Overlooked Wedding Must-Haves | Private Events with City Winery Nashville


City Winery Nashville’s talented Private Events team is well experienced in hosting weddings, receptions, rehearsal dinners & more. Below, Event Manager Ryan Walters provides her advice for 3 easily overlooked wedding details every couple should always remember. Enjoy!

On such a special day, every couple’s focus is spread thin across a long list of event details: guest experience, food, drinks, decor, attire, music & so much more. It’s easy for the finishing touches to be overlooked with the bustle around such an exciting milestone! Time and time again, we see the same forgotten necessities that truly make weddings, receptions or rehearsal dinners much easier on our clients.


#1. Hire a Wedding Planner!

I always recommend a wedding planner. Book your wedding planner 1 month prior to your date at minimum. Depending on how extensive the planning and design needs to be, you may need full-service planning. In the beginning, it’s easy to think you can do it all on your own. You have plenty of time, a well-appointed Pinterest board of ideas, and plenty of friends & family offering to help. Couples often under-estimate the amount of day-time meetings, e-mails, phone calls and decision-making this process really requires!

Not only will you be selecting colors, lighting and draping, but you’ll be juggling a full-time job, friends, significant other, family, gym time for that wedding shred! Don’t forget – Getting married can also include the joint tax filings, insurance, house, credit cards and bank account! Are you stressed yet?!

Just like Mary Poppins, a wedding planner can save the day! Planners manage the decision-making process for you, tie up loose ends, and most importantly, manage emotions. A wedding is a monumental life moment and a happy celebration, and with millions of tiny details during this emotional time, a great wedding planner can mirror the positive support some find in a therapist! They’ll listen to your opinions and supply guided leadership with emotional stability, creating evergreen memories that will sparkle with love and joy. Less stress for you!




#2. Food is Fuel!

Food is obviously a critical part of our existence. We require nourishment for our bodies to not only physically function properly, but also to maintain a positive mental well-being! With such a busy day, we always urge clients… don’t stop eating!

Don’t stop eating early in the day. Don’t stop eating before your dress fitting. Don’t stop eating in the days leading up to your wedding. And definitely don’t stop eating during the celebration! The person you’ve chosen to spend the rest of your life with loves you for you. The friends and family attending your wedding love you for you. Life is too short. Don’t be “hangry!” Enjoy the chocolate ice cream and celebrate!


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#3. The 15-Minute Break

Speaking from experience, this is the second most important event to happen on your special day, right after the “I Do’s.” Post-ceremony, couples are whisked away for photographs, followed by a rapid succession of hello’s, congratulations, cocktails and dancing. Before you know it, the clock strikes twelve! You’ll find yourself wondering where your new spouse has been all day.

Break the cycle with the crucial 15-minute break. Immediately before or after the necessary photographs have been taken, find you and your new spouse a private room. Have your beverage of choice, drink water, enjoy appetizers and even dinner (time-permitting) with the one you love in private before the party continues!



This moment of reflection may be one of your favorite memories from the entire celebration. It allows for the couple to decompress and re-emerge to guests recharged and ready for dancing! Combine this 15-minute break with the help of your wedding planner and a full belly? You’ll be a stress-free, happy couple on your exciting day!

– Ryan Walters
Events Director | City Winery Nashville

St. Patrick’s Day Pie Town Crawl | City Winery Nashville


Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in the Pie Town neighborhood with our Irish Crawl! Jump back and forth between City Winery Nashville’s Barrel Room Restaurant & Wine Bar, Proper Sake Co, and Tennessee Brew Works to enjoy drink & food specials on behalf of St. Patrick’s Day! Wear green to get $1 off drinks, too!

City Winery Nashville will be offering $1 off Irish whisky for folks wearing green & serving special orange wine, too! Enjoy corn beef & cabbage using City Winery wine and Tennessee Brew Works beer! Reservations? Click here.

Tasting Bar | City Winery Nashville



Explore Nashville’s first fully-functioning urban winery with a tasting of locally made wines, right in the heart of Music City. With a special tasting menu of red and white house-made wines, you can experience four different varietals created right in your own backyard for only $10! Purchase a bottle of retail wine during your tasting, and your tasting is FREE! Available Saturdays & Sundays, 12PM – 5PM.


