My Friend: Jean-Luc Le Dû

I’m still in disbelief that Jean Luc is gone, he just asked me for tickets for our Led Zeppelin show at Carnegie. Jean-Luc was one of the first true counsels helping me rationalize the concept of City Winery. I walked into his store in 2006 knowing the great sommelier from Daniel was teaching intimate classes in the back, so I took a few, hoping to both meet some potential investors for my new concept and learn more about wine. After the second or third seminar, I approached Monsier Le Du timidly if he had a few minutes to talk about an idea, when he asked me “if I was the same Michael Dorf from the Knitting Factory.” Before I said, “Well yes,” he started rattling off shows he had seen, lineups of bands from Sonic Youth to J Mascis, that I could not remember. His passion for music and depth of being a deep rock-and-roll fan were beyond me—perhaps intimidating. Within 10 minutes he invited me to dinner and we went off swapping stories. I traded him some good old Knit stories for some tidbits of wine knowledge. Over the years we became close friends, and along with mutual friend Bob Gruen attended many a concert and tasting together. Eventually, I proposed the idea of the Bob Gruen and Jean-Luc Le Du wine pairing, taking Bob’s iconic photos and Jean-Luc’s articulate wit to connect the appropriate wine with the photo. We premiered it for our management team at one of our offsite meetings. We then did it for the public and another adventure started. The countless bottles of wines shared and storytelling around a glass will be so missed. It does not seem right that he is gone, he is younger than I, had such energy and zest for life, it makes no sense. He was a French Mensch. Cannot understand. You are already missed pal!! -Michael DorfJean-Luc Le Du 3

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

ANNOUNCING NEW SHOWS: Hip Hop Yoga , Rachael Yamagata, The High Kings, Juicy Scoop w/ Heather McDonald & MORE!

Check out what’s going on sale next week! Join the #VinoFile for exclusive member benefits like early access to tickets to shows like these!
George Harrison 75th Birthday Tribute feat. Willie Nile, Lucy Kaplansky, Mary Fahl (October Project), The Kennedys, Rich Pagano (Fab Faux), jack Petruzzelli & more! (2nd Show Added By Popular Demand) – 2.25


Hip Hop Yoga Warriors & Mimosas! (Daytime Event) – 2.24


Rachael Yamagata – 2.22


The 6th Annual Very Special Marc Cohn Valentine’s Day Show w/ Special Guest (TBA) 2nd Show Added By Popular Demand! – 2.15


The High Kings – 3.7


Juicy Scoop w/ Heather McDonald – 5.31 & 6.1



City Vineyard New Years Eve along the Hudson River! Book your table!

Join us at City Vineyard for New Years Eve along the Hudson River!

This year we are offering the exclusive City Vineyard experience on New Years Eve. What better place to celebrate than the Vineyard!? In addition to our beautiful, unobstructed views of the Hudson River and our famous #WineOnTap, we are bringing you a whole bunch of 2018 #CountdownSpecials! Reservations are already filling up, so make yours today to ring in the new year at the Vineyard!

MAKE RESERVATIONS NOW! Our dining room WILL fill up!



- Romantic, unobstructed Views of the Hudson River & Jersey City Fireworks!

- Heated patio lounge
(complete with blankets, pillows, & full food/drink service)

- Complimentary Sparkling Wine toasts every hour!

- Magnum raffle!

- Chefs specials featuring prefixe or a la carte options!

- Seafood towers!

- Seafood tower for 2 + bottle of bubbles for $99!

- Midnight surprise views of the fireworks!

City Winery Presents “The Tour” w/ Host Ted Canova! Episode 5: John Lodge of The Moody Blues

Welcome to episode 5 of the City Winery podcast with Ted Canova! In this episode, Ted sits down with John Lodge of The Moody Blues!

John Lodge shares musical history with Ted Canova, from a boy fascinated with Buddy Holly to playing bass for the legendary Moody Blues to his latest solo work, his advice for all musicians to the long-awaited acknowledgement from the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.

Listen here, share with your followers, and subscribe & review in iTunes.


ANNOUNCING NEW SHOWS: Buster Poindexter, David Bromberg, Women of Letters, Brother Joscephus & MORE!

Check out what’s going on sale next week! Join the #VinoFile for exclusive member benefits like early access to tickets to shows like these!

Buster Poindexter – 12.26

Al Di Meola Duo (Album Release) – 2.12

David Bromberg Quintet – 2.9

Mardi Gras Party w/ Brother Joscephus & The Love Revolution – 2.6

Patty Smyth & Scandal – 1.14

Lydia Lynch (Voices on the Hudson) – 1.15

Women of Letters – 1.17 & 2.20