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Celebrity Winemakers, Chefs, Craft Beer Brew Masters and Special Guests

2020 celebrity winemakers, chefs, craft beer brew masters and special guests are  in progress and will be announced as they are confirmed.  Check back often, follow us on Facebook and Instagram, or sign up for our eNewsletter to stay in the know with the latest Festival announcements.

  • Alessia Antinoir
    Alessia Antinori
    Vice President | Marchesi Antinori
  • Greg Brewer
    Greg Brewer
    Winemaker | Brewer Clifton
  • Jill Russell
    Jill Russell
    Winemaker | Cambria Estate Vineyard & Winery
  • Jared Himstedt
    Head Distiller | Balcones Distilling
  • Daniel Daou
    Winemaker & Proprietor | DAOU Family Estates
  • Mariano Buglioni
    Owner | Buglioni Valpolicella Winery


2019 Festival Tasting Guide

2019 VIP Tasting Guide


The Food

The 2019 Savor South Walton Culinary Village and Nosh Pavilions offered an array of food tastings, food and wine pairings and access to the people who make these amazing dishes. During the festival weekend, guests enjoyed food prepared by South Walton chefs and local favorites, including: Chef Scott Plumley, Culinary Director, Wine World Restaurants and Perfect in South Walton Grand Champion Executive Chef Winner, Chef Jim Shirley of Chef Jim Shirley Enterprises .

2019 Chefs and Special Guests Included:

Chef Scott Plumley, Culinary Director, The Craft Bar, The Wine Bar, and South Walton Beaches Wine & Food Festival

Chef Jim Shirley, Chef Jim Shirley Enterprises and Perfect in South Walton Grand Champion Executive Chef Winner

Chef Yoshie Eddings, Harbor Docks

Chef Ryan Cogan, Barefoot’s Beachside Bar & Grill, at Hilton Sandestin Beach Golf Resort & Spa

Mona B. McGee, Mac Farms

Publix Super Markets

Kilwins Chocolate Fudge & Ice Cream

VIP Tastings

VIP Tasting guests will enjoy delectable small plates prepared by favorite local chefs and sip the award-winning, prized wines presented and poured by our celebrity winemakers.

A Taste of Grand Boulevard

Another Broken Egg Café

Cantina Laredo Modern Mexican Food

Emeril’s Coastal Italian


Grimaldi’s Coal Brick Oven Pizzeria

Kilwin’s Chocolates, Fudge & Ice Cream

P.F. Chang’s China Bistro

Tommy Bahama’s Restaurant & Bar

The Wine Bar

2019's Scrumptious Cuisine Included:

Craft Beer & Spirits Jam: Friday

Enjoy scrumptious small plates on EATS STREET at this year’s Craft Beer & Spirits Jam provided by local favorites, including:

Cabana Café

Cantina Laredo Modern Mexican

Grayton Beer Brewpub

LaCocina Mexican Grill & Bar

Nanbu Noodle Bar

Roux 30A

SaBai Thai Café

Slick Lips Seafood & Oyster House

The Bistro at the Courtyard Marriott Sandestin at Grand Boulevard

The Craft Bar


Culinary Village: Saturday & Sunday

Chef Scott Plumley will prepare the delectable Oregon-inspired dishes to complement the featured Oregon wines throughout Culinary Village during Saturday and Sunday’s Grand Tastings. Dishes include:

Herbed Crusted Goat Cheese Fritters, Cottage Style Roasted Tomato Puree

Cider Seared Salmon, Wildflower Honey, Toasted Hazelnuts, Mushroom Risotto, Local Arugula

Small Batch Stout Braised Beef Short Ribs, Zucchini Pesto, Pecorino, Stone Ground Grits

Tillamook & Gruyere Beignets, Bay Shrimp, Roasted Corn, Sweet Tomato Chutney, Petit Basil

Golden Garden Gazpacho, Tomatillo Pipian, Asparagus Espuma

Dark Chocolate, Pistachio & Passion Fruit Truffles


Nosh Pavillions: Saturday & Sunday

Assorted Sushi

Fresh Arugula with Shaved Parmesan Cheese, Fresh Cracked Pepper and House-Made Olive Oil

Cajun Spiced House-Made Smoked Tuna Dip and Chips



Entrance into the Tasting Seminars is included as part of your Grand Tasting ticket purchase. Seating is first come, first serve.

