Wednesday
Nov012017

Tickets Uncorked For Popular Holiday Champagne Event and Companion 32nd Annual Sandestin Wine Festival

Special Pricing Available for Longest Running Wine Event in Northwest Florida

Sandestin Wine Festival event officials announced special ticket pricing for the fifth annual Sparkling Wine & Holiday Lights event scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 18 and the 32nd Annual Sandestin Wine Festival in April.

 

Sparkling Wine & Holiday Lights is the official prelude to the Sandestin Wine Festival. Highlighting 30 types of champagne and sparkling wine paired with delicious appetizers at featured Village restaurants. Tickets are available for special pre-sale purchases for $40 per person, and include a commemorative glass.

 

Event organizers also announced special early ticket pricing for the longest-running wine event in Northwest Florida with savings of more than 30 percent. The 32nd Annual Sandestin Wine Festival is set for April 12-15, 2018. For the first 150 ticket purchasers, the Friday evening tasting on April 13 is being offered for only $50. The special price for the Grand Wine Tasting on Saturday, April 14 is only $65, reflecting a savings of more than 30 percent. Guests can also purchase two day passes for $110. These advance discounted tickets are available at SandestinWineFestival.com. Historically, the festival’s tasting events have sold out, so people are encouraged to purchase tickets early.

 

“This exclusive sale is a way to show our appreciation to the countless guests that return to the festival year after year,” said Julie Stuckey, events manager. “They are loyal to us and have seen the event blossom into one of the finest wine events in the Southeast. Our patrons are truly part of the tradition that make the annual Sandestin Wine Festival so special.”

 

This premier festival is a picture-perfect series of events, complete with white tents, flowing wine, gourmet food and live music at The Village of Baytowne Wharf at Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort. The Sandestin Wine Festival features one-of-a-kind seminars, wine dinners, grand wine tastings and culinary experiences.

Additional announcements including featured wines, regional celebrity chefs and other updates will be released in the coming months for the April event. For more information about the Sandestin Wine Festival, visit SandestinWineFestival.com. Packages featuring discounted accommodations and tickets are also available with savings up to 25 percent off (code: WINE18), call 855.516.WINE.

Tuesday
Jul182017

Sandestin Wine Festival Raises More Than $65,000 for Local Charities

Proceeds from the festival benefit Fisher House and Sandestin Foundation for Kids 

 

The 31st Annual Sandestin Wine Festival, the most established and continuously running wine festival in the Florida Panhandle, announced today the organization donated $65,920 to two deserving local charities. The proceeds are from the four-day event, held this past spring at The Village of Baytowne Wharf at Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort.

 

Due to the success of this year’s festival and sold out grand tasting events on Friday and Saturday, both the Fisher House of the Emerald Coast and Sandestin Foundation for Kids were presented with checks totaling $32,960 each.

 

“This event continues to bring a wide range of experiences for guests, wine experts from across the globe, and hard to find selections of wine. But we want the Sandestin Wine Festival’s focus to remain on the local community,” commented Alan Meyers, The Village of Baytowne Wharf executive director. “With the help of sponsorships, community partners, and the continued support of our festival from the locals and visitors alike, we were able increase our giving from last year. We hope to continue to ultimately benefit our local non-profits in need,” concluded Meyers.

 

“We are blessed with community partners and volunteers with big hearts who believe like we do that family is the best medicine,” said Teresa Halverson, president of Fisher House of the Emerald Coast, Inc. “A team effort, combined with the popularity of this annual world-class event and the generosity of our supporters contributing their time and resources helps us keep military families together when facing a medical crisis, furthering the legacy began by Zachary and Elizabeth Fisher."

 

Sara Becnel, Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort executive director and co-trustee of the Sandestin Foundation for Kids, said, “Since our founding in 2011 our goal has been to make a meaningful and positive difference one child at a time.  I want to thank our community, the volunteers and everyone associated with the Sandestin Wine Festival for providing these proceeds to support the Sandestin Foundation for Kids. Through your generosity, the Foundation will continue to make an immediate and direct impact in the lives of children and their families suffering from a variety of tragedies including health and economic issues throughout the Emerald Coast and abroad. We are grateful and humbled.”

 

The 32nd Annual Sandestin Wine Festival is set for April 12-15, 2018. Chief sponsors of the Sandestin Wine Festival include Coastal Living, Meiomi, ABC Fine Wine & Spirits, Good Grit, Visit South Walton, Publix, 30A, GPL Landscaping, EC Magazine, 850 Magazine, Destin - Fort Walton Beach Airport and SoWal.

