Wine

From Thomas Jefferson to Stephen Williams

Say the name Thomas Jefferson and everyone can tell you that he was one of the Founding Fathers of perhaps the greatest nation the world has ever seen, he was a connoisseur of fine wines, a man who had an in-depth knowledge of international matters, he was deeply involved in education, and was a man who put the needs of his citizens above all else.
Say the name Stephen Williams and some will be able to tell you that he was the founder of one of the greatest wine companies the world has ever seen, he is a connoisseur of fine wines, he has intricate knowledge of the finest vintages from around the world, his company ensures lovers of fine wines are well educated about the subject, and he is a man who puts the needs of his clients above all else.
In 1982 Mr. Williams founded The Antique Wine Company and has grown it into a pre-eminent merchant of the world’s finest and rarest vintages. His clients number over four thousand from more than a hundred countries and include both wealthy connoisseurs as well as the cellar masters of grand hotels and ancient chateaux.
To maintain his company’s premier position he is an active champion of a wine’s authenticity. The rare bottles, the collector items, and the prized purchases must be proven to be worth the prices asked and the prices paid. It is not for nothing that Stephen Williams has been called the Sherlock Holmes of Fine Wine. To ensure the product is all that it is claimed to be, he and his team study not only the wine itself but, by sponsoring the CEBG Bordeaux Centre for Nuclear Studies, they even investigate the glass that makes up the bottle in which the wine is stored.
Like President Jefferson before him, Mr. Williams’ opinions are sought by other leading authorities and his immense knowledge is quoted in articles and newspapers around the world. His company’s wine-master classes and its wine academy are not only centers of learning but also are centers of excellence. The fine wine events for which The AWC is renowned require an unending search to bring to their clients selections of the ancient and modern vintages.
Thomas Jefferson was an early wine connoisseur who spoke at length to his dinner party guests about the contents of his enviable cellar. Stephen Williams continues that tradition but his audience is not limited to Paris and Monticello and it is numbered in the thousands and circles the globe.