PARTY LINE: Fall is in the air, and wine dinners are fun!

DEBORAH WHEELER
When you go to The Vue, try going at sunset and ordering their signature martini, The Santa Rosa Sunset. You will like it.

The Vue and Chef Giovanni Filippone hosted a tasting of some of his new fall flavors last Thursday evening. It was a fabulously fun event and enjoyed by all, beginning with the restaurant's signature cocktail, The Santa Rosa Sunset enjoyed on the west sunset patio. I enjoyed the company of Sarah Brazwell, Rhonda Murray, Jessica Proffitt, Whitney Ladwig, Jim Bagby, Laurie Hood, Scott Russell, John Russell, and Mary Huey. I also saw Tim Krueger, Jan and Joe Stanko, and Chick and Cathy Huettel there. If you have not tried Gio's bacon-wrapped venison rolls or his pistachio grouper, you are missing out.

Santa Rosa Beach Club hosted a "welcome back" bonfire for its members last Friday night. Kent and Peggy Lillie, Keith and RoseAnn Knight, John and Maureen Burns, George and Pam Hattaway, Jimmy and Et Clarke, Dennis and Ginny Gagnon, Jay and Libby Martin, Robert and Patti Reader, Corbin and Brenda Ousley, Bob and Sheila Montgomery, and Bill and Linda Oakes are some who attended.

A lot of locals traveled westward last weekend for Nola's Carnivale du Vin — most notably our Chef Emeril Lagasse and family, who saw Jimmy Buffett. Shelly Arriaga also went, as did Jane Soloman, and Laura Cox.

In other travels, Clarise Good went to Ocean Springs.

Lynn Wesson went to Birmingham.

Joyce Sunday attended the Noles game.

Richard Fowlkes went to Sanibel Island.

Demetrius Fuller visited New York City.

Mark and Paige Schnell went to Gulf Shores.

After judging the Hangout Oyster Cookoff, Susan Benton took off for a 10-day excursion to France to visit son Reed.

Happy 11 years to Neil and Sister O'Connell.

Congratulations to Trey LaNasa for winning the Wendy's High School Heisman award for the state of Florida. He is one of 12 national finalists who will travel to New York City for the ceremony that will air on ESPN where they will award one male and one female as the National High School Heisman winner. ESPN will shadow Trey for a day next Wednesday.

And congratulations to Silas Breaux as the LSU Museum of Art unveils his new art installation "Dwelling" in the museum's grand entrance on Nov. 15 at 4 p.m. Silas was selected from among 20 artists as the winner of the museum's Love Local Art contest.

Wish a "happy birthday" on Saturday to Lynn Abbit and Will Barber.

Sunday to Carol Gagliardi, designing Susan Lovelace, and artsy Susan Alfieri.

Monday to Cyndi Eastburn.

Tuesday to Cheryl Freeze, Bobby Johnson, Rolland Day, Holly Viola, and my sweet daughter-in-law Elizabeth Wheeler.

Wednesday to Louise Poundstone, Robert Monk, Paul Maum, and Alden Lagasse.

Thursday to Mike McCarty, John Morris, and Foster Sanders.

And Friday to our first Artist of the Year, Dorothy Starbuck.

Deborah Wheeler is the arts and entertainment reporter for The Walton Sun. She may be reached at 654-8443, or email dwheeler@waltonsun.com. Her Party Line column appears weekly in The Sun. Contributions are encouraged via email.