No need for a reservation. Just walk right up to the Tasting Bar in our Lobby at your convenience. Saturdays & Sundays 12-5PM. Also, perfect activity for you & your friends while waiting for a table in our Barrel Room Restaurant & Wine Bar!


To inquire about private tasting options or to book a winery tour, please email nashvillesales@gmail.com or call 615-324-1010. Click here to learn more about winemaking at City Winery Nashville.


The Traditional 2018 Wedding Trend | Private Events with City Winery Nashville


City Winery Nashville’s talented Private Events team is always searching for the latest wedding trends to incorporate into our rental spaces. Events Manager Ryan Walters is head over heels for the traditional, high class look. Below, she’s broken down her top 3 reasons why this design trend is currently her favorite. Enjoy!

Currently, I’m loving the return to wedding tradition: tuxedos, classic colors, formal attire, and elevated dining! Years ago, when barn and boho designs began to trend, this classic theme was driven out of inspiration boards out of need to be thrifty. I love the ethereal look of sunshine, reclaimed barn wood and earthy hydrangeas. It’s soft, feminine, and romantic. But, it seemed for so long, this was the only option. Not anymore! Now, with economic recovery brides are able to get creative and now there are more options.


#1. Putting yourself first!

To me, the return to classic tradition shows me brides are in a place of comfort and financial security. Job security and a growing strength in our economy have created the opportunity for brides to say, “I want this, I deserve this.” I love this confidence in our clients!

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#2. Simplicity is timeless!

Personally, I’ve always been a sucker for simple elegance. My style icons are incredible ladies like Audrey Hepburn and Jackie O. I love clean lines and neutral colors with a bold contrast. It’s graceful and mature, photographs well, and can stand the test of time. Oh, and don’t forget the hint of gold! A little bit of sparkle goes a long way.



#3. Luxury Guest Experience!

I’m a total foodie with the heart of a servant, so I love that this traditional trend is bringing back the plated style of meal service! We’ve the opportunity to craft delicious hearty dishes in our event spaces, incorporating seasonal products and bold flavor profiles. By serving to guests in a plated manner, we set those in our care at ease, creating the opportunity for our staff to engage and anticipate needs with a personal touch. Guests are able to fully consume the day’s experience, not just their delicious filet paired with a bold Cabernet. At City Winery Nashville, it is our mission to ensure everyone leaves raving about the food, the drink, and most importantly, the love they felt on the couple’s special day!

– Ryan Walters
Events Director | City Winery Nashville

City Winery’s Commitment to Equal Access

City Winery is a champion of equality at all levels. When it comes to the Americans with Disabilities Act we are happy to comply with the ADA standards such as elevators, ramps, and lifts throughout our various spaces, with ease of access to our bars and seats.
We have proudly held benefits for Meals on Wheels and a variety of not-for-profit advocacy groups.  Our policy has always been, since we have reserved seating, to allow any customer access to any and all seats. We provide prompt suggestions for seats that may easier for those with specific needs. 
It recently came to our attention that our online seating chart was not clear enough regarding which seats were ADA compliant and we immediately worked to rectify.
We deeply empathize with the challenges differently-abled patrons might face in other venues or elsewhere, and we were happy to make these improvements to our ticketing software to provide more informed access to all our guests. 
You may notice certain seats noted for ADA access on our interactive floor plan. If you currently hold any of those seats and have any questions or concerns, please reach out to our concierge. We will never ask ticket holders to prove their need for any seat or additional accommodation. We hope to have you join us soon! Cheers! 

Three Days of Love | Valentine’s Day with City Winery Nashville

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Celebrate Three Days of Love with City Winery Nashville in our Barrel Room Restaurant & Wine Bar. Enjoy our specialty Valentine’s Day dishes created by Executive Chef Garrett Pittler – February 13 – 15, 2018. Wine inspired, globally influenced, locally sourced… all made with love in urban wine country! Click here to make a reservation.


