Gary's Wine & Marketplace of Bernardsville, NJ
Gary’s Wine & Marketplace of Bernardsville opened in March of 2001. Like all of our stores, the story begins with our people. We are here to help, listen, and make your life easier with one-stop-shopping for wine, beer, spirits, gourmet specialties and gifts. Let us help you plan your next event, find the perfect gift, grab dinner on your way home or pair the right bottle with a special dish.
In addition to our incredible selection of wine, beer, spirits and mixers, we carry an extensive line of fine cigars, unique giftware for cooking and entertaining, signature gift baskets, cheese, charcuterie, custom made salads and sandwiches, fresh bread delivered daily, delicious spreads, chocolates, and pastries.
Our staff is ready to make your epicurean experience easy, interesting, and delightfully fun!
Bernardsville, NJ Store
Gary's Wine & Marketplace
100 Morristown Road - Route 202, Bernardsville, NJ 07924
(Bernardsville Plaza Shopping Center - Adjacent to Kings)
Friday & Saturday: 9am–10pm
Meet the Staff
Gary Fisch, Owner
When Gary was working toward his B.S. from Rider College in Political Science, he didn’t yet know where life was going to take him. Gary fell in love with wine in his senior year of college while working with his father, a liquor salesman, and decided to become an expert. He educated himself at the Sommelier Institute in New Jersey and at several of Windows on the World’s wine courses. The secret to his success is a passionate love and broad knowledge of his product — and the skill to communicate that delight. That enthusiasm and intelligence served him well when he teamed up with his brother Mark in 1987 and opened his first store in Madison, New Jersey. Two moves later, Gary’s now has stores in Bernardsville, N.J.and on Route 23 North in Wayne N.J. Gary’s expertise has earned him national media attention as “The Wine Guy” on the TV Food Network show Bobby Flay Hot off the Grill. He has made guest appearances on CNN, New Jersey 12 and Bloomberg radio and television. In January 2009, he was profiled in New Jersey Monthly’s “Power Issue” as one of the 101 Most Influential People in the Garden State. Not bad for a guy who simply loves to share his enthusiasm for wine!
David Marshall, Manager
I have worked in the wine business in one way or another since 1985. Ten years ago, when I decided to make a career change, I was fortunate enough to work in the Napa Valley. I fell in love with the whole process of winemaking, especially being in the vineyard where it all begins. My earliest preferences were for Rieslings from great German estates, and Napa gave me a special fondness for older Cabernets and big old-vine Zinfandels. A promotion for my wife brought us east, and working for Gary's was a must! I am very proud to be part of his team and look forward to sharing our passion for wine with you.
Melissa Pavlini, Front End Team Leader
I started out working at Gary's as a cashier during the holiday season and knew little about wine, beer, spirits, and cheese. That quickly changed! Gary's has sparked a passion in me to further my knowledge of all these products, for both myself, and to better assist our customers. If you come in, feel free to ask me for help or to just say hi!
Phil Unger, Wine Team
My long time love and passion for wine inspired a career change several years ago to the wine industry. After graduating from college, I spent 14 years consulting in the energy field. During that time, I tasted, studied and traveled to some of the most famous wine producing regions in the world. Finally, I made the decision to do what I love best and work with wine. Since joining the industry, I have worked in distribution, import, and retail. I am also one of the original "foodies", always looking for the next great meal and perfect wine/food matches. Working at Gary's offers me the opportunity to be part of a dynamic team that loves wine as much as I do and to share my passion for wine with our customers.
John Shovlin, Wine Team
My favorite wines are Californian Cabs and Chardonnay's, but my favorite part of working at Gary's is building relationships with our guests.
(Note from the editor: Our guests love John!)
Tim Hearne, Beer Team Leader
After several years of being immersed in the craft beer industry, I was excited to join Gary’s and manage the Beer Department in Bernardsville. We have an amazing selection of craft beers, and I hope to continue the trend of introducing new beers to our customers. As a Certified Beer Server from the Cicerone Program and numerous years of hosting craft beer seminars and tastings, I have taken my love of beer to the next level. While some people gravitate toward certain styles, I do not. I am all about experimentation with craft beer and am looking forward to introducing both the novice and the enthusiast to some of the unique beers we sell at Gary’s.
Rob Hunter, Wine Team
I first started working in the wine industry in the late 90's as a way to pay my way through college and found that I had an interest in wine, craft beers, spirits, and food. I quickly began listening, reading, and trying new wines, foods, as well as traveling to visit wineries to pick up as much as I could. I enjoy cooking (minus the dishes), talking about wine, music, history, and sports. I enjoy California Cabs, Zins, Rhone wines, and wines from Bordeaux. I look forward to meeting you and helping you out in any way I can.
Sergio Stabio, Wine Team
I was born and raised in Mendoza, Argentina, and grew up in a house that sat between two wineries. Every summer and fall was spent smelling the scent of crushed grapes and new wine being made. Later in life, I lived in two other beautiful wine growing regions; Northern California and the Willamette Valley in Oregon. I’ve worked in the wine industry for 18 years and have been involved in the production, distribution and now retail areas. I was excited to join Gary's wine team in Bernardsville full-time in August 2014. I am passionate about wine, and continue to learn as much as I can; while at the same time, introducing our guests to some great new wines.
Andrew Deakin, Gourmet Team Leader
I have been a cheese enthusiast for years. Being British, I am a little biased towards English Cheddars. However, after sampling the great variety we have in our stores, I really can't say I have a favorite cheese or even a favorite type of cheese. The thought of making a cheese platter of my four favorites keeps me up at night.
Outside of work, I enjoy running, hiking, camping, watching the New York Red Bulls and generally keeping myself busy. And after all that, I enjoy nothing more than a good beer and using cheese in interesting ways – personal favorites include experimental gourmet hot-dogs. I love working at Gary’s and I look forward to meeting you and discussing all things food!