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. 

 

Thursday
Dec262013

Give the Gift of Good Taste with Tickets to the Sandestin Wine Festival, A Treasured Tradition and Opportunity to Uncork Some Fun in the Sun 

South Walton, FL (2013) – For people searching for a convenient gift of “good taste” for the holidays, look no further. The Sandestin Wine Festival, one of the most treasured traditions in the South, makes it easy and convenient to give a memorable gift by purchasing tickets online to this special event this April 10-13.

Held in the charming Village of Baytowne Wharf, the Sandestin Wine Festival has affectionately been called the “Kentucky Derby of Wine Festivals” because of its popularity and grandeur. It was also named the “Best Annual Event” by Destin Magazine.

Now in its 28th year and hundreds of tickets sold already for the 2014 event, the Sandestin Wine Festival is the original and most established and continuously running wine festival on the Coast.  There is no substitute for this magnificent tradition of the pouring of more than 700 wines in the comfortable, scenic, charming and family friendly setting of the Village in the top rated Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort.

A Friday evening Grand Wine Tasting on April 11 is combined with the Grand Wine Tasting on Saturday, April 12.  Based on the success of last year’s event, the wine festival is further expanding in the Village of Baytowne Wharf and at the Baytowne Marina.   Additional events include specialty wine dinners on Thursday, April 10 and a lovely wine and champagne brunch on Sunday, April 13 at the scenic Baytowne Marina.

Tickets to the Grand Wine Tasting can be conveniently purchased at www.sandestinwinefestival.com.  All people need to do is click, pay and print, and put this special gift under the tree. Packages combining discounted accommodations and tickets are also available by calling 1.866.91.BEACH.

New this year as a major sponsor is the addition of ABC Fine Wine & Spirits, Florida's oldest and largest fine wine and spirits merchant.

Coastal Living Magazine, the premier magazine for people who love the coast, is a presenting sponsor, and other notable organizations including The Atlanta Wine School and the Visit South Walton Tourism Development Council are supporting sponsors.

Proceeds of the Sandestin Wine Festival will go to children in need through the Sandestin Foundation for Kids and the Fisher House, a home-away-from-home for the Military families of seriously ill or injured patients.

Check out videos about the Sandestin Wine Festival at YouTube.com, including last year’s touching “flash mob” marriage proposal at the Baytowne Marina http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sevg2w8C8xg; the donation of more than $50,000 to local charities http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gXPOOzlIcwI; and other great visuals http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cWQyT1DsiCU

Additional news about featured guest and events will be posted at www.sandestinwinefestival.com in the coming weeks. 

 

About Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort
Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort (www.sandestin.com) 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 1,200 Destin vacation rentals, condominiums, villas, town homes and among the best in South Walton hotel accommodations.  As a member of Visit Florida and Visit South Walton, 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 pedestrian village with shopping, dining and nightlife. 

 

Guests and prospective guests 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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850.267.4164

Wednesday
Mar062013

Sandestin Wine Festival Pours More Fun | Nationally Known Healthly Eating Expert Diane Henderiks To Be Featured Chef 

The Sandestin Wine Festival, one of the top wine festivals in the country, today announced that nationally known healthy eating expert Diane Henderiks will be a presenting chef at its 2013 Spring event.

Slated for this April 18-21, 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, Gulf seafood and other culinary treats, and live music.

A chef and registered dietitian, Ms. Henderiks teaches America how to cook and eat well.  On Friday, April 19 at the Sandestin Wine Festival, she will entertain guests at the Coastal Living Magazine Stage during the Grand Wine Tasting event.

Ms. Henderiks has been a guest on many of the country’s leading media including CBS-TV, ABC-TV’s Good Morning American, NBC-TV Fox News, CNN, TLC, BetterTV and on Martha Stewart Radio. She has raised the culinary bar for healthy cooking and is renowned for her expertise in creating wholesome cuisine that is both delicious and nutritious.

