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.


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.










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.



Sandestin Wine Festival announces musical lineup for 29th annual Sandestin Wine Festival


Sandestin event organizers announced the music lineup for the 29th Annual Sandestin Wine Festival April 16-19, 2015 - the premier and longest –running wine event on the Emerald Coast. This year's festival will highlight new musical styles featuring special regional artists.


The Friday night Grand Wine Tasting will showcase local group Free Monica as well as Nashville up and comer Maggie Chapman. Saturday afternoon will feature musicians from the Chris Alvarado Trio, followed by former The Voice sweethearts Elenowen. Elenowen and Maggie Chapman will also perform an intimate songwriter's round at the exclusive Saturday VIP party.


"We are excited to welcome two Nashville rising and buzz-worthy stars, as well as keep the local feel in place with South Walton musicians, in an effort to continuously add to the mystique of this event as the 'Kentucky Derby of wine festivals'," said special event manager Julie Stuckey. "I know the Sandestin Wine Festival patrons will be impressed with the songwriting talent and charisma of these extremely talented performers. If they aren't already household names, they will be."


Most fans of Elenowen fell in love with the duo during their appearances on the inaugural season of NBC's The Voice, and have stayed true to their characteristic tender melodies, lyrical motifs and incandescent acoustic work. Rolling Stone says their sophomore album, For The Taking, "bridges the gap between seventies folk and rock, modern America." Elenowen also had success with their single "Honey Come Home" which reached #1 on the iTunes singer-songwriter charts.


Fresh off her brand new placement on Pretty Little Liars with "It Should've Been You", Maggie Chapman returns to the Village of Baytowne Wharf for an encore performance from her fall debut on the Emerald Coast. Undoubtedly, when it comes to crafting lyrical brilliance and unforgettable melodies, the Florida native is in no short supply. Her debut album, Vignette garnered attention with placements on RollingStone.com, USA Today and American Songwriter. Outlets including Teen Vogue and Kings of A&R echoed their enthusiasm for Maggie, with similar 'Artist to Watch For' praises in the recent months.


Local singer-songwriters Kyle LaMonica and Ben Freidman will kick off Friday night with their duo "Free Monica". LaMonica was nominated for 30A Hotspot Awards "Hottest Local Musicians/Bands" category, 2012 Beachcomber Musician of the Year nominee and a 2013 Beachcomber nominee for the Best Solo Artist. The other half of the duo – Ben Freidman – works as a solo artist and on projects such as Von Brain, plus records and produces in his spare time. Chris Alvarado, who also calls Santa Rosa Beach his home and was named a finalist in the Nashville Music City Songwriting Competition, the 2014 American Songwriting Awards and semi-finalist in the Unsigned Only Music Competition.


For more information about the Sandestin Wine Festival, visit www.SandestinWineFestival.com. Packages combining discounted accommodations and tickets are also available with savings up to 25% off (code: WINE15 ), call 866.91.BEACH.










SunQuest Cruises SOLARIS Champagne & Seafood Lunch Cruise

Miramar Beach, Fla  – Sparkling waves and soft breezes set the mood for SunQuest Cruises’s Champagne & Seafood Lunch Cruise on Friday, April 17th 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 Sandestin Wine Festival is one of the most anticipated events of the year and our location just steps away makes it a perfect way to celebrate the start of the weekend,” stated James Murray, General Manager for SOLARIS. “Our guests still talk about last year’s event and we look forward to another great culinary celebration on the water.”

Patrons will embark on an unforgettable day that begins with a Dockside Marina Reception at noon on the 125-foot yacht with Oysters on the Half Shell with Cucumber Mignonette, Lime and Blood Orange Ahi Tuna Ceviche and a Fresh Herb and Crawfish Spring Roll. Toast to the day with a Netherland Ombra cocktail, a blend  of Stellina di Notte Prosecco and Nolet’s Silver Gin.

It’s smoothly 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 following “Making Way Course” includes Grilled Jumbo Gulf Shrimp with Fiji Apple Salad and Green Curry Sauce perfectly paired with Ruinart’s Brut Rose Reims Champagne from France.  For the “Waypoint Course”, the SOLARIS chefs will serve fresh local Cobia over Spicy Napa Cabbage and Mango Slaw, accompanied by a SOLARIS Rose Petal Lemonade with Chandon Brut Champagne and Ketel One “Oranje” Vodka.

For the “Quayside Finale Toast”, guests will enjoy a Seared Sea Scallop crowned by Wasabi Caviar. Sip on Vueve Clickquot Demi-Sec Champagne as the SOLARIS returns to the dock.

The SOLARIS Champagne & Seafood Lunch Cruise is $80 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.