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Sandestin Wine Festival Promises Food, Wine, and Fun in the Sun

by S. Lynne on February 1st, 2018

Sandestin Wine Festival bottles of white and rose wines

It’s almost time again to “Uncork Some Fun in the Sun” at the Sandestin Wine Festival, which celebrates its 32st anniversary in 2018. Named the “Best Annual Event” by Destin magazine, the popular festival offers wine lovers the opportunity to sample hundreds of wines from around the world. Guests also have opportunities to interact with top winemakers, learn what foods and wines go best together, and buy favorite wines at discounted prices.

This year’s main events – the Grand Wine Tastings – are scheduled for Friday night, April 13, from 5 to 8 p.m., and Saturday afternoon, April 14, from 1 to 5 p.m., at the Village of Baytowne Wharf. Appellations from all the major wine-producing countries will be represented, with a wide range of varieties, styles, and prices.

Couple reading program on a sunny day at Sandestin Wine FestivalAlso on Friday, the annual Champagne and Seafood Voyage sets sail from Baytowne Marina on the SunQuest Solaris yacht. The event, scheduled for noon to 2 p.m., features a pre-voyage dockside reception with passed hors d’ oeuvres, followed by lunch – a three-course Gulf seafood menu paired with premium Champagnes.

Sandestin Wine Festival wraps up on April 15 with Sunday Brunch on the Bay. Scheduled to begin at 10 a.m., the brunch takes place at Baytowne Marina. Guests will enjoy live music, an array of lunch and brunch dishes, and free-flowing sangrias, margaritas, and mimosas.

Wines will be available for purchase at discounted prices in the ABC Fine Wine and Spirits Retail Tent. Located in the Village of Baytowne Wharf parking lot, it will be open daily during the festival. Hours are 2 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Friday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Saturday, and 9 a.m. to noon on Sunday.

Advance ticket prices for the tastings start at $55 per person for Friday ($65 on day of event) and $85 for Saturday ($95 on day of event). Click here to order tickets.

Reservations are required for the Champagne and Seafood Voyage, which costs $93 per person. The cruise can be booked online or by phone at 850-650-2519.

Sandestin Wine Festival table of goodies at Sunday Brunch on the BayPlaces To Stay, Other Things To Do During the Sandestin Wine Festival

To find Destin Florida vacation rentals or Highway 30A vacation rentals, places to eat, and other things to do in Destin while you’re in town for the wine festival, there’s no better place to start than on BeachGuide.com. Many of the individual rentals can be booked online directly from our site!

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