Gregg Allman Completes Three of Five Nights at City Winery NYC

Founding member of The Allman Brothers Band Gregg Allman is well into his five-night stint at City Winery NYC! Full of surprises, the legendary musician has changed up his set list nightly, alternating between a variety of songs that span the length of his career. On Sunday, he opened his run with the Allman Brothers’ famous version of “Statesboro,” following it up with a track from his solo career, “I’m No Angel.” Before taking a brief break halfway through the show, he performed “Soulshine,” a song off of the 1994 Allman Brother’s record, Where It All Begins.

Monday’s show kicked off with another Allman Brothers’ favorite, “Don’t Keep Me Wonderin’,” from their 1970 album Idlewild South. The band also performed “Hot ‘Lanta,” an instrumental song which grew out of a jam session and was once a staple at their live shows.

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Photo Credit: Al Pereira

After taking a night off on Tuesday, Allman returned to City Winery last evening to complete the rest of his scheduled shows. Last night’s set list included “Just Before The Bullets Fly,” the title track off his 1988 solo album along with “Multi-Colored Lady,” another solo effort from the record, Laid Back. This came as a special treat, as both had been absent during the previous performances.

“Whipping Post” closed out every evenings, but that wasn’t the end of the show. Allman took the stage again to perform “Southbound” on Monday, while “One Way Out” served as both Sunday and last night’s encore.

The legend is back at City Winery tonight and Friday, which will be his last.

City Winery NYC’s heads to the 1st Annual Somms & Sliders event at The Bowery Hotel

City Winery NYC is proud to announce that we will be participating in this year’s Napa Valley Somms & Sliders! The opening night of the event will take place on Tuesday, November 10 at The Bowery Hotel and will feature 18 leading wineries from Napa Valley teaming up with some of the finest restaurants throughout the city. Guests have the opportunity to try 11 different wine and burger pairings from participating eateries, as well as over 40 different varieties that hail from the region.

City Winery will be pairing our NYC Cab with a very special lamb burger—an item that is not offered on our regular menu that was created specifically for Somms & Sliders by our Executive Chef Mike Jeanty. This will be presented by our talented wine director, Tali Dalbaha.

Chef Jeanty first chose a career in construction before deciding to follow his passion for food and enter the world of culinary arts. He joined the City Winery family as the sous chef before being promoted to Executive Chef earlier this year. Meanwhile, Tali got her start in events management in her home city of Tel Aviv by working for some of the city’s most prestigious restaurants and clubs. She moved to New York in 2011 and began to study to become a Master Sommelier, passing the first portion on her initial try. She plans to take the second part of the exam next year.

Tickets can be purchased here. It will be open to the public from 6:30 PM to 9:30 PM, and be followed by an insiders only portion which will start at 10 PM. Proceeds from the evening benefit Citymeals-On-Wheels, a charity dedicated to providing quality meals to the elderly living throughout New York City.

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Harvest Sale: Now Through November 26!

The leaves are changing into a beautiful spectrum of colors, the air is crisp and light, and it’s getting chillier with each passing day—autumn is finally in full swing! Looking for the perfect wine to pair with your most beloved fall activity, bring home for Thanksgiving dinner, or warm up after a busy day of raking? City Winery NYC has got you covered!

Now through November 26, City Winery is offering 20% off our entire selection of wine online and in store. Reside in Manhattan? Purchase six bottles or more and get free delivery to anywhere in the city! Stop into our location or head over to our website to pick up your favorite wine today.

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City Winery’s 2014 Sauvignon Blanc Voted ‘Best Buy Under $20′ on Tastings.com!

The Beverage Testing Institute has voted our 2014 Windrem Sauvignon Blanc (or as we call it, “Sohovignon Blanc”) the best buy for under $20 on their website, tastings.com! The wine was awarded 90 points, which earned it an “exceptional” rating. At only $18, this Lake County wine combines Sauvignon Blanc grapes with delicious flavors of jasmine, lemon, and green apple; topping it off with a touch of rejuvenating cucumber and green pepper for an overall refreshing taste. Thank you, tastings.com!

Want to try it for yourself? Now is the perfect time. This wine is part of our fundraiser to raise money for our friends and colleagues in Lake County who were affected by the recent wildfires. Now through the end of the year, City Winery will donate $2 per every bottle and $1 for every glass sold to the American Red Cross of California.

