City Winery Atlanta

When you hear the name “City Winery”, what comes to mind?  Wine, of course.  But it is SO much more than that.  I had the pleasure of touring Atlanta’s own City Winery with their Director of Marketing and Executive Chef last week and I was blown away.  City Winery is located at Ponce City Market in Atlanta’s Old Fourth Ward neighborhood and serves as not only a wine bar, but a full blown winery (processing their own wine in house), an intimate music venue, event space, speakeasy and restaurant serving culinary delights by a chef who you may know from some Atlanta favorites including Rathbuns and Canoe.  Need I say more?

Let’s talk about the wine.  The wines are made in-house by Atlanta’s only winemaker, Travis Green, and then served on tap.  You can order a flight, a glass, or fill a growler with your favorite varietal to take home with you.  My favorite: the “Ponce Pinot”.  And of course they sell wine by the bottle.  In fact, their in-house designer will work with you to customize a label should you be planning a corporate event, wedding, rehearsal dinner, or want to give them as gifts!  I was taken on a tour of the facility and how the wine is processed, mixed, and aged.  The aging process happens in oak barrels and then transferred to kegs for selling by the glass or growler, which preserves freshness and is much more eco-friendly.  The process is quite intriguing and I have to say, I learned more in a visit here than I did on multiple wine tours in Napa.  They also have more than 10 sommeliers on staff, so you can guarantee that these folks know their wine.  City Winery Atlanta is booking tours now.  Click here for more info.

Experience a menu inspired by the wines they serve and feature fresh local ingredients.  The goat cheese in the image above came from Decimal Place Farm only two days prior to being in my belly.  Executive Chef Nick Anderson is all about some farm to table fare.  His resume proves that he knows his stuff and has brought some serious skill to PCM…  Prior culinary titles and residencies include sous chef at Canoe, Chef de Cuisine at Rathbun’s, and Executive Chef at Ormsbys.  If those names don’t ring a bell, you have some eating to do.

Nick keeps the menu seasonal, diverse, and focused on ingredients that grow right here in Georgia.  Of course, the idea is that these dishes pair excellent with wine, right?  Not only do they pair well with wine, but he brings in many elements from the wine making process to his recipes.  For example, the dough for the pizza was made from the leftover yeast from winemaking, and the grapes used to make the wines are also used to make the vinegar in many of the salads.  Nick feels so strongly about using ingredients at their peak that during strawberry season he stocked up, made a preserves, canned them and now they are used as a topping on his homemade cheesecakes.  It. was. delicious.

Hey dog moms!  Did you know that City Winery has the MOST dog friendly patio in all of Atlanta?  So, not only do they allow patrons to bring their puppies to the patio, but they encourage it by offering a “Canine Cuisine” brunch menu.  You can even order your classy pup a glass of wine (it’s actually made of beet juice and some other natural, dog friendly ingredients).  If Kobi were still around, she’d be dressed in her finest tutu and joining me for brunch at City Winery every Sunday.  No human kids allowed (okay officially, I have to say that is a lie).

Head downstairs, next to the wine processing area and you will find a quaint listening room.  City Winery hosts numerous talented musicians in an area that is intimate and perfect for a date night or a night out with friends.  Your ticket guarantees you a table where you can order dinner, drinks, or bottles of wine throughout the performance.  They do not require a minimum on food and drink, so if you just want to watch the show, go for it!  But seriously, who would skip out on this fabulous food and wine?  A big thank you to Chef Nick for gifting us with a VIP table to see Rumours (a Fleetwood Mac tribute band) and some delicious wine.  The entire evening was truly amazing.  Upcoming events and ticket prices are listed here.

