Who’s Who at The Tasting Room

The Tasting Room is built on the love and support of our friends, family, customers and local residents who recognize our desire to bring the very best to this outstanding, open community. Here’s a bit of information about the faces you’re sure to see when you visit!

Ken Kennett
The resident Italian Vino Expert, Manager and Event Coordinator is a TR native, a former restaurateur and a former owner/operator of an Italian wine distribution company. A veteran of the police force, the SWAT team and numerous visits to the illustrious Vin-Italy Celebration, Ken is a champion of service, loyalty and outstanding enological knowledge.

Evan Rutter
Owner and enthusiast of all things wine and beer,  Evan is a graduate of Furman University and has made the Upstate his home since 2002. He completed the UC Davis Winemaking Program and is a Level II Certified Sommelier, a Certified Specialist of Wine and a Certified Beer Server. He is excited to discuss all of his offerings and lend his friendly and capable assistance in selecting from the shop’s many and varied libations.