WINE MAKERS AND SPECIAL GUESTS

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.

2017 celebrity winemakers, chefs, craft beer brew masters and special guests include:

  • DON HARTFORD
    Jackson Family Wines, Hartford Family Wines
  • FRANCO MASSOLINO
    Massolino Wines
  • ERIK SACCOMANI
    ANTINORI
  • GLENN C. SALVA
    Antica Napa Valley, Antinori
  • HARLEN WHEATLEY
    Sazerac and Buffalo Trace
  • LAURENT GRUET
    Gruet Winery
  • ANDREW HOLLOWAY
    Rombauer
  • TOMMY BRUNETT
    Iron Smoke Whiskey

And many more...

OUR WINES

2016 Medal Winners

CULINARY VILLAGE

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 Emerald Coast Catering and The Craft Bar and the venerable Yoshi Eddings of Harbor Docks.

2017 food to taste throughout the festival:

  • Delicate Marcona almond samples
  • Assorted charcuterie
  • Hand rolled sushi by celebrity chef Yoshi Eddings of Harbor Docks
  • Fresh produce and olive oils
  • Scrumptious international cheeses
  • Blood Orange Sorbet from Chef Ted Morrison, Barefoot’s Beachside Bar & Grill, at Hilton Sandestin Beach
  • Wonderful Italian meats and cheeses including Asiago d’allevo vecchio, pdo parmigiano reggiano extra, pdo, Pecorino romano, italian, pdo , Provolone piccante, pdo and Prosciutto from ANCO

For Saturday’s VIP Tasting, delectable small plates are prepared by the Chefs of celebrity winemakers, who pour their most prized wines. Signature restaurants from Grand Boulevard, including Cantina Laredo Mexican Gourmet, Tommy Bahama’s Restaurant, Travinia Italian Kitchen & Wine Bar, Mitchell’s Fish Market, P.F. Chang’s and Grimaldi’s Pizzeria serve their most popular dishes.

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2017 TASTING SEMINARS

Saturday Grand Tasting, April 29
Sunday Grand Tasting, April 30

WINE & FOOD SEMINARS

Laurent Gruet, Gruet Winery

For 2017, the sparkle is back! And by sparkle, we mean bubbly of course! Second-generation winemaker, Laurent Gruet, and the fabulous sparkling wines of Gruet Winery will be featured at the festival during a special presentation at Champagne Lane. Laurent will also present one of four tasting seminars. His seminar, “French Roots; American Dreams,” will explore his family’s winemaking journey from the Champagne region of France to New Mexico where they craft their award-winning, top-rated sparkling wines. Sip on these delectable bubbles while listening to Laurent tell his family’s story about passionately crafting American sparkling wines in the traditional French method.

Tommy Brunett, Iron Smoke Whiskey

Also in the 2017 tasting seminar line-up – a really special treat from rocker turned whiskey-maker, Tommy Brunett, founder of Iron Smoke Whiskey. As the touring guitarist with Modern English (I’ll stop the world and melt with you – that song!) in the 80s, Tommy played concerts throughout the world. He takes center stage here to take the audience on his adventure from rock n’ roll to award-winning whiskey. A natural raconteur, Tommy still rocks with his band, The Tommy Brunett Band (you can see them mainstage at Friday night’s Craft Beer & Spirits Jam).

Glenn Salva, Wine Estate Manager, Antica Napa Valley –
Antinori, Italy (Southern Wine & Spirits)

The Antinori Family history is a narrative about devotion to winemaking that is woven through more than 630 years and 26 generations. Six wines will be tasted that will showcase how the Antinori reputation has grown throughout the centuries by making innovative and sometimes courageous choices, always with unwavering respect for the land and for tradition. The Antinori Family winemaking history will be explored through Cabernet Sauvignon from three of their esteemed wine estates: Tenuta Tignanello (Tuscany), Tenuta Guado al Tasso (Tuscany), and Antica Estate (Napa Valley). Wine will be tasted in this order:

TENUTA TIGNANELLO, Chianti Classico Riserva ‘Marchese Antinori’ 2013

TENUTA GUADO AL TASSO, Bolgheri Rosso ‘Il Bruciato’ 2014

ANTICA NAPA VALLEY, Cabernet Sauvignon 2013

TENUTA GUADO AL TASSO, Bolgheri Superiore ‘Guado al Tasso’ 2012

ANTICA NAPA VALLEY, Cabernet Sauvignon ‘Townsend Vineyard’ 2012

TENUTA TIGNANELLO, Toscana IGT ‘Solaia’ 2013