No Wine-ing Without Me opens shop in Houlton

15 years ago

By Karen Donato
Staff Writer

    Debra Garibotto has just opened the No Wine-ing Without Me Shop at the Dog Brook Farm Winery on the Ludlow Road in Houlton. Spending her entire career in some form of business, she is excited to offer this unique venue to Aroostook County residents.
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LET ME SHOW YOU AROUND — Debra Garibotto is anxious to show you around her new shop called No Wine-ing Without Me. Garibotto carries wine and beer making kits and beautiful gifts. Stop by on Wednesdays to sample wine from the Dog Brook Farm Winery at 535 Ludlow Road and see what else she has to offer.
    Garibotto specializes in helping customers make their own wine. She also carries a full line of wine and beer supplies for the do it yourselfer. Customers can visit the shop each Wednesday to sample the wine of the month or other Dog Brook Farm wines on hand. When you find the special blend you like, the process begins or if you want to come up with your own recipe, it is your choice. It will take 30 days for the fermentation from start to finish. The minimum order is 24 bottles and customers select their own customized label. Garibotto also offers personalized labels for weddings, anniversaries, grand openings, businesses, etc. Whatever fits your special occasion.
    If you prefer, you can make your own wine or beer at home, purchasing the supplies from Garibotto. She also carries unique gifts and accessories such as; crystal wine glasses, decanters, plates, cheese tiles, wine bottle lamps, napkins, stirrers, potpourri, jewelry and a must have stain remover called ‘Wineaway’ to remove red wine stains. Garibotto said, “It is the best!” She also offers her customers made-to-order gift baskets for all occasions that includes a bottle of wine or accessory items from her shop.
    Before moving to northern Maine, Garibotto and her husband John spent many years in the Portland area where she worked in banking, then dry cleaning and he in construction. Then they made a move to Ft. Myers, Fla.
    Laughingly she said, “ I went to the market one day and when I got back, John asked me what I bought. I said, ‘A wine shop’.”
    Garbotti said, “I stepped into this beautiful shop and asked the owner if she had ever thought of selling it and her reply was, ‘Yes.’
    She and her husband John operated the wine and accessory shop for 10 years before moving to Houlton in 2005 and bringing their expertise with them. They purchased the Moody farm at 535 Ludlow Road. The homestead, with its beautiful farmhouse, barn and milk house has made the ideal setting for her wine business. The processing and bottling is done in the barrel room while her gift shop occupies the milk room. She has an old cistern in the basement of the house that lends itself to the perfect environment for the aging of the wine. In time, Garbotti will have her own vineyards surrounding the barn.
    Garbotti was very familiar with this area having spent many summers at Forest City and Grand Lake. Her dad, Lew Bone retired as Houlton’s town manager after 10 years of service in 1995.
    Garbotti celebrated her grand opening on July 8 with members of the Houlton Chamber of Commerce and 150 guests throughout the day. Debbie Clark was the winner of a wine kit offered as a door prize.
    Business hours for the shop are Mondays, 1 to 6 p.m., Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Friday and Saturday by appointment only. They are closed on Sundays.
    Arrangements can be made to host a private wine tasting for parties of two and up to six people on either Fridays or Saturdays. Call Garbotti to make arrangements at 532-2544.