Anthony Byrne Fine Wines was established in 1976 by Anthony and Rae Byrne to supply the United Kingdom market with high quality wine. We import distinctive, enjoyable wines from France, Spain, Italy and exciting New World growers, from South Africa, Australia, Argentina, Chile and New Zealand.
As UK wine merchants we supply restaurants, hotels, local and national retailers, pubs and bars. We deliver to the on-trade regularly throughout Cambridgeshire, Oxfordshire, Bedfordshire, London and the home counties, Norfolk and the south of England.
We offer an interesting selection of wines for home delivery within 40 miles of our Cambridgeshire warehouse.
The company would like to thank customers old and new that helped celebrate our fortieth year of trading, especially those able to join the celebratory lunches held at Restaurant Alimentum (Cambridge), Brasserie Blanc (Oxford) and the Royal China Restaurant (London, Canary Wharf).
In London, customers joined us for a high speed boat trip down the Thames followed by lunch at one of our longstanding customers, Royal China Canary Wharf. Spirits were high and guests enjoyed Anthony Byrne recounting the changes in the UK wine consumers' market from the 1970s to the present day (remember Mateus Rosé?), accompanied by his favourite wines discovered after four decades of research!
Speaking, sales manager Gary McDonald thanked the sales team for their hard work and reiterated the strengths of remaining an independent family business, as seen through the decades he has been with the firm.
We look forward to continuing the supply of distinctive and enjoyable wines to our customers for the next 40 years.
We're delighted to announce that two new Prosecco wines are now in stock, both from our new grower Ca’ di Rajo. We first tried these back in late January 2016, when we met brothers Marino & Simone Cecchetto, a trip during which we were specially looking to explore the mid-to-high range of the market. This is reflected in the price, coming in slightly more expensive than our house Prosecco. We will be featuring both proseccos at our spring & early summer trade tastings; please contact your sales manager if you are reviewing your lists and want to try them sooner.
This update comes to you from the cool, crisp hills of Traviso in January, as the buying team visit several as-yet-unnamed growers looking to bolster our range of Prosecco wines in anticipation of the coming summer.
We then visited Stephano, Tiziano and Allessandre Accordini of Corte Alta, and found the cellar busy with bottling in progress. We were fortunate to taste the 2015 Valpolichelo Classico, having just been released from maturation in tanks. We tasted the Ripasso, Amarone and of course the fabulous Recioto sweet wine, of 100% air-dried grapes. Tiziano talked of the need to balance volumes of Aberone with Ripasso as he needs one old barrel of Aberone from a previous year to make two barrels of Ripasso the next.
Finally we called to visit the Portinari Family, meeting Maria and Silvo to taste the 2014 vintage Soave Classico Ronchetto (DOC) and Soave Albare (DOC) of the same year. We then tried the Soave Albare and Santo Stefano of previous years, tasted generously with home-made Salami Portinari!
As our customers have known for some time, Callejo wines, from the Ribera del Duero region of Spain are excellent. This has been confirmed by Robert Parker this month with a great set of scores given for recent vintages, continuing the trend of gradual improvement the family have worked for over the last decade:
For supply of these wines or any other from our portfolio, please contact our sales team at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Paolo Ciacci and his father have celebrated the end of year's harvest by winning both gold and bronze medals at this year's Decanter World Wine Awards. If you would like to discuss the supply of Abbadia Ardenga wines for your restaurant or business please contact our sales team.
Gold at Decanter World Wine Awards (DWWA) 2015
Decanter's review: "Glossy and modern, with lovely perfume and ripe yet fresh cherry druit bolstered by notes of expensive oak and liquorice. Savoury and understated, this is full of well-harnessed power, with fine tannins propping up the sour cherry flavours. Ethereal, pure and delicious." (14.5%, page 225)
The vineyards are those on the Sienese slope of the hill of Montalcino, with South-west exposure.
Bronze at Decanter World Wine Awards (DWWA) 2015
This wine is produced with the grapes from the vineyard “Piaggia”. The excellent exposure and exceptional pedoclimate lend this wine great personality and balance, a complex and elegant expression of the Sangiovese grape variety.
The Eguren family have been producing balanced and expressive wines from Rioja Alavesa vines since 1870. Vitorino Eguren Ugarte is the fifth generation Eguren to cultivate the 130 hectare site (containing some vines which are over 100 years old). Now aged 82, he is joined in the vineyards by his three sons.
Our particular Eguren Ugarte favourites include:
We hope customers will enjoy to meeting Vitorino Eguren at these tastings, if you would like to learn more about Vitorino's wines please contact us.
Time to share photos from a client's fine wine tasting we organised on the River Thames, for corporate clients in London. ABFW worked with the boat operator to make sure everything was ship-shape, and our salemen were on hand to talk through the fine selection of wines. Some careful pouring required by the team!
Featured wines: Ballast Stone Stonemason Shiraz (Australia), E. Guigal (French, red Rhône), Apaltagua (Chile), Chateau Maligny (French, white Burgundy).
In April the buying team visited many of our producers in central France. Beginning with an early start in Bisseuil, Champagne, we met Florence Bauchet, then drove to Chablis to meet Jean Paul Durup of Chateau Maligny (pictured), then on to Meursault to meet Jean-Marie Bouzereau.
The next day we started in Burgundy, meeting Sandrine and Christophe of Domaine Thibert, representatives from Domaine Bouroniere and completed the trip by visiting Domaine de l'Arlot in Nuits St. George.
Looking for more information? Explore our portfolio of wine, read the services we offer trade customers, and the company history. Here are our contact details and the team will be delighted to assist you.
Anthony Byrne Fine Wines Ltd. Registered in England and Wales with company number 01713692.