Rochester Rotary Spring Wine & Beer Tasting Features Top Wine & Craft Beer Selections

Now in its 6th year, The Rochester Rotary Wine & Beer Tasting has become one of Rochester’s biggest Spring Events

“We had people calling and emailing us in February, asking when tickets are going on sale,” said event leader John Gaber. “The enthusiasm is beyond anything we considered when we started this a few years back. But with the efforts of our club members, the generous support of Bordine’s and dozens of other local businesses, it’s become quite a sensation.”

Rochester Rotary Annual Wine & Beer Tasting Fundraiser Reaches New Heights

The Rochester Rotary Wine & Beer Tasting has become one of Rochester’s biggest Spring Events

The 2018 event will take place on Friday, April 20 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Rochester Bordine’s store at the corner of Rochester and Hamlin Roads. It will feature several wine and beer tasting tables, food from 20 local restaurants, a jewelry auction, and a 50/50 Raffle.

Last year’s attendees may remember the huge Silent Auction featuring incredible items like dinner and Royal Park Hotel date night packages, Weeklong Stays at Condos in Florida, Rounds of Golf, Detroit Sports Tickets, and more.

Second time Silent Auction leader Ron Lichtle mentioned, “Our Silent Auction helps us support organizations in Rochester that are doing an incredible amount of good. We donate to Rochester Community House and Leader Dogs for the Blind, and provide scholarships for Rochester kids. The more we raise, the more we can help and that makes it all worth it.” This year’s Silent Auction will be even bigger with the goal of raising over $10,000 for local area charities.

“The Wine and Beer Tasting Event is far and away our largest charity fundraiser of the year,” said club President Ron DiLiddo. “It’s an exciting, dynamic night full of outstanding wine, beer, and food, all in the company of some of the best people you’ll ever meet. I can’t think of a better way to spend an April evening.”

Rochester Rotary Wine Tasting Event

Rochester Rotary Wine Tasting Event

As in the past, the fundraiser will take place at Bordine’s Nursery. In addition to enjoying the food and drink, attendees will have a chance to preview the Bordine’s Spring Expo displays ahead of the public. Lights Out Entertainment will provide entertainment. Tickets are $50 and you can buy them from any Rotarian, including Club Secretary Jeff Whitbey ( or at Bordine’s.

Rochester Rotary is a local member club of Rotary International, a worldwide organization of business and professional leaders that provides humanitarian service and encourages high ethical standards in all vocations.

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