Swirling, sniffing, and sipping are as familiar as breathing to the sommeliers at The Wine Cellar. They invite patrons to join them in complimentary wine tastings to be sure they’ll find just the right bottle to complement a romantic meal, dinner party, or moped christening. In addition to small-batch and local wines from boutique vineyards, the shop imports pinot noirs from around the globe, shirazes from Australia, and Italian vinos of all varieties.
Tomato plants are imperfect, yielding just as many inedible fruits as the healthy, tasty ones. The organizers of The Tomato Bash devised an alternative employment for the unworthy bounty, transforming the leftover tomatoes into ammunition for a massive ketchup making party. Participants are encouraged to sport silly costumes for the big event, as they are inevitably going to get utterly filthy.
To kick off the festivities, revelers are entertained with a cadre of food trucks, beverage vendors, and DJ playing tunes, including rebellious anthems encouraging the tomatoes to throw themselves. At 3 p.m., the tomato foam machine outside of the tomato arena powers up, pumping the stage area full of bubbly, pink fruit foam. Then the hordes of goggle-clad contestants descend upon a large arena and lose themselves in a sea of red goo.
In 1955, Joseph and Margaret Gerard bought a liquor store near Lovelandtown Bridge in Point Pleasant, from which they sold spirits and wine to their community. Members of the same family still operate Gerard's Wine & Spirits today, but they distribute bottles across the country as well as locally. Staff members—all well-versed in the world of wine—curate an inventory of high-quality varietals. For a sampling of wines ranked highly by experts, check out bottles rated at 90 points or higher by Wine Spectator.
Every Saturday, wine is free at Elegant Wine & Liquors. From 3 p.m. to 7 p.m., the shop holds a complimentary tasting. Here, the resident sommeliers welcome patrons to sample wines from Italy, New Zealand, and France, as well as domestic vintages from California vineyards. High-caliber spirits from Grey Goose, Bacardi, and Tanqueray also line the densely occupied shelves, reflecting the refined palate of the shop’s owner, Stefanie, who has spent more than a decade in the beer and wine industry. She shows her savvy not only through the eclectic and sprawling selection, but also through customer-oriented touches such as free gift wrapping, a more aesthetic alternative to ensconcing gift wine bottles in slightly bigger wine bottles.
New York Man Suits infuses a healthy dose of style into any wardrobe with a wide variety of high-quality men's attire ranging from sportswear to tuxedos. Sheath silhouettes with suits, dress shirts, and outerwear from brands such as Calvin Klein, Michael Kors, and Kenneth Cole. A multitude of ties will festively festoon necks, while shoes free patrons from wearing steel-toed bunny slippers to work. New York Man also offers on-site alterations as well as items for younger lads.
City Wine Cellar stocks its shelves with hundreds of different wines, champagnes, and liquors. The cellar houses bottles ranging from table wines to high-end vintages from around the world, and lists its wines based on their ratings. They also routinely select choice beverages to feature on their site to help customers become acquainted with bottles they may not have tried.. To help their customers make informed buying decisions, City Wine Cellar hosts regular wine tastings, during which guests learn to detect each wine's variety of flavors without licking the label on the bottle. City Wine also stocks extravagant champagne bottles dating back to 1998 from Krug Grand Cuvee or Taittinger, as well as liquors from around the world, ranging from pisco and anise to whiskey and vodka. To make mixing drinks or serving wines simple, the store also sells a variety of useful accessories.