Now in its 27th year, the Sandestin Wine Festival is the most established and continuously running wine festival on the Coast.  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 18

Wine Dinners at Sandestin’s Village of Baytowne Wharf

Village restaurants including Marlin Grill, Bistro Bijoux and Graffiti will offer specially prepared menus paired with wines.

Friday, April 19

Grand Wine Tasting and Cooking Demonstrations at the Coastal Living Stage, 5 to 8 p.m. 

The pouring of hundreds of domestic and international wines and spirits 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.  Visit the Culinary Pavilion as well to sample delicious fare and Gulf seafood paired with wines.  

Location:  The Village of Baytowne Wharf

Cooking Demonstrations at the Coastal Living Stage, 6 and 7 p.m.

Be entertained by culinary experts including Diane Henderiks.  Learn how she prepares favorite, healthy entrees and suggestions for wine pairings.

Location:  The Grand Lawn

Price:  Free with paid Wine Festival entry and wristband. Please note seating is limited.

Retail Tent, 2 to 9 p.m.  

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

Location:  Near the Baytowne Marina

Saturday, April 20

VIP Connoisseur Experience
Wine aficionados will enjoy a VIP tasting of rare and specialty wines.  This VIP experience includes:

  • Celebrity reception from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • Tasting menu lunch
  • A Specialty Reidel Wine Glass
  • Express entry into the Grand Wine Tasting

Location:  SunQuest Cruises' Solaris Yacht at Baytowne Marina

Grand Wine Tasting

The pouring of hundreds of domestic and international wines and spirits offers a rare opportunity to learn about the finest appellations in all varieties, styles and price ranges.  Visit the Culinary Pavilion as well to sample delicious fair including Gulf seafood paired with wines.  

Location:  The Village of Baytowne Wharf

Coastal Living Stage Presents Paula Deen, 2:15 and 3:45 p.m.   

Be entertained by Paula Deen and see one of her favorite recipes paired with wine.  

Location:  The Grand Lawn

Price:  Free with paid Wine Festival entry and wristband.  Please note seating is limited.

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

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

Location:  Near the Baytowne Marina

Sunday, April 21

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 and even a “Create Your Own” Bloody Mary Bar. 

Location:   Baytowne Marina

Because of the strong demand, high ticket sales and community support, people are encouraged to purchase tickets early before sessions sell out. 

Additional details are available at www.sandestinwinefestival.com.

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.

Tuesday
Feb262013

SANDESTIN WINE FESTIVAL JOINS EFFORTS OF SOUTH BEACH WINE & FOOD FESTIVAL

Destin (February 21, 2013) – Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort and the Sandestin Wine Festival today announced they are joining forces with the internationally known South Beach Wine & Food Festival (SOBEWFF) this weekend, February 21-24.

Sandestin contributed a weekend getaway and other attractive extras to the SOBEWFF online auction to raise scholarship funds, and is also an exhibitor at the Wine Spectator’s Trade Day, tomorrow Friday February 22.

According to Sandestin Wine Festival event manager Lanier Motes, we are thrilled that two of the best wine festivals in the South can team up this year.  “We are excited to support the South Beach Wine & Food Festival, and to connect these two very special organizations,” said Ms. Motes.

Slated for this April 18-21, the Sandestin Wine Festival is known as the "Kentucky Derby of Wine Festivals."  It is a picture perfect event complete with white tents, the tasting of hundreds of wines, Gulf seafood and other culinary treats, and live music.

Now in its 27th year, the Sandestin Wine Festival is the most established and continuously running wine festival on the Coast. Guests are invited to "uncork some fun in the sun," and see why the Sandestin Wine Festival receives accolades from media around the country.   This year’s event will include featured guest, and internationally known author and restaurateur Paula Deen.

Four days of unique events at Sandestin will include Grand Wine Tastings, VIP events, and the Coastal Living Magazine Cooking Stage.   Many of the 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.