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.

Tuesday
Oct062015

TICKETS UNCORKED FOR POPULAR HOLIDAY CHAMPAGNE EVENT AND 

Special Early Bird Pricing Available for Longest Running Wine Event in NW Florida

Tickets are now on sale for the third annual Sparkling Wine and Holiday Lights event scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 14 from 5-7pm inside The Village of Baytowne Wharf at Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort. The event is the official prelude to the Sandestin Wine Festival which will celebrate its 30th edition next April. Event officials also announced special discounted pricing for the longest-running wine event in Northwest Florida with savings of more than 30 percent.

“We tend to think of our Sparkling Wine event as the grown up sneak peak of our holiday festivities inside the Village,” said special event manager Julie Stuckey. “This event will really get you into the holiday spirit as carolers roam the streets, lights accent the decorative Village store fronts, and we kick off the season with the first 12 Nights of Lights Show and Tree Lighting. We invite everyone to come to this very popular event, sip a little bubbly and sample great food pairings.”

Sparkling Wine and Holiday Lights highlights 30 different champagnes and sparkling wines, and pairs them with delicious appetizers at featured Village restaurants. Tickets are currently discounted for pre-sale purchases for $40 per person, and include a commemorative glass.

Event organizers also announced early bird ticket pricing for the premier wine event on the Emerald Coast, the 30th Annual Sandestin Wine Festival, set for April 14-17, 2016. For the first 150 ticket purchasers, the special price for the Grand Wine Tasting on Saturday, April 17 is only $65, reflecting a savings of more than 30 percent. The Friday evening tasting on April 16 is being offered for only $50 for the first 150 ticket purchasers, and 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 our way to show appreciation to the countless guests that continue to return to the Sandestin Wine Festival,” said Stuckey. “They have been loyal to us and have seen this event blossom into one of the finest wine events in Southeast. Our patrons are truly part of the tradition that will make our 30th Annual Sandestin Wine Festival so special.”

This 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, celebrities and other updates will also be released in the coming months. Online booking fees apply. Group discounts are also available. 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: WINE16), call 866.91.BEACH.

Tuesday
Jul142015

Sandestin Wine Festival Raises $20,000 for Local Charities

 

 The Sandestin Wine Festival, the most established and continuously running wine festival on the Florida Panhandle, announced today that the organization has recently donated $20,000 to local charities and philanthropic causes from the proceeds of 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 $10,000 each.

Kim Henderson, executive director of Fisher House of the Emerald Coast, commented, “Continued support from the Sandestin Wine Festival supports military families staying with us during a medical crisis by providing families with the comforts of home. Thanks to these donations, we were recently able to fly in a family member who could not afford the cost, so they could be with their Ranger son during a major surgery.”

The 2015 Sandestin Wine Festival also provides support to another local program, Sandestin Foundation for Kids, which assists children in need. Sara Becnel, executive director of the Sandestin Foundation for Kids, said, “I wnt to thank everyone associated with the Sandestin Wine Festival for providing these proceeds to support the Sandestin Foundation for Kids,” said Sara Becnel, executive director. “The Foundation is here to provide support for families immediately and when it is needed most for children throughout the Emerald Coast and abroad. Our goal is to make a meaningful and positive difference in children’s lives. We appreciate the support, so our amazing stories of healing and success can be told.”

“In its 29th year, our festival remains committed to supporting these two local charities,” commented Alan Meyers, the Village of Baytowne Wharf executive director. “We have a long standing relationship with these two local charities and continue to support each one’s mission. They are instrumental in providing volunteer support to help with the festival and we look forward to continuing our partnership and hope to increase our contribution for the 30th Annual Sandestin Wine Festival,” concluded Meyers.

The 30th Annual Sandestin Wine Festival is set for April 14-17, 2016.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tuesday
Mar102015

UNCORK FUN IN THE SUN AT THE 29TH ANNUAL SANDESTIN WINE FESTIVAL 

Miramar Beach, Fla. – The 29th Annual Sandestin Wine Festival takes place April 16-19 and today event organizers announced the four-day lineup of events, tastings, entertainment and more. 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 17 from 5-8 p.m. and Saturday, April 18 from 1-5 p.m. 

The festival uncorks all the fun on Thursday, April 16 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. Enjoy food tastings, wine samples and a special presentation by winemaker Jessica Munnell from Mercer Wine Estates. Each night of the wine festival showcases special wine dinners from quality Village restaurants including Marlin Grill and Poppy’s Seafood Factory, among others. Also, on Friday night enjoy live music from Nashville rising star Maggie Chapman and local favorite Free Monica.

Saturday VIP ticket holders will enjoy an exclusive midday VIP event from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. at the Terrace Amenities Deck in the Village and will feature a “Base to Bubbles” wine seminar 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. Marlin Grill will accent the experience will special appetizers with musical performances from Maggie Chapman and the duo Elenowen, who captured immediate fame after appearances on the inaugural season of NBC’s The Voice.

Saturday’s Grand Wine Tasting 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. Entertainment for the Saturday tasting will feature Chris Alvarado Trio and Elenowen.

The weekend events for the Sandestin Wine Festival start with a twist, plus some postures and poses. Get your downward dog on for a first at the festival. The Mind, Body and Beach cleanses the spirit, if not the palette with a special yoga on the beach session presented by Spa Sandestin starting at 7 a.m. Saturday, April 18. 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 Seafood and Lunch Cruise aboard the Solaris from 12-3 p.m. on Friday, April 17. Enjoy a special dockside reception at Baytowne Marina, then board the vessel for the 2nd Annual Champagne and 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 19 at Baytowne Marina. Guests can choose from a wide variety of fresh, seasonal brunch items, live music and free flowing sangria, margaritas and mimosas.

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: WINE15). Call 866.91.BEACH to talk to a reservation specialist.

Chief sponsors of the 29th Annual Sandestin Wine Festival include Coastal Living magazine, Visit South Walton and ABC Fine Wine & Spirits.

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 29th 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.