City Winery hosts many events outside of their tours, tastings, and concerts.  Every Friday and Saturday through the end of the month they will be hosting “Wine Down Weekends”, a free music series on the patio (bring your pup!) from  6:30-8:30pm.  “Books and Booze” is an event they host in collaboration with Posman Books (also located at PCM), where they serve a “literary libation” based on the plot of the book.  Another popular event is “City Wine Explorer”,  which focuses on a specific wine region (Oregon for example), serving flights of wines from that area along with an array of bites, also influenced by that region.  They also host intimate stand up comedy shows (30-40 ppl max) with wine tastings. They host about four beverage events per month, so whether you’re a dog parent, book club goer, music lover, or wisecracker, there’s something for everyone, as long as you drink wine!  For more information on alllll of the above, go to www.citywinery.com/atlanta.  If you have any questions for me (or Chef Nick) about City Winery, their events, menu items or otherwise, comment below.  For videos from our experience, visit the “City Winery Atl” tab on my IG story highlights here.

Bon Appétit!

 

This post was sponsored by City Winery Atlanta and Caren West PR.  As always, all opinions are my own.

 

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Jeffrey Fashion Cares

Hello, lovahs!  It’s been too long since I’ve posted and now we’re only two days away from September!  You know what that means; it’s fashion season.  I’ve spoke of this lovely time of year before in my post – Hello, September. Wow, I’ve come a long way since my days of watching the shows online and looking up NY street style on Instagram.  Can I get a hallelujah?!  Today I would like to share with you my experience at Jeffrey Fashion Cares, which took place only a few days ago.

Jeffrey Fashion Cares is the premier fashion event of the season here in Atlanta.  This was their 26th anniversary of the runway show to benefit the Atlanta AIDS Fund, which funds HIV/AIDS projects in the metropolitan area, and Susan G. Komen Greater Atlanta which provides grants to grassroots organizations fighting breast cancer. The total amount raised is still being calculated, but this year is predicted to be the most successful yet.  Congratulations to Jeffrey Kalinsky and the event co-chairs Lila Hertz, Jeffrey McQuithy, and Louise Sams for putting on such a memorable (and noble) event.  And a shout-out to Caren West PR for their services in this event as well as their collaboration to provide you this story.

So, let’s talk about the fashion.  If you’ve been paying attention at all, you know that the current trends are a beautiful mix of many decades.  Styles have been revived from the ’70s, ’80s, and ’90s.  Plaid tailored suits reminiscent of Cher Horowitz are back (I may have one on deck for NYFW next weekend- stay tuned!).  ’90s “mom jeans”, shoulder pads, and neon psychedelic prints from the ’70s are everywhere.

So what did I wear? A 1920s inspired hand-beaded dress from my favorite store in San Francisco, Decades of Fashion.  I wrote more about this store in this post.

 

The looks displayed on the runway at Jeffrey Fashion Cares were curated by Jeffrey Kalinsky.  He pulled selections from top designers including Celine, Dior, Givenchy, Christian Louboutin, and Manolo Blahnik.  It was a wonderful display of all the best trends this year has to offer, by of course some of the most popular design houses in the world.

Caren West PR was kind enough to send me Jeffrey’s Fall Trend Report, which I am happy to share with you:

Jeffrey Kalinsky’s Fall Trend Forecast: 

If there is one bold font message from the Fall 2018 shows, it’s that fashion is forever changing. In a world where bothmenswear and womenswear are being presented together, brands are evolving from the notion of seasonal collections.

If we had to choose one word to describe the season, it is #EMPOWERMENT. The expression of femininity came in many differentshapes and sizes. From sharp shoulder outerwear, to an array of shine and iridescent colors, Fall 18 was anything but safe.  

Other notable trends we noticed on the runways:

Sparkle: Traditional sequins just don’t cut it! Your favorite knits, dresses, and coats have been transformed into exploded novelty items. The whirl of paillettes storming down the runway was hard to miss and the most shimmering jumpsuits were sent down the cat walk.

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  Enormous fashion, anyone? Don’t be afraid to layer up with 2-in-1 pieces or oversized strong shoulder outerwear reminiscent of the 80’s. Designers are delivering exciting collaborations with this trend. 

Sports: Go team go! Many designers took to the sports culture, each creating their own athletic inspired merchandise.