Three Days of Love

Escarole Salad
Radish, Apple, White Anchovy, Walnuts
Wheat Grass Green Goddess

Tuna Tartare
Avocado, Duck Egg, Gochujang Sesame Mayo, Potato Chips

Chocolate Baked Brie
Pistachio, Sour Cherry, Honey, Laminated Dough

Sea Bass
Shrimp Crepe Cannelloni, Blood Orange Beurre Blanc

Cumin Rubbed Lamb Loin
Fava Bean Truffle Puree, Raisin Mostarda, Red Beets

Donut Trio
Krispy Kruller, Champagne and Pop-rocks , Kiwi Strawberry

Chocolate Pavlova
White Chocolate Crèmeux, Raspberry

FREE Viewing Party – The Big Game 2/4 | City Winery Nashville

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City Winery is proud to host a FREE viewing party for the biggest football game of the year on Sunday, February 4th! Click here for more information.No matter what side you’re cheering for, you’ll be able to watch the entire game LIVE on our Venue’s 16×10 Foot Big Screen & Twin 9×6 foot side screens, & our Meyer Sound Concert System. Let’s get rowdy, Nashville! RSVP to reserve your seat. Those who RSVP are automatically entered win a $50 City Winery gift card! Click here to RSVP.

We will be featuring a special “Big Game” menu created by Executive Chef Garrett Pittler. Chef Garrett originally hails from Buffalo, NY, so you know he is taking his wings seriously! In addition to these special items, our full Venue menu will be available for purchase. We will also be providing a 1/2 priced wine bottle list to help elevate your “Big Game” viewing experience.

City Winery Nashville’s 2018 Wedding Open House


City Winery Nashville invites you to our 2018 Wedding Open House on February 22, 2018, 4:30PM – 7:30PM.

Connect with local friendors in urban luxury at City Winery Nashville! Drinks & light bites provided. Chat & mingle with our favorite wedding vendors while playing for exclusive giveaways, prizes & more! Don’t forget – Only those who have RSVPed are eligible for our Scavenger Hunt Giveaway!

One special guest who has RSVPed and attended this event will win a beautiful piece from our friends at Walton’s Jewelry in Franklin, Tennessee. You don’t want to miss this!

Click here to RSVP!

City Winery Nashville Awarded 2018 Oregon Wine A-List Award Wine Program Winner



The votes have been cast, the results have been tallied, and City Winery Restaurant Group has emerged the winner of the 2018 Oregon Wine A-List Wine Program of the Year.

The Wine Program of the Year winner sets a standard of excellence for an Oregon wine restaurant program with its depth and breadth of Oregon selections, participation in Oregon Wine Month, and educational opportunities for staff and clientele alike. City Winery exemplifies these qualifiers as it has a well-curated, diverse selection of producers and both traditional and uncommon varieties of Oregon wines. They also host numerous Oregon wine events and make a house wine from Oregon grapes, which helps to increase visibility of the state on their house wine list, all done on a large scale.

As well as one Wine Program of the Year winner, there are 129 restaurants on the 2018 Oregon Wine A-List, spanning from Portland to New York City and Stockholm to Tokyo. The nomination window was open to the public from January to October, and all nominations were evaluated on the criteria of Oregon-based restaurants offering customers at least 30% of their wines or 30 producers from Oregon, and restaurants outside of Oregon having wine lists with 10 producers or 10% of the total list comprised of Oregon wines.

Says Oregon Wine Board president Tom Danowski, “The fantastic thing about our A-List restaurant program is that it shines a light on some of the world’s most passionate advocates for Oregon—the fine wine directors and restaurateurs—who go out of their way to showcase Oregon wines on their lists. We feel they should be rewarded for introducing more Oregon wines in the country’s top markets and we want to say thank you for the support.”

With five locations—ChicagoBostonNYCAtlanta and Nashville—City Winery is headed by founder and CEO Michael Dorf and is a fully functioning winery (the first in NYC) and fine dining establishment hosting concerts, food and wine classes, and private events. Dorf and City Winery’s national wine director Rachel Driver Speckan are particularly pleased about the designation of City Winery as 2018 Oregon Wine A-List Program of the Year. “Both Rachel and I are so delighted with this honor,” said Dorf. “Putting on a wide variety of Oregon wines with the deep terroir differences between winemaking areas of the state, and showcasing all the delicious flavors Pinot noir has to offer, make our wine lists sing. We love turning our customers on to what we feel is the most exciting wine region in America.”

