April 12 – 15, 2018 will be wine time on the Gulf Coast as the 32nd Annual Sandestin Wine Festival kicks off with “Wine, Food and Fun in the Sun!”
Held at the Village of Baytowne Wharf at Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort in South Walton, the event is the oldest continuously running wine festival in the Southeast. It features four days of wine dinners, wine tastings, and the opportunity to meet the vintners. in past festivals over 800 different wines have been poured.
Executive Chef Laurie Graupner of Seagar’s Prime Steaks and Seafood will be on hand at both the Friday and Saturday Grand Tastings. Other local chefs include Chef Jim Shirley, author of “Good Grits! Southern Boy Cooks” and creator of his signature dish Grits a Ya Ya, Chef Gio Filippone, Executive Chef at the Vue on 30A, and Chef Javier Rosa, former Executive Chef for Levy Restaurants at Amway Arena in Orlando and former Executive Chef at American Airlines Arena in Miami.
Wine and food parings focusing on the region’s rich seafood culture will be available at tents scattered throughout the festival area. The whole weekend culminates on Sunday with a Bubbly Brunch with New Orleans style beignets and raspberry coulis, shrimp and grits, mini quiches, and bottomless mimosas.
You can attend all of the events or choose from the Kick Off Party, Grand Tasting, or Bubbly Brunch. Tickets are available online at Sandestin Wine Festival.
Proceeds from the Sandestin Wine Festival go to benefit the Fisher House of the Emerald Coast which provides a home for military families when a family member is undergoing medical treatment, and Sandestin Foundation for Kids, making a positive difference in the lives of children.
Happy Wine Trails!