Wine Spectator’s 2017 Best of Award of Excellence for City Winery Nashville!

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City Winery Nashville is the proud recipient of Wine Spectator’s 2017 Award of Excellence!

Wine Spectator tasters review wines on the following 100-point scale:

  • 95-100 Classic: a great wine
  • 90-94 Outstanding: a wine of superior character and style
  • 85-89 Very good: a wine with special qualities
  • 80-84 Good: a solid, well-made wine
  • 75-79 Mediocre: a drinkable wine that may have minor flaws
  • 50-74 Not recommended

Finished wines, reviewed from bottle in blind tastings, are given a single score. A score given as a range (e.g., 90-94) indicates a preliminary score, usually based on a barrel tasting of an unfinished wine. As of March 2008, we switched to rolling four-point spreads for unfinished wines. For example, one wine may be scored 85-88, another 87-90, another 89-92. We believe this better reflects the subtle differences between wines and gives our readers better information for their buying decisions. Most barrel tastings are blind; when they are not blind, this is specifically noted.

About Wine Spectator:
Wine Spectator editors review more than 15,000 wines each year in blind tastings. Every issue of Wine Spectator magazine contains 400 to 1,000 wine reviews with detailed tasting notes and drink recommendations. We set stringent standards for ourselves and rely on the proven ability and experience of our editors as tasters and critics. (Read our Statement of Ethics.) Below are the guidelines we follow in order to maintain the integrity of our tastings.

 

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.