“Wine is one of the most civilized things in the world and one of the most natural things of the world that has been brought to the greatest perfection, and it offers a greater range for enjoyment and appreciation than, possibly, any other purely sensory thing.”
― Ernest Hemingway
Hemingway strings words together so beautifully, and in turn, the Antique Wine Company allows luxury and sophistication to roll smoothly off the tongue. The world-famous, London-based merchants are experts in fine and rare wines, proud of their 20,000-plus clients who grace just about every corner of the globe.
The secret to the success of the Antique Wine Company not only lies in an exquisite bottle of their superb product but in the knowledge and expertise of the company under the leadership of AWC founder Stephen Williams. The firm represents the cream of the crop when it comes to incredible wines and spirits. In fact, an amazing, Guinness World record took place in July 2011, when an 1811 bottle of d’Yquem, was sold for a staggering $125,000 (£75,000) to wine connoisseur Christian Vanneque – eclipsing the 1787 bottle as the world’s most expensive white wine!
AWC was founded by Williams more than 25 years ago. He was once named the “Sherlock Holmes of Fine Wines,” for his incredible ability to journey across the globe hunting down the most-sought after vintages. When it comes to developing exceptional wine cellars, Williams is no stranger to showcasing the finest collections for 4-star hotels, romantic chateaus, palace royals, wineries, private individuals, etc. The firm owns a stellar reputation across six continents. Not bad for a self-taught wine connoisseur.
AWC successfully launched a wine academy three years ago in the tony, London district of Marylebone. The endeavor has been incredibly well-received as people from all walks of life really do enjoy drinking wine and learning all about it. The school features wine specialists with highly-respected pedigrees in the business in a relaxing, informative atmosphere.
“The aim of the AWC Wine Academy is to become a central resource for the wine industry, not only teaching those with little or no prior knowledge of wine, but those also working in the industry, who wish to progress and extend their knowledge of the subject,” Williams added.
Wine students learn from the pros about grape varieties, countries and regions, classic wine tasting, blind tasting, serving tips and techniques, and so forth, in a 4-week evenings seminar.
Acquiring a superb, rare and valuable wine is more than just a liquid asset. As Williams once said, “It’s not just wine, it’s history and nostalgia in a bottle.“
“Pour deep the rosy wine and drink a toast with me; Here’s to three: Thee, wine and camaraderie!”