Visit South Walton Presents South Walton Beaches Wine & Food Festival in Grand Boulevard at Sandestin April 25-28, 2013

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More than 800 wines, top winemakers and the Savor South Walton Culinary Pavilion highlight this charity wine event

Peter Mondavi, Jr. will attend to formally christen the new festival. "I am looking forward to helping you kick off the first annual South Walton Beaches Wine and Food Festival in Grand Boulevard at Sandestin®,” said Mondavi, co-proprietor of Charles Krug-Peter Mondavi Family Winery.

The first annual South Walton Beaches Wine & Food Festival will take place on April 25 - 28, 2013 in Grand Boulevard at Sandestin®, located along South Walton's picturesque Northwest Florida beaches. This new charity wine festival will feature major wine industry partners and exciting wine celebrities from around the world. Presented by Visit South Walton, more than 800 wines and a Culinary Village will enhance this year's Destin area charity event. Proceeds from the event will benefit the Destin Charity Wine Auction Foundation for children in need in Northwest Florida.

"We will have the best wines and an amazