Happy Anniversary! Join us in celebrating our 10th Anniversary this February!
It's hard to believe but we are celebrating our 10th anniversary in February, an accomplishment we are most proud of and a feat that would not have been possible without the long term support of all of our great customers! From my early friends and clients who have purchased wines from me for decades, to those of you from Hunterdon County and Eastern Pennsylvania who make the trek to Bernardsville, to our new clients in the neighborhoods and towns surrounding our new home, and to our "long distance relationship" clients all over the country and all of you who want a something a little more special and personal from your wine merchant - thank you!! You have all more than earned our heartfelt appreciation! We look forward to working with all of you in the future and we aim to continue to deliver the highest level of service and our commitment in selecting every unique, expressive and delicious wine we stock. To view photos of the early days in the Bernardsville shop click here
Here's to a great 2014 and beyond! Chris Cree MW - 56 Degree Wine
Tasted and Approved
Did you know we taste and approve every wine we sell? The only exceptions being the very few extremely rare and expensive wines of exeptioinal reputation and pedigree that we may only get a few bottles. What that means to our clients is that we stand behind every singe wine in the shop. Not many retailers can make that claim, as their strategy is broader based, carrying a range of products based on various criteria including incentives and critical reviews & scores. A long time ago I made a decision that I wanted to sell wine a different way, and part of that decision was tasting, knowing and feeling strongly about the merits of every wine I sold. I would never outsource that most important facet to any outside agency, and never have. It is why so many of you have commented over the years that "we have never had a wine we didn't like" from you shop, which is the best compliment I can think of! However, selecting the wines is only half the battle - matching the wide and diverse range of styles and price point in the shop to your specific needs is even more important, and that is where our having an intimate knowledge of all of our wines can help us find the perfect wine for your tastes, budget and occasion.
Selection is all about authenticity: Is it a great example of its genre, region, terroir and grape varieties? Is it priced fairly? Organics and sustainable farming practices enter into the equation, but are not the only factors. Small and natural don't always equal "good" wine, although almost all of our growers are organic or practicing some form of sustainable/natural farming because it produces healthy grapes.
Our Cellar Defenders™ are affordable, delicious wines to drink everyday while you wait for the gems in your cellar to mature (and to keep guests, friends and family away from your stock of aging classics!) Personally selected with the same care and attention to quality and their higher priced counterparts, and we spend more time and get as big a thrill) in finding these deliciously affordable gems as we do our cellar worthy gems. Search the site by price and region or grape variety to see our listing of great, affordable everyday wines - Cheers!
One of the best new trends in the wine and spirits business is the resurgence of small batch artisan distillers. Much like the micro-beer business that came back after years of consolidation, craft distillers are popping up all over the country with an incredible assortment of Gins, Vodkas, Rums and Whiskeys. We are taking the same approach we do to wine, tasting and selecting some the very best. Click here for the very latest arrivals!
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