Weekend Bloody Mary Bar @ City Winery Napa



We can all agree, or hopefully most of us can, that there’s nothing better than a Bloody Mary the morning after a day full of wine-tasting.  Especially when it’s made exactly the way that you like it!

Introducing our Bloody Mary Bar this weekend during Brunch!!  We’ll have a variety of infused Tito’s vodka and Arette Tequila (basil, cucumber, serrano, etc.) for you to build your custom Bloody, with more than a dozen garnishes to finish it off with!

Brunch at City Winery has already been a big hit.  The food is delicious and covers a wide range of brunch options, the outdoor patio is sunny and inviting, and now the cocktail options are heaps more fun!

Upcoming November Highlights


October has proven to be an exciting month here at City Winery Chicago, and we’ve enjoyed all the talented artists that have played here this month. The good news is that the there are even more great events and acts here next month- several artists who are so good they’ll be here for multiple shows!

We’re kicking off the month of November with three consecutive nights of Eric Roberson, followed by modern Soul musician Booker T. Jones, both acts that have performed here in the past and put on excellent shows. Soulful folk artist Langhorne Slim, The Kinks founder Dave Davies, Moody Blues guitarist Justin Hayward, Joshua Redman Trio, and Sly & The Family Stone’s bass guitarist Larry Graham will all be performing two shows this November, as well. Twice as many shows means double the fun!

In addition to the impressive music lineup in November, we’re also offering some unique wine and food events worth checking out. Whether you’re drawn to the Silver Oak & Twomey Wine Cellars Dinner, the Piedmont Masterclass: Italian Wine Seminar & Food Pairing, or perhaps you’d want to check out our Blind Tasting Wine School class with our winemaker, November has a wine event for everyone! As we like to say here at City Winery, “Where there’s a will, there’s wine (and plenty of it)!”

Check out our full November music lineup below:

11/1- Eric Roberson (Sold out)
11/2- Eric Roberson (Sold out)
11/3- Eric Roberson
11/4- J.C. Brooks performs music of the ’27 Club’ (2 Shows)
11/5- Donna The Buffalo
11/6- Booker T. Jones
11/9- Chicago Philharmonic Sunday Series
11/9- Langhorne Slim
11/10- Langhorne Slim
11/12- Dave Davies
11/13- Dave Davies
11/14- Ryan Bingham
11/15- Del McCCoury & David Grisman (Sold out)
11/16- Del McCCoury & David Grisman
11/17- Justin Hayward – 7pm & 10pm shows. VIP Merchandise Package available.
11/18- Justin Hayward – 7pm show. VIP Merchandise Package available.
11/19- Nicholas David CD Release Show
11/20- Mike Doughty’s Question Jar Show
11/21- Joshua Redman Trio (2 Shows)
11/22- Larry Graham and Graham Central Station (2 Shows)
11/23- Hot Rize
11/25- Rhett Miller
11/26- Songs and Stories: An Evening with Art Alexakis of Everclear
11/28- Ronnie Baker Brooks
11/29- Joseph Arthur
11/30- Dakhabrakha

All tickets can be purchased on our website.

The New York Times: Play Guitar? Head on Over to City Winery




City Winery will host as many guitarists as it can hold on Nov. 16 – roughly 350, all told, including well-known players as well as amateurs who just like to strum – for Guitar Mash, a concert at which the audience is encouraged to play along.

Among the starrier players at this year’s installment, the third, are the folksinger David Bromberg; Chris Eldridge of Punch Brothers; the polystylistic Memphis-based performer Valerie June; the pedal steel player Robert Randolph; the blues players Duke Robillard and Scott Sharrard; and the teenage virtuoso Quinn Sullivan. Mark Stewart, the founding guitarist of the Bang on a Can All Stars (and a member of Paul Simon’s and Sting’s touring bands) is the music director.

For audience members who want to take part – and perhaps get some practicing in first – charts and chords for the songs on the program will be available at the Guitar Mash website, guitarmash.org, on Nov. 10.

The event, which also includes a display of vintage guitars and a silent auction of instruments, will raise money for music education programs run by the Church Street School for Music and Art as well as Little Kids Rock, which provides instruments, teachers and music curriculums to public schools.

Guitar Mash also runs its own educational programs. In one recent project, guitars and digital recorders were lent to a group of teenage players who each had a week to write and record a new song. The music they produced will be available at a listening station at the City Winery concert.

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Lightning 100: Michael Dorf on Music Business Radio

Lightning 100 recently featured City Winery Founder and CEO Michael Dorf on their Sunday night Music Business Radio program hosted by David Hooper.

In 1986, at only 23 years old, Dorf founded The Knitting Factory, New York City’s go-to venue for independent music. Since that time, he produced over 200 records, a TV series, and become a very respected producer and promoter of indie music.

Dorf talks about his early career on the road managing artists, starting the Knitting Factory, record producing and how his love of music and wine lead to the creation of City Winery’s truly unique dining and concert experience.