The 2019 Tasting Seminar Stage was presented by Festival Founding Partner, Hilton Sandestin Beach Golf Resort & Spa.

Bill Samuels, Jr. - Marker's Mark

Bill Samuels, Jr.

From Kentucky Whisky Pioneers to Iconic Industry Transformations – The Maker’s Mark Way

Bill Samuels, Jr. of Maker’s Mark kicked off the festival Tasting Seminars on Saturday, April 27, 2019. Maker’s Mark began with one families quest to create a bourbon they enjoyed drinking and sharing with friends. That’s hardly revolutionary today, in 1953 it changed an industry. Bill Samuels, Jr. turned his parents’ little company into an icon and helped create a more flavorful version of their bourbon. Along the way, he rewrote the rules of marketing and set Kentucky’s bourbon industry on a path to growth and success. Enjoy the journey and stories of this visionary Whisky Hall of Famer.

Bourbons poured during the Tasting Seminar included:

Maker’s Mark Bourbon      $32.99

Maker’s 46 Bourbon     $44.99

Maker’s Mark BBN Cask St.     $55.99

Marker’s Mark BBN PS (Wine World)    $74.99

Michael Landis, Institut de Fromage

The Perfect Pair(ing)

Guests enjoyed tantalizing pairings of award-winning cheeses, meats and more to perfectly pair with wine at both Saturday and Sunday’s Tasting Seminars. Presented by Gourmet Foods International and Jackson Family Wines, world-renowned cheese expert and educator Michael Landis presented a sampling of the American Cheese Society’s Medal-winning cheeses.

As the Director of Education for the Institut du Fromage, Landis has been teaching food and beverage pairings for more than 20 years. He is an American Cheese Society Certified Cheese Professional and authorized Educator, Court of Master Sommelier, certified Cicerone beer server and was inducted into the International Guilde des Fromages in 2011. Seminar guests enjoyed selected wines including Matanzas Creek Sauvignon Blanc, Sonoma County CA 2017 WillaKenzie Chardonnay, Willamette Valley 2017 Ex Post Facto Syrah, Santa Barbara County 2016 and Arrowood Cabernet Sauvignon, Knights Valley 2014 poured to complement the cheeses and meats.

Special thanks to Jackson Family Wines for providing the perfect wines to pair with the perfect wine foods this year.

Wines poured for the pairing included:

Matanzas Creek Sauvignon Blanc (2017)     $21.99

WillaKenzie Chardonnay (2017)     $39.99

Ex Post Facto Syrah (2016)     $35.99

Arrowood Cabernet Sauvignon (2014)     $43.99

Mollie Battenhouse MW, Jackson Family Wines
Eugenia Keegan, Jackson Family Wines
Erik Kramer, WillaKenzie Estate

Left to Right: Mollie Battenhouse, Eugenia Keegan, Erik Kramer

The Origin and Evolution of Oregon Wines

In a discussion of the history and dynamic landscape of Oregon wines, Master of Wine, Mollie Battenhouse, was joined by WillaKenzie Estate Winemaker, Erik Kramer, and Jackson Family Wines’ Oregon General Manager, Eugenia Keegan. Seminar guests explored the history of Oregon terroir and viticulture as well as the artistry and science behind the winemaking, as showcased by wines from the celebrated producers WillaKenzie Estate, Gran Moraine and Zena Crown Vineyard.


Wines poured during the Seminar included:

WillaKenzie Estate Chardonnay, Willamette Valley (2017)     $39.99

WillaKenzie Estate Pinot Noir, Yamhill-Carlton (2016)     $31.99

Gran Moraine Pinot Noir, Yamhill-Carlton (2016)     $42.99

Zena Crown ‘The Slope’ Pinot Noir, Eola-Amity Hills (2015)     $78.99

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