I know that we love our wine in California, but that’s not to say that we’re the only experts throughout the globe. There are some amazing things coming from all corners of the world. and AWC is a really cool company, because they collect that, and ship the best wines worldwide. While it’s not cheap, from their offices in the UK you can taste literally the best of what the world wineries have to offer.
Thirsty? How about a glass of wine? This of course is not a question to take lightly. There are almost as many types and vintages of wine as there are reasons to drink them. Care needs to be taken in what one selects, and the provider of a particular wine can be just as important as what’s ultimately selected. That’s why you’ll want to follow them on Twitter, to start to see what can make one so excited about wine..
The Antique Wine Company. Founded in 1982, this London based company specializes in procuring and cataloging the world’s rarest and finest wines. In addition to archiving these vintages, they are sold to private collectors. Currently, the Antique Wine Company has more than 20,000 clients, representing 70 countries.
Collecting rare and vintage wines is not a hobby for those without deep pockets. There are many factors that can affect the classification of a wine as “rare” or “antique”, ranging from actual age to vineyard, to bottling. These factors can affect price as well, which can range from tens of thousands to millions of dollars. Because of the amounts being spent, authenticity is vital. Counterfitting and fraud are rampant in this branch of the wine industry. To avoid this and insure that clients are getting what they’re paying for, the Antique Wine Company employs “wine detectives”. These individuals not only execute due diligence and trace the wine’s sometimes very long path from vineyard to cellars. They analyze everything from bottle content to the bottle itself, including its shape, label, and cork. This “gumshoeing” is arduous work, but it pays off. As a result of its vetting, the Antique Wine Company was able to supply Paramount Pictures with bottles of a rare 1912 vintage for the premier of its movie blockbuster Titanic. It also located a rare 70 year old wine for the 70th birthday party of former U.S. President George H.W. Bush.
In addition to finding very specific and special wines for clients who are likewise, the Antique Wine Company focuses on building architectural collections of rare and fine wines. Housed in specially commissioned and constructed cabinets that are replicas of the estate chateaux that spawned them, the “Grand Chateau” represents each of the top nine vineyards in the Bordeaux region. Containing eighteen bottles, eight of the “chateaux” sells for about £149,000. The ninth is a special collection from Château d’Yquem spanning the mid 19th through the early 21st century, and it is available for £1,000,000.
In addition to acquiring and selling these fine and rare wines, the American Wine company offers “master” classes in rare and old wine identification, and acts as a consultant in wine cellar planning.
CEO Stephen Williams is also the company’s founder and managing director. He is considered to be one of the world’s top experts on rare and vintage wines. In addition to establishing famous private cellars, he was a creator of the CEBG Bordeaux Centre for Nuclear Studies. The Centre uses state of the art techniques to determine the background of wines with methods ranging from content analysis to bottle measuring. Mr. Williams is also a global media personality, and hosts vintage themed programs on Monaco radio.