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.

 

Wednesday
Mar302016

SANDESTIN WINE FESTIVAL POURS MORE FUN 

Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort announces details for the 30th Annual Sandestin Wine Festival, the longest-running and most established wine festival in Northwest Florida. Slated for April 14-17, the Sandestin Wine Festival presented by Coastal Living magazine, is known as the “Kentucky Derby of Wine Festivals.” It will be a picture perfect event complete with white tents, the tasting of hundreds of wines, culinary treats and live music. Now in its 30th year, guests are invited to “uncork some fun in the sun,” and see why the Sandestin Wine Festival receives accolades from media around the country.

Four days of unique events will include the following:  

Thursday, April 14
Official Kickoff Party5-8pm
The official kickoff party at Rum Runners is presented by Mercer Wine Estates and 30A.com. Enjoy featured Rum Runner’s menu samples, wine sampling and live music from jazz pianist Cam Ray.

Uncork the Bottle with Will Mercer │ 6-7pm
Enjoy an exclusive VIP seminar featuring Mercer Reserve and 30A wine selections paired with heavy hors d'oeuvres and a special meet and greet with Will Mercer, Mercer Wine Estates’ general manager.

The Ever Changing Grape | A History of the Pinot Family│ 8pm
This seminar, featuring Luke McCollum from Left Coast Cellars, will explore the history of Pinot Noir, Meunier, Blanc and Gris, clones and mutation differences plus similarities between the wines. The event will conclude with the development of the White Pinot Noir, which is sweeping the country. Signature Catering of 30A will provide delicious desserts and cheese.

Wine Dinners
Celebrate the festival with winemakers as they host a gourmet experience at select restaurants throughout The Village.

 
Friday, April 15
Champagne & Seafood Lunch Cruise │ 12-3pm
Patrons will embark on an unforgettable day that begins at the dockside of Baytowne Marina. The SOLARIS event includes a four-course meal, premium champagne pairings and a two-hour cruise. A reception is held at noon on the 125-foot yacht with appetizers and drinks to toast to the day. It’s smooth sailing for the rest of the afternoon as the SOLARIS cruises the sparkling local waters with warm coastal breezes from the sky deck and panoramic views from all three decks.

The World of Bubbles with special guest Bill Stobbs │ 4pm
A 17- year Veteran at ABC Fine Wine and Spirits, Bill Stobbs has gained a profound liking for wine from the southern hemisphere, though his love of wine ventures further. Bill is known for his courageous palate as he explores the new, the rare, the underestimated and the offbeat grapes of the wine world. Join Bill for a sparkling wine seminar, sampling & discussion of the many difference in the world of Bubbles. Signature Catering of 30A will provide delectable hors d'oeuvres.

Grand Wine Tastings │ 5-8pm
The pouring of hundreds of domestic and international wines makes for a grand event and offers a rare opportunity to learn about the finest appellations from major producing countries in all varieties, styles and price ranges. Also, enjoy tasty samplings from your favorite local restaurants with the Savor South Walton experience, including The Bay, Seagar’s, Sandestin Catering, Holy Cakes, Sunset Bay Café, 30A Olive Oil, Back Forty Beer, The Village Door, Osaka Sushi Rocks, The Beach House, Whole Foods and hailing from Birmingham, AL – John City Diner. Live music provided by the Matt McCarty Project.

VIP Lounge Area │ 4:30-8pm (SOLD-OUT)
Enjoy the exclusive VIP Lounge with premium wine, spirits and hors d’oeuvres from Marlin Grill, located at te Terrace Amenities Deck. 

Wine Dinners
Celebrate the festival with winemakers as they host a gourmet experience at select restaurants throughout
The Village.

ABC Fine Wine and Spirits Retail Tent, 2-9pm  
Purchase your favorite wine or spirits at a special Wine Festival discount. 


Saturday, April 16

Mind. Body. Beach. │ 9am
Breath in a new day and enjoy the beach with this gulf front yoga experience presented by the Spa Sandestin fitness aficionados. Enjoy yoga, mimosas and the beach with an experience that will rejuvenate your body and mind on the beaches of Sandestin.

Base to Bubbles | A Lesson on Sparkling Wines │ 11am-Noon

Join a unique look at champagne and sparkling wines with “Base to Bubble” presented by Coastal Wine and Spirits. Learn the basics of champagne, including the importance of grapes, and influences of terrain and climate when creating the perfect vintage. The seminar will feature Tom Tiburzi. Signature Catering of 30A will provide delectable hors d'oeuvres.

Grand Wine Tastings │1-5pm
The pouring of hundreds of domestic and international wines makes for a grand event and offers a rare opportunity to learn about the finest appellations from major producing countries in all varieties, styles and
price ranges. Also, enjoy tasty samplings from your favorite local restaurants with the Savor South Walton experience, including Savor South Walton experience including The Bay, Seagar’s, Sandestin Catering, Holy Cakes, Sunset Bay Café, 30A Olive Oil, Back Forty Beer, The Village Door, Osaka Sushi Rocks, The Beach House, Whole Foods and hailing from Birmingham, AL – John City Diner. Live music performed by Chris Alvarado and the Chris Godber Jazz Band.

VIP Lounge Area │ 12:30-5pm
Enjoy the exclusive VIP Lounge with premium wine, spirits and hors d’oeuvres from Marlin Grill, located at the Terrace Amenities Deck.

 Wine Dinners
Celebrate the festival with winemakers as they host a gourmet experience at select restaurants throughout The Village.

ABC Fine Wine and Spirits Retail Tent, 10am-8pm
Purchase your favorite wine or spirits at a special Wine Festival discount. 