Neon:  Not afraid of color! Fall 2018 brings you iridescent dresses that can be seen from a mile away.  On the runway, there were eye-popping neons (pink, green, and orange) in every type of fabric imaginable, including florescent infused knits.

Plaid: Plaid looked richer than ever this season. We saw perfect tailoring to strong outerwear, all featuring plaid or plaid prints.

 

Next year, look here to purchase tickets to this event.  In the mean time, you can shop the newest Fall trends at Jeffrey at Phipps Plaza in Atlanta.  And as always, I will continue to post my favorite looks here, inspired by these designers, in a range of affordable prices.  Follow me on Instagram for more on NYFW street style.  I will be arriving next Friday and cannot wait to show you what I’ve picked… as well as what street styles await.  Cheers!

 

Images by Ben Rose Photography

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A trendy boutique located in the heart of Inman Park, Bill Hallman brings inspiring mens and womens clothing to Atlanta (for over 25 years), custom designed by Bill himself.

He describes his aesthetic as “60’s and 70’s inspired glamour with a modern timeless twist, allowing my clients to dress up for evening events or integrate into work and day wear.”  He really does provide a wide range of styles appropriate for any occasion – from day time casual, to the office, to the red carpet.  Don’t see your size?  They will custom make something for you.

I attended his Fall/Winter launch party last weekend.  Models walked throughout the store showcasing the new designs, many of which consisted of velvet, fringe, and long, kimono style sleeves.  I asked Bill what his favorite trend was in fashion right now.  He said, “I cannot get enough of the color gold.”  Me neither, Bill.  Me neither.

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I like to have a go-to Summer jacket for evenings out and this light satin bomber from Fab’rik boutique is just perfect.  The print is a pretty, Summery floral on white, with a sparkly gold striped trim.  Coupled with glittery, gold striped espadrilles, this is the kind of look that can take you from a casual day of shopping (at Paris on Ponce), to dinner without skipping a beat.

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Paris on Ponce is a quirky antique shop located on the corner of Ponce De Leon Ave and Ponce Place.   The Atlanta Beltline Eastside Trail runs behind the store where travelers are invited to roam the 30+ unique shops/booths, or just stop by for water and to use the restrooms.  Here you can shop for an array of gifts and oddities including art, antiques, cool letterpress cards, records, clothing, and even tarot readings.  They close at 6pm, so head there early and get lost in the possibilities.

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Jaemor Farms is a locally owned 500 acre property, located in the beautiful North Georgia Mountains.  Here, you will find fresh grown produce, local cheeses and honey, and Jaemor Farms original homemade baked goods (baked pie, fried pie, cakes, breads), sauces, pickles, jams, jellies, ciders, ice cream and boiled peanuts.

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Harvesting crops on this land has been a family tradition for more than 105 years.  Today, members of the Echols family work in the fields, bakery, and market.

Saturday, August 5th, they hosted the annual Peach Festival.  Attendees were invited to pick their own peaches for $30 per half bushel.

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I am dressed head to toe in J.Crew.  I found this Summer’s collection to be perfect for the outdoors and easily dressed up or down (picking peaches on a farm or dinner al fresco in the city) with the addition of jewelry and wedge heels.

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Jaemor Farms honey is delicious specifically because the pollen that is gathered by their bees to produce the honey is from a combination of peachappleblackberrystrawberry and varieties of squash plants.

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Shelly (with Jaemor Farms) helped us navigate the orchard and find the best peaches, ready to pick.

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After picking our peaches, we headed to the market for peach ice-cream and a variety of other peachy delights.

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Among the smorgasbord of peachy varieties, they offer many more beverages, baked goods, sauces, and jams, all featuring fresh local ingredients.  I picked up some Vidalia Onion BBQ sauce, a jar of artichoke spread, and of course some hot boiled peanuts.  The entire market smelled sweet of the peach and cinnamon pecan bread.

Look to their website for events this Fall including “Date Night”, pumpkin patch and corn maze.

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