By Nicole Heubusch

AJSliqourAJ’s Fine Wines & Liquors in Valrico is home to many different types of beer, wines and liquors. For the past few weeks, every Friday night AJ’s has hosted a free tasting of select wine, beer and spirits from 6-9 p.m. and that will continue on December 5 and 12. Head to the back corner of the store, where there’s a bar and some chairs, and the wine and spirits representatives will greet you and pour you a taste.

On Monday, December 15 there will be a special holiday event. From 6-9 p.m. there will be free engravings on bottles of Gentleman Jack and Woodford Reserve Whiskey that are purchased courtesy of the Jack Daniels family. This engraved bottle makes a perfect gift this holiday season for the whiskey drinker in your life.

“Whomever you get this engraved bottle for can drink the whiskey, and use the bottle as a decoration, or when they purchase a new bottle of whiskey; they can get a funnel and pour the whiskey into their personalized bottle. Either way it’s a memorable item,” said Owner Ajay Jambhekar.

AJ’s carries a very broad variety, and if the store doesn’t have what shoppers are looking for, the owner will order it special for the customer. The products are very high quality for an affordable price.

“There are two things you think about when you taste a drink,” said Jambhekar. “How it tastes in your mouth, and how smooth it is going down. That is what differentiates the good products from the bad.”

AJ’s sells craft beers, gluten free beers, organic beer and wine as well as a variety of IPA’s and stouts. It has a walk-in beer cooler, a self-serve bar and a patio bar.

The shop is located in the Publix-anchored Shoppes at Lithia Plaza located at 3451 Lithia Pinecrest Rd. For more information on the tastings and upcoming events call 654-6488.

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