Sunday, April 17
Brunch by the Bay, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Cap off your wine festival weekend at Baytowne Marina. Enjoy scenic views of the bay, live music and free-flowing specialty drinks while choosing from a wide selection of fresh, seasonal brunch items.

Exploration of Vintage and Oak Choices, 12pm
Explore the choices winemakers make through a tasting targeting the differences in vintage variation and oak aging. Enjoy a tasting of the entire line of Honor’s boutique 300 case or less production with winemaker Sean Meyer. The experience will also highlight four wines to provide clear examples of winemaking choices. 

ABC Fine Wine and Spirits Retail Tent, 10am-2pm
Purchase your favorite wine or spirits at a special Wine Festival discount. 

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 accommodations and tickets are available with savings up to 25% off (code: WINE16). Call 866.91.BEACH to talk to a reservation specialist or visit Sandestin.com/WINE. Because of the strong demand, high ticket sales and community support, people are encouraged to purchase tickets early before sessions sell out.

Chief sponsors of the 30th Annual Sandestin Wine Festival include Coastal Living magazine, ABC Fine Wine & Spirits,  Publix, Good Grit Magazine, Visit South Walton, 30A, GPL Landscaping, EC Magazine, 850 Magazine, Fly VPS and SoWal. 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, making a meaningful and positive difference in children's lives.

Thursday
Feb252016

UNCORK FUN IN THE SUN AT THE 30TH ANNUAL SANDESTIN WINE FESTIVAL 

Miramar Beach, Fla. (Feb. 25, 2016) – The 30th Annual Sandestin Wine Festival takes place April 14-17 and today event organizers announced the four-day lineup of events. The event is the longest-running and most established in Northwest Florida and is presented by Coastal Living magazine.

 

The Sandestin Wine Festival at Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort has become a tradition over the years and widely renowned as the “Kentucky Derby of Wine Festivals.” The thoroughbreds for the festival have always been the daily Grand Wine Tastings in the Village of Baytowne Wharf. The tastings will feature the pouring of hundreds of domestic and international wines on Friday, April 15 from 5-8 p.m. and Saturday, April 16 from 1-5 p.m. 

 

The festival uncorks all the fun on Thursday, April 14 with the official Sandestin Wine Festival Kick-Off Party at Rum Runners located in the Village. The event starts at 5 p.m. and is presented by Mercer Wine Estates and 30A. Enjoy paired appetizers, live music and delicious wines from the brand new 30A collection. Rum Runners will also host a special seminar upstairs – Uncork the Bottle with Will Mercer, from 6-7 p.m. The education seminar will feature Mercer Reserve and 30A wine selections paired with heavy hors d'oeuvres and a meet and greet with Will Mercer, General Manager for Mercer Wine Estates. Each night, the wine festival will also showcase special wine dinners from quality Village restaurants.

 

Friday and Saturday Grand Wine Tastings will feature vineyard representatives from around the globe and will provide a rare opportunity to learn about the finest appellations from all major wine producing countries in terms of varieties, styles and price ranges. The Savor South Walton experience will highlight chefs from the area including Chef Jim Shirley, Chef Javier Rosa, Chef Dan Vargo, and Chef Gio Filippone, among others. Village Merchants will also feature delectable appetizers to pair with wines.

 

Friday and Saturday ticket holders have the opportunity this year to enhance their grand tasting experience and enjoy an exclusive VIP lounge area presented by Coastal Wine and Spirits. Located at the Terrace Amenities Deck in the Village, the area will feature exclusive wines and hors d'oeuvres from Marlin Grill.

 

The weekend events for the Sandestin Wine Festival start with a twist, plus some postures and poses. The Mind. Body. Beach. event cleanses the spirit, if not the palette, with a special yoga on the beach session presented by Spa Sandestin. Starting at 9 a.m. Saturday, April 16, enjoy yoga and beautiful white sand beaches of South Walton all capped off with mimosas to start the day.

 

Back by popular demand this year is the Champagne & Seafood Voyage aboard the Solaris from 12-3 p.m. on Friday, April 15. Enjoy a special dockside reception at Baytowne Marina, then board the vessel for the 3rd Annual Champagne & Seafood Voyage. Enjoy a four-course seafood menu prepared by Solaris chefs as experts from Coastal Wine and Spirits pair the savory selections with premium champagnes.

 

Cap off the festival with a real treat and amazing views. The Sandestin Wine Festival Brunch on the Bay takes center stage 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Sunday, April 17 at Baytowne Marina. Guests can choose from a wide variety of fresh, seasonal brunch items, live music and free flowing specialty drinks.

 

The ABC Fine Wine & Spirits Retail Tent will be open daily throughout the festival and located at the entrance of Baytowne Wharf. Anyone can enter to purchase their favorite wines without ever having to leave the event.

 

Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort also provides the convenience of having accommodations that are steps or a convenient complimentary tram ride away from the festival. Packages with discounted accommodations and tickets are available with savings up to 25% off (code: WINE16). Call 866.91.BEACH to talk to a reservation specialist.

 

Chief sponsors of the 30th Annual Sandestin Wine Festival include Coastal Living magazine, ABC Fine Wine & Spirits,  Good Grit Magazine, Visit South Walton, and 30A.

 

Proceeds from the event 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, making a meaningful and positive difference in children's lives.

 

For more information about tickets and a full schedule of events for the 30th Annual Sandestin Wine Festival, visit www.sandestinwinefestival.com. People are invited to follow festival the event on social media using the hashtag #SandestinUncorked and the Sandestin Wine Festival Facebook page.