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ROGET’S FINE WINE AND BEER by Natalie Costa ROGET’S FINE WINE AND BEER, LOCATED in the heart of Oviedo, has been a pillar in the community since its opening in 1999. Originally owned by Stephanie and Roger Van Dusen, Roget’s is known for its premium wine and beer selection, as well as the specialized knowledge of its owners, past and present. Last year, Shannon and James Lehman bought the store after moving to the area from South Carolina. Now, as locals, Shannon and James appreciate the distinct feeling of community in Oviedo, citing their rapport with the store’s expansive customer base. “There’s definitely a family feel to this place,” says Shannon. “In fact, the former owners still help out when my husband or I need a day off. They have sort of taken us on as their adopted children,” she jokes. The community seems to reciprocate these feelings. The store’s Facebook page boasts a five-star rating and features customer reviews such as “[The] Owners are delightful and knowledgeable about pairing the wine. I was amazed that Shannon was able to tell me the uniqueness of how the wine was made and why she thought that I’d enjoy it. If you’re looking for wine, this is the place to shop.” Shannon’s background is in wine sales, which is she and James were such a good fit to take over the store. James is The shelves of Roget’s Fine Wine and Beer in Oviedo overflow an active duty soldier in the with delectable wine options Army and teaches ROTC at the expect additional paint-and-wine nights at University of Central Florida, in addition to Roget’s as well as the store’s second annual owning and operating Roget’s with his wife. Christmas party. To be sure, Roget’s is more than just a local Shannon recalls the overflowing attendance place to buy wine and beer. It’s also home at last year’s party and anticipates the same to private wine tastings and paint-and-wine this year as the community comes together events hosted by Yes You Canvas!. to celebrate. James and Shannon recently celebrated their one-year anniversary of owning Visit or stop Roget’s with a party in partnership with the by Friday or Saturday for the store’s Leukemia & Lymphoma Society to raise popular free wine tastings. funds for cancer research. As the holiday season approaches, customers can also FREE ly Roget’s Fine Wine and Beer Week s Tasti 5 n -8 g FRI 6 SAT 1- • Unique Wines & Specialty Beers • Large Selection of Wine Glasses, Wine Related Merchandise & Gifts • Custom-Made Gift Baskets • Wine & Paint nights/Private tastings available • Join Roget’s Wine Club! (call or Email for Details) Sunday & Monday - Closed Tuesday-Thursday - 11am-7pm Friday - 11am-8pm Saturday - 10am-6pm 2200 Winter Springs Blvd, Ste 104 | Oviedo, FL 32765 (Tuskawilla Bend Plaza next to Publix) 407-542-0922 November/December 2016 • Oviedo-Winter Springs Life | 27