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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Atlanta weather was overcast and chilly this weekend.  I was finally able to pull out some cozy sweaters and scarves.  It’s a romantic type of chill.  It makes you want to drink hot cider by the fire.  I actually have a few friends who blamed the weather on the fact that they’ve already began decorating for Christmas.  Fall fashion, in my opinion, is the most fun to put together.  Something as simple as a knitted sweater can be glamorous with the right accessories and details.  I bought this white sweater (available in yellow here) at the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale back in July.  I fell in love with the back and knew that I could do something special with it… and it was less than $50!   Not familiar with the #Nsale?  Each Summer, Nordstorm hosts a sale that lasts a few weeks, card holders have early access (which is awesome because many items sell out fast).  These are all new pieces from the Fall collections, available for a discounted price during the first few weeks of their release (kind of backwards, right?).  It is awesome.  This crossover cz ring in rose gold (see below) was another #Nsale find, and is still available here.  I went nuts.

The crisscross back and long flared sleeves make this otherwise simple, oversized sweater something unique.  I added a crochet front bralette from Victoria’s Secret, a grey wool hat with felt flower applique, which I found at Target many years ago, but here it is on eBay for $12.99, and pointed toe “ginger booties” by Nicole Miller (available here via Poshmark).  So, look for an ordinary piece and add to it… a classic Fall staple can become something special.

 

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jeans by Hudson Jeans

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purple/gray druzy cuff came from a local jeweler (similar styles here); gold chain from Woo Skincare + Cosmetics (not available online but they often cary a small collection of accessories in addition to their designer cosmetics and skincare products.

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convertible bag by Kate Spade

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earrings by Loft (40% off right now… doh!)

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pointed toe “ginger booties” by Nicole Miller (available here via Poshmark)

 

photography by Paprika Southern Studios

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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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Where:  Kingston Downs, located between Rome and Cartersville, Georgia.

When:  April 22, 2017 (it takes place each year, mid-April)

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A very southern soiree…  The bigger, the bolder, the better.  That’s our motto.

Here are a few hats I’ve made for Steeplechase this year and last.  All you need is a good hat, some wired ribbon, flowers, feathers, tulle, WHATEVER you like.  Mine are quite conservative compared to some that you see there.  If you shop Target, TJ Maxx, or Marshalls for a good discounted hat, these range from $60-$70 each to make.  You can certainly do it for less, but I spend more on the realistic silk flowers.  It really makes all the difference and $70 is a fraction of what you would pay to order one at this same quality.

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There is much to see throughout the day… Parade of the Hounds, the Budweiser Clydesdales, bagpipers, a hat parade & contest and of course the races!  Also, there are artist’s tents set up throughout the grounds, and you can even take a ride on a camel!
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Be sure to bring the party with you.  This is tailgating to the extreme.  Our spread consists of pimento cheese, cucumber sandwiches, deviled eggs, chicken tenders, a variety of desserts, endless dips, chips, and a full bar- everything you could imagine.  Don’t forget tables, chairs, an awning, and a corn hole set.
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My “Garden floral asymmetrical dress” was made by STYLESTALKER.  Compliments of Rent the Runway. Because I made the hat the year before, I had to find a dress to match.  When in search of a dress for a specific occasion, color, or something last minute that you don’t have time (or the budget) to shop for, Rent the Runway is a lifesaver.  I rent more dresses than I buy…  Do I save money by doing so?  Probably not, but you rarely see me in the same dress twice and it is sure to be perfect for every occasion, unique, and within a current collection by a highly regarded designer.  Click here for $30 off your first order.
The men also dress to impress in linen, pastels, and bow ties.  This is just as much a fashion show as it is a cocktail party… as it is a horse race.
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