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City Winery uncorks new ‘Jesse Malin red’ to help rocker’s recovery

BY THE VILLAGE SUN | Red, red wine, it’s up to you…

City Winery is pitching in with a new label to help support Jesse Malin as he recovers from a rare spinal stroke he suffered this spring that paralyzed him from the waist down.

Sporting a photo by Danny Clinch on the label, the Jesse Malin “Mayor of the East Village” Cabernet Sauvignon is selling for $35 a bottle, available at City Winery locations or online. Benefiting the Jesse Malin Sweet Relief Fund, the net proceeds will help cover the expenses for the musician’s ongoing medical care.

The vino features “lots of blackberries and cherries,” according to David Lecomte, City Winery’s head winemaker.

In a novel combination, City Winery features live music and also its own wine that the business produces. It’s owner, Michael Dorf, formerly ran the Knitting Factory, a live music venue that was first in the Little Italy/Lower East Side area, then in Tribeca.

“Jesse, a friend and supporter of City Winery and the wider NYC music community, has our full support during his recovery,” City Winery said in a release for the new label.

Malin was hit by the stroke in early May while dining with friends at an East Village Italian restaurant. They had been commemorating the death of Howie Pyro, a former member of Malin’s 1990s glam punk band D Generation. The veteran rocker was carried out of the eatery by Jimmy G, the lead singer of Murphy’s Law, to the building next door to wait for an ambulance arrive.

According to the post on the Sweet Relief fundraising site, Malin’s diagnosis is “inoperable.”

“There is hope,” the message says, “but it will be a long hard road using both traditional and alternative medical therapies to get him back on his feet following this very tragic diagnosis.”

To purchase a bottle of Malin red from City Winery and for more information, click here.

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