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

Expect to meet and enjoy wines from the top winemakers in the world. Recent celebrity guests have included Cristina Marini May of Banfi Vintners, Chef Emeril Lagasse, Mark Perrin of Château de Beaucastel, Jean-Charles Boisset of Boisset Family Estates and Peter Mondavi, Jr. of Charles Krug Winery.

Wine seminars take place for those wishing for more focused and in-depth tastings.

2018 celebrity winemakers, chefs, craft beer brew masters and special guests include:

  • Dave Pickerell WhistlePig Farm Distillery and Hillrock Estate Distillery
    WhistlePig Farm Distillery and Hillrock Estate Distillery
    Michael Landis
    Education for the Institut du Fromage | Director
  • Anthony Hamilton Russell
    Hamilton Russell Vineyards
  • Zidanelia Arcidiacono
    Zidanelia Arcidiacono
  • David Adelsheim
    Adelsheim Vineyard
  • Mathieu Pouchan
    Delamotte and Salon Champagnes
  • Rob samuels
    Rob Samuels
    Maker's Mark

And many more...


2017 Medal Winners


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 including Scott Plumley of The Craft Bar, Mona B. McGee, owner of Mac Farms, and the venerable Yoshie Eddings of Harbor Docks.

Chefs and Special Guests Include:

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

Chef Kevin Korman, Roselie Dining & Seafood Bar

Chef Yoshie Eddings, Harbor Docks

Chef Ted Morrison, Barefoot’s on the Beachside Bar & Grill, at Hilton Sandestin Beach

Chef Stephen Bucalo, The Hub

Mona B. McGee, Mac Farms

VIP Tastings

For VIP Tastings, enjoy delectable small plates prepared by favorite local Chefs and sip the award-winning, prized wines presented and poured by our celebrity winemakers.

VIP Tent: Friday

Presented by The Wine Bar

Grouper Ceviche, Lychee, Calabrian Chile, Citrus, Crisp Plantain

Smoked Mussel Bruschetta, Chickpea Puree, Roasted Mushrooms

Enjoy Scrumptious Cuisine, Including:

Culinary Tent: Saturday & Sunday

Presented by The Wine Bar

Alabama Goat Cheese Fritters, San Marzano Tomato Sauce

Avocado Sourdough, Marinated Baby Tomatoes, Aleppo Pepper

Presented by The Craft Bar

Heureux Beef Slider, Aged Gouda, Tomato-Bacon Marmalade, Coastal Blue Farms Micro Arugula

Low Country Shrimp & Grits, Conecuh Sausage, Shellfish Nage, Collard Greens


Craft Beer & Spirits Jam: Friday

Presented by The Craft Bar

Roasted Brussel Sprouts, Granny Smith Apples, Pecans, Neuske’s Bacon, Pork Boudin




Anthony and Olive Hamilton Russell, Hamilton Russell Vineyards
Saturday, April 28
1:30 - 2:15 pm

Anthony Olive Hamilton Russell

Anthony and Olive Hamilton Russell

Learn more about Hamilton Russell Vineyards and please stay tuned for exciting details!

Rob Samuels, Maker's Mark
Saturday, April 28
2:45 - 3:30 pm

Rob Samuels

Rob Samuels

Maker’s Mark: the Samuels Family Legacy

Rob Samuels, Maker’s Mark COO and grandson of the founders, walks us through a unique whisky flight, including White Dog (unaged bourbon), Maker’s Mark, Maker’s 46 and Maker’s Mark Cask Strength, where we will learn about the family’s rich bourbon history through special tastings and stories.

Matieu Puchan, Salon Delamotte
Sunday, April 29
1:30 - 2:15 pm

Matieu Puchan

Matieu Puchan

Learn more about Salon Delamotte and please stay tuned for exciting details!

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