2015 Schedule


THURSDAY, APRIL 23
VIP Meet and Greet with Winemakers and Industry Night
4 PM – 8 PM
Beachfront, Hilton Sandestin Beach Golf Resort & Spa
By invitation only, this insider’s reception and dinner is hosted by wine and festival founder, Chan Cox. A casual occasion, guests are treated to an authentic South Walton menu, complete with freshly shucked oysters, delicious wines and craft beer. Enjoy live entertainment as the sun sets into the mesmerizing Gulf of Mexico.

FRIDAY, APRIL 24
Winemakers and Shakers
4 PM – 6 PM | Wine World in Destin
Join us as we host honored winemakers and shakers from some of the top wineries in the world and taste great wines.

Craft Beer and Spirits Jam 
6 PM – 9 PM | Town Center and Grand Park
Taste specialty craft beers and spirits from the hottest breweries and distilleries in the country, sample eclectic dishes from top food trucks and local restaurants and enjoy a live concert by Boukou Groove. For a list of restaurants and eateries catering the Craft Beer and Spirits Jam, click here.

 

SATURDAY, APRIL 25
VIP Wine Tasting
11 AM – 1 PM | Grand Park
For the ultimate wine experience, the VIP Wine Tasting has top wine celebrities presenting and pouring rare and collectable wines. Food tastings from fabulous Grand Boulevard restaurants and your own commemorative Riedel glass round out this exclusive tasting. Express entry to Saturday’s Grand Tasting is included in ticket price.

Destin Charity Wine Auction Reserve Tasting
1 PM – 3 PM | Auction Central
This kick-off to the annual wine auction allows guests to enjoy fantastic reserve wines while perusing the silent auction items, including fabulous vacation trips and collectable wines. Part of the Destin Charity Wine Auction.

Grand Tasting
1 PM – 5 PM
Town Center and Culinary Village
It’s all about the wine! It truly is all about the quality, diversity and scope of wines being offered and the skills and relevance of the people bringing them to you. Over 800 wines will be available at the Grand Tasting, setting the stage for the ultimate enjoyment of ticket purchasers.

Champagne Lane
1 PM – 5 PM | Town Center
Special guests and wine celebrities, Sarah Halstead of Laurent-Perrier Les-Champagnes and Vianney Gravereaux of Champagne Salon and Delamotte, will walk you through Champagne Lane, featuring the finest Champagnes and sparkling wines. Champagne Lane is truly magical with indulgent chocolates, art demonstrations by South Walton Artists of the Year, fashion and of course, lots of bubbles. It’s a great way to kick off your festival experience as you ease into this fabulous day of tasting wine and delicious food pairings.

Wine and Food Tastings and Seminars
1 PM – 5 PM | Savor South Walton Culinary Village in North Park
Sample foods that pair perfectly with wine. Learn how to select the right wine for any occasion and how to pair food with wine at the free tasting seminars (first come, first served seating!). Enjoy Spirits’ Row and craft beer. Wine and food exhibitions from Wine World, ANCO Fine Cheese and South Walton eateries will take place. Castello Banfi, Kysela Père et Fils LTD and Hamilton Russell Vineyards’ winemakers will be featured in the Culinary Village.

Destin Charity Wine Auction
3 PM | Auction Central
This unparalleled charity event raises money for children in need in Northwest Florida and was named a “Top 10 Charity Wine Auction” by Wine Spectator magazine. For more information about Destin Charity Wine Auction Foundation’s amazing mission and this event, please visit website: www.DCWAF.org. Separate ticketed event.

Nashville Songwriters Showcase
Throughout the Day | Town Center
During the Grand Wine Tasting, the top songwriters from Nashville will perform their hit songs as part of the Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association’s (FRLA) Endless Summer Songwriters Series. This event is sponsored by the Florida Restaurant & Lodging Association, in conjunction with BMI.

SUNDAY, APRIL 26
Grand Tasting
1 PM – 5 PM
Town Center and Culinary Village
Sometimes something is so much fun you want to do it all over again. Welcome back to day two of the Grand Tasting. For those of you just joining us, relax and enjoy ambling around Grand Boulevard’s large Town Center as you taste as many of the 800 bottles of wine as you like. Mosey on over to the Savor South Walton Culinary Village and taste delicious food, selected to go with all varietals of wines. Check out the lifestyle stations and listen to the songwriters who came in from Nashville to play just for you. Castello Banfi, Kysela Pere et Fils LTD and Hamilton Russell Vineyards’ winemakers will be featured in the Culinary Village.

Champagne Lane
1 PM – 5 PM | Town Center
Special guests and wine celebrities, Sarah Halstead of Laurent-Perrier Les-Champagnes and Vianney Gravereaux of Champagne Salon and Delamotte, will walk you through Champagne Lane, featuring the finest Champagnes and sparkling wines. Champagne Lane is truly magical with indulgent chocolates, art demonstrations by South Walton Artists of the Year, fashion and of course, lots of bubbles. It’s a great way to kick off your festival experience as you ease into this fabulous day of tasting wine and delicious food pairings.

Wine and Food Tastings and Seminars
1 PM – 5 PM | Savor South Walton Culinary Village in North Park
Sample food that pairs perfectly with wine. Learn how to select the right wine for any occasion and how to pair food with wine at the free tasting seminars (first come, first served seating!). Enjoy Spirits’ Row and craft beer. Wine and food exhibitions from Wine World, ANCO Fine Cheese and South Walton eateries will take place.

Nashville Songwriters Showcase
Throughout the Day | Town Center
During the Grand Wine Tasting, the top songwriters from Nashville will perform their hit songs as part of the Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association’s (FRLA) Endless Summer Songwriters Series. This event is sponsored by the Florida Restaurant & Lodging Association, in conjunction with BMI.

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Please note that Savor South Walton Culinary Village events, Wine & Food Seminars and Nashville Songwriters performances are all part of the Grand Wine Tasting ticket price.