FORT JENNINGS — Whiskey, Wine and Roses in Fort Jennings has offered an array of alcoholic upscale beverages in an inviting atmosphere since December 2018.
The business, located at 17747 state Route 190, Fort Jennings was opened by Gary Stechschulte and his wife, Rose Stechschulte, their daughter, Tiffany Williams, and her husband, KC Williams.
“I have been making wine for the last six to seven years, and so many people enjoyed it they encouraged me to open a winery,” Gary Stechschulte said.
The business sells sweet, dry and semi-dry wines and red and white wines. The wine distributor is from northwest Ohio, and the wine is both domestic and imported.
The most popular wine is peach moscato. It is light, crisp and refreshing and has great flavor, said Keith Milligan, beverage director. There also are wine slushies sold year-round with flavors including sangria, lemon pinot, bourbon and amaretto sour.
The business has nearly 150 labels of bourbons that KC Williams said his customers enjoy.
Customers can purchase a flight of bourbons to sample a variety of flavors.
“I have loved bourbon for the past 15 years and acquired a taste for it,” KC Williams said. “I think we offer something that isn’t offered anywhere else locally and a diverse mix of options.”
The business since opening has brought in live bands ranging from soft rock, jazz and country music. The reception from the local community has been very strong, said Joy Milligan, the business’s events coordinator. People from Van Wert, Lima, Wapakoneta and elsewhere in Putnam County have visited the winery.
WWR recently shifted to making mixed drinks, such as classic and contemporary cocktails with three flavors of Old Fashion cocktails. It makes its own sugars in-house. An Old Fashion smoky bourbon cocktail is another option.
“My favorite drink is the Old Fashion bourbon. That is a great intro into bourbon for people who are not familiar with it,” Keith Milligan said.
Food choices include sharables, such as oven-baked crispy wings, pretzel bites and spinach and artichoke bread. Other options are tacos, buffalo chicken, baked brie, pesto toast points that is brochette and fresh dough pizza.
There is a room that can be rented out for bridal and baby showers, class reunions and graduation parties and one wedding was held at the business last fall.
“It is nice to be able to offer something that is unique, with the different high-end beverages and entertainment every weekend,” Tiffany said.
Business hours are from 4 to 9 p.m. Thursdays, 4 to 10 p.m. Fridays and from 2 to 10 p.m. Saturdays.
Reach Jennifer Peryam at 567-242-0362.