Rotary Club of Farragut hosts 18th Annual Wine Tasting Nov. 3 at SouthEast Bank

Food, wine and a silent auction highlight The Rotary Club of Farragut’s 18th Annual Wine Tasting, which benefits the club’s charities.

The event will take place from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, Nov. 3, in the Community Room of SouthEast Bank, 12700 Kingston Pike next to Renaissance | Farragut.

“This event is always a lot of fun,” said Dr. Stephanie Myers, who is co-chairing the event with fellow Farragut Rotarian Megan Belcher. “It is a really fun way for our club — its members, their friends, their families — to get together and interact.

“We’re down to the crunch time. Our big wine tasting event is two weeks and two days away,” Myers said during a Rotary meeting in Fox Den Country Club Wednesday, Oct. 18.

Normally, the event draws between 120 and 130 guests, Myers said. The event is open to the public, although a ticket, $65 each, would need to be purchased by Oct. 31.

“We are at about 100, which is normal,” she added.

Attendees will have an opportunity to bid on new auction items this year, Myers said.

Among the new items are rounds of golf donated by Fox Den Country Club and Wind River Golf Club, a leaf blower donated by Farragut Lawn and Tractor, a Dooney Bourke designer purse and gift cards.

“The items are rolling in for the silent auction,” said Tom March, who chairs the auction with Ben Harkins. He added other items include a dinner for two at Altrudas, $50 gift cards to Restaurant Linderhof and two dozen golf balls from Costco.

Another new feature this year is the caterer, Water Into Wine Bistro & Lounge in Farragut.

“And for the third year, the wine tasting will take place at SouthEast Bank,” she said. “They let us use their Community Room free of charge, which is quite lovely. Our event is unique in that all of the $65 goes to charity. We always do Polio Plus. I believe part of the proceeds, this year, are going to hurricane relief, and I believe part of it is going to the Knoxville Challenger [pro tennis tournament].”

To make proceeds to charities possible, Sam Taylor II, founder and co-owner of Dixie Lee Wines & Liquors, and Sam Mishu, president of M&M Development Company, underwrite the costs of wine and food and wine respectively.

For more information, call Myers at 865-986-5450 or e-mail