The Oregon Wine A-List Awards program is a partnership between Oregon Wine Press and Oregon Wine Board. It was founded in 2015 to recognize restaurants around the world that display deep appreciation, enthusiasm and support for Oregon wines as seen in the diversity of regions and varieties on their wine lists. To see the full 2018 A-List, make a nomination for the 2019 A-List and for more information, please visit www.oregonwinealist.com.


About Oregon Wine Press

Oregon Wine Press is a monthly consumer publication dedicated to Oregon wine, Pinot noir, food, vineyards, winemakers, and insider-industry happenings. Established in 1984, OWP was acquired and re-imagined in 2006 by the News-Register Publishing Co., which is located in the heart of Oregon wine country, McMinnville, Oregon. Visit oregonwinepress.com.


About the Oregon Wine Board

The Oregon Wine Board is a semi-independent Oregon state agency managing marketing, research and education initiatives that support and advance the Oregon wine and wine grape industry. The Board works on behalf of all Oregon wineries and independent growers throughout the state’s diverse winegrowing regions. Visit oregonwine.org.

New Year’s Eve | Dine with City Winery Nashville

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This New Year’s Eve, dine in urban luxury with City Winery Nashville! Executive Chef Garrett Pittler has put together a special NYE menu, and our Beverage Director Jenelle Engleson has created perfect wine pairings for each dish, too! Make your reservation for New Year’s Eve in our Barrel Room Restaurant & Wine Bar. Menu below.


Farro and Kale Salad
Spring Peas, Red Onions, Feta, Roasted Onion Vinaigrette $8
Suggested Pairing: CW Windrem, Sauvignon Blanc ‘16  $11

White Asparagus Salad
Nitro Broken Raspberries, Preserved Lemon, Emulsified Egg Vinaigrette $9
Suggested Pairing: Ausonia ‘Machon’, Pecorino ‘15 $13


Truffle Burrata
Grilled Rustic Bread, Red Wine Reduction Torn Basil $13
Suggested Pairing: Ohlig ‘Latitude 50’ Brut Rosé nv $13


Smoked Collard Greens, Ham Hock Broth, Black Eyed Pea Cracklin’ $11
Suggested Pairing: Domaine Skouras, Moscofilero ‘16 $12


Fire Roasted Oysters
Tarragon Thyme Butter Bread Crumb, Red Wine Mignonette Pearls, Lava Salt $12
Suggested Pairing:  Two Arrowheads, Roussanne/Viognier ‘13 $12


Smoked and Charred Heirloom Carrots
Parsnip Puree, Foraged Mushrooms, Truffle Honey $25
Suggested Pairing: Les Quinze Arpents Brut, Chenin Blanc nv $12


Mahogany Lacquer Black Sable
Black Garlic Soubise, Lavender Scented French Lentil, Charred Escarole Fennel Salad $30
Suggested Pairing: CW Hyland Vineyard, Pinot Noir ‘15 $14


Cast Iron Seared Quail
Lemon Barley Pilaf, Foraged Mushrooms, Rainbow Chard, Fig Vinaigrette $32
Suggested Pairing: Domaine Les Fines Graves, Gamay ‘15 $13


Bone-in Filet of Beef & Butter Poached Lobster
Lyonnaise Potatoes, Duxelles Compound Butter, Marsala Demi $42
Suggested Pairing: CW Alder Springs Vineyard, Syrah ‘15 $13


Chocolate and Hazelnut Torte
Chocolate Biscuit, Hazelnut Mousse, Candied Hazelnuts, Macron $10
Suggested Pairing: Quinta de la Rosa 10yr Tawny Port, $8


Blue Cheese Cheesecake
Port Poached Pear, Candied Walnuts $10
Suggested Pairing: Rare Wine Co. Malmsey Madeira nv $8  


Banana Pudding Tiramisu
Whisper Creek, Lady Fingers $9
Suggested Pairing: La Fleur d’Or Sauternes ‘11 $7


Click here to make your reservation for New Year’s Eve in our Barrel Room Restaurant & Wine Bar.

This special menu will also be offered in our venue for both Marc Broussard shows. Cheers!