Listen to the full interview below.

USA TODAY Travel: 10Best: Urban wineries across the USA



by Sharon McDonnell, Special for USA TODAY | Published on October 24, 2014

Private Dining Room

Vineyards are beautiful – no doubt about it. But some wineries, even state-wide tasting rooms, are located right in the city, so you can sip and savor minus the long drive home. Here are some of our favorites:

Bluxome Street Winery in San Francisco

Sip Sonoma Russian River Valley pinot noir, chardonnay and sauvignon blanc – the most popular of a dozen wines produced at Bluxome Street Winery – as you watch the wine-making process through big windows in the tasting room. In this winery in SOMA (South of Market), a former industrial area where many tech firms from Airbnb to Zynga have offices, flights are $10 to $15, $20 for an “experience” – which combines a tour, charcuterie platter and flight. A food truck is often parked outside on Friday nights, while monthly Meet Markets feature artisan food producers and crafts vendors. Special Epicurean Experiences offer six-course dinners at local restaurants or vineyard dinners paired with Bluxome wines.

City Winery in New York City

A candle-lit concert venue – starring Sinead O’Connor in October, The Association in November — City Winery pairs the cultural and culinary with Mediterranean-style small plates from a chef whose pedigree entails Franny’s in Brooklyn, a 40-page global wine list, and a working winery whose barrels are visible from its Soho street. Knitting Factory founder Michael Dorf, who opened that Tribeca music club in 1987, has opened City Wineries in Manhattan (2008), Chicago (2012), downtown Napa in the former Napa Valley Opera House (April 2014), and Nashville (October 2014). Members can buy a barrel or a share, pick a grape variety and vineyard (covering California, Oregon, N.Y.), and participate in the wine-making process under supervision.

VIDEO: Virtually tour City Winery New York City with the winemaker

Division Winemaking Company in Portland, Ore.

One of almost 20 small-batch wineries in Portland, Ore., located near the Willamette, Columbia and Yakima valleys and southern Oregon wine regions, Division makes pinot noir, gamay noir, cabernet Franc and chardonnay. The SE Wine Collective, whose tasting room offers flights from 10 member wineries, bi-weekly guest winemaker events, and food from prosciutto-wrapped dates to mac and cheese with chanterelles or banh mi baguettes, was founded by Division’s owners, a married couple who fled finance and event planning, in 2012. It’s located in southeast Portland, the city’s hippest neighborhood, crammed with eateries, boutiques and galleries.

Dogpatch Wine Works in San Francisco

At this DIY winery in the formerly industrial Dogpatch district, near the new Museum of Craft and Design, you can buy a barrel, pick a grape variety and top California vineyard – like Sonoma’s Russian River Valley or Mendocino’s Anderson Valley for pinot noir, chardonnay or sauvignon blanc – and be as hands-on as you wish, even offering ideas on your bottle label. The tasting room, open Thursday-Sunday, serves small plates. Dogpatch was opened in 2011 by the ex-sales director and an ex-client/investor of Crushpad, San Francisco’s pioneer urban winery a decade ago, who moved to Napa a few years ago.

Eight Bells Winery in Seattle

In north Seattle’s Roosevelt/Ravenna neighborhood, the small Eight Bells Winery makes reds and whites, including pinot noir, pinot gris, cabernet sauvignon and chardonnay sourced from vineyards in Washington’s Yakima Valley and Oregon’s Willamette Valley. Named for a sailors’ expression that means their four-hour watch is over, this winery’s tasting room is open Saturday only.

Gruet Winery in Albuquerque, N.M.

Founded by a French Champagne-making family, the Gruets, this winery has produced sparkling wine like Blanc de Blancs, Blanc de Noir, Brut and rosé since 1987, finding the altitude of its New Mexico vineyards (4,300 feet high) and dry climate to be ideal growing conditions for crisp bubblies. Its tasting room offers views of the city’s famous hot air balloon festival, Balloon Fiesta, every October.

The Infinite Monkey Theorem in Denver

In a state better known for its brews, a cheeky Brit punctures the pretense to “get rid of the variables that don’t matter: the vineyard location, the rolling hills and the tasting room covered in granite and marble” – and often the bottles. At The Infinite Monkey Theorem some wines come in cans (with a monkey logo) or on tap, the winery is in a 30,000-square-foot warehouse in RiNo (River North), a former industrial district, whose tasting room is hipster casual, and owner/winemaker Ben Parsons buys grapes from Colorado vineyards. His approach seems to be working: his 100th Monkey, a red blend of petit syrah, petit verdot, cabernet Franc and Malbec, is Colorado’s highest-rate wine.

New York Wine & Culinary Center in Canandaigua, N.Y.

