Bottling the Holiday Spirit

New Canaan Wine Merchants is happy to help.

Soon after Jeff Barbour opened three years ago he began offering a series of wine tasting events. He donates 10 percent of all profits from each of the wine tastings to a designated charity. Since he started the tradition, he has raised more than $40,000 for local organizations.

“It’s tough out there. We know there’s a need, and we like to open our arms and our store to help, ” Barbour said.

He hopes the wine tastings will help take the mystery out of understanding wine.

“We’re big into education," he said. "We have classes every Tuesday night to show our customers that there are a lot of interesting wines out there from all over the world.“

Barbour brought a wealth of experience in the wine business to New Canaan. Before opening his independent shop on Pine Street, he was Executive VP of operations for the New York wine store Morell & Co. where he ran fine wine auctions and charity events.


Here's a Wassail punch recipe to welcome in the holidays with family and friends.

2 bottles champagne

2 cups brandy

1 cup curacao

1 cup marachino liquor

6-10 lemons, squeezed

1/2 cup simple syrup

1 quart soda water

chris December 20, 2011 at 02:49 PM
This is a quality establishment. Great selection and very helpful,professional staff.
Strays and Others, Inc. December 21, 2011 at 04:03 AM
It's really great that New Canaan Wines extends this fundraising opportunity to the community. They have helped so many local charities-- Strays & Others has been one of many. Their shop is bright and airy and full of interesting and fabulous wines. We'd like to say thank you, once again, and invite everyone to come join us on the NEXT wine tasting/shopping event at New Canaan Wines sometime next Spring for the benefit of Strays & Others! Cheers!


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