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Wrath of Grapes

For Immediate Release:

Wrath of Grapes Names Montgomery County's Small Business Of The Month

Released: March 5, 2024

Business: Wrath of Grapes

Contact: Andrew Santillo

Phone: (518) 853-8334

Wine & Liquor Store In Fort Plain Continues To Serve Up A Winner

FONDA – Wrath of Grapes has been serving customers in and around Fort Plain for more than 50 years. The success the business has had, however, owner Joseph Rosemyer credits to the local community.    

Wrath of Grapes has been selected as Montgomery County’s Small Business of the Month by County Executive Matthew L. Ossenfort and the Montgomery County Business Development Center because of its continued commitment to the area and its decades of service.  

“Wrath of Grapes is a success story,” County Executive Matthew L. Ossenfort said. “Certainly, a local small business that has stayed operational for so long and achieved so much is doing something right. Cheers to 50 years and here’s to continued success.”

Wrath of Grapes has everything you can think of when you are trying to put together that perfect cocktail for a party, a get-together, or just grab that bottle of wine that will go great with dinner. Wrath of Grapes has more than 12,000 bottles of wine in stock, so whatever your taste, they have what you are looking for.

“We have had a lot of customers through our years here,” Rosemyer said. “This tight-knit community makes our customers more like family and friends. The diversity of the people in Montgomery County has made our business a success, and the quaint Mohawk Valley and its picturesque country are always a plus.”

Rosemyer has been a big part of Fort Plain for many years. He built the Dome in 1973 and started Dome Liquors, selling that venture in 1976, to break ground and build the Charter House restaurant. That establishment was open from 1976-2011. During the flood of 2006, Rosemyer bought the Dome back, restored it and brought the restaurant back to a viable business. As the years went on, operating both businesses became too much and Rosemyer sold the Dome and moved the liquor & spirits store into the larger space that had been the Charter House restaurant.

“Having a store like Wrath of Grapes located in your community is an opportunity to shop local, support a small business and keep money in the local economy,” Montgomery County Business Development Center CEO Ken Rose said. “Businesses like the Wrath of Grapes play an important economic role, as they provide an outlet for local products, offers job opportunities and generate tax revenue.” 

Wrath of Grapes is open every day of the year, except Christmas. The store is located at 51 Hancock Street, in Fort Plain. You can reach them by phone at (518) 993-2624 or by email at

The small business of the month initiative recognizes local Montgomery County businesses that are making a difference in the community. Anyone wishing to nominate a deserving small business for recognition next month should contact the Montgomery County Business Development Center at 518-853-8334 or email with a brief note about the positive impact the company is making on the community. Nominations can also be submitted by sharing a post and tagging the business on the Business Development Center’s Facebook and Instagram accounts. 


Montgomery County Business Development Center (MCBDC) provides professional economic development assistance to businesses interested in expanding or relocating to Montgomery County. It offers real estate solutions, financial assistance and incentives, as well as business development and technical assistance. MCBDC acts as the county’s Department of Economic Development, & Planning, the Industrial Development Agency, and Capital Resource Corporation. To learn more visit

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