Bottle Up Your Wedded Bliss

Central Bottle’s new wedding registry lets guests stock your at-home bar.

Photograph courtesy of Central Bottle

Photograph courtesy of Central Bottle

Yes, you need a wok (Calphalon, if you please). Sure, a crystal punch bowl would be nice. And let’s not forget those gotta-get Frette linens.

Wedding registry items can sometimes seem a dime a dozen. Same ole, same ole. Now, thanks to Central Bottle Wine & Provisions in Cambridge, you can now ask your guests for some really useful things—like wine, cheese, olives, and honey.

The eclectic wine shop from owners Nick Zappia and Liz Vilardi (of the Blue Room and Belly Wine Bar fame) is now offering wedding gift packages. They range from house-made and artisanal gourmet goods to high-end decanters and stemware to age-worthy wines to begin building a home cellar.

Brides and grooms simply contact the shop to hand-select gift packages and include a link on their registry for friends and family to contact the shop and complete the order.

The newest gift packages up for grabs are:

  • Pantry Pick-Me-Up ($260) – six bottles CB House Taibi EVOO, two bottles Carr’s Ciderhouse Cider Vinegar, two bottles Montinore Verjus, two bottles Intorcia Marsala
  • The Affineur’s Tools ($145) – three rolls cheese paper, two Brooklyn Slate cheese boards, two wooden knives/cheese spreaders, Laguiole knife, two honey dippers, cheese box
  • The Connoisseur’s Tools ($315 w/ 4-pack; $375 w/ 8-pack) – two Riedel decanters, two Vacuvins, four or eight Schott Swisel Stemware, Laguiole horn light wine key
  • House Wine ($200) – three bottles white wine, three bottles red wine, three bottles rosé wine, three bottles sparkling wine
  • House Wine Honeymoon Version (prices vary) – “The No-Shoes Honeymoon” ($200) with three bottles bubbles, three bottles island whites, six bottles rosé; “The European Honeymoon” ($250) with four Italian bottles, four French bottles, four Spanish bottles; “The Road-Trippers Honeymoon” ($275) with 12 bottles of funky California, Oregon and New York State wines; “The Adventure Honeymoon” ($300) with 12 bottles of mixed natural wine/orange wine
  • House Beer ($144) – three large-format ales, three large-format lagers, three large-format saisons/wheat beers, three large-format stouts/porters
  • House Wine + Beer ($150) – three bottles white, three bottles red, six bottles large-format/bomber small batch beer
  • Wine Crush Wine of the Month Club ($75/month) – monthly bottles from a highlighted winemaker
  • Cocktail Maven ($165) – bottle Dolin Dry Vermouth, bottle Perucchi Blanc, bottle Cocchi Americano, bottle Cocchi Vermouth di Torino, bottle Lutsau Dry Amontillado, bottle CB house-made grenadine, bottle CB house-made seasonal syrup (ginger, verbena, juniper), bottle CB house-made demorara syrup, four-pack of Q tonic, four-pack of Q soda, cocktail recipe cards
  • Build a Cellar ($325 or $650) – half-case of six bottles or one case of 12 bottles
  • Anniversary Edition ($250) – bottles to enjoy at one, five and 10 years (either all red or champagne), set of Schott Zwiesel champagne coupes
  • Completely Curated (price varies) – Wine buyers Liz Vilardi and GM Fanny Katz build a personalized starter set, anniversary edition, or a highly curated selection from the shop, with everything from cookbooks to wine to specialty items.

How convenient. Now you’re have something to drink while cooking in your new Calphalon wok.


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