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How I broke into the wine and spirits industry (with women in mind)

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STEPHENIE HARRIS, the creator and founder of Maven Cocktails has worked with many of the world’s most respected wineries and spirits brands for nearly 20 years. During that time, she often heard people say they were let down by the inconsistent selection and poor quality of wines available in bars, clubs and lounges. And, that the mellow vibe created by drinking wine didn’t match that of the nightlife scene. As a wine lover herself, Stephenie agreed and was inspired to find a solution to those issues. Like many female entrepreneurs, Harris created her company to solve a problem. After two years of extensive research and development, consulting with many experts along the way, she perfected her proprietary blend and crafted Maven Cocktails. In September of 2015, Harris officially launched her brand, independent of the industry giants that she knew lacked the spirit of innovation that her company has come to represent. A passionate New Yorker at heart, Stephenie was also inspired by the energy, excitement and unexpected connections that make NYC an iconic city. From the legendary nightlife, awe-inspiring architecture, unrivaled theater productions, world-renowned cuisine, vibrant art scene and international community of people who have chosen to make New York their home – We believe that Maven reflects that energetic magic. She named her company Maven because the word represents someone who knows something that others want to know, is a connoisseur and a leader. Today, Maven Cocktails is helping to lead the conversation about the next great evolution in cocktails.

Come and be inspired.....and sample one for yourself!

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