, Willamette Valley, Oregon 2015

Rockabilly Red, North Coast, California 2015

Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley, California 2015

2017 OpenTable Diners’ Choice Award: Notable Wine List

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Thank you, OpenTable users! Because of your votes, City Winery Nashville has been awarded the 2017 Diners’ Choice Award for Notable Wine List! Three cheers for our Beverage Director Jenelle Engleson and entire beverage team!

Click here to book your reservation via OpenTable and experience our wine list for yourself!

City Winery Nashville All Stars: Lauren Brumley

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City Winery is proud to announce our new blog series, “City Winery Nashville All Stars.” Meant to share the hidden talents and unique qualities of our entire staff, enjoy a peek inside our location’s employees’ lives outside the workplace.

This week’s City Winery Nashville’s All Star is Business Manager Lauren Brumley.

Where were you born, and how long have you lived in Nashville?
I was born in Boulder, Colorado in the middle of a blizzard! I lived in Louisiana for a few years when I was younger, which is where all of my family is from, and grew up in Marietta, Georgia. I have only lived in Nashville for the last two and a half years.

How long have you worked at City Winery? What is your role?
I have worked at City Winery since the Nashville location opened in October 2014. I started out as a Venue Host, quickly moved up to Concierge, then to Office Manager and now Business Manager!

We found out you’re pretty famous on Pinterest! Tell us more.
Well, I don’t really have a good explanation. All of a sudden, over the course of a few months, I gained 40,000 followers! Pretty crazy. Click here to see Lauren Brumley’s Pinterest page.

You’re also a talented songwriter and musician. Tell us more about your history with the music industry.
I’ve been writing songs since I was fourteen. Since living in Nashville, I’ve played in a folk-pop duo. We played a bunch of different venues around Nashville, including all the rooms in City Winry Nashville! I’m now pursuing a solo venture and have an EP coming out later this year. Click here to listen to Lauren Brumley’s music.

City Winery Nashville and Tennessee Brew Works Collaborate with VINE & BREW Event – Thursday, February 2

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City Winery Nashville and Tennessee Brew Works collaborate with Vine & Brew event on Thursday, February 2, 2017. Beginning 2/2, City Winery’s wine will be available on-tap at their neighborhood taproom, Tennessee Brew Works. To celebrate, we are hosting a Vine & Brew neighborhood kick-off party at the Tennessee Brew Works taproom. Free and open to the public, the event on February 2 starts at 5PM and will feature local beers and wines on tap, music from local band Buck ‘n’ Stuff and bites prepared by City Winery Executive Chef Garrett Pittler and Tennessee Brew Works Chef Jay Mitchell.

“Being in the same neighborhood, we’ve been working with Tennessee Brew Works in one form or another for some time now and are huge fans,” says Ryan Johns, City Winery wines sales director. “We are thrilled to be the only local wine on tap in Nashville and will soon be announcing more collaborations with our neighbors and friends at Tennessee Brew Works.”

WHEN: Thursday, February 2, 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

WHERE: Tennessee Brew Works
809 Ewing Avenue
Nashville, TN 37203

ABOUT TENNESSEE BREW WORKS
Tennessee Brew Works was born from a love for craft beer. A start-up which began over a home-brew session, they ultimately celebrated their first professional brew in August 2013. Tennessee Brew Works is 100% owned and operated by folks in Tennessee. They are guided by their motto: “We work hard to create high quality craft beer that makes Tennessee proud. Our culture places importance on family, friends, and community, and we hope you’ll be a part of it.”

2015 “Music City” Pinot Noir: Tasting.com Rating of 92 Points!

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City Winery Nashville’s brand new 2015 Music City Pinot Noir was awarded 92 points and Gold Medal “Exceptional” Rating by Tastings.com! Incredibly aromatic, with a strong violet and floral aroma, this Pinot noir is ripe and ready to drink. Grown in the warm climate of Santa Barbara county, this wine is fruit-driven, like a burst of strawberry and blackberry. The subtle tannin structure offers great texture and a smooth finish. This wine is easy enough to drink on its own, and complex enough to enjoy with food.

The Tastings.com World Wine Championships is America’s oldest annual international Wine competition and has been operated objectively for decades. It is a blind tasting, medal-based competition that awards based on a 100-point scale. Wines are judged by Tastings.com’s trained staff joined by top Wine professionals and buyers from retailers and restaurants using a proven, consistent, proprietary methodology developed in collaboration with Cornell University. The Tastings.com World Wine Championships distributes its monthly results to consumers and the trade through Tastings.com, a free consumer website with tens of thousands of unique users a month on its searchable databases and via social media @tastingsbti.

Click here to purchase a bottle of our 2015 Music City Pinot Noir.

Click here to learn more information from Tastings.com.

A Facelift for the Barrel Room Restaurant’s Chalkboard!

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Local Nashville artist Christopher Acree took two days over the holiday weekend to update our giant chalkboard in the Barrel Room Restaurant! Now, our featured whiskies & scotches are presented proudly above each bottle, our wines on tap are clearly displayed and organized, and a customized flight menu is available! Stop by City Winery Nashville Monday-Friday at 5PM or Saturday-Sunday for brunch 10:30AM-2PM or for dinner starting at 5PM. Enjoy a glass of our in-house made wine on tap while you gaze up at Christopher Acree’s stunning work!

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