DCWAF brings in big bucks for charity during wine fest

South Walton Beach Wine & Food Fest

Chef Emeril Lagasse at the Destin Charity Wine Auction Foundation Auction last Saturday.

Special to The Sun | Brandon Babineaux
Published: Thursday, May 1, 2014 at 11:03 AM.

Sunday ended four days of wine at Grand Boulevard , where wine lovers and celebrities from near and far came to imbibe and experience.

At the end of the experience, the pleasure had translated into more than $2 million being raised for charity through Destin Charity Wine Auction Foundation.

This accomplishment could be viewed as phenomenal for a 2-year-old event, except that this is the 28th year that Wine World owner Chan Cox has put on a wine festival as he founded the Sandestin Wine Festival 28 years ago, and the wine auction in 2006.

South Walton Beaches Wine & Food Festival is made up of four days of wine and food tastings, tasting seminars, and entertainment, and the Destin Charity Wine Auction, a Top 10 charity wine auction, takes place during the weekend.

This year, the special guest appearance of award-winning chef, author, and restaurateur Emeril Lagasse was a festival highlight. Lagasse donated his time, name, expertise, and money to the event, including giving a cooking seminar and kicking off the bidding at the wine auction by buying an auction lot for $45,000.

Lagasse's cooking seminar was filmed for his Cooking Channel show "Emeril's Florida ."

Lagasse presented his donation of "Emeril's 10 for 10," for 10 guests to attend the 10th anniversary of the Emeril Lagasse Foundation's Carnivale du Vin in New Orleans Nov. 7-8, with stays at the Ritz Carlton, and 5 1.5Ls Castello Banfi Brunello di Montalcino signed by Vintner Cristina Mariani-May.

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