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I've never been much of a grappa drinker (never found any as good as a couple I had in Venice years ago).

Now I need some help in buying a grappa. I belong to a dinner group that is going to a very good Italian restaurant that is BYO. I was asked to bring a grappa. I guess brand names would be a good start but if you know where I could purchase your favorite grappa in central New Jersey, I'd appreciate that info. as well.

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  1. Grappa is a distilled spirit, a brandy made from the grape skins (or pommace). It is not a wine. I don't know all the ins-and-outs of New Jersey law, but -- at least here in California -- it's illegal to bring distillates into a licensed restaurant. (It may be legal if the restaurant has *no* liquor license; I'd have to check.)

    The top producers of grappa are Jacopo Poli and Nonino (at least, among those I've personally tasted), but there are, of course, many others.

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    1. re: zin1953

      Of course you're right. My little pea brain kinda forgot about that. If I don't get too many responses, I may repost on the spirits board.

      Interesting comment about whether a spirit can be taken into a BYO restaurant. I will have to check. The restaurant in question is actually in Pennsylvania which has VERY different liquor laws from Jersey.

      1. re: ambrose

        Whoops, I am on the spirits board! Excuse me while I go get a drink! LOL.

    2. I don't know what you can find but I like 'Prime Uve nere' (it's a little harsh but tastes like grappa! - The normal prime uve is a bit like paint thinner). And Nardini's grappas, their riserva has a lot of armagnac flavours about it but their regular grappa is perfectly drinkable.

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      1. re: ali patts

        Yes, Nardini is another very good producer.

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