Tastings from wineries in all five New York state wine-making regions – the 14-county Finger Lakes, Long Island, Hudson Valley, Niagara Escarpment and Lake Erie – are $7 to $9 for five tastes in this small city a 40-minute drive from Rochester. Beer and spirits from New York are also offered — it’s the state’s only tasting room where all three are served in one tasting room. Frequent wine pairing and cooking classes, chef demos and five-course Chef’s Table family-style dinners (kids 12 and up welcome) are also held in the center, whose goal is to showcase New York’s bounty (it has 450+ wineries, breweries, distilleries and cideries). The Upstairs Bistro serves lunch and dinner daily, amid Canandaigua Lake views from indoors or outdoors.

Red Hook Winery in Brooklyn, N.Y.

This winery with a Statue of Liberty view, whose rustic tasting room walls are composed of recycled wine barrels, makes many wines sourced from vineyards in the Finger Lakes and North Fork, with two top Napa Valley winemakers — Abe Schoener from Scholium Project and Robert Foley (of his eponymous vineyards) — consulting. Red Hook Winery’s claim to fames are petite verdot, cabernet Franc, chardonnay and merlot, which “really define what’s working in New York.” Tastings range from $5 to $12, while a tour and barrel tasting is $25.

Times Ten Cellars in Dallas

This Lakewood neighborhood winery makes Spanish- and Rhone-style wines like tempranillo and syrah, grenache and petite sirah from its own vineyard in the high desert near Alpine, and also sources grapes from California and Texas vineyards. In a stylish yet casual setting, you can buy wine by the glass or bottle in several lounges or a big shaded patio, or do a tasting at the counter. Indulge in the winery’s own small plates, pimento cheese platter, locally-made pecan-coated chocolates and cheesecake, and salads; even order pizza or burgers from local eateries. A second location is in Fort Worth.


Full article: http://experience.usatoday.com/food-and-wine/story/best-of-food-and-wine/wine/2014/10/24/best-urban-wineries-in-america/17727997/

Celebrate the end of Harvest with a Luau from City Winery & Judd’s Hill


Join City Winery and Judd’s Hill Winery as we host Judd Finkelstein and his band, the Maikai Gents as they play on the CW patio this Sunday. Event starts at Noon and the band plays at 1 PM. This is your chance to hold tight to this endless summer before the rainy season is upon us.   Enjoy specials on Judd’s Hill wines, an exciting kids area, and much more as the City Winery Patio is transformed into a tropical paradise.   Patio party has no admission cost and is open to the public.


In the Theater, the Napa Valley Opera House will be continuing the party with Makana, the internationally acclaimed Hawaiian Slack Key Guitarist. Show starts at 3 PM with tickets starting at $30 and available at the door.

The Tennessean: Kristin Beringson blends Southern, Greek at City Winery

beringsonChef Kristin Beringson has been busy to say the least, having recently filmed an episode of “Chopped” and left Holland House to lead the kitchen at the new City Winery Nashville. We caught up with Beringson about her new gig.

Why did you decide to make the switch from Holland House to City Winery? I had been at Holland House for three and a half years. I felt I had grown all I could grow as a chef under that roof. The opportunity arose, and I really thought it would be a good chance to try new things. It was a 360 — a music venue, all this private event space, I could grow in a different way.

What was your goal for the menu? It’s very much foods that pair well with wines. It has a lot of Mediterranean influence, so French, Spanish, Italian, a little bit of Middle Eastern and especially Greek. I was born in Greece, so there’s a little Greek influence in everything I do. At Holland House, I kept it more contemporary American, Southern cuisine. Here it’s more Mediterranean flavors with a little bit of Southern flair. Like I have risotto balls, but instead of being stuffed with traditional flavors, it’s stuffed with pimiento cheese and short ribs.

How did you learn to cook? I didn’t start cooking until maybe five years ago. Cooking has always been something I loved. I was managing Target stores for years. I said, “I’m ready to be happy.” I enrolled in culinary school the next day.

What is your favorite dish off the menu? I’ve got my take on French onion soup, but it’s called Nash Onion Soup. It’s got smoked bone marrow and Kenny’s (Farmhouse) horseradish cheddar with house-made sourdough.

We have over 400 (wine) bottles and we do our own wines, but, unfortunately, we haven’t been able to make it on site yet. In the beginning of the year, when Tennessee law changes, we’ll be crushing grapes and barreling and aging on site. It will be a full service winery.

Describe your most memorable food moment. Recently one of my most memorable dining experiences I was up in New York City and I ate at Gramercy Tavern and got to meet chef Michael Anthony. I had the chance to see the kitchen. We ate 11 courses. The service and hospitality was completely beautiful and wonderful.

I filmed an episode for “Chopped” there. It’s airing soon. It’s called “Frankly Frantic.” It was crazy, but it was worth it.

What is your favorite tool and ingredient at the moment? Favorite ingredient is easy — it’s honey. I put local honey in just about everything I make. I think every dish needs a perfect bit of sweetness. And honey is so much better than sugar on so many levels. Tool: I have this one little knife I’ve had forever. I call it Woody. If I lose it, I lose my mind.

For the full Tennessean article, click here.