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.

Announcing New Shows: The Music of Jimmy Webb Live Rehearsal Show, Joseph Arthur, Michelle Shocked (Summer Residency), The Bacon Brothers, Billy Bragg & More!

Become a Vinofile for exclusive pre-sale access beginning 4.11!

 Music of Jimmy Webb Live Rehearsal Show- 5.2
Sons & Daughters of the Blues Revue feat. Buddy Guy & the Sons & Daughters of the Blues (benefiting the Prostate Cancer Awareness Cause) – 5.21
Marc Broussard & Ted Broussard Acoustic- 6.1.17 (VF PRE-SALE ONLY)
Joseph Arthur performing Redemption Son in it’s entirety and more! – 6.23
Michelle Shocked (Summer Residency) – 6.26, 7.31 & 8.21
Billy Bragg (Early & Late Show)- 10.16
The Bacon Brothers- 8.22 & 8.23
& more!

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On International Women’s Day, we celebrate Alice Houël – our new assistant winemaker!

Meet winemaker Alice Houël, the latest addition to City Winery NYC! In celebration of International Women’s Day, Alice took the time to give us a unique glimpse into her perspective as a woman in winemaking. City Winery CEO Michael Dorf says, “A balanced blend is not only a valued characteristic in wines– the workplace also demands a balanced blend. We pride ourselves on the integral role women have at City Winery.” Alice embodies the power of passion and determination of a great role model, and we are lucky to have her!

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A native of France, Alice began her career in Champagne before working at Cape Mentelle Vineyards in Australia. She attributes her love of wine to these experiences and describes these formative years as “very important and fulfilling.”

Today, Alice does not let the male-dominated aspect of the industry discourage her or hold her back. “We are just winemakers, and I guess we happen to be female,” she told us. Alice wants other women to focus on their passion above all else. “If you have a passion for wine, do not hesitate to study in the field and start a career. Remember just do what you like, be happy with your job, and keep a good work/life balance.” While she acknowledges the hurdles women winemakers may face, she addresses it with optimism. “It is still a male-dominated field, but there are more and more females making wine. It is probably much better for me than a few decades before!”

If women do encounter workplace challenges, Alice advises, “Do not stop because you may have obstacles! Maybe the place you work is not one that supports women enough, but there are wineries out there where women are encouraged and promoted to high positions.”

Check out more “Phenomenal Femmes” like Alice Houël here:

http://www.winemag.com/2017/03/03/talking-women-in-the-wine-industry/

Josh Ritter Shows Postponed

Due to losing his voice, Josh Ritter has postponed his show tonight, Saturday, February 4 at City Winery. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause, and both Josh and the City Winery team appreciate your understanding.

The show has been rescheduled for April 19th, 2017. For those who attended last night’s concert, that show has been rescheduled for April 18th.

An email has been sent to ticket holders, please refer to that for information on what to do with your tickets. Please contact concierge@citywinery.com with any questions or concerns.

 

We apologize again for any inconvenience this may cause.  We hope to see you soon!

City Winery is proud to support these great fundraisers! Benefits for Church Street School & The Women’s March (photos)

City Winery is always thrilled to have the opportunity to support local organizations and national causes. Over the past few weeks, we’ve hosted two important fundraisers.

On January 4th, neighbors and supporters of The Church Street School for Music & Art came together to help the school raise crucial funds. Organized by City Winery CEO and Tribeca resident, the benefit concert featured appearances by Jennifer Nettles, Lee Ranaldo (Sonic Youth), Ed Burns and more. $100,000 was raised to help keep the school open. The Church Street school is also a beneficiary of Dorf’s “Music Of” series.

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(Photos courtesy Bobby Bank)

Then, on January 15th, we hosted a fundraiser for NYC Supports the Women’s March on Washington. In collaboration with City Winery, the concert was organized by Karen Waltuch and the official local New York City Chapter of the Women’s March on Washington (WMW) and 100% of the net proceeds from the event was donated to directly to support the Women’s March on Washington. The concert featured performances by a multi-cultural lineup of NYC artists, including Yo La Tengo Mazz Swift, Ani Cordero, Larkin Grimm & Anais Maviel, Arooj Aftab and Charlotte Greve, Felice Rosser’s Faith, Pyeng Threadgill & Derek Neivergelt, Elena Moon Park, Sonia De Los Santos, and members of LADAMA, Camila Meza, Leni Stern and Kyp Malone. In addition, a sign making workshop was hosted during the afternoon.

