I have shopped at Gary's Wine & Marketplace for over a decade often traveling all the way to Madison to the original store. I've attended many of their fabulous wine events and shopped all their stores, even two that are no more. When Gary Fisch embarked on his biggest project, opening a mega wine store and marketplace in Wayne in 2008 I wondered how it would do. Certainly was not the best timing in terms of the economy, but who knew then what was about to happen.
Fast forward 3 1/2 years and the results are obvious, the Wayne store is a tremendous success but not without the tremendous passion of the Gary's Wine team and an absolute dedication to consistently delivering the finest wines, beers, spirits, foods and gifts. It is a work of constant creation, invention and scouring the globe for good things just for you. Here wine buyer Maggie Fox shows off the new wine NapaTech Wine Station.
The thing is, while I've bought at this store many times and enjoyed a lot of their great food and wine I never truely realized the magnitude of their offerings until tonight, when I took an insiders tour of Gary's Wine and got a fresh new look.
The first stop was in the gourmet food department which has everything you could need for the best dinners or parties. But, also carries regular milk and eggs in case you need that on the way home. The huge cheese counter has a deep international array of cut cheeses, none are pre-packaged, and the finest cured meats. Any of which you can taste before making your purchase. You will also find a wide array of packaged gourmet delicacies. As your choice is broad, so is the knowledge of the staff who can help you with your wine and cheese pairings with great interest and skill.
Another thing that is broad, beyond wine and spirits, is their traditional and craft beer inventory. These are offered at some of the best prices you can find. I checked some of the numbers personally. Sorry I could not keep my camera still but here you see the huge refrigerated section with a very ample selection of wines and beer. On your way home, out to dinner or ready to party Gary's seems to be ready.
Want to impress the significant other or spouse, show some love, pick up some nice fresh flowers or something from the wide array of gifts like the fantastically cool wine barrel stave serving platter you see to your left.
As the tour continued we got a look behind the scenes and explored areas like the temperature controlled wine room which holds the really really good wines, i.e. expensive, in perfect cellar condition. Gary's commitment to perfection does not stop here. Much to my surprise the fine wine shipping room is also temperature controlled. Wine can be safely ordered on line and care is taken to ensure that it arrives at your door as if from the vineyard.
I've just begun to praise all the qualities of this organization, you can explore more on the newly resdesigned website. But I would be remiss in ending this post without mentioning that Gary's Wines has a huge commitment to giving back to the community and supports many causes in a big way. It is all part of the Gary's way, big but very good.
Gary's Wine & Marketplace in Madison, NJ
121 Main Street
Madison, NJ 07940
Gary's Wine & Marketplace in Bernardsville, NJ
100 Morristown Road - Route 202
Bernardsville, NJ 07924
Gary's Wine & Marketplace in Wayne, NJ
1308 Route 23 North
Wayne, NJ 07470