Rotarians in Liberty raised $2,386 at Magnolia Ridge Country Club Thursday evening, June 18, for the 3rd annual Rotary Wine Tasting fundraiser. The Country Club was packed to capacity and everyone had a great time. 

Rhonda Devillier and Ann Brazil of Southeast Texas Olive provided samples of their Devers produced, extra virgin olive oils and breads as an appetizer before the wine-tasting began.

Wine Tasting Committee Chairman Jim Sterling advised the guests to swirl, sniff and then sip the wines, savoring the flavor of each. Wines sampled included the following:

Fetzer Chardonnay 2013 from Mendocino, Calif., with flavors of apple, pear and tropical fruits. It is the perfect match for seafood, chicken, pasta and cheese.

Schmitt & Sohne Reisling 2013 of Rheinhessen, Germany. This aperitif is a great match for pork, fish and poultry.

Cavit Pinot Noir 2013 of Pavia, Northern Italy. This wine is delicious with grille dmeats, salmon, chicken, risotto, French and Italian dishes.

Baron Philip Rothschild Mouton Cadet 2012 of Bordeaux, France. Merlot 80%, Cabernet Sauvignon 12% and Cabernet Franc 8% make this Bordeaux perfect for steaks, barbecue and chocolate.

Ruffino Chianti 2013 of Toscana, Italy, is bottled in a Florentine Bottle (not straw-dressed “Fiasco” bottle), to be enjoyed with Italian foods, steaks, burgers and cheese.

Liberty County Judge Jay Knight was a guest of the club and took notes on his wine tasting experience. Judge Knight says “The Winner” is the Schmitt & Sohne Reisling 2013, noting it was “not sweet, not sour, not dry, surprising and good!”

Bravo to the Wine Tasting Committee for arranging such a fun and successful fundraising event: Chairman Jim Sterling, Sandra Sterling, Tracy Williams, Marsha LaFour, Dale and Marci Clawson, Richard and Angela Vinson.