‘Something for everyone:’ South Walton Beaches Wine & Food Festival serves up more than wine

Published: Thursday, April 25, 2013 at 11:41 AM.

Saturday kicks off with a VIP Tasting at 11 a.m. with top wine celebrities presenting and pouring their rare and collectible wines. A commemorative Riedel glass ensures each wine's full flavor palate is revealed while a full menu of delectable dishes complements each wine's natural characteristics.

The Grand Tastings on Saturday and Sunday begin at 1 p.m. in Grand Park and feature 800 wines from around the world. Among the amazing roster of participating winemakers are Peter Mondavi Jr. of Charles Krug-Peter Mondavi Family Winery; Chuck Wagner, owner of Caymus Vineyards; Joe Davis of Arcadian Winery; Cesar Perrin, of renowned Famille Perrin owners of France's Chateau de Beaucastel and Rhone Valley estates; and Hélène Garcin- Lévêque owner, Chateau Clos L’ Église, Pomerol, and Greg Hay, owner of New Zealand's Peregrine Wines, among many others.

The Destin Charity Wine Auction was just named one of the Top 10 Wine Auctions in the country by Wine Spectator magazine and it takes place on Saturday at 3 p.m. on the festival grounds.

After the Grand Tasting and Destin Charity Wine Auction on Saturday, guests will enjoy an After-Party Party and Concert, featuring live music by South Walton's Dread Clampitt along with a menu of grilled Kobe beef burgers dressed in artisanal cheeses accompanied by craft beers.

  Culinary Pavilion

The Savor South Walton Culinary Pavilion will feature eight tasting seminars, featuring food that pairs perfectly with wine. Seminar experts range from local favorites, Jennifer and Andy McAlexander, owners of Mac Farms, who will feature dishes made with their hydroponically farmed produce to international favorite Pierre De Agostini, president of Cosmopolitan International and International Dairy Farms who will share insights on pairing wines with cheeses, including Anco Fine Cheese.

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