Cahn's Wines & Spirits was opened in July 2019. Martin 'Cahn' Cahnbley has been in the alcoholic beverage business for over 30 years and his endeavours have included long stints in senior marketing roles, 3.5 years as a restaurant-owner and also a previous foray into alcohol retailing at 'Toast Wines & Spirits' in Ponsonby.
Martin started in the wine trade in 1987 in South Africa at Gilbey's Distillers and Vintners. Thereafter he joined Penfolds/Southcorp in Australia in 1993 before crossing the ditch to join Corbans Wines in 1998. In 2003 he launched Planet Wine which imports and distributes over 700 products from 15 countries.
In 2020 he was joined by Miguel Frascione, a well-seasoned wine retail and hospitality professional. From Spain, Miguel was born into a hotel-owning family and spent his early career working in 5 Star hotels in Madrid, London and the Unites States. For over 20 years he ran the successful Accent on Wine store in Parnell. Their loss is Auckland CBD's gain. Between the two of them they have a broad and deep knowledge of wines and spirits from around the world.
In spite of the challenges of Covid, they are very positive about the potential of their character-filled premises in the heart of Auckland.