More than just "cork dorks:" Local sommeliers explain what makes a wine great (PHOTOS)

Michael McIntosh

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Published: Thursday, April 11, 2013 at 04:00 PM.

In some communities, you go to a party and it's all about the ice-cold beer. In others, it's about offering the most exquisite bourbon, vodka, or Scotch.

But in South Walton, it's all about the wine.

Two venues, Sandestin and Grand Boulevard , are readying to host two different world-class wine festivals this month back to back. The events are expected to lure thousands of wine lovers and vintners to the area.

As all thoughts turn to wine, The Sun looked to area wine experts, specifically sommeliers, for some insight into what makes the grape so great.


'Like a great pair of jeans'

Brooke Gontarek, sommelier and restaurant manager at Santa Rosa Beach Club, has been certified at Level 1 since 2004 by the Court of Master Sommeliers.

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