We are best known for our weekly Friday Happy Hours held at different locations around Naples.
At a Happy Hour, the usual entry price is $7 for members and $9 when attending as a guest invited by a member. The same guest may attend up to two times per year. The venue provides appetizers for the bulk of that fee, and the remainder goes to our charitable giving budget, and other costs such as occasional entertainment, insurance and administrative expenses. Our weekly happy hours are not wine tastings, per se. Each venue provides happy hour pricing, and you are free to order whatever you care to drink. Many of our members are not wine drinkers; don’t let our name mislead you. We’re really more about being social and doing good for our community than about drinking. If after reading and hearing about us, you would like to attend, use the MORE INFORMATION button (at the top right of this page) to be placed on our e-mail list for a limited time and receive notice of our dates, times, and locations of our Happy Hours.
During the past year, we celebrated our 500th Happy Hour, and we have enjoyed incredible wine tasting events, parties, bowling nights, dance classes, a holiday party and a trolley tour. We contributed over $100,000* value of volunteer hours to our community through such projects as Habitat for Humanity home builds and two grill-out for the youth at Youth Haven.
Several years ago, Dan Leaman organized a wine/food party at Charmin (Davis) Good’s house with 17 people attending. In just 9 years we have grown to an approximately 400 member club that has raised over $400,000 for local charities while having some good times and making awesome new friends! Additionally, we have added a Volunteer Team to provide an ongoing network of volunteers to serve in the Naples community.
Our current 2017 Club membership fee has just been lowered to $35. Membership is by calendar year. Once you become a member you will begin receiving emails inviting you to all of our weekly Happy Hours and other events.
* Independent Sector values an average volunteer hour at $23.57
Board of Directors of Wine Tasters of Naples
- Sherri Weidman, President
- Al Beatrice, Vice President
- Gail Lathrop, Secretary/Treasurer
- Lynn Lewis, Volunteer Service Chair
- Suzanne McAlpine, Social Chair