Gary's Wine & Marketplace of Wayne, NJ
What makes us different at Gary's in Wayne, New Jersey? We're not just a wine store. We are a Wine Destination! If you want the utmost in service, selection, price and quality, "Gary's" is the only place to go.
When you step inside our doors, you are not just a customer, you are our "guest", and you can expect to be treated that way with friendly, attentive service from a staff that really knows their wine, beer, spirits and gourmet.
At Gary’s you can sample gourmet food and cheeses, enjoy wine, craft beer and spirits tastings six days a week, grab a sandwich, a gift basket, a bouquet of fresh flowers or something from our gift department.
So come visit us here in Wayne, NJ and make us your destination for all of your fine wine, gourmet foods, entertaining, spirits and beer needs.
Wayne, NJ Store
Gary's Wine & Marketplace
1308 Rt. 23 North, Wayne, NJ 07470
(Former location of Treasure Island, 3 miles north of Rt 80)
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!
Anthony Bencivenga, Manager
I began my Food and Beverage career as a server at a local family owned restaurant in Bergen County, NJ. In 1995, by chance, I landed a job with Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida. After learning just about every role there was at Disney World, I landed back on the food and beverage side of the business, first with Quick Service at the Resorts then at Epcot’s Signature Restaurant the Coral Reef. While there, I received the Beginner Level Certification from the Court of Master Sommeliers. In 2005, with a strong passion for service and a new appreciation of Wine & Spirits, I returned to New Jersey to bring my expertise to the hotel business before landing my first job in wine retail. In 2012, I was extremely lucky to become a member of the Gary Wine & Marketplace team in Wayne.
Chad Watkins, Wine Club Director
I started working with Gary in October of 2008. Since then I have only grown to love and appreciate wine more and more. My first loves were the Rieslings and Gewuerztraminers of Alsace, where I studied French in college, and I still enjoy them. My philosophy is and has always been to try new wines all the time. There are too many wines out there to drink the same thing every day. My curious nature has also drawn me to formal wine education where I have earned my Intermediate Certificate with Distinction from the WSET and gained the title of Certified Specialist of Wine (CSW) from the Society of Wine Educators. I also spent a week in Bordeaux, France in June 2009 where I became a Certified Bordeaux Educator. I look forward to learning even more about wine and sharing that with others.
Jon Visser, Wine Director
I've been in the wine industry for over ten years. Starting at Carlo Russo’s Wine & Spirit World in Fort Lee as a stock clerk/cashier, I soon became interested in learning about wine. After graduating from college, I took wine classes in New York at Harriet Lembeck’s. After finishing her program, I worked for William Grant & Sons as a salesperson in New Jersey and then returned to retail as the wine manager at Carlo Russo’s. I enjoy wines from all over the world, especially the great values out of Italy, Spain, and Portugal. The region that I am most passionate about is Bordeaux. The best wine I’ve ever had is Cheval Blanc 1985, drunk at a bachelor party for one of my best friends. I was 25 and the bottle cost only $85. I wish I could get more at that price!
Patty Sparacia-Missey, Internet Manager
I began my career at Gary’s in October 2009 as the Internet/Guest Service Manager. At that time our Internet dept. was really starting to grow - it is now booming! I love talking to so many wine lovers around the country, and I will do whatever it takes to ensure their experience with Gary’s is perfect. I bring to Gary’s over 18 years in retail/sales management, and 10 years HR/Personnel experience. Basically I love people and, not to mention, have a long-standing love of wine! If you need help with an order, don’t hesitate to call me. I am always happy to hear from our guests.
Chris Freudenreich, Wine Team
After twenty-five years with a major German bank I decided it was time for a career change. Being fortunate to have spent time in great wine producing regions (Bacharach in the Rheingau in Germany, Sicily, Provence, Vienna, Austria, Monterey, and Sonoma) wine seemed an obvious choice. I prepared by completing the Intermediate and Advanced WSET wine Exams, as well as an Intensive Wine Program at the French Culinary Institute in NYC. At Gary’s I’m putting my wine knowledge and wine experiences to use every day with our guests and with fellow staff members as I continue with my formal wine education. I passed the Society of Wine Educators CSW exam in November 2012 and plan to continue on with the Certified Wine Educator program in 2013. My favorite wines include the Cremants of Alsace and Burgundy, German Rieslings, Austrian Blaufrankish and Gruner Veltiner wines, and Etna Rossos from Sicily.
Carol Veach, Wine Team
While getting my Bachelors degree in History from Ohio State University, I worked in fine dining gaining great knowledge in wine and food. When I began working at Gary’s behind the tasting bar I quickly fell in love with the atmosphere and the wonderful people here at Gary’s. I absolutely love helping guests find the perfect wine to go with their meal. I have a soft spot for Oregon Pinot Noir and Sparkling wine of from all regions and varieties!
Jeff Davis, Wine Team
My career in the wine business began in 1987, when I worked in retail in NYC. I switched to the wholesale side in 1989 and sold great wines from all over the world to some of New York City's finest retailers and restaurants. After 24 years on the road it was time for a change and I'm back in retail working for an outstanding company! I pride myself in my knowledge and expertise but the fascinating thing about the world of wine is that I still learn new things all the time. I love to cook, and am very comfortable with food and wine pairings. There aren't many wines I dislike, but I really love Pinot Noir, Riesling in all its permutations , Rhone Varietals, and Nebbiolo. When I'm not recommending wines here, in my spare time I'm an avid guitar player.
Matt Morgenfruh, Gourmet Team Leader
Gary’s started as a part-time job while I was in college. I had several friends that worked for Gary’s and they always told me how much fun it was to work in the Gourmet Department - so I decided to apply. My friends were right – it was fun, but I also learned a lot about cheese! Within a year, I was promoted to Gourmet Team Leader, and I love it. My interest in cheese continues to grow every day, and my goal is to continue to provide you with exceptional service and hopefully introduce you to some of our scrumptious gourmet items. Just like wine, sampling is a fun way to discover new cheeses, and I am always happy to share a new favorite with our customers.