All EWS tastings and courses take place at The Warwick Hotel
(West 54th Street & 6th Avenue) and begin at 6:30 p.m.
Gourmet cheeses from Murray’s Cheese Shop and breads
from Tom Cat Bakery are served at all events.
2000 Grand Cru Red Burgandies
Tuesday, July 17 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. Blind Tasting Cost: $520 (includes annual Membership) Limited to 18
Member’s Only Tasting
Coming on the heels of the superb 1999 vintage, 2000 red Burgundies were destined to be cast in the shadow of their powerhouse predecessors. We have always felt that the 2000s were underrated in general, and particularly underrated at the Grand Cru level. It seemed to us that the wine critics didn’t show enough respect for the best 2000s, wines that we have often found to be spectacular. Moreover, they are drinking amazingly well right now. So well in fact, it motivated us to offer this tasting!
Need further proof? At the recent La Paulee in New York, several growers chose to show their 2000s because the wines are currently both delicious and ready to drink. We were blown away by the Clos de Tart, all the Dugat 2000s (both Bernard and Claude), plus numerous other 2000s. Once you’ve tasted the best 2000 Grand Crus, we think you’ll reach the same conclusion.
To prove our point, we’ve assembled 14 Grand Crus (plus one fabulous 1er Cru ringer) with their (mostly) underrated scores. Prepare to be dazzled!
Bonnes-Mares (Roumier) – 91WA, 91IWC, 91BH
Le Chambertin (Armand Rousseau) – 92+IWC, 93WA
Chambertin Clos de Beze (Robert Groffier) – 93WA, 91IWC, 89-92BH)
Charmes-Chambertin “Tres Vieilles Vignes” (Joseph Roty) – 93+IWC, 92BH
Clos de la Roche (Hubert Lignier) – 93WA, 93IWC, 92BH
Clos de Tart (Mommessin) – 90WA, 92IWC, 94WS, 91BH
Clos Vougeot (Meo-Camuzet) – 90IWC, 92WS, 91BH
Echezeaux (Domaine Dujac) – 90IWC, 90-93BH
Griotte-Chambertin (Claude Dugat) – 94WA, 94+IWC, 89-92BH
Mazis-Chambertin (Bernard Dugat-Py) – 97WA, 93+IWC, 94BH
Mazis-Chambertin “B” (Dominique Laurent) – 93IWC
Nuits-St.-Georges 1er Cru “Les Boudots” (Leroy) – 94WA
Musigny (J.F. Mugnier) – 91WA, 92+IWC, 92BH
Musigny “Vieilles Vignes” (Comte de Vogüé) – 93WA, 92+IWC, 93BH
Ruchottes-Chambertin (Mugneret-Gibourg) – 91IWC, 91BH
Wednesday, July 25 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. Blind Tasting
Cost: $190 Member’s Price: $175 Limited to 38
“In 2004, the better estates made sharply delineated and exhilaratingly soil-driven wines… the best Chablis offer lovely purity, elegance, and aromatic character.”
Stephen Tanzer, International Wine Cellar, Issue 129
Our recent EWS tasting of 2004 white Burgundies confirmed our opinion that at the highest level, the vintage has more to offer than most professional wine critics would have us believe. Stylistically, most of the top 2004s are driven by minerals and stones rather than big, buttery Chardonnay fruit. This style is what well-made Chablis is all about. For this reason, many Burgundy connoisseurs will tell you that Chablis had the greatest success of any white Burgundy appellation in 2004.
For this exciting blind tasting, EWS has gathered 15 of the most highly regarded 2004 Chablis (mostly Grand Cru!) from the producers who had the greatest success. We hope you’ll be able to join us as there are few summer activities that can surpass the pleasure we will have tasting these gorgeous wines:
Les Clos (Billaud-Simon) – (92+IWC, 92-94BH)
Les Clos (Jean-Marc Brocard) – (92IWC, 93BH)
Les Clos (Vincent Dauvissat) – (94WA, 92+IWC, 93BH)
Les Preuses (Vincent Dauvissat) – (92+IWC, 93BH)
Valmur (Jean-Paul Droin) – (92BH)
Bougros “Cote de Bouguerots” (William Fevre) – (95WA, 92IWC, 93BH)
Les Clos (William Fevre) – (96WA, 94IWC, 95BH)
Les Preuses (William Fevre) – (94WA, 93IWC, 95BH)
Les Clos (Louis Michel) – (92BH)
Les Clos (Christian Moreau) – (91+IWC, 92WS, 93BH)
Les Clos “Clos des Hospices”(Christian Moreau) – (93IWC, 93WS, 93BH)
Vaudesir (Christian Moreau) – (90+IWC, 94WS, 91BH)
Blanchots (Francois Raveneau) – (94BH)
Montee de Tonnerre 1er Cru (Francois Raveneau) – (91+IWC, 93BH)
Vaillons 1er Cru “Vieilles Vignes de Minots” (Verget) – (great cheapy ringer)
2005 German Wines
Tuesday, August 7
6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Member’s Price: $205
Limited to 38
“In the end 2005 became not just a good vintage but an outstanding one
and for many growers a great vintage.”
