A Brief look at The Antique Wine Company

Many people when they think wine, thin The Antique Wine Company. This a name that has a rich history in the wine industry. Ever since their beginnings more than 25 years ago,, the company has grown to have a very impressive resume over the years. When you have 20,000 clients and your cellars hold more than 10,000 bottles of some of the best in vintage wines, you are obviously doing something right. The company has earned a reputation for holding record breaking wine collections. Also, a lot of the services that are offered are sourcing rare wines, providing private wine master classes and finally cellar planning.

 

The company was founded more than twenty-five years ago by Stephen Williams. Before he was the owner of one of the largest wine merchants in London, Williams had a career in banking. Over the course of the last few decades, Williams has worked to make the company not only a leader in the wine industry, but the leader for all things wine related. From their headquarters in London and their two locations in Asia, AWC provides fine wines to a number of the world’s finest hotels and restaurants along with a number of private individuals.

 

Stephen Williams  is the oldest of three children where he was raised in Ripley which was a town that was largely industrial in Derbyshire. It was here that Williams‘ father sold cash registers. At the age of ten, his parents separated and he was from this point forth raised by his mother. It was in these years that Stephen Williams learned a lot of the lessons that helped him see that selling life insurance or banking was not going to be the path that he needed to pursue. It was in the 1980’s that he founded The Antique Wine Company

 

AWC who has teamed up with Focus Wine Cellars to help a person plan and design their ideal wine cellar. Many people who have experienced the end results of their wine cellar design have said that if you can dream it, then they can build it for you. This is one of the many things that have gone on to help make AWC the leader in all things wine related. In general, the company is seeing their best times ever and the best is still yet to come.

 

Van Leeuwen Opens New Shop in West Village

Van Leeuwen is an artisanal ice cream giant in New York. And the company has just opened a new shop in the West Village, to the delight of the area’s residents. All the ice cream flavors are created locally in Greenpoint, and the company has both conventional and vegan flavors to choose from.

Ben and Pete Van Leeuwen, along with Laura O’Neil, are owners of the West Village shop. O’Neil states that they’ve wanted to open a shop in this part of town for quite some time now. Fans of the icecream like Zeca Oliveira know that pints of Van Leeuwen’s classic and vegan flavors are also available at Whole Foods locations in New York, Connecticut and New Jersey.

O’Neil also confirms that the company is moving to a larger Greenpoint location. At present, the Greenpoint store shares the site with sister restaurant Selamat Pagi. But due to Leeuwen’s growth, it will have its own Greenpoint store in May.

The truth behind your Valentine’s Dinner

With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, you might be perusing lists of restaurants only to find your local favorite is now competing with the world’s most expensive restaurants. Surprisingly, it’s not because they’re looking to make a few more dollars. Turns out, the science behind what to charge on Valentine’s Day is a bit more complicated.

Special Ingredients
Securing the exotic ingredients they’ll serve on Valentine’s in order to wow their guests is no easy feat for chefs. All the restaurants look for truffles, venison, fine cheese and caviar and there’s only so much to go around. The price for these fancy delights sky-rockets during the Valentine period. Restaurants must adjust for the rising prices.

Full diner, less diners

When couples go out for a hundred dollar valentine’s dinner they’re expecting to remain at the table much longer than their Friday night date. Flavio Maluf knows that they’ll order a bottle of wine, even desert but, restaurants find they serve only two-thirds of the guests they’ll serve on a typical night.

Find deal with small local diners
If Prix fixe has you down this Valentine’s Day, opt for smaller, local dinners that can’t draw the crowds that larger dinners do. Since most couple prefer to go big or just stay home – in order to avoid the large Valentine’s Day crowds, you’ll find a more quiet dinning experience while supporting local chefs.