Support Hurricane Relief Efforts in Puerto Rico w/ City Winery

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On January 29, City Winery’s sending 125 of our management to Puerto Rico, spending two days in the middle of the island, where we’ll work with farmers to rebuild their property. This includes planting seeds, removing debris, and rebuilding barns, sheds, and farms. Hurricane Maria took a horrific toll and decimated the agricultural industry, which normally acts as the main food supplier for the island.

Chef Cuevas of Restaurant 1919 and the Condado Vanderbilt Hotel acts as the leader in the farm to table movement in Puerto Rico and is collaborating with City Winery to help those in need.

The City Winery employees will be making the trip with duffle bags filled with supplies. Thanks to American Airlines, who will be waiving the excess baggage fees, the company will be able to bring necessities including ground coffee, shovels, extension cords, dehydrated milk, and much more.

To supplement the rebuilding efforts, City Winery will be leveraging its extensive customer-facing business with a campaign to help raise additional funds, allowing the company to bring much needed cash down for distribution directly to the farming and food-creating community.

With over 300,000 email subscribers and a strong social media presence, the 125 managers participating – separately from the campaign – are striving to raise over $250,000 between now and their departure.

Would you be willing to help support by donating product or funds
? We are looking for partners that can offer supplies, cash, and support in our efforts to continue to rebuild Puerto Rico. In return, we will make sure your brand is mentioned on all materials sent to the media and we will have photographer (Getty) documenting the entire effort and you are welcome to use those as you wish. Our PR team can also connect and collaborate with you directly as they will be doing appropriate outreach.

We’re doing boots on the ground efforts to help those affected, and together we’ll make a real difference, please join us by donating at or emailing us at

City Winery Hosts Grand Barrel Tasting at Classic Car Club in Manhattan

Last week City Winery brought a taste of wine country to Manhattan’s Classic Car Club for an evening of food, wine, cars and live music. The event brought Car Club members together with City Winery barrel owners to taste the latest vintages of their wines.

Wine Samples included a Zinfandel from Dry Creek Sonoma, a Sauvignon Blanc from Lake County CA, and a few of City Winery’s most recent 2012 crop from Russian River Valley, just to name a few.

City Winery hosts 4 Grand Barrel Tastings throughout the year, and with partnering with the Classic Car Club, this proved to be the most successful event yet with over 150 guests in attendance! Fine wine and fine cars make for quite the party in downtown New York!

June Event Recap

With so many events under our belt it’s definitely hard to keep up sometimes. From cocktail receptions to fundraisers, we host them all. Here we summarize a few of the events that were held at City Winery during the month of June.

Our first main event was held on Tuesday, June 5th. The Fragrance Foundation hosted its annual Pop Your Cork Fragrance event. This year’s Pop Your Cork event was named Price, Perception & Pleasure. The three and a half hour long event, which hosted 150 guests, asked each guest to participate in a blind tasting of wines coupled with a four course tasting menu. The concept behind the blind tasting was to see if the guests were able to discern which wine was the higher price point selection and which one was the lower price point selection. The fragrance portion of the event maintained the same theme as the blind tasting. Each guest was asked to sniff various different scents to see whether or not they could detect which one was a high-end fragrance and which one was a low-end fragrance. Here is a link to some coverage on Cosmetic World.

On Thursday, June 7th, we hosted a fundraising event for Animal Haven. Animal Haven is a non-profit organization that finds homes for abandoned cats and dogs throughout the Tri-State Area. If you would like to read more about this event, see our other blog post.

Our last event, which garnered major press, was held on Thursday, June 14th. The Evelyn Douglin Center for Serving People In Need, Inc. (EDCSPIN) is a nonprofit agency “dedicated to meeting the needs of individuals and families of all backgrounds who are intellectually disabled and have other developmental disabilities.” EDCSPIN held its annual Vision & Voice Gala fundraising event here at City Winery, which included 240 guests. Anthony Anderson, of The Departed fame, emceed the three and a half hour long event, which honored Merrith Hockmeyer, Ph.D., MHH Clinical Services (Leadership Award), Cititech Solutions (Corporate Award), and Majestic Foods, Inc. (Community Award) for their services and dedication to the EDCSPIN mission. Proceeds from the event went directly to EDCSPIN’s Respite Program, “which provides family members of people with developmental disabilities “respite” – where they enjoy a night out to see a movie, or attend a wedding, while EDCSPIN provides care for their loved ones.”

Keep checking back for posts about our events coming up in July and August!

Love is Love

14 Stories, the country’s first firm to specialize in planning legal LGBT weddings, was created by Bernadette Smith, a strong advocate of same-sex marriage. 14 Stories’ mission is “to ensure that all LGBT couples have the most positive, supportive experience while planning their wedding.” She is extremely passionate about providing the support and quality service that every client deserves to receive during one of the most important times in their lives.

As an advocate of gay rights, she travels the country speaking on behalf of gay rights and same-sex marriage. On Wednesday June 13th, the City Winery Events Team had the pleasure of attending one of WeDo’s Educational Workshops titled, “Gay Weddings are Good for Business.” The workshop featured Bernadette herself, who spoke to our team and other attendees on LGBT weddings and how to market these weddings to same-sex couples. The hour and a half long presentation covered all of the necessary information marketers and event planners need to bear in mind when reaching out to this clientele and we came back with some new and useful information!

Some highlights of the evening included:
• The difference between a straight wedding and a gay wedding
• How to market to LGBT couples without losing one’s straight client base
• How to include gender-neutral alternatives to contract forms, marketing materials etc.
• The best ways in which to handle “delicate” questions
Whether you are planning to start marketing towards the LGBT community or simply becoming an advocate of same-sex marriage, the key note to remember is to be respectful and be willing to keep an open mind.If you would like to learn more about how to market to the LGBT community, Bernadette Smith, and 14 Stories, click here to visit 14 Stories’ website.

And, this past weekend, City Winery had the honor of hosting our first same sex marriage. It truly was a very special day. Be sure to read more about Bill and Michael here.

Also, be sure to visit  WeDo’s Facebook Page! City Winery is a proud member of WeDo and will be hosting one of their events this coming August!

Animal Haven Fundraiser & Reception

On Tuesday, June 7th Emmy-Winning Actress, Edie Falco, and WNBC News Anchor, Pat Battle, hosted the second annual “Performance for the Animals,” here at City Winery, to benefit the non-profit organization, Animal Haven. Animal Haven’s mission is to find new homes for abandoned cats and dogs throughout the Tri-State area, and to provide behavior intervention when needed to improve chances of adoption.

The evening started with a walk-around style wine tasting for its VIP guests. Following the VIP reception was a cocktail hour filled with one-of-a-kind, delicious cocktails crafted by our very own bar manager, and a selection of our best hors d’oeuvres created by our chef, Andres Barrera. Singer/Songwriter, Matt White finished the night off with an exclusive performance to show his support for Animal Haven.

Did you know that ten thousand dogs and cats have found happy homes since Animal Haven was developed in 1967? The funds raised from this event at City Winery will help foster more success stories for the future.

If you haven’t heard all of the buzz about Sponge Bob, the 33 pound cat that was recently adopted from Animal Haven; click here. Sponge Bob might possibly be the largest living cat to date!

Looking to adopt a new friend? Click here to view Animal Haven’s website or stop by Animal Haven at 251 Centre Street. City Winery’s CEO, Michael Dorf recently adopted the newest addition to his family: Calvin from Animal Haven!

Also be sure to check out all of the media coverage Animal Haven and City Winery received!