Wine, Women & Shoes is returning to the beach for the third year the weekend of Feb. 7-9.
"This event completely combines all things I love," said event chair Demetria McNeese. "It benefits Sinfonia, music for children, it's a venue for girlfriends to get together and enjoy, and it has wine and shoes ...”
WW&S was founded 10 years ago by Elaine Honig of Honig Wines.
WW&S is a fundraising endeavor of sophisticated events featuring wine tastings, auctions, a fashion marketplace, fashion shows, and wine dinners. It was created for women who enjoy fine wine, great style, and female camaraderie — and to support a noble cause.
To date, WW&S has helped net $20 million for charity.
The WW&S Vintner Dinners are intimate dinners featuring world-class wines and regional chefs. Featured wineries include Blackbird, Peju, Swanson, Justin, Orin Swift, Jericho Canyon, Pott Wines, Ferrari Sparkling, Peter Lehman and more.
Dinners will be held in the homes of local supporters and at venues spanning from Rosemary Beach to Destin. Two will be held at restaurants, including Cuvee Bistro in Destin and Cafe Thirty-A in Seagrove.
"Our winemakers are coming in from all over the country bringing major well-known brands of wine," said McNeese, "and we have fabulous chefs participating."
The wine dinners have become so popular that more tables and hosts have been added due to the demand.
New this year will be VIP seating at the main event on Sunday for the fashion show and wine tasting. At the VIP tables, the ladies will have their own personal "Sole Mate" male server to bring wine, cheese, and fruit to your table. The tables are for four or six.
Shopping for shoes will also be available.
Sinfonia Gulf Coast is the beneficiary of the WW&S event for the second year. Last year's proceeds netted $100,000 for the non-profit organization. The money goes to the symphony, and helps fund its Music in Education Initiative.
"Wine, Women & Shoes has enabled Sinfonia to quadruple our music education opportunities to the community and school children in Walton County," said Sinfonia Music Director Demetrius Fuller. "It also enables us to partner with schools for Paint the Music, and with Sacred Heart Hospital on the Emerald Coast for Arts in Medicine. It also provides a linkup with Carnegie Hall for third graders, as well as increase and continue what we have already been doing with guest artists and music in our schools."
Sinfonia Gulf Coast was established in 2006 by Fuller.
WW&S Vintner Dinners will be held Friday night Feb. 7 at 6 p.m. at various locations.
The main event will be Sunday afternoon Feb. 9 at the Village of Baytowne Wharf's Magnolia Ballroom.
For ticket information and availability call the Sinfonia office at 269-7229, or visit the website at www.sinfoniagulfcoast.org.