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Celebrity Winemakers, Chefs, Craft Beer Brewmasters and Special Guests

2020 celebrity winemakers, chefs, craft beer brewmasters 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
  • Jessica Koga
    Associate Winemaker | Davies Vineyards and Schramsberg Vineyards
  • JP Caldcleugh
    Director of Winemaking | Union Wine Company


2019 Festival Tasting Guide

2019 VIP Tasting Guide


The Food

The Savor South Walton Culinary Village and Nosh Pavilions offer an array of food tastings, food and wine pairings and access to the people who make these amazing dishes. During the festival weekend, enjoy food prepared by South Walton chefs and local favorites.

Grand Tastings Chefs and Special Guests Include:

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

Chef Yoshie Eddings, Harbor Docks

Chef Daniel Peters, Beach Walk Café

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

Mona B. McGee, Mac Farms

Publix Super Markets

Friday VIP Tasting in Culinary Village

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


Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Bar

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

This Year's Scrumptious Cuisine Includes:

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

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 authentic Italian dishes to complement the featured Italian wines throughout Culinary Village during Saturday and Sunday’s Grand Tastings. Dishes include:

Fried Goat Cheese, San Marzano Tomato Sauce

Toasted Panino, Mortadella, Capicola, Salami, Provolone, Olive Salad, Italian Bread

Lamb Ragout, Red Wine Braise, Pecorino, Creamy Polenta

Rock Shrimp, Tomato & Leek Fondue, Spring Pea Risotto

Pork Belly, Italian Salsa Verde, Lemon Gremolata, Orzo Salad

Chocolate Espresso Panna Cotta, Caramel Crunch


Nosh Pavilions: Saturday & Sunday

Assorted Sushi

Paella prepared on-site

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

Pork Belly Bahn Mi Bao Buns with Hoisin BBQ Sauce, Cilantro & Pickled Vegetables

An Array of Confectionary Treats



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

Presented by Hilton Sandestin Beach Golf Resort & Spa.

Saturday, April 25, 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm
Alessia Antinori - Marchesi Antinori

600 Years of Wine

From the most iconic wine families in the world, Marchesi Antinori, Alessia Antinori presents her family’s history in Chianti Classico area for 600 years.

Wines to be poured include:

Villa Antinori Bianco 2018

Marchesi Antinori, Chianti Classico Riserva ‘Villa Antinori’ 2016

Marchesi Antinori, Chianti Classico Riserva ‘Marchese Antinori’ 2016

Marchesi Antinori, Chianti Classico Gran Selezione ‘Badia a Passignano’ 2016

Marchesi Antinori, Toscana IGT ‘Tignanello’ 2017

Saturday, April 26, 2:45 pm – 3:30 pm
Scott Neil - American Freedom Distillery

The Horse Soldiers Story

Days after 9/11, the USA responded with a daring insertion of small teams of Green Berets, mounted on horseback, into Northern Afghanistan. These brave men are honored today by America’s Response Monument at Ground Zero in New York City. Nicknamed the “Horse Soldiers”, these same men make the bottle in your hand emblazoned with the image of this statue. Horse Soldier® Bourbon is award winning and authentically made with all-American ingredients. The Horse Soldier® glass bottle is molded by steel recovered from the World Trade Center to commemorate the lives lost and never forgotten.

Bourbons to be poured include:

Horse Soldier Barrel Strength Bourbon

Horse Soldier Small Batch Bourbon

Horse Soldier Straight Bourbon

Sunday, April 26, 1:30 pm - 2:15 pm
Tracey Shepos Cenami - Chef & Cheese Specialist, Kendall-Jackson Wine Estate & Gardens

Jackson Family Wines: Wine & Cheese Pairing

The saying is “Eat local. Drink local”. What this means is food and wine from the same areas tend to be a great match. The cheeses are artesian, local, Santa Barbara cheeses. Just like the wines. They were handpicked by Tracey Shepos Cenami, Chef & Cheese Specialist at Kendall-Jackson Wine Estate & Gardens. Jackson Family Wines will pair their gorgeous Santa Barbara Wines.

Wine & Cheese Pairing to Include:

Diatom ‘Bar-M Vineyard’ Chardonnay, Santa Barbara – Bellwether Farms Creamery- Carmody

Brewer-Clifton Pinot Noir, Sta. Rita Hills – Central Coast Creamery- Ewenique

Ex Post Facto Syrah, Santa Barbara – Matos Creamery- St Jorge

Cambria Julia’s Vineyard Rosé, Santa Maria Valley –  Marin Creamery- French Traditional Brie

Cambria Viognier, Santa Maria Valley – Bellwether Farms Creamery- Carmody (I know it’s the same as Diatom, but it will have a different accoutrement)

Cambria Julia’s Vineyard Pinot Noir, Santa Maria Valley – Central Coast Creamery- Seascape

Sunday April 26, 2:45 pm – 3:30 pm
Mollie Battenhouse – Master of Wine, JFW Portfolio Education Director
Steven Plaut – Director of Sales, FL for Jackson Family’s branch of Southern Glazer’s – Artisans & Estates

Jackson Family Wines Presents BIG REDS

Big Reds to Be Poured Include:

Big Reds to be poured:

Arcanum il Fauno di Arcanum, Tuscany

Bootleg Red Blend, Napa

Château Lassègue, St. Emilion, France

Freemark Abbey Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley

Hickinbotham ‘Trueman’ Cabernet Sauvignon, McLaren-Vale, Australia

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