David Schildknecht, The Wine Advocate, Issue 167
As long-time German Riesling freaks, it doesn’t take much to get us excited. In recent years, we’ve been euphoric as Germany has seen several outstanding vintages. But with the 2005s we have entered another realm of quality that has us bursting with more enthusiasm for this vintage than any other. We’ve tasted enough 2005s to conclude that there is something magical in the finest examples from this vintage. These are the ones we’ll taste on August 7.
For this comprehensive “first look” at the 2005s, EWS has gathered 16 hugely successful wines for you to taste. From a wide variety of appellations and producers, from dry to lusciously sweet, these 2005 German Rieslings will bring you much pleasure! The last flight alone, composed of four rare BAs and TBAs, is worth the price of admission. Here’s the complete lineup:
Bernkasteler Badstube Kabinett (Dr. Thanisch) – (92WS)
Graacher Himmelreich Kabinett (W. Schaefer) – An EWS favorite
Kiedricher Grafenberg Spätlese (R. Weil) – (91IWC)
Maximin Grunhauser Abtsberg Spätlese #26 (von Schubert) – (93WA)
Nackenheimer Rothenberg Spätlese (Gunderloch) – (93WS)
Rudesheimer Berg Roseneck Spätlese (J. Leitz) – (92IWC)
Saarburger Rausch Spätlese (Zilliken) – (92WA)
Brauneberger Juffer Sonnenuhr Auslese #6 (Fritz Haag) – (93WA)
Monzinger Fruhlingsplatzchen Auslese (Emrich-Schonleber) – (96WS)
Niederhauser Hermannsholle Auslese #15 “Gold Capsule” (H. Donnhoff) – (94WS)
Urziger Wurzgarten Auslese*** (J. J. Christoffel) – (95WA, 93IWC)
Wehlener Sonnenuhr Auslese “Gold Capsule” (J. J. Prüm) – (96IWC)
Graacher Domprobst Beerenauslese (W. Schaefer) – (98WA, 92IWC)
Zeltinger Schlossberg Beerenauslese* (Selbach-Oster) – (95WA)
Leiwener Laurentiuslay Trockenbeerenauslese (St. Urbanshof) – (98WA, 96IWC)
Erdener Treppchen Trockenbeerenauslese (Schmitges) – (94WA)
2003 California Cabernets
Wednesday, August 15 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. Blind Tasting
Cost: $245 Member’s Price: $225 Limited to 38
“I believe this is a very good to excellent vintage,
and significantly better than such vintages as 2000, 1999, and 1998.”
Robert M. Parker, Jr., The Wine Advocate, Issue 168
In general, we’d agree that 2001 and 2002 were superior California Cabernet vintages than 2003. But at the highest level the gap narrows dramatically as several masterpieces were produced in 2003 that can compete with the best of the two previous vintages.
For this Cab-lovers dream tasting, EWS has gathered 13 critically acclaimed 2003 Cabs for your critical scrutiny and tasting pleasure. These include:
Araujo “Eisele Vineyard” – (98WA, 94+IWC)
Blankiet “Paradise Hills” – (95+WA, 94IWC)
Conn Valley Reserve – (94WA)
Dunn “Howell Mountain” – (93IWC)
Harlan Estate – (95WA, 95IWC – sells for twice the cost of this tasting!)
Lokoya “Howell Mountain” – (96WA, 91+IWC)
Joseph Phelps “Insignia” – (94WA, 92IWC)
Pride “Reserve” – (93+WA, 92WS)
Ridge “Monte Bello” – (94WA, 92+IWC)
Seavey – (96WA, 92+IWC)
Spottswoode – (94WA, 92+IWC, 92WS)
Switchback Ridge – (94WA, 91+IWC)
Philip Togni – (95WA, 92IWC)
1997 Brunello di Montalcino
California’s “Big Time” with Robert M. Parker, Jr.
1982 Bordeaux – 25th Anniversary Tasting
The Wines of Lucien Le Moine with Mounir Saouma
1997 Barolos & Barbarescos
Focus On Spain: Priorat
2000 vs. 2001 Bordeaux with Jean-Marc Quarin
Great Ports from the 1990s
1989 vs. 1990 Bordeaux
The Profile Series: Bernard Magrez
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• Credit toward future EWS events will be issued only to individuals who cancel at least two weeks before a scheduled event.
• No refunds or credits for Member’s Only tastings.
• All reservations are transferable, i.e., you can always send someone in your place.
• No half pours or sharing of glasses.