Thursday
Feb122015

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tuesday
Jan132015

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.

 

Tuesday
Nov252014

Special Ticket Pricing To Uncork Fun in The Sun

Miramar Beach, Fla.  – The 29th annual Sandestin Wine Festival is set for April 16-19, 2015, and today event organizers announced early bird ticket pricing for the premier wine event on the Emerald Coast.

For the first 150 ticket purchasers, the special price for the Grand Wine Tasting on Saturday, April 18 is only $65, reflecting a savings of more than 30 percent. The Friday Evening Tasting on April 17 is being offered for only $50 for the first 150 ticket purchasers and $110 for two day passes.

These advance discounted tickets are available at SandestinWineFestival.com and have been created by award winning designer Jake Meyer. 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.

The Sandestin Wine Festival is the most established and continuously running wine festival on the Emerald Coast and has affectionately been called the “Kentucky Derby of Wine Festivals” because of its popularity and grandeur. Attendees are encouraged to secure tickets early because the popular Sandestin Wine Festival has a history of selling out prior to the event.

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.

“This special sale is our way to show appreciation to the countless loyal guests who return to the Sandestin Wine Festival and are part of the tradition year after year,” said special event manager Julie Stuckey.  “As evidenced by the success of the event, including last year’s festival, thousands people know that there is no substitute for the Sandestin Wine Festival in the charming setting of the Village of Baytowne Wharf.”

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.

Thursday
Jun192014

SANDESTIN WINE FESTIVAL RAISES $20,000 FOR LOCAL CHARITIES

Proceeds benefit both Fisher House and Sandestin Foundation for Kids

Destin, Fla (May 29, 2014) - The Sandestin Wine Festival, the most established and continuously running wine festival on the Coast, is donating $20,000 to local charities and philanthropic causes.

In its 28th year, the festival continues its commitment to supporting local charities. After a successful event April 10-13, the Sandestin Foundation for Kids was presented with $10,000 and Fisher House of the Emerald Coast was presented with $10,000.

“We are honored that proceeds from this event benefit local charities like Fisher House and Sandestin Foundation for Kids,” says Alan Meyers, the Village of Baytowne Wharf executive director. “These organizations are vital to the support of our community and the volunteerism provided for the festival are both crucial to the success of the event.”

Kim Henderson, executive director of Fisher House of the Emerald Coast, commented “These donations help support military families staying with us during a medical crisis by providing families with the comforts of home. Comforts such as: hosting birthday and back to school parties for children, providing transportation to school so children do not have to change schools, purchasing clothes and more.”

The 2014 Sandestin Wine Festival also provides support to another local program, the Sandestin Foundation for Kids, which assists children in need. Meyers commented, “100% of the proceeds go right back to the community, as there are no administrative expenses, truly making a positive difference in children’s lives.” Sara Becnel, a representative of the Sandestin Foundation for Kids, said, "We are thrilled to receive a donation from the Sandestin Wine Festival again this year. With donations like this, we are able to continue our effort in helping children and families both locally and around the world."

“Our donations from this year’s festival build on those that we have already contributed, and we hope to continue our relationship with these organizations for many years to come,” concluded Meyers. 

For more information about the Sandestin Wine Festival, visit www.sandestinwinefestival.com. For added savings, purchase tickets online prior to the event. Group discounts are also available.

Wednesday
Feb052014

SANDESTIN WINE FESTIVALPROVIDES PERFECT GETAWAY TO UNCORK SOME FUN IN THE SUN

Save the Date for April 10-13 for One of Florida Gulf Coast’s Top Events

Destin, Fla (Jan. 27, 2014) - Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort today announced details for the 28th Annual Sandestin Wine Festival, the most established and continuously running wine festival on the Coast.

Slated for this April 10-13, the Sandestin Wine Festival 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 28th 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 10

Wine Dinners at Sandestin’s Village of Baytowne Wharf.

Village restaurants will offer specially prepared menus paired with wines.

Friday, April 11

Grand Wine Tasting, 5-8 p.m. 

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.

Location: The Village of Baytowne Wharf 

Delicious Food Pairings

Interact with the region’s hottest chefs, while sampling foods to pair with wine.

Retail Tent, 2- 9 p.m. 

Purchase your favorite wine or spirits at a special Wine Festival discount. 

Location: Baytowne Marina

Saturday, April 12

Grand Wine Tasting, 1-5 p.m.

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. Individuals must be at least 21 years of age to taste wines.

Location: The Village of Baytowne Wharf

Retail Tent, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Purchase your favorite wine or spirits at a special Wine Festival discount. 

Location: Baytowne Marina

Sunday, April 13

Sunday Brunch by the Bay

Enjoy scenic views of the Bay, music and the charming marina while treating yourself to a delicious Sunday Brunch featuring wonderful champagnes. 

Location: Baytowne Marina

Retail Tent, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Purchase your favorite wine or spirits at a special Wine Festival discount. 

Location: Baytowne Marina

 

Accommodations from the Beach to the Bay

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 also available (code: WINE14). Call 866.91.BEACH to talk to an expert reservation specialist.

Because of the strong demand, high ticket sales and community support, people are encouraged to purchase tickets early before sessions sell out. Tickets are also a great gift idea for this upcoming Valentine’s Day. 

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 other worthwhile charities for Sandestin Foundation for Kids.

For more information about the Sandestin Wine Festival, visit www.sandestinwinefestival.com. For added savings, purchase tickets online prior to the event. Group discounts are also available.

Additional announcements including featured chefs and event updates will be released in the coming weeks.

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 1,250 Destin vacation rentals, condominiums, villas, town homes and the best in Destin 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.