About Us

Rye Brook Wine & Spirit Shop, owned and operated by A.J. Hoffman and Gary Ratner since 2006, is focused on creating a diverse inventory that satisfies every palate and budget. A.J. and Gary, both experienced and avid consumers of wine since long before they owned the Shop, understand what customers want and work hard to provide unparalleled value and diversity in all of their wine selections. With its expansive and always growing selection of inventory, Rye Brook Wine & Spirit Shop strives to be a ‘one stop shop’ for its wine and spirits customers.

Gary Ratner grew up in Harrison, NY and received a B.S. in Finance from Tulane University. After working for several years in the Finance and Real Estate industries, Gary was able to apply his background to the wine industry and is always looking for the next breakout value wine offering. He oversaw the launch of the Rye Brook Wine & Spirit Shop website in 2007, and is relentlessly focused on ensuring the Shop maintains a robust selection with prices as competitive as possible in all price categories. He also works to merchandise both the store and website to maximize the benefit to the Shop’s customers. Gary studied at the French Culinary Institute in New York with Master of Wine Andrea Immer, and recently completed his Intermediate Certificate with the Wine and Spirits Education Trust (WSET).
A.J. Hoffman, also a Westchester native, grew up in White Plains and attended Rye Country Day School (’95). He received his B.A. in Economics from Brandeis University and his MBA from Pace University’s Lubin School of Business. A.J.’s passion for wine began early on, as evidenced by a wine and cheese event he hosted for his 21st birthday at his college fraternity house (a rather unlikely setting for such a party). As the resident wine consultant for Rye Brook Wine & Spirit Shop, A.J. is always learning about new wines and expanding his general wine knowledge, which he uses to assist customers with their wine selections, both big and small. Having completed his WSET, Advanced Certificate, A.J. frequently attends trade events and tastings to keep his palate sharp and to ensure that Rye Brook Wine & Spirit Shop always has an expansive selection of wines to satisfy any palate.
Gary and A.J. are always available to assist customers in the store, by phone or by email. We invite you to take advantage of the knowledge, selection and great prices that Rye Brook Wine & Spirit Shop has to offer!