The Director’s Wine – Michael Dorf and Ed Burns sit down for some serious business


Earlier this week actor/director Ed Burns sat down with owner Michael Dorf to make some wine pairing selections for their upcoming evening together on Monday, December 17th.  For the second year in a row Michael and Ed challenge themselves to pair scenes from Ed’s films with wine selections from Michael.

This year there will be eight scenes from five films, 3 of which will be from Ed’s latest, The Fitzgerald Family Christmas.  Others include  Brothers McMullen, She’s the One, Sidewalks of New York, and Nice Guy Johnny.

Check out the full recap of the pairing from The Wall Street Journal.


 Robert Parker, Jr. Gives Music a 100 Point Score


Last night City Winery went out to support the TJ Martell Foundation Wine dinner.  Owner Michael Dorf had the privilege to sit next to Robert Parker, Jr, the renowned Wine Critic. Michael passed him a bottle of City Winery Bettinelli Cabernet under the table and joked that we made so little of it,  don’t rate it, just drink it.

Robert Parker in his remarks at the event had the following to say:

“The therapeutic combination of great wine with great music all shared by great friends is one of the greatest privileges of all time.”


Michael Dorf and Robert Parker Jr.

Michael Dorf and Robert Parker Jr. on November 15, 2012.


The TJ Martell Foundation was founded by Tony Martell, to honor his son who died of leukemia at the age of nineteen.  His son’s wish was for his father was to raise a million dollars for cancer research.  Over the years, they have kept the Foundation’s roots deep in the music industry and hundreds of volunteers have worked passionately with the staff to raise more than $250 million for leukemia, cancer and AIDS research which has been successfully leveraged into several billion dollars in additional funding from larger funding sources.

Michael Dorf and City Winery featured in Wine Spectator

Wine Spectator(New York, NY, April 12th) In little less than three years Michael Dorf has taken something that was a germ of an idea and created one of New York’s preeminent music and wine culture venues, City Winery. With expansion plans well under way for the second City Winery in the historic Sullivan Building in downtown Chicago, Dorf and his personal vision of City Winery was recently featured in the April Issue of Wine Spectator.

Dorf sat down with Jennifer Fiedler, Senior Writer at WS to discuss exactly what it takes to convert a once empty building hulk into an upscale winery, winebar and live music venue while weathering the 2008 financial crisis. As with many of Mr Dorf’s ventures, the magic is in the details and the timing, and City Winery’s growing influence in the culture tapestry of NYC is a testament to that magic. The first commercial crush of grapes occurred in April of 2009 when 5 tons of Malbec from Mendoza, Argentina was processed at the state-of-the-art facility in SoHo’s Hudson Square.

Two years later the 3rd Annual Spring crush is just weeks away, with more quality Argentine fruit being flown in to be processed on April 24th & 30th. The vagrancies of international quarantine notwithstanding, City Winery will be celebrating its 3rd Spring crush with an estimated 200 people set to participate in the annual event.

To read more of the Wine Spectator piece – CLICK HERE