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Shawn Colvin kicks off three-night residency, joined by special guest Graham Nash (photos)

Last night (Tuesday, 1.24), Shawn Colvin graced our stage for the first night of her three-night residency. She was joined by the incomparable Graham Nash at this totally sold out show! The energy in the room was palpable as the crowd sang along and hung on every note.

Shawn will return tonight, (Wednesday, 1.25) and tomorrow (Thursday, 1.26) to continue her residency with special guests Richard Thompson and Patty Griffin, respectively. These shows are also sold out, but sometimes last minute tickets become available. Join our waitlist to be notified if that happens! More info. here.

Past guests of Shawn’s recurring residency here at City Winery include Jackson Browne, Steve Earle, Mary Chapin Carpenter and more!

Thanks to Bobby Bank for these photos from such a special night.

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City Winery NYC 2016 Concert Highlights

Mary Chapin Carpenter & Melissa Etheridge

We finally had the opportunity to bring Melissa and Mary Chapin to the room in a special co-bill performance last January. Definitely one for the books. Hope to have them both back for headline plays very soon.

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Marc Roberge (of OAR)

The lead vocalist of American rock band OAR performed a two intimate sets in our room earlier this year. Emotions were through the roof as Roberge performed solo acoustic sets. The show was a real tear jerker according to Instagram. We can’t wait to have him back next year!

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Allen Stone

An intimate night with Allen Stone performing his favorite tunes that date back to his early career as a troubadour of sorts, playing coffee shops and traveling telling stories. Great energy filled the room for both the early and late shows and was a notable highlight of 2016.

Patty Griffin

Grammy Award winning artist Patty Griffin delivered two incredible, sold out shows over Halloween this year. Joining her on stage was Joan Shelley and together these two amazing talents captivated a packed room each evening.

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Lucinda Williams

One of America’s finest female singer/songwriters Lucinda Williams released her 12th studio album earlier this year and we had the honor of hosting her for five nights in support of The Ghosts of Highway 20. This album is a follow-up to her 2014 effort, Down Where The Spirit Meets The Bone; her first ever double studio album which was jam-packed with her own original material.

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Amanda Palmer & Jherek Bischoff

It was an emotional night as Amanda Palmer & Jherek Bischoff teamed up to perform Strung Out in Heaven: A Bowie String Quartet shortly after the legend himself passed away in January this year. 

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The Head & The Heart (WFUV Show)

It was an incredible treat to host The Head & The Heart for an exclusive WFUV & VinoFile underplay show last September. The band covered songs from their latest album before being joined on stage by one of our favorite radio hosts, Rita Houston for an interview.

 

Justin Hayward (of The Moody Blues)

The Moody Blues vocalist and lead guitarist showed no signs of slowing down at the age of 68 as he performed songs from his latest album and hits of the past. Some fans may have had reservations about a stripped down version of their favorite Moody Blues songs, but Hayward managed to capture their musical complexity providing incredible depth and a provocative performance.

 

Skull Juice Live w/ Tina Fey, Stephen Colbert, Andy Dick & Louis CK

City Winery New York was honored to host an all-star lineup of renowned comedians last summer. Fans packed the house last August to witness a rare reading of a comedy pilot that never actually made it to the screen. This special night that had the crowd roaring the entire evening with a surprise guest appearance from Louis CK.

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GZA

GZA the Genius, co-founder of one of hip hop’s most influential groups, graced our stage to perform Liquid Swords in its entirety this fall. The room was elated as he performed tracks from this 90’s classic album mixed in with Wu-Tang classics, and even payed homage to the late ODB with Shimmy Shimmy Ya, which was a crowd pleaser. The response was so great that we added a second night with another packed house.

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Founder Michael Dorf’s take on the evolution of City Winery

City Winery’s founder & CEO, Michael Dorf, recently chatted with journalist, Rebecca Pratt, about the evolution of City Winery. Read on for a peek behind the curtain!

How did you get involved in City Winery?

I started City Winery in 2008.  I had started earlier a club in NYC in 1987 called The Knitting Factory which grew into a large entertainment company.  In 2002, I sold my interests and in 2004 made a barrel of wine in California. I caught the bug.  Always loved drinking wine as a fan, but now, wanted to get deeper in the creation of this consumable art form. As they say in winemaking, it is easy to make good wine, it is harder to sell it.  I combined my interests and thought, if I programmed great music in a sit-down environment, that a more sophisticated audience will enjoy a glass of wine served in Reidel perhaps more than other beverages.  I was right, about 70% of our beverage sales are wine, and we make more than half of what we sell to our customers.

