In the heart of SoHo sits an expansive, fully-functioning winery, restaurant and music venue. Live concerts, readings, private events, and tastings take place at NYC's City Winery nightly, booking out their high-profile shows oftentimes months in advance. Guests get the best of both worlds: A live concert from an accomplished artist along with impressive, upscale food and wine.
Last night, City Winery offered a very special, unique event involving an exploration through eight wine varietals, paired alongside eight photographs of rock-n-roll royalty. One of the most celebrated photographers in original rock-n-roll, Bob Gruen, shared some of his best photos since the 70's with the lucky attendees. From Lennon and Yoko all smiles, to Debbie Harry crossing the street looking cool as hell with an attitude to match. Gruen delighted the crowd with tales of The Ramones right at home, standing outside CBGB in one of his many black & whites, and wowed the audience with a stunning vision of a very young Mick Jagger and Keith Richards onstage in all their glistening, rockstar glory.
Listening to personal accounts and stories coinciding with stunning images of the princes and princesses of rock-n-roll during the pinnacle of their unwavering careers makes for one heck of a memorable evening. Know what makes this experience even more magical? WINE. James Beard Awarded Sommelier, Jean-Luc Le Dû of New York's #1 wine store, Le Dû's Wines, provided an eclectic, truly creative (and most delicious) tasting to accompany every one of Gruen's famous rockstars. As Gruen discussed the outcome of a remarkable photograph taken of his iconic subjects he'd effortlessly and graciously turn the attention to Le Dû, who would then introduce a luscious grape to perfectly compliment every individual artist in conversation. Tina shimmers, fizzes and sizzles as she electrifies the stage like champagne bubbles dancing on the back of the tongue before igniting the palate in sensual, captivating layers. A young Debbie Harry hiding behind dark glasses and candy red lips is deep and racy with a hint of rich dirt, much like that of a Sauvignon de Saint Bris. During their CBGB nights, The Ramones were full of dimensional character with super complex personas, stamping ownership of their turfs from the LES to the Chelsea Hotel, similar in diverse quality to a 2010 Arbois Chardonnay of very old French vines. Poetic, art-driven Patti Smith pairs nicely with a smooth, earthy and outspoken Teroldego from Northern Italy, just as the rockstars of all rockstars--Led Zeppelin--perfectly accompany a worldly, distinguished, very big and jammy Chateauneuf-du-Pape.
A flavorful evening of classic and true rock-n-roll that can best be described as the quintessential New York City experience. Cheers