 

Thursday
Mar092017

Sandestin Wine Festival Uncorks the Perfect Pairing with Two Powerhouses - Coastal Living and Meiomi

The Sandestin Wine Festival, one of the top wine festivals in the country, today announced the addition of two major players at the upcoming April 20-23, 2017 event.

The Sandestin Wine Festival is pleased to announce that Coastal Living signed on as a presenting sponsor for this event for the ninth consecutive year. Coastal Living is the premier brand for people who love the coast. It is the ultimate magazine and resource for coastal décor, food, lifestyle trends and travel.

The event is also pleased to announce that Meiomi, will be a featured wine sponsor for the first time. Meiomi will be pouring its three California coastal wines – Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, and its brand new Rosé—in the Meiomi Home on April 21 and 22. The Meiomi Home made its debut in 2016, touring the top food and wine festivals in the U.S. to bring the fresh, approachable taste and style of Meiomi directly to consumers. More than 30,000 wine lovers have tasted Meiomi in the Meiomi Home; a 20-foot by 20-foot structure crafted to resemble a cozy California bungalow. Tasters will feel at home as they sip Meiomi and discover the elegant, coastal elements of the Meiomi Home. Additional information about each of the wines, vineyard sourcing, and winemaker, Melissa Stackhouse, can be found at meiomi.com.

“We’re thrilled to bring the Meiomi Home to Sandestin this year, and to welcome visitors into our California wine bungalow,” said Clayton Seeto, Meiomi’s director of event marketing. “Our team will share delicious flavors from coastal California and capture the memory with our Lightbox, which will be a great reminder of their festival experience and time spent with Meiomi.”

Now in its 31st year, the Sandestin Wine Festival is the most established and continuously running wine festival on the Coast. Known as the “Kentucky Derby of Wine Festivals”, this picture perfect event is complete with the tasting of hundreds of wines, culinary treats, wine dinners, seminars, live music and more. Guests are invited to “uncork some fun in the sun” April 20-23 and see why the Sandestin Wine Festival receives accolades from media around the country.

Proceeds will be donated to the Fisher House, a worthwhile organization that provides free or low cost lodging to veterans and military families receiving treatment at military medical centers, and Sandestin Foundation for Kids, whose goal is to make a meaningful and positive difference in children's lives.

Chief sponsors of the Sandestin Wine Festival include Coastal Living, Meiomi, ABC Fine Wine & Spirits, Good Grit, Visit South Walton, Publix, 30A, GPL Landscaping, EC Magazine, 850 Magazine, Destin - Fort Walton Beach Airport and SoWal.

Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort provides the convenience of having accommodations that are steps, or a convenient complimentary tram ride, away from the festival. Packages with discounted tickets and deluxe accommodations are available with savings up to 25% off (code: WINE17). Call 855.516.WINE to talk to a reservation specialist or visit Sandestin.com/WINE.

 

About the Sandestin Wine Festival

The Sandestin Wine Festival is the most established and continuously running wine festival in the Southeast. Thousands of people enjoy festival events including wine dinners, seminars, grand wine tastings and culinary experiences in April, plus Sparkling Wine and Holiday Lights in November. Fans are invited to follow @SandestinWineFestival on Facebook. For complete information about the festival and affiliated events, visit sandestinwinefestival.com

About Coastal Living

Coastal Living is the source of inspiration and information for nearly 4 million who celebrate life along the coast. Coastal Living is produced by Time Inc., a leading content company that engages over 150 million consumers every month through its portfolio of premium brands across platforms. Follow Coastal Living on FacebookTwitterInstagram and Pinterest.

About Meiomi

Meiomi wines take their name from the word for “coast” in the language of the native Wappo tribe, a word which best symbolizes the character of the coastal California vineyards which lend their fruit to Meiomi’s distinctive wines. Using some of the very best grapes in Sonoma, Santa Barbara, and Monterey counties, veteran winemaker Joe Wagner introduced the first vintage of Meiomi Pinot Noir as a by-the-glass wine label.

Today, Meiomi offers a critically acclaimed collection of wines of unrivaled taste. Crafted under the stewardship of current winemaker Melissa Stackhouse, Meiomi wines blend the best expression of each coastal region into a singular, harmoniously balanced, complex and rich style. Meiomi Pinot Noir has become one of California’s leading luxury wines, garnering awards and accolades from both critics and wine lovers, while Meiomi Chardonnay is praised as an exemplary California Chardonnay, with an unforgettably bright and creamy style.

About Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort
Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort is a major destination for all seasons and all ages, and was named the #1 Resort on Florida’s Emerald Coast. The resort invites guests to a world of 2,400 acres and 30 charming neighborhoods featuring more than 1,300 vacation rentals, condominiums, villas, town homes and the best in hotel accommodations. As a member of Visit South Walton and Visit Florida, the resort features more than seven miles of beaches and pristine bay front, four championship golf courses, 15 world-class tennis courts, 19 swimming pools, a 113-slip marina, a fitness center and spa, meeting space and The Village of Baytowne Wharf, a charming pedestrian village with events, shopping, dining and nightlife. People are invited to download Sandestin’s APP for iPhone and Android devices, or become a Facebook Fan or Twitter follower for the latest events and news.

                                            

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Media Contacts:

Brooke Scholl, Marketing and Communications Manager

BrookeScholl@sandestin.com

850.267.4164

 

Maureen Holden, Marketing and Communications Director

MaureenHolden@sandestin.com

850.267.8261

Wednesday
Jan252017

Just announced: SunQuest Cruises’s Champagne & Seafood Lunch Cruise Menu

Sparkling waves and soft breezes set the mood for SunQuest Cruises’s Champagne & Seafood Lunch Cruise on Friday, April 21st from 12 – 3 p.m. In partnership with Coastal Wine & Spirits, SunQuest Cruises presents the ultimate way to kick off the Sandestin Wine Festival. Docked at Sandestin’s Baytowne Marina, the SOLARIS and its chefs are featuring an elaborate four-course, Gulf Coast seafood menu each paired with premium champagnes. 


The SOLARIS Champagne & Seafood Lunch Cruise is $90 per person including a four-course meal, premium champagne pairings and two-hour cruise. The dockside reception begins at 12 p.m. with cruise from 1 – 3 p.m. 

Reservations required online at www.SunQuestCruises.com or call 850.650.2519





Thursday
Jul142016

Sandestin Wine Festival Raises More Than $57,000 for Local Charities 

The 30th Annual Sandestin Wine Festival, the most established and continuously running wine festival in the Florida Panhandle, announced today the organization donated $57,500 to three deserving local charities. The proceeds are from the four-day event, held this past spring at The Village of Baytowne Wharf at Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort.
Both the Fisher House of the Emerald Coast and Sandestin Foundation for Kids were presented with checks totaling $25,000 each. The Emerald Coast Children’s Advocacy Center, who was new to the festival this year, received a $7,500 donation.
“In its 30th year, our festival remains committed to supporting our local community,” commented Alan Meyers, The Village of Baytowne Wharf executive director. “Our team wanted to significantly increase the amount of donations from the Sandestin Wine Festival. With the help of sponsorships, community partners, and the continued support of our festival from the locals and visitors alike, we were able to more than double our giving from last year. We hope to continue to ultimately benefit our local non-profits in need,” concluded Meyers.
 “We are pleased to partner with Baytowne Wharf Neighborhood Association and Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort, who host this annual world-class event,” said Teresa Halverson, President of Fisher House of the Emerald Coast, Inc. “Their generosity helps us keep military families together when facing a medical crisis. The wine festival, enjoyed by many year-after-year, connects visitors from across the southeast with Fisher House volunteers to make it happen.”   
Sara Becnel, executive director of the Sandestin Foundation for Kids, said, “Our goal is to make a meaningful and positive difference in children’s lives. I want to thank everyone associated with the Sandestin Wine Festival for providing these proceeds to support the Sandestin Foundation for Kids. The Foundation is here to provide support for families immediately and when it is needed most for children throughout the Emerald Coast and abroad.” 
Kim Henderson, director of development at the Emerald Coast Children’s Advocacy Center, commented, “We are thrilled to have the Sandestin Wine Festival become our first “Fresh Baked’ sponsor. Their donation will provide cookie dough for both our Niceville and DeFuniak centers for the next 15 months. Each time a child leaves our center, they leave with a fresh baked cookie. It’s always great to see them smile as they come out looking for their cookie.”
The 31th Annual Sandestin Wine Festival is set for April 20-23, 2017. Chief sponsors of the Sandestin Wine Festival include Coastal Living magazine, ABC Fine Wine & Spirits, Good Grit Magazine, Visit South Walton, Publix, 30A, GPL Landscaping, EC Magazine, 850 Magazine, Fly VPS and SoWal.