What makes you happiest about City Winery?

I love that we are really authentic.  We source great grapes from about 30 vineyards in California, Oregon, and some from Washington, upstate NY, and even parts of Georgia for our Atlanta facility.   I love how the concept is working in cosmopolitan markets around the country, showing that there are sophisticated audiences, young and old, in many great cities everywhere.  I love how we have great relationships with the artists who work with us, many enjoying their experience “working” at City Winery more than any other venues on the circuit.  That is in particular very fulfilling these days, to know that the “medium” we have created is really working for the precious musicians making a living using our stages.

What is the most interesting thing that has happened to you since you started City Winery?

Besides loosing more hair, what I love has been the discovery of winemakers who are huge music fans, chefs who are really closet rock and rollers, and the musicians who hold the chefs and winemakers in the utmost celebrity.  There is such mutual respect and bringing them together has been most interesting.

What do you look for when you recruit people for your team?

Background, resume, and academic history are NOT the most important. It is the person, are they passionate about what they want to do?  Do they enjoy their work so much, that the lines between work and play are very gray? In fact, in our business, the lines are very gray and hopefully you want to be here, want to be seeing a concert, want to be learning about wine, and want to be hanging with other folks who enjoy both.   There is no other restaurant or culinary option to actually make wine, so for someone who wants to be in hospitality, but go deeper into wine, we are the place.  If you happen to also be in the place where your favorite singer is also hanging out, we are your place.  Those are rare and cool unique points that other places are more challenged to work for.  We might not have the free soda machine in the office next to the yoga suite near the HR lounge, but we have other perks that make our place special.  We look for people who want our culture.  We think it is cool and so do 750 other current employees.

What is a quirky, little-known fact about you?

I’m into hiking and mountaineering.  I’m a very good ping pong player, I am embarrassed to say, I do like golf.  I would say, the one fact, not perhaps that public is I used to do some oil painting.  I love great art and did a few pieces in college.  There was a moment when I was 22 years old, hanging out in Europe, sitting in cafes pondering life, that I wondered if I should do something less businessney and more personal and arty, and pursue abstract painting. You know, drink wine in a small studio in Amsterdam or Barcelona and paint.   I don’t know if I have any real talent, but I know what I like. So, I did some work, more private.  The first name for The Knitting Factory that came from sitting in cafe’s was something called “Expressoism”  which turned into several other names before it morphed into The Knitting Factory.

FREE SHOWS: Gregg Allman’s band plays the hits as he recovers for additional performances

GREGG ALLMAN UNABLE TO APPEAR AT FIRST TWO CITY WINERY RESIDENCY SHOWS
 
THE GREGG ALLMAN BAND LED BY MUSIC DIRECTOR SCOTT SHARRARD WILL PERFORM THE ALLMAN REPERTOIRE AT THESE TWO SHOWS
 
ALLMAN SET TO RETURN WEDNESDAY NOVEMBER 9
Gregg Allman will not be able to appear at the first two City Winery residency dates set to take place on Sunday November 6 and Monday November 7, due to a recent bruised vocal cord that needs a few additional days rest.  It is very important to Gregg to be at his best for his fans during this incredible run of shows at the City Winery. Full refunds are available for those who purchased tickets to these first two nights of the run. Allman will be back for this rare multi-date club run on Wednesday November 9, and the rest of the residency dates are still confirmed to take place as scheduled.
 
For Sunday and Monday, the red hot Gregg Allman Band comprising music director/guitarist Scott Sharrard as well as Peter Levin (keyboards), Steve Potts (drums), Brett Bass (bass), Jay Collins and Art Edmaiston (saxophone), Marc Franklin (trumpet), and longtime Allman Brothers Band member Marc Quinones (percussion), will perform the historic Allman Brothers Band and solo Allman catalogs along with Shararrd’s original material, as a free concert at City Winery. 
 
“I know all about guitar players —I’ve seen the very best — and Scott Sharrard is the perfect guitarist for my band. He understands that you don’t need to play just for the sake of playing; Scott isn’t one of those guys who thinks they’re getting paid by the note. He never steps on the vocals, and leaves plenty of room for everyone else to do their thing, but when it’s time to solo, Scott delivers, boy.”
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