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The Wine Bar & Shop, Bridgewater Commons
The Wine Bar & Shop, Bridgewater Commons

New Jersey's first winery-operated wine bar opens Saturday, Jan. 28 at Bridgewater Commons in Bridgewater.

The Wine Bar & Shop, from Old York Cellars in Ringoes, will offer tastings daily from a selection of their internationally-award winning wines, handcrafted by acclaimed winemaker Scott Gares.

"Instead of opening in a retail outlet or restaurant, we're opening in a mall,'' said Laurin Dorman, general manager of Old York Cellars.

The Wine Bar & Shop will also be stocked with wine accessories, wine scented soaps and candles, wine infused hot sauces, marinara sauce made with Old York Cellars' own Malbec, truffle bars made with Old York Cellars Cabernet, and more. 

The shop will be located on the mall's second level, overlooking the atrium, between the Sunglass Hut and the Disney Store. The grand opening celebration will take place Saturday and Sunday, Jan. 28 and 29,  with complimentary wine samples throughout the weekend.

There will be a meet-and-greet with Gares from 12-1 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. There will also be special giveaways to the first 50 guests each day during the celebration.

"We are excited to bring a key element of the winery experience to guests at the mall," said Old York Cellars owner David Wolin. "Guests at the mall will have the opportunity to experience a taste of the winery without driving to Ringoes."

There are wine bars at other Jersey malls, including the Harvest Seasonal Grill & Wine Bar at Moorestown Mall. The Zinburger Wine & Burger Bar is expected to open at Newport Centre in Jersey City around March 1. 

Peter Genovese may be reached at pgenovese@njadvancemedia.com. Follow him on Twitter at @PeteGenovese or via The Munchmobile @NJ_Munchmobile. Find the Munchmobile on Facebook and Instagram.