Fisher King Winery is one of the area’s shining gems.
It was founded in 2006 on the same block as the since departed Mustard Museum in Mount Horeb. Founder Alwyn “Fitz” Fitzgerald took his winemaking hobby to the public and immediately became a central focus of the “Trollway.” It was a great fit with the museum, antique shops and small bakeries and diners which line the main drag.
Eventually Fitz outgrew the space and was compelled to move. He found a spot in Verona’s Liberty Park business development, which features such icons as Sugar River Pizza and Wisconsin Brewing Company. In 2016 Fisher King moved into its current location.
There are three distinct areas inside the tasting room. The center area is where the bar is. To the right is the lounge, with comfy leather seats and board games.
On the left is the area where the band plays. Several tables are grouped so the band is the focus of attention. Although you can’t avoid the music throughout the place once the band kicks in, the other areas allow for it to be more background in nature.
We try to achieve a balance where people in the bar and lounge can carry on a conversation, yet they feel free to jump in and sing along when we hit on one of their favorite songs.
The main feature
The wine is top notch. Fitz focuses on making complex wines out of grapes which can be grown locally. Their Blue Rapture is the award winning best seller. Promising newcomers include Verona Red and Amber Dreams.
None of us in the band are experienced wine authorities. We wouldn’t know a tannin from a tent stake. But when the product is good we come back for more. And by gosh, we keep coming back!
There is a pleasing variety of wines across the whole menu. Sweet whites, dry reds and a lot in between. You will find your own favorite, but even the styles you may not be accustomed to will be tasty!
Their food menu is a locally sourced spread of appetizers. Some of the favorites are the cheese and sausage trays, charcuterie, and hummus antipasto spread.
If you’re hungry for more you can call over to Sugar River Pizza and bring a carryout over. And waiting for your pizza at a winery beats the hell out of sitting on a wooden bench waiting for your number to be called.
One of the great things about this place is it is constantly evolving. The focus is on (of course) the wine. But they’ve added craft beers on tap recently in addition to the bottled beer they’ve had for years. Wine Bingo is a regular feature and Fitz is always trying out new promotions and offers.
We’ve been to the winery several times over the past couple of years and we have a great time in the intimate space on the end. It lets us really interact with the crowd on a personal level. We can go acoustic and “folksy,” or we can open up a little more and rock things. It’s definitely a different feel than a traditional stage show where the band is up above and the crowd is down below.
If you haven’t been there yet, or if you haven’t been there in awhile, stop by on Saturday and check it out!