SoWal Wine and Food Fest Tasting of Champions at Hilton Sandestin Feb. 2

South Walton Beaches Wine and Food Festival presents its first festival event of the year, Tasting of Champions, Friday, Feb. 2, at Hilton Sandestin Beach Golf Resort & Spa from 6 to 8 p.m. Guests will have an exclusive “first taste” of the medal winning wines that will be featured in the upcoming South Walton Beaches Wine and Food Festival, set for April 26-29.


“This is an exclusive opportunity to get a preview and taste the festival wines in advance of the actual event in April,” says Stacey Brady, executive director of South Walton Beaches Wine & Food Festival. “Those who attend Tasting of Champions will be among an elite group who get to preview the medal winning wines first. In addition, the event is a great value. For the price of a couple of bottles of wine, wine lovers will have the opportunity to sample many varietals of wine from the most popular vineyards and wine growing regions around the world.”


Volunteers will be pouring more than 600 wines entered in the competition and there will be approximately 250 medal winners that are judged just prior to the event by a panel of 21 wine experts from around the country. The judges select a gold, silver and bronze medal winner in each of approximately 80 categories.


Tasting of Champions allows the public to taste all the wines entered in the competition, including “Best in Show Red” and “Best in Show White” winners. The event is structured in a walkabout format with the wines grouped by category, making it an ideal event for wine aficionados and beginners alike. In addition, the event will feature live music by 2017 Beachcomber Music Award winner for Best New Artist Mari Gleason, passed hors d’oeuvres, and a dessert display.


Proceeds from Tasting of Champions as well as South Walton Beaches Wine and Food Festival benefit Destin Charity Wine Auction Foundation, helping children in need in Northwest Florida. Tickets are $50 per person and may be purchased at

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