Invited to a festive holiday party at a friend’s place? Hosting a gathering for the whole family? Maybe a cozy, Christmas feast for a few of your closest friends? Whatever the style of soirée, we’ve wrapped up your guide to the best places in Grand Rapids for buying wine and host gifts this holiday!
Martha’s Vineyard — Don’t let this shop’s frontage as a neighborhood corner store fool you! The wine selections are epic and international, and this gourmet grocer’s pairing options (DIY charcuterie, anyone?) are every bit as impressive.
Tap on the shoulder of one of the friendly, knowledgeable wine connoisseurs you’ll find inside, and they’ll gladly climb the library-style sliding ladders to grab you a bottle of some of the best stuff around — to share for the holidays, or to savor all by yourself!
Art of the Table — This gourmet shop? It’s locally raved about, and for good reason. And, whether you’re looking to show up on your hosts’ doorstep with a mix-and-match six pack of seasonal brews or hoping to find that just-right wine that’ll pair perfectly with what your hosts are preparing, the masters here can help.
Shop gourmet, small-batch goodies, libations, and all things fit for the table. Peruse their pre-made collection of thoughtfully-curated gift baskets — like “Warm Up Your Holidays” or “The Elevated Happy Hour” — or enlist Art of the Table staff to help you craft a custom, modern basket that’ll fit both the personality and palate of your holiday host or hostess!
Aperitivo — Inside Downtown Market Grand Rapids, you’ll find this lovely, artisan shop chock-full of the stuff your holiday gathering dreams are made of. Saunter up to their full-service counter — where the cheeses are cut-to-order by knowledgeable cheesemongers and perfectly paired with accompaniments — and craft your own charcuterie board with hands-on help from the experts!
The Crushed Grape — An impressive selection of local and international wines — including hard-to-find varietals from smaller vintners — fill the space of this cozy, inviting shop, conveniently located just off the Beltline. The gourmet cheeses, dips, and desserts to match? They make it a must-visit! Be sure to watch their schedule for upcoming sampling events so you can try and buy your new favorites before the holidays arrive.