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Gary's Wine & Marketplace of Madison, NJ

Gary’s Wine & Marketplace of Madison has proudly been serving the Morris County area since 1987. For over two decades, we have had our doors and our hearts open to the community by striving to build long-lasting relationships with each and every one of our valued customers and through the many area charity events that we host and sponsor.

madison.jpgOur friendly and knowledgeable staff is always here to help with wine and food pairing, party planning or helping you select a gift for someone special.

Gary’s vision of offering “One Stop Shopping” has proven to be a key factor of the success of Gary’s Wine & Marketplace. We welcome you to explore our cheese and meat cases, chocolate and dessert cases, our giftware displays, and our extensive selection of wine, beer, and spirits.

We sincerely thank you for your patronage and look forward to continuing to serve our community.

Madison, NJ Store
Gary's Wine & Marketplace
121 Main Street, Madison, NJ 07940
(corner of Main & Prospect Streets, in front of Shop & Stop)
Phone: 973-822-0200
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Store Hours
Monday—Thursday: 9am–9:30pm
Friday & Saturday: 9am–10pm
Sunday: 12 noon–6pm

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!


Brian Maxwell, Manager and Wine Buyer

After spending over 12 years as a chef in New York City and Boston, I came to work at Gary's at Madison. I truly love food friendly wines and enjoy pairing wines with different courses and types of meals. My favorite wines are Italian Reds and German Reislings. I am a diehard Red Sox fan, much to Gary's chagrin! My goal when assisting customers is help them choose a wine they truly will enjoy.


Dave Thompson, General Manager

I started working for Gary’s in Bernardsville when I was a student at FDU in 2003 and never left. I was hooked. Over the years working here and in restaurants across NJ, I have developed a passion for both food and wine. Working at Gary’s is a great outlet for me to continue indulging in good food, good wine, and good spirits.

I have held many roles in the ten plus years I have been here, including Gourmet Manager, Assistant General Manager and now General Manager of the Madison store. I love what I do and everyone I work with! Working in upscale retail is rewarding and challenging in many ways. The market is always changing and as a manager, I am able to exercise creative thinking to keep up with the demand of the consumer and the evolving industry of wine and gourmet foods.

When it comes to beverages, I don’t discriminate and find some beauty in them all! I love to pair my meal with the perfect cocktail. Whether it’s a nice bourbon with delicately marinated grilled chicken or a crisp, refreshing microbrew with a killer burger, I am all IN...savoring every moment. Life is good! Cheers!!!


Paul Gatzke, Gourmet Manager

After graduating from the Culinary Institute of America, I honed my chef skills in NYC and with my own catering business in North Jersey. I took a brief hiatus from my culinary career when I moved to Fort Lauderdale and dove headfirst into the cruise travel business. My new career took me to all four corners of the earth. I was able to experience first-hand the culinary tastes and techniques of Europe, Asia, the Far East and South America.

You can take the boy out of New Jersey, but you can’t take New Jersey out of the boy. In 2012, I returned to my true home, the great Garden State. Gary’s and I found each other, and I have been back to my culinary roots ever since. Fine cheese, fine wines and good gin are passions. Bear Boat Pinot Noir paired with sweet Abbaye de Belloc really makes my day. I love chatting with my guests about all things gastronomic. Come visit me in Madison’s Gourmet Department!


Kayla VanHooker, Front-End Team Leader / Party Planner

I began working in the Wayne store in 2010 in the floral and gift basket department. My position was only seasonal, but I was eager to help anywhere I could in other departments. The team at Gary’s quickly felt like family as they guided me to learn more, to support a variety of roles for the store. Most recently, I transitioned into a full-time role as the front-end team leader in Madison, where I also assist customers with party planning. I really love it!


Rich Isel, Wine Team Leader

After working with a landscaping company for a number of years, I have been on the staff here at Gary's for over 12 years. Initially a beer person, I became more and more interested in wine at our in-store sales presentations and by talking with visiting winemakers and importers. The store has sent me on trips to Napa and Sonoma in California, and to visit wineries in Chile and Argentina. My wine preferences include whites from France, especially the Loire, Alsace and Champagne, as well as New Zealand. In reds, I am fond of Argentina, Southern France, California, and Italy.


Rick Bedkowski, Wine Team

I went to art school in New York City and while I was putting myself through school, I worked in a well-known steak house for extra money. I was there for over five years and slowly came to appreciate wine and spirits more and more. Spanish wines, Tequilas, and cream soda are what I enjoy most.


Mike Boyle, Wine Team

I began working at Gary's in Madison five years ago after graduating from wine school in Florida. I worked for a couple of fine wine retail shops but being a Madison native I've found my home here at Gary's. I enjoy Spanish, Italian and domestic wines the most but I can give a good beer recommendation any time!

Jane Vargas, Wine Team

After a 25 year career in the retail cigar business, here I am at Gary’s Wine & Marketplace! Approximately 5 years ago, I decided to do something about my frustration of perusing a restaurant’s wine list and always deciding on a wine similar to the wine I ordered the time before, simply because that’s what I knew. There were so many wonderful wines waiting for me but I didn’t know where to start! I enrolled at The International Wine Center in Manhattan to gain an understanding of the wine-producing regions of the world and the many different styles of wine. It has taken several years and many, many hours of dedication, but I recently achieved the WSET Level 3 Advanced Certificate and am delighted to now be in the wine business. Working at Gary’s allows me to meld my knowledge of wine with my love of retail, giving me the opportunity to meet and assist so many great customers!