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"The start of a good thing"

Posted by Martin Cahnbley on

Leonard Cohen is playing on vinyl (of course) in the background of the shop as I write this. Musing and people watching out of our large windows peering out onto the slightly damp but people-filled historic street that is O'Connell Street.

We are now nearing the end of week 7 at our new home. The flourish of excitement has not died down on our front or the customer front and I don't expect it will for a long time (hopefully it never will). We are incredibly grateful for all of the love and support that we are getting from friends, loyal customers and fresh faces alike. 

The title to today's musing is a quote from one of my new regular customers. He, like so many, have picked up what a difference a local wine merchant makes to wine. To have someone that can guide you to the best wine choice for you, not for me or for anyone else but for YOU. In one of our many conversations, thus far, he mentioned that he was always interested in wine and has always drunk wine but has never been excited about it until now. Until he found a friend (dare I say it) in wine that could guide him through the world of wine.

I keep saying to our customers that this shop is a place not just for wine and spirits to take home but also to explore the world through it's liquid history and range of flavours. First and foremost it is a place for banter. Many people wonder why there are chairs around our large dining-table-of-a-counter, simply put it it is because we wish to have conversations with you about wines or spirits.

It is about sharing stories and our passion as well as learning about your stories and experiences in wine. That is what it is all about, now and forever.

We're working hard on the plans for downstairs and our fine wine room. Both of which will be starting their respective renovations in the next week or so, ready for the end of September. 

Watch this space friends! And keep warm!

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"The start of a good thing"

Posted by Martin Cahnbley on

Leonard Cohen is playing on vinyl (of course) in the background of the shop as I write this. Musing and people watching out of our large windows peering out onto the slightly damp but people-filled historic street that is O'Connell Street.

We are now nearing the end of week 7 at our new home. The flourish of excitement has not died down on our front or the customer front and I don't expect it will for a long time (hopefully it never will). We are incredibly grateful for all of the love and support that we are getting from friends, loyal customers and fresh faces alike. 

The title to today's musing is a quote from one of my new regular customers. He, like so many, have picked up what a difference a local wine merchant makes to wine. To have someone that can guide you to the best wine choice for you, not for me or for anyone else but for YOU. In one of our many conversations, thus far, he mentioned that he was always interested in wine and has always drunk wine but has never been excited about it until now. Until he found a friend (dare I say it) in wine that could guide him through the world of wine.

I keep saying to our customers that this shop is a place not just for wine and spirits to take home but also to explore the world through it's liquid history and range of flavours. First and foremost it is a place for banter. Many people wonder why there are chairs around our large dining-table-of-a-counter, simply put it it is because we wish to have conversations with you about wines or spirits.

It is about sharing stories and our passion as well as learning about your stories and experiences in wine. That is what it is all about, now and forever.

We're working hard on the plans for downstairs and our fine wine room. Both of which will be starting their respective renovations in the next week or so, ready for the end of September. 

Watch this space friends! And keep warm!

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Our Inception

Posted by Martin Cahnbley on

The inception of Cahn and Finlay took some time. Martin Cahnbley and I, Connal Finlay, have been wine industry friends for some time. We are colleagues in the NZ wine trade. Martin is an importer and distributor of wines for his company Planet Wine and I am an importer, retailer, and wine educator. 

We have both worked as importers for a while, supporting each other's ventures.  In mid 2018 we decided to go for it and open a shop. This started off as Connal's pop-up shop idea for the Christmas period but quickly morphed into the full on retail shop it now is. 

We had months of creating dreams - elaborate shelving ideas, stairs, logos, company names and etc. Lots of fun was had, many laughs were had, and plenty of wine was consumed during this process.

About September 2018 we had found our venue in downtown Auckland - the only location we would entertain. We had negotiations and presentation meetings over five months with our landlords-to-be. We did not feel totally comfortable with the lop-sided relationship and started looking for another suitable location.  Martin had spotted a large sign advertising a space in a  character building in O'Connell Street.  He called the landlord and, within a week, the new home was found. 

Long story short, we cut our ties at the other potential venue and signed on up to our new home of 10 O'Connell Street. Previously a top-end men's suit tailor, now a fine wine shop. 

July 2019  marked our opening. Almost a year after the initial seeds were sown.

May this be the beginning of something marvellous for wine lovers. A place for you to come by and browse our extensive collection wines and spirits from across the globe and to ask questions. In time, when our tasting room downstairs is up and running, we shall also be the home to wine tastings, dinners, and wine courses.

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Our Inception

Posted by Martin Cahnbley on

The inception of Cahn and Finlay took some time. Martin Cahnbley and I, Connal Finlay, have been wine industry friends for some time. We are colleagues in the NZ wine trade. Martin is an importer and distributor of wines for his company Planet Wine and I am an importer, retailer, and wine educator. 

We have both worked as importers for a while, supporting each other's ventures.  In mid 2018 we decided to go for it and open a shop. This started off as Connal's pop-up shop idea for the Christmas period but quickly morphed into the full on retail shop it now is. 

We had months of creating dreams - elaborate shelving ideas, stairs, logos, company names and etc. Lots of fun was had, many laughs were had, and plenty of wine was consumed during this process.

About September 2018 we had found our venue in downtown Auckland - the only location we would entertain. We had negotiations and presentation meetings over five months with our landlords-to-be. We did not feel totally comfortable with the lop-sided relationship and started looking for another suitable location.  Martin had spotted a large sign advertising a space in a  character building in O'Connell Street.  He called the landlord and, within a week, the new home was found. 

Long story short, we cut our ties at the other potential venue and signed on up to our new home of 10 O'Connell Street. Previously a top-end men's suit tailor, now a fine wine shop. 

July 2019  marked our opening. Almost a year after the initial seeds were sown.

May this be the beginning of something marvellous for wine lovers. A place for you to come by and browse our extensive collection wines and spirits from across the globe and to ask questions. In time, when our tasting room downstairs is up and running, we shall also be the home to wine tastings, dinners, and wine courses.

Read more