‘A great escape’: Seeing Red Wine Festival in its 22nd year of educating, entertaining wine lovers

Seeing Red

The Seeing Red Wine Festival will open Nov. 1 at 7 p.m. with a Vintner’s Dinner at Bud & Alley’s featuring special guest winemaker, Al Wagner of Clos Du Val. Wines of New Zealand will be celebrated at 2 p.m. Friday with a seminar, and again at 7 p.m. with a dinner at CRUSH Wine Bar. From 6 to 8 p.m. that same day, there will be the Al Fresco Reserve Wine Tasting in Ruskin Place Park. The main event Saturday will be the Seeing Red Wine Festival Grand Tasting from 1 to 5 p.m. throughout Seaside. A Celebration of Bubbles at Great Southern Café will be Nov. 4 at 11 a.m.

Special to The Sun
Published: Thursday, October 18, 2012 at 04:30 PM.

At Seaside’s wine festival, the only red attendees will see will be inside a glass.

The anticipated Seeing Red Wine Festival will return Nov. 1 through 4 to educate and entertain every level of wine lover — from novice to sommelier.

“It’s a true staple and tradition of South Walton culture,” said Adam Shiland, festival producer. “We continue to enhance the overall weekend experience for guests.”

This is the 22nd year the Seaside festival has been pleasing palates with a broad selection of reds and whites, and it is bigger and better than ever.

This year, the “incredibly ambitious” four-day event will be uncorked with the traditional Vintners’ Dinner at Bud and Alley’s. The following days will feature a seminar and dinner at CRUSH, a reserve tasting in Ruskin Place Park, Saturday’s signature Grand Tasting, and finish with a Celebration of Bubbles brunch at Great Southern Café.

This is the first year for CRUSH to be involved in the annual event, which Shiland said grows in breadth and depth each year.

In the spirits of education and enjoyment, the Central Square wine bar and restaurant will offer a wine seminar followed by a four-course pairing dinner Friday night featuring acclaimed New Zealand wines.

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