TRAVELERS REST, S.C. — First opened in Travelers Rest in late 2015, The Tasting Room has moved to a new, larger Main Street location, behind Farmhouse Tacos in the back of what was the old Poinsett Plumbing building.
Building from a business model that began as a "mostly retail" boutique bottle shop that also offers affordable wine samplings by the glass, owner and founder Evan Rutter said his customer base had grown to a point that a move was "becoming a necessity."
"I got a call that this space was available, and the timing for an expansion was great," Rutter said.
Now with about four times the usable area plus a large outdoor patio, The Tasting Room offers about 24 wines available by the glass as well as three "weekly features" that are available by the glass, bottle, or flight. They also have a rotating selection of six craft beers on tap and more than 20 can/bottle selections.
On the retail side, The Tasting Room has a selection of between 180 and 200 wines and 150+ different beers.
Starting out with a focus on smaller, artisan-type wineries, Rutter said The Tasting Room owes much of its growth to Ken Kennett, whom Rutter considers to be his 'right hand man'. Kennett used to own a wine distribution company as well as some restaurants in Greenville, and he's well-versed in Italian wines, Rutter said.
The Tasting Room is open Wednesday and Thursday from noon to 8 p.m.; Friday and Saturdays from noon to 9 p.m.; and Sundays from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
As the weather warms up, Rutter said they plan to have a live music calendar in addition to other monthly events.
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