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New York Vintners & EWS

In 2010, Derrick and I were lucky enough to get invited to a 2004 Barolo tasting with EWS at the Warwick hotel.  It was the most enjoyable night of tasting we had in a long time and harkened us back to the times when we drank wine for FUN!  Derrick nailed 4 of 6 of the wines completely blind.  After the tasting and a subsequent dinner here in the Vintners room we convinced Bob & Howard to slum it downtown with the regular folk.  The Vintners room has been the home for all of EWS events the past year and by all accounts it’s been a raging success.  If you are ready to explore the world’s greatest wines and trade barbs with fellow oenophiles than EWS is a must. A wine’s quality is determined in the glass.


About EWS - From Howard Kaplan and Bob Millman

The wine world was very different when we founded Executive Wine Seminars in 1981. The “Wine Boom” was in its infancy, as people were first discovering the pleasures of wine, evolving from the “three Martini lunch” era.

Originally, EWS catered to the business community, as we taught many young executives how to handle wine in restaurants and social dining situations. But over the years, the wine world has changed and this part of our business has also changed. Today, companies look to EWS when they think of their “client entertaining” needs, as it is widely known that professionally run wine events, by their very nature, should be highly successful. With EWS organizing and hosting the event, they always are.

The key to our longevity is mastering the art of entertaining our clients while educating them at the same time, always using exciting, state-of-the-art wines as our central focus. Simply put, we know how to work a crowd, whether it is composed of familiar faces or first-time participants.


It was also in 1981 that we started offering public wine tastings, presented in an environment where wine (purchased, not donated) could be evaluated objectively and attendees could feel comfortable expressing their opinions. As an independent company, EWS is without obligation to promote wines in our own self interest. Our only loyalty is to the truth in the way we discuss and evaluate each wine presented at every EWS event. A majority of our offerings are “blind tastings,” which are always very interesting because “the brown bag never lies!”

At the same time, we’re hardly wine snobs! In fact, we’re decidedly hedonists, who work hard to make sure that a good time is had by all at every EWS event. After all, our motto is: “we take wine seriously, but not too seriously.” We offer the most highly regarded wines in the world.

The combination of enjoying great wine and sharing the experience with people of kindred spirit helps explain the longevity of EWS as an integral part of the wine scene in New York.

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