Sandestin® 2009 Wine Festival

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Laurie Hobbs
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Sandestin Wine Festival Announces Winning Wines and Cheese Pavilion at this April’s Event

Destin, FL – The “Best of the Best” in the world of wines will be showcased at the 23rd annual Sandestin® Wine Festival at The Village of Baytowne Wharf this April 24-26. 

The Sandestin Wine Festival is one of the top events of its kind in the country.   Judges for this year’s festival raised their glasses to red and white wines for "Best of Show" designations including:

  • The 2009 Sandestin Wine Festival’s “Best of Show White” is the Andre Lurton 2007 Chateau Bonnet Blanc from Southern Wine & Spirits.
  • The “Best of Show Red” is the Leal Vineyards 2005 Carnival Meritage from Transatlantic Wine & Spirits.

Gold, silver, and bronze medals were awarded in more than 50 different categories.  A complete list of competition winners can be found at

This year’s Sandestin Wine Festival attendees will have an opportunity to taste these and many outstanding wines at the festival. On Saturday and Sunday, April 25 and 26,

The Sandestin Wine Festival features the pouring of more than 600 domestic and international wines.  Representatives from more than 80 vineyards from across the world will be available, offering a rare opportunity to learn about the finest appellations from all major producing countries in all varieties, styles and price ranges.

For the first time, this year’s event will also include The International Cheese Pavilion.  For a small entry fee, the Pavilion will host some of the finest selections of cheese such as Manchego and Mahon of Spain to Samsoe, Havarti with Dill of Denmark, Asiago del Villagio and Locatelli Romano of Italy, Double Cream Brie and Raclette of France, and Valley Forge Munster and Amish Blue Cheese from the U.S.  Freshly baked baguettes, matched with the appropriate cheeses, will provide a unique experience.

Exclusive Reception on Friday, April 24
With the purchase of any Sandestin Wine Festival Accommodations Package, people are invited to an exclusive Friday evening reception.  They can enjoy an intimate reception in Tupelo Courtyard with live music under the stars.   This Friday night event previews wines that are featured at the Grand Wine Tasting on Saturday and Sunday.  Select vintners will be on hand to provide insights into the creation and pairing of their prized wines.

Ticket Sales and Savings for April 25 and 26

  • From now until April 23 one-day tickets are $60 and two day tickets are discounted to $90 per person.
  • After April 24 tickets are regularly priced at $70 for one day and $110 for two days per person.

Running concurrently with the Sandestin Wine Festival is the Destin Charity Wine Auction at Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort.   The Auction and related events will host many celebrity vintners including Dan Kosta of Kosta-Browne, Bill Phelps of Joseph Phelps, Virginia Mariani of Castello Banfi and Tom Johnson of Silver Oak.  Also featured at the events will be many exclusive wines that are not generally available in the market.
For more information about the Sandestin Wine Festival at the Village of Baytowne Wharf, ticket availability and partners like the Destin Charity Wine Auction Foundation, visit
Sandestin® Golf and Beach Resort offers the most complete resort experience in North America for all seasons and all ages.  Sandestin invites guests to enter a world of 2,400 acres including 30 charming neighborhoods with 1,700 condominiums, villas, town homes and the best in Destin hotel accommodations.  A member of Beaches of South Walton, Sandestin offers more than seven miles of sugar white sand beaches and pristine bay front, four championship golf courses, 15 world-class tennis courts, 19 swimming pools, a 98-slip marina, certified children's programs, a fitness center and spa, 65,000 square feet of meeting space and a pedestrian village featuring a host of boutique shops, casual and fine dining restaurants and nightlife venues.  Sandestin is part of Intrawest Hospitality Management, a world leader in operating and managing destination resorts.    

Sandestin is offering a wide variety of discount accommodations and overnight packages for the Sandestin Wine Festival.  Visit for information.