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Behind the scenes of urban winemaking at City Winery NYC / USA TODAY Travel

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Published on October 2, 2015

It’s harvest time, and Manhattan’s only winery has to outsource grapes from trusted vineyards. On the second day of the harvest crush, 18 tons of cabernet sauvignon alone arrived from California, and the crew kicked off nine hours of sorting at 5 a.m. We get a sneak peek of how winemaking is retrofitted for City Winery’s metropolitan location, from sorting to maceration to fermentation and aging.

The grapes are shipped in small bins to avoid premature crushing and must be evenly loaded onto a sorting machine for larger stems and leaves to be eliminated. Workers remove smaller leaves by hand as the grapes travel up a conveyer belt into a tank. There, they’re macerated and occasionally pressed as CO2 builds for fermentation.

Chief winemaker David Lecomte has worked with California vineyards for eight years, so he knows these grapes. While sorting, he gets an idea of what each varietal will yield and the profile of the wine to come begins to take shape. We got to observe the cabernet sauvignon grapes from Obsidian Ridge Vineyard in Red Hills Lake County, Calif., which Lecomte says will yield less juice per grape but a more concentrated flavor.

This year, four varieties of red grapes will arrive — in addition to the shipments Lecomte oversees at City Winery’s Chicago and Nashville locations — over a week-long period and the sorting process will take place daily. (White and rosé varietals arrived in the previous weeks.) The team will then carefully monitor the tanks over the following seven to eight weeks before aging the wines in an underground cellar for about two years.

Visitors can enjoy wine in City Winery’s dining room, which doubles as a concert venue, or in the barrel room, where wine is served on tap along with lunch and dinner. For a more hands on, in-depth look at the winemaking process, explore the facility’s make your own wine program.

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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.

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Photos by Al Pereira

 

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.

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Scopus Vineyards, Photo by Brent Miller

 

A Word from the Winery! Crush season is here!

First crush of 2015 harvest is happening this Saturday! Follow us on Periscope to stay up-to-date with harvest happenings! Periscope: @citywinerynyc

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Here’s a sneak peak of what’s coming!

All About Location: A Spotlight on Alder Springs Vineyard

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What do the heart of Hudson Square, New York City and an old cattle ranch off the coast of California have in common? Both are prime locations for one-of-a-kind wine making. City Winery in New York City makes it a mission to use the highest quality grapes from across the world for their wines, bringing a variety of flavors and influences into their urban winery. Founder and owner Stuart Bewley chose the location for Alder Springs Vineyard as it exceeded every other possible site during his seven-year search for the perfect vineyard. Based on its optimal soil and drainage, the land fit all of Bewley’s strict requirements for growing the finest grapes, specifically for winemaking. Alder Springs’ crop attracts top wineries across America, with clients including but not limited to Patz & Hall, Townley’s Wines and Caldwell Vineyard.

Although it began as a mere cow farm, Bewley has transformed the land into the fruitful vineyard that thrives there today. The grapes yielded from Alder Springs’ harvest produce top-notch wines in the California location. Michael Dorf, owner and founder of City Winery, sparked an interest in this Pacific coast taste and provides it to those in the metropolitan area by teaming up with Alder Springs Vineyard. City Winery partners up with high-quality vineyards similar to this, shining its spotlight on the hard work, devotion, and incredible product found in Alder Springs. These Californian grapes make their New York City debut as they’re imported and made into wine, on-site in the downtown Manhattan winery. With locations in other bustling cities like Nashville and Chicago, City Winery’s goal is to bring city dwellers quality wines from across America, without a plane ticket.

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City Winery and Alder Springs Vineyard both have a devotion to high-quality wines; Alder Springs Vineyard grows the best possible crop and City Winery makes fine wines out of this, and makes them available to those in the New York City area. These grapes travel from across America, from one expert winemaking crew to another, producing elite wines including, but not limited to Roussanne, Pinot Noir, Syrah, and Cab Franc. Be sure to keep an eye out for a new City Winery release of our signature 2013 Alder Springs Pinot Noir and 2012 Alder Springs Syrah. Chicago will be exclusively debuting Ruth On Mars and 2012 Cab Franc Alder as well.

Memorial Day Wine Sale through 5/23!

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It’s the unofficial start of summer: the long Memorial Day weekend! Pick up the Memorial Day Wine Package through 5/25, from the City Winery Wine Shop on Varick St. Call or email ahead: wine@citywinery.com / 646-751-6024