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April 2020: Wine, Charity and Fun in SoWal

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Tickets are on sale now for South Walton Beaches Wine and Food Festival, happening April 23-26, 2020, in Grand Boulevard at Sandestin. With more than 600 quality wines to taste over four days, this annual award-winning charity event delivers a wine experience unparalleled among Northwest Florida wine festivals.


In addition to the vast selection of wines from around the world, the festival is known for hosting nationally and internationally well-known wine celebrities, and 2020 is no exception. Alessia Antinori of Marchesi Antinori, the most famously iconic winemaking family in history, will pour her family’s highly prized Italian wines which will be paired with an exclusive menu of authentic Italian dishes in Culinary Village.


“The 2020 festival is all about the experience. By bringing in Alessia Antinori, whose wine company has been making wine for over 630 years, it will be like bringing Italy to South Walton,” says Chan Cox, festival founder. “You can’t go anywhere in the world and get this experience and proximity to wine royalty. Additionally, wineries of Jackson Family Wines will present wines from around the world, making this an experience you can’t find anywhere else.”


Jackson Family Wine World will be featured at the festival, presenting in-depth tasting seminars. Expect to taste their Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Syrah and Viognier from California and “big reds” including Cabernet Sauvignon, French Bordeaux, Italian Super Tuscan, Australian Shiraz and more.


Nosh Pavilions are located throughout the festival as are Spirits Row offerings. Ongoing live entertainment rounds out the Grand Tasting offerings.


The festival kicks off Thursday at 5 PM with Winemakers & Shakers, held at Wine World in Destin. The VIP Wine Tasting now takes place Friday from 4 to 6 PM, followed by the Friday Craft Beer & Spirits Jam from 6 to 9 PM. The Grand Tastings are Saturday and Sunday, 1-4 PM.


The VIP Tasting can only be attended by purchasing the VIP Wine Festival 3-Day Package that includes most festival events as well.


Tickets can be purchased at


The South Walton Beaches Wine and Food Festival is truly a celebration of wine, food and music that everyone can feel good about. This event is a major fundraiser for the Destin Charity Wine Auction Foundation, with proceeds benefiting more than a dozen children’s charities in Northwest Florida.

– Stacey Brady


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