When City Winery Nashville first debuted in the fall of 2014 with an intimate performance by Sturgill Simpson, it immediately became one of the best venues in town to watch live acts across myriad genres.
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And though it continues to host top talent nightly—from Miranda Lambert to Kevin Bacon with the Bacon Brothers—music is hardly the only draw keeping the hundreds of seats filled at this expansive 30,000-square-foot urban winery.
Starting in April, the winery also debuted its first line of wines, three of which were made from grapes that were crushed, aged and bottled in house. These six varieties, the grapes of which were sourced from California, Oregon, New York, Washington and Argentina, have whimsical Nashville-themed names: Centennial Chardonnay, 615 Sauvignon Blanc, MelRosé Rosé of Pinot Noir, Pedal Steel Petite Sirah and Music Row Merlot.
On the restaurant side, City Winery welcomed a new chef earlier this year: Garrett Pittler, graduate of the Baltimore International College of Culinary Arts who has appeared on Food Network's Chopped and sharpened his culinary skills at previous Nashville establishments like Chelsea Bistro, Loews Vanderbilt Hotel, the Hard Rock Café and Omni Nashville Hotel.
The restaurant serves lunch and dinner daily, plus brunch on weekends. Pittler's new menu highlights dishes from the wine regions where the grapes were sourced, each of which complements the restaurant's extensive wine list.
Lunch might be a Salmon Belly Panini made with fresh, diced salmon, capers, red onion, white cheddar and a red wine vinaigrette or Pittler's take on a PB&J, served panini-style with pistachio butter, blackberry wine preserves and foie gras torcho.
Dinner runs the gamut of funghi flatbread and a bevy of steak options to mussels, smoked bone marrow or coq au vin.
In addition to the new Summer Winemaking's Class Series: Flaws and Faults in Wine where participants can sniff and sip as winemakers guide them through everything they need to know about making wine, there are a number of other special events on the docket for the remainder of the year. The winery frequently hosts "Dinner and a Movie" evenings in which screenings of cult classics like "Almost Famous" and "This Is Spinal Tap" take place.
Tours are available 3 p.m. daily, and the Tasting Bar also offers the option to sample house-made wines. And from now through Aug. 21, in celebration of the Olympics, City Winery will be offering Wines of the World Tasting where guests can sample bottles from many of the countries participating in the 2016 Games, each at 10 percent off.
Visit City Winery's website for a full calendar of what's offered.