Sandestin Wine Festival Pairs with Two Wine Powerhouses

  ABC Fine Wine and Spirits and the Food Network's entwine™ Wines to Participate

DESTIN, FL, April 5, 2013 /PRNewswire/ - The Sandestin Wine Festival, one of the top wine festivals in the country, today announced the addition of two major wine industry players at the upcoming April 18-21, 2013 event.

ABC Fine Wine & Spirits, the largest fine wine and spirits retailer in Florida with more than 145 stores, will pour special wine selections at the Sandestin Wine Festival. This involvement complements ABC's Panhandle expansion, and their focus on education and providing fine customer service. Just recently, the 77 year old company announced Destin and Panama City will be ABC's first expansion west of Tallahassee. Construction is expected to start late summer/early fall, with the stores opening in early 2014.

The Sandestin Wine Festival is also pleased to announce that entwine™ Wines, will be the featured wine for the Coastal Living Magazine Cooking Stage. Food Network partnered with Wente Vineyards, America's oldest continuously operated family-owned winery, to create entwine. Food Network's culinary team works directly with fifth generation wine maker Karl Wente to make these signature wines delicious on their own, and work well with food flavors.

In related news, the Sandestin Wine Festival reports record ticket sales for this year's 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.

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.
  Participants include Graffiti and the Solaris Dinner Cruise
   
Friday, April 19  
  Grand Wine Tasting, 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.  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. Diane will share her tips and tricks for creating delicious and healthy dishes that are simple to prepare. Suggestions for wine pairings included.
  Location:  The Grand Lawn
  Price:  Free with paid Wine Festival entry and wristband.
   
  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:
 
  • A 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, 1-5 p.m.
  The pouring of hundreds of wines and spirits offers a rare opportunity to learn about the finest appellations in all varieties, styles and price ranges. Sample delicious fair including Gulf seafood paired with wines.
  Location:  The Village of Baytowne Wharf
   
  Coastal Living Cooking 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.
   
  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


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.

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.  Call 1.866.91.BEACH to talk to an expert reservation specialist.

About Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort
Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort was named the #1 resort on Florida's Emerald Coast. The resort invites guests to a world of 30 charming neighborhoods with hotel suites, villas, condominiums and townhomes. 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 charming Village of Baytowne Wharf.  Visit www.sandestin.com or follow Sandestin on Facebook and Twitter for the latest information and events. 

 

SOURCE Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort




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