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

by S. Lynne on January 27th, 2017

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 31st anniversary in 2017. Named the “Best Annual Event” by Destin magazine, the popular event offers wine lovers the opportunity to sample hundreds of wines from around the world. Festival 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 21, from 5 to 8 p.m., and Saturday afternoon, April 22, 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 Lunch Cruise sets sail from Baytowne Marina on the SunQuest Solaris yacht. The event, scheduled for noon to 3 p.m., features a pre-voyage dockside reception with passed hors d’ oeuvres, followed by lunch – a four-course Gulf seafood menu paired with premium Champagnes.

There’s an unusual event returning this year for the fitness-minded. Presented by Spa Sandestin, Mind. Body. Beach. features yoga and mimosas on the beach at Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort. The exercise session starts at 9 a.m. on Saturday, April 22. Guests are encouraged to wear comfortable workout clothes but don’t need to bring any equipment. Yoga mats will be provided by Spa Sandestin.

Sandestin Wine Festival wraps up on April 23 with Sunday Brunch on the Bay. Scheduled from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., the brunch takes place at Baytowne Marina. Guests will enjoy live music, an array of lunch and brunch dishes, and delicious specialty drinks.

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 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. 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.

Information on tickets for Mind. Body. Beach. and Sunday Brunch on the Bay will be available soon.

Reservations are required for the Champagne and Seafood Lunch Cruise, which costs $90 per person. They 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, More To Do during the Sandestin Wine Festival

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