She made wine jelly from the half-empty wine bottles, substituting wine where recipes called for juice, and sold it at farmers markets in Tucson until one day someone from AJ’s Fine Foods approached McCreery about carrying the jellies on their shelves.
“I just was making it to sell at farmers markets,” she said. “Then we were in AJ’s the first month we were in business. Then we had customers ask if we could do gift baskets and we said, ‘Sure, yeah!’ So me and my girlfriends were learning how to make gift baskets on my dining room table.”
She then opened a storefront in Tucson where she ran her business. When her husband got a job transfer that brought the family to the Valley, she opened up a location in Chandler and split time between the two cities.
Now, McCreery owns and operates d’Vine Gourmet only in Chandler where she said she puts an emphasis on all things local. The shop offers handmade caramels, Arizona wines, handmade gift baskets filled with local goods, McCreery’s wine jellies and so much more—and McCreery has her hands in all of it.
“The best thing we can do to support our community is be localvores, and I’m a huge localvore,” McCreery said. “I try really hard to buy as much as I can locally. My jars are from a local distributor; I pay a little extra to have local things. That’s kind of our thing—we are all about the local.”
McCreery comes up with the recipes for the wine jellies and creates the caramels for the business. She said she loves seeing regulars come into the store for caramels and other treats, but that the business also draws in patrons from all over the Valley and beyond, something she said she takes a lot of pride in.
“We are very good at listening to our customers, and our business had changed to meet our customers’ desires,” she said. “We are a destination, but we also pull in a lot of business from our 3-mile radius.”
The business owner said she is looking forward to the future of d’Vine Gourmet in Chandler and hopes to one day expand operations.
“We are fresh; we are local; and we support other local businesses,” she said. “I love it here; we will never leave.”
The business is offering curbside service due to COVID-19. D'Vine Gourmet is located at 4955 S. Alma School Road, Ste. 4. 480-275-5320