The 19th Annual Downtown Seder at City Winery DC on April 7th!

19th Annual Downtown Seder at City Winery DC feat. David Broza, Gay Men’s Chorus of Washington DC, BETTY, Jill Sobule, Judy Gold – 4/7/19


Downtown Seder 2019 featuring an all-star line-up of performers and VIPs who will dine among guests and leading Washington DC in City Winery’s wildly imaginative and interactive 19th annual Passover Seder dinner, hosted by City Winery founder Michael Dorf.

The 2019 Downtown Seder will feature guests seated at elegant, long family-style tables, each set with the traditional accoutrements, including Seder plate and Matzoh. Performers, who are seated with guests throughout the room, will creatively expound on various sections of the Passover Haggadah (Seder text), which has been specially developed for this night. In an approximately 2 hours program, all of the customary traditions will be followed, including drinking of four glasses of wine (produced by City Winery), discussing the four different children, reciting the four questions, and eating a delicious  vegetarian meal  (kosher option avail per request) prepared by City Winery DC’s Executive Chef Brandon Ingenito.

What makes the Downtown Seder different from all other Seders is the addition of artists each offering their unique interpretation of the important lessons from the timeless Exodus story – the universal message of the journey from slavery to freedom.

“The Downtown Seder is specifically being held prior to the start of Passover so that guests might bring the inspiration into their homes and make their own Seder dinner more relevant,” said Dorf.

This year we will be taking the Downtown Seder on the road so please tell you friends and family!

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St. Patrick’s Day | City Winery DC

It’s your lucky day! City Winery DC is celebrating St. Patrick’s Day for a whole week and you’re invited. Be sure to wear your green and come try our signature items in our Barrel Room Restaurant & Wine Bar from Tuesday, March 12 – Sunday, March 17. We open at 5:00pm on weekdays, and 2:00pm on weekends! Come celebrate with us and make your reservation here!




Signature Dish: Shepherd’s Pie

Signature Drink: Green Wine (City Winery Sauvignon Blanc, Lake County, California, ’17 Windrem Vineyard)

March Beverage Events | City Winery DC

Drink and learn with us at City Winery DC! Want to try making your own cocktail, have a delicious chocolate & wine pairing experience, craft your own Sangria or learn about wines from a particular region of the world? Our upcoming beverage events including a drink & learn series, blind tastings, and so much more!

Stay tuned this week for April announcements and sign up for our newsletter to be the first to know what’s coming up next! Tickets to all events can be purchased here.

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Scout Cookie Pairing

Date: 3/16/2019

Time: 6:30pm

Tis the season for cookies! Tagalongs, Samoas, Thin Mints and Savannah Smiles, all paired perfectly with delicious wine. It’s an unbeatable combination.


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Chocolate & Wine Pairing

Date: 3/18/2019

Time: 6:30pm

Chocolate and wine, a match made in heaven. Pairing the right wine with the right chocolate can be a remarkable experience. Join us for a class where we explore these flavor nuances while we try some amazing wines and delicious chocolates.


Blind Tasting Workshop

Dates: 3/21/2019, 3/28/2019, and more TBA this week!

Time: 6:30pm

Even though it may seem intimidating, you don’t need to be a wine expert to be able to blind taste! Over the course of the evening, our resident sommelier will help you taste and analyze 4 wines, so you’ll be able to make a successful conclusion about what’s in your glass just like the pros.


Sangria! Drink & Learn

Date: 3/23/2019

Time: 1:30pm

Spring is here and there’s no better way to celebrate than with Sangria! Join us are we learn to make three sangrias; white, rose, and red. We will go over the history, process, and future!


Rum! Drink & Learn

Date: 3/24/2019

Time: 6:30pm

Want to feel like you’re on the beach?  Join us as we taste a series of rums varying in flavor, oak, and sweetness.  We’ll cover the history, process, and uses of this great distilled treasure!


Potato Chip & Wine Pairing

Date: 3/25/2019

Time: 6:30pm

Sounds odd, we know. But this tasty, salty treat can bring out the best in some wines. Join us as we pair a wide range of America’s favorite snack, potato chips, with some of our favorite wines. Give it a chance and we promise, you’ll never snack the same way again!


Rhone Rangers Consumer Tasting

Date: 3/26/2019

Time: 7:00pm

Ride with the Rhone Rangers for our Washington D.C. Debut!

The Rhone Rangers are riding into Washington D.C. — join us as we trail blaze through and introduce you to American Rhone wines!

The Rhone Rangers is America’s leading non-profit organization dedicated to promoting American Rhone varietal wines. American Rhone-style wines are made from the same grapes that have flourished for centuries in France’s Rhone River Valley, and their growing popularity in the United States speaks to their versatility with food, wide range of rich flavors, and to the skills of American winemakers.

The Mission: To promote the enjoyment of American Rhone wines, with emphasis on integration into our daily lives. Cheers!


Rhone Rangers Pairing Dinner - low ticket warning!

Date: 3/27/2019

Time: 6:00pm

Enjoy an exclusive multi-course dinner, crafted by Chef Brandon Ingenito, with wine pairings from the Rhone Rangers.  Delight your senses as you are guided through a tasting, while you experience the nuances of the wines and learn about these American Rhone wine producers.

Spring cocktail class

Spring Cocktail Class

Date: 4/3/2019

Time: 6:30pm

Join us as we launch spring with a cocktail making class.  You’ll be able to make three great springtime cocktails to help push away the last of those winter blues. We’ll be making a Cherry Porch Crawler, Mint Julep, and a Tequila Honeysuckle. Let’s get ready for spring the right way, with refreshing drinks!

Be Our Bride! | City Winery DC

Celebrate your special day with us at City Winery DC! Our talented private events team can work with you to recreate your vision and plan a unique experience in Urban Wine Country for all your wedding-related events. Celebrate your engagement in our concert venue, take a winery tour at your bridal shower, pair your bachelorette party with a wine blending workshop, and say ‘I Do” on our rooftop!

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Having trouble thinking of a unique wedding favor to say thank you? Show your appreciation for your wedding party or all your guests with custom wine labeling! Give a momento that they can pour in a glass and enjoy. You can work with our graphic designer to create the perfect custom label to add a personal touch to your wine of choice.


Check out our venue options for all your celebrations below!

Barrel Room Restaurant & Wine Bar

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This room is on our first floor, located next to our winery, and features exposed brick with a view of our aging oak barrels.

Seated Dinner: 120

Cocktail Reception: 200

Private Barrel Room


This room is adjacent to the Barrel Room Restaurant & Wine Bar, great for a cocktail reception in conjunction with the restaurant. This smaller venue has the smell of fresh wine, providing a cozy and intimate space.

Seated Dinner: 45

Cocktail Reception: 60

The Winery

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This room is also adjacent to the Barrel Room Restaurant & Wine Bar, great for a smaller cocktail reception. The intimate space gives you a taste of urban wine country with our aging oak barrels.

Cocktail Reception: 25

Concert Venue


This rustic room is located on our second floor, combining urban wine country with modern amenities. It has a large, built-in stage with a top-of-the-line Meyer Sound System, perfect for DJs or bands to come perform.

Seated Dinner: 300

Cocktail Reception: 400 

Wine Garden

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One of our most popular rooms for weddings, the Wine Garden has an indoor and outdoor component, containing three separate bars and a fireplace. With it on our third floor, the views of Northeast DC are stunning, plus the outside area includes fairy lights and ivy-covered walls. Indoors, there are high ceilings, large windows, and a smaller stage, perfect for toasts and entertainment.

Seated Dinner: 300

Cocktail Reception: 350

The Penthouse Suite


Our Penthouse Suite can be reserved for the wedding party to get ready in, or transformed for an intimate reception. This space is also fit for other events, like birthday parties, bridal showers, or bachelorette parties!

Cocktail Reception: 25

The Rooftop


Our last space is all the way at the top, on the roof! It has gorgeous views of DC and Ivy City, plus a rooftop bar. This is adjacent to our Penthouse Suite, a perfect space for wedding parties to prepare before saying “I Do!”

Seated Dinner: 200

Cocktail Reception: 250


For more information, or to schedule a tour of our venue, contact

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Photos: Adam Mason Photography, Vanessa Alynn Visions, & Photos from the Hart

‘A Week of Love’ at City Winery DC


Grab your special someone and enjoy “A Week of Love” in our Barrel Room Restaurant & Wine Bar. From Tuesday, February 12th – Sunday, February 17th, a 3-course specialty menu and wine tasting will be offered for $50 and includes the menu selections and wine pairings…

2017 City Winery Chardonnay paired with First Choice of:
Shrimp Bisque / Sherry Creme / Chives
Burrata / Prosciutto / Roasted Beets / Orange / Micro Basil
Wild Mushrooms Risotto Balls / Arrabbiata Sauce / Parmesan

2017 City Winery Grenache paired with Second Choice of:
Short Rib Ragout / Mascarpone Polenta / Union Gravy / Pecorino Romano
Grilled Salmon / Israeli Couscous Salad / Avocado / Crispy Kale / Lemon Butter
Ricotta Gnocchi / Saffron Pomodoro / Fennel / Perno / Ricotta Salada

2017 City Winery Syrah paired with Third Choice of:
Chocolate Mousse / Milk Chocolate / Fresh Berries
Olive Oil Cake / Pistachio Gelato / Blood Orange Marmalade
Amaretto Cheesecake / Toasted Almond / Amarena Cherry / Caramel

Make a reservation in our Barrel Room Restaurant & Wine Bar today!  Click photo below for the full menu.

Photo credit: Celeste Carson

Photo credit: Celeste Carson

City Winery DC is now OPEN!

4/29 and 4/30 marked the inaugural shows at City Winery DC - the newest live music venue, winery, restaurant and private event space.   Tonight we host legendary Bob Schneider and tomorrow Patty Smyth & The Scandals.  Come out and see the magic for yourself!

4/29 and 4/30 marked the inaugural shows at City Winery DC – the newest live music venue, winery, restaurant and private event space.
Tonight we host legendary Bob Schneider and tomorrow Patty Smyth & The Scandals.
Come out and see the magic for yourself!