The 2016 Sandestin Wine Festival
Just a moment east of Destin is beautiful Sandestin and the Village of Baytowne Wharf. This week, they are getting ready to kick off one of their biggest events of the year, The Sandestin Wine Festival!
Taking place April 14-17, 2016, this annual wine festival is a favorite among those who vacation in Destin, as well as those who own Destin real estate and live here full time. Not only does this festival offer delicious wine, but a chance to sample local cuisine, as well as check out awesome entertainment all weekend long.
The kickoff party takes place at Rum Runners in the Village of Baytowne Wharf on Thursday evening. The night will feature wine from 30A, as well as appetizers and jazz pianist Cam Ray from 5-8PM. If you would prefer to beef up on your wine knowledge before hitting the tastings, sign up for the Thursday night wine seminar, Uncork the Bottle, with Will Mercer from 6-7PM or History of the Pinot Family at 8PM.
Friday night offers several events to attend, as well. This includes the first of two Grand Tastings, which will take place at the Village of Baytowne Wharf Event Plaza from 5-8PM on Friday evening, as well as 1-5PM on Saturday afternoon. Here, you can mingle with representatives from each of the vineyards, as well as visit the Culinary Pavilion to sample delicious fare that has been expertly paired with the available wines.
Other Friday evening events include the Champagne and Seafood Voyage aboard the Solaris, which leaves from the Baytowne Marina, as well as World of Bubbles. The latter event feature Bill Stobbs, a 17 year veteran of ABC Fine Wine & Spirits, discussing sparkling wines and the many differences in the World of Bubbles. This event begins at 4PM.
The weekend concludes with the Brunch on the Bay at the Baytowne Marina overlooking Choctawhatchee Bay from 10AM-2PM. Enjoy live music, free flowing sangria, margaritas and mimosas, and a seasonal brunch before wrapping up your decadent weekend of wine, food and entertainment in Destin!