More deliveries than your average maternity ward: Cambridge Wine Cellars in Morristown

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ON YOUR MARK...  Anthony Dinelli prepares to make a wine delivery to customers at a Morristown b.y.o.b. restaurant. Photo by Kevin Coughlin
ON YOUR MARK... Anthony Dinelli prepares to make a wine delivery to customers at a Morristown b.y.o.b. restaurant. Photo by Kevin Coughlin

 

Twenty-two deliveries in one evening would signal a population explosion for many maternity wards.

But it’s just another night’s work for David Bernat and Anthony Dinelli, who have spent the last month taking turns on a Vespa Vino scooter delivering wine to patrons at Morristown b.y.o.b. restaurants.

It’s a free service the former Manhattan College roommates offer from their new Cambridge Wine Cellars LLC shop, on the retail level of the Highlands at Morristown Station apartments, where Lafayette Avenue and Morris Street intersect.

ALL SMILES: Business is good so far, says Anthony Dinelli, co-owner of Cambridge Wine Cellars LLC in Morristown. Photo by Kevin Coughlin
ALL SMILES: Business is good so far, says Anthony Dinelli, co-owner of Cambridge Wine Cellars LLC in Morristown. Photo by Kevin Coughlin

“It’s been excellent,” said David, who, at 22, is barely legal to drink the offerings at Tuesday’s wine tasting for local business folks.

(Featured bottles included  an $11 red wine from Spain, Rioja Cortijo, and a $22 Broadside Cabernet from California.)

In their first month, the partners “sold out almost everything” and have had to re-order “multiple times,” according to David.

They perk up with every new train arrival across the street at the Morristown station. And they can hardly wait for Godfather’s pizza to open next door in November.

“I think it’s awesome,” said Vince Egan, a financial planner visiting the shop for the first time. He recently visited Argentina and was impressed by the Wine Cellars’ selection of Argentine vintages.

'HE'S GOTTEN SO BIG!'  David Bernat is flanked by his former neighbors, Kathy and Phil Del Giudice, at his new wine shop in Morristown. Photo by Kevin Coughlin
'HE'S GOTTEN SO BIG!' David Bernat is flanked by his former neighbors, Kathy and Phil Del Giudice, at his new wine shop in Morristown. Photo by Kevin Coughlin

Scott Mogren of Denville was partial to the pinot noir choices from Oregon.

Other guests included Phil Del Giudice, president of the Morristown Partnership, and his wife Kathy, who knew David as a boy in Morris Township; Jennifer Wehring, the Partnership’s marketing director; and Partnership trustee Amy Ferraro of the Cherish the Moment stationery store.

Morristown Councilwoman Rebecca Feldman took a break from her Independent Assembly campaign to wish the business well.

Assembly candidate Rebecca Feldman, left, and Jenn Wehring of the Morristown Partnership at Cambridge Wine Cellars event. Photo by Kevin Coughlin
Assembly candidate Rebecca Feldman, left, and Jenn Wehring of the Morristown Partnership at Cambridge Wine Cellars event. Photo by Kevin Coughlin

“They’re filling a niche,” she said.

And racking up the miles.

Already, the Vespa has logged more than 300 of them.

Call from any sidewalk table within two miles, David pledged, and “we get there in five minutes or less.”

We’ll drink to that.

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2 COMMENTS

  1. I l-o-v-e the idea of using a Vespa to deliver and their store adds to the charm of our beautiful historic town. Congratulations to these innovative members of our community.

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