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ABOUT TASTE OF THE WINE COUNTRY

Since 1978 Visalia County Center Rotary Club has served its community by raising funds to support local and world-wide nonprofit community benefit organizations and projects that are engaged in improving the quality of life here and around the world.

Taste of the Wine Country is our signature fundraising event. Club members actively participate in the planning and production of this popular, top-notch food and wine tasting experience enjoyed by hundreds of guests each April.

Spread over Visalia Country Club’s spacious Club House and lawns, guests socialize and wander among the food and wine tasting stations. Indoor and outdoor seating is ample with views of the lush golf course, stately oak trees, water fountains, and swans effortlessly drifting in the pond that fronts the 16th green.  

It’s easy to be part of the party.  Tickets are $40.00 and available from any Visalia County Center Club member.  You may also contact Rilian Ball at 559-697-5322 or rilian77@gmail.com.

All donated auction items are charitable contributions and help raise funds for loacl and international service projects.  

“It is just amazing to see so many Visalians help our club raise funds that will make the world a better place. It is great to be part of making good things happen here and in other countries.”

-Valerie Castles, long time Club member and Auction Supporter.

Who We Help

FOODLINK FOOD BANK

FoodLink for Tulare County, a nonprofit organization, has been working to end hunger in Tulare County since 1978. FoodLink warehouses and distributes millions of pounds of food annually to a network of more than 80 local nonprofit agencies, which directly feed needy families. In 2010, food distributed through FoodLink’s efficient network of food collection, preservation, and distribution reached more than 120,000 people, with more than two thirds  of those served being children.

HAPPY TRAILS RIDING ACADAMY

Happy Trails Riding Academy is a PATH International premier accredited center which enriches the lives of children and adults with physical, cognitive, and emotional disabilities through equine facilitated therapy.  Happy Trails Riding Academy assists riders with Cerebral Palsy, ADD, ADHD, head trauma, brain injury, sight and hearing impairments, developmental disablities, Autism, Down Syndrome, and more.

READ FOR LIFE

Read for Life is a family-based literacy program that encourages parents to provide the foundation for reading beginning at birth. Read for Life knows that children from families who read together have a greater potential for success in school. Read for Life is committed to breaking the cycle of illiteracy through early intervention, direct service projects, and community awareness.

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Our Projects

Local Projects

  • Community Fountain
  • Enchanted Playhouse
  • Nutrition on the Go Truck, FoodLink for Tulare County
  • Goshen Playground Renovation
  • Rotary Theater, Redwood High School
  • Hospice of Tulare County
  • Read for Life Mural, Mineral King Avenue
  • 3rd grade Dictionary Project
  • Children’s Room, Tulare County Library, Visalia Branch
  • Sober Graduation
  • Visalia Emergency Aid
  • Youth Sports Teams
  • Friends of the Fox Theater Foundation
  • Visalia Arts Council
  • ImagineU Children’s Museum
  • Golden State YMCA
  • Kaweah Delta Hospital Foundation, Mother & Baby Patient Room
  • Tulare County Symphony Association
  • Boy Scouts of America, Live Oak District
  • Kaweah Delta Hospital Foundation, DaVinci Surgery System
  • Green Acres Middle School, Music and Job Shadowing Programs
  • Visalia Youth Baseball World Series
  • Pro-Youth HEART, Visalia
  • American Cancer Society Relay for Life
  • Visalia Education Foundation
  • D.A.R.E.
  • Scholarships for high school graduates
  • Girl Scouts
  • Kaweah Oaks Preserve
  • Happy Trails Riding Academy
  • Green Acres Middle School Musical
  • Enchanted Evening Prom Wear
  • Visalia Emergency Aid
  • Boy Scouts
  • Boys & Girls Club
  • Redwood High School Band
  • Visalia YMCA

International Projects

  • Polio Eradication, World Wide
  • Fire Truck & Ambulance, Mexico
  • Blood Bank Project, Nigeria
  • Nutrition Project, Bolivia
  • Wheelchairs, Mexico City
  • Textbook Project, Guatemala
  • Emergency Shelter Boxes for Tsunami Victims, Asia and Japan
  • Clean Water & Agriculture Project, Angola
  • Solar Cookers, Africa