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

by S. Lynne on January 3rd, 2020

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 34th anniversary in 2020. Named the “Best Annual Event” by Destin magazine, the popular festival offers wine lovers the opportunity to sample more than 500 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 17, from 5 to 8 p.m., and Saturday afternoon, April 18, from 1 to 5 p.m., at The Village of Baytowne Wharf at Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort. Appellations from all the major wine-producing countries will be represented, with a wide range of varieties, styles, and prices. Offered along with the wines are bite-size appetizers prepared by some of the area’s best chefs. Plus, each ticket holder will receive a Riedel wine glass etched to commemorate this year’s event.

Couple reading program on a sunny day at Sandestin Wine FestivalAlso on Friday, the annual Champagne and Seafood Lunch Cruise, in partnership with Coastal Wine and Spirits, sets sail from Baytowne Marina on the SunQuest Solaris yacht. The event, scheduled for 11 a.m. to 2 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. Cost of the cruise is $93 per person.

On Saturday morning, April 18, Spa Sandestin offers festival-goers a healthy start to the day with MIND. BODY. BEACH. Scheduled for 9 a.m., the exercise session features yoga and mimosas on the beach.

The festival ends on April 19 at Slick Lips Seafood and Oyster House in the Village of Baytowne Wharf. There will be bottomless mimosas and plenty of fresh seasonal goodies. There are two brunch times for this popular event, one at 10 a.m. and another at 11:30 a.m.

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.

The most established and continuously running wine festival on the Emerald Coast, the Sandestin Wine Festival is presented by Coastal Living magazine. For more festival information, click here. To order tickets. click here. Advance ticket prices start at $60 per person. The Sandestin Wine Festival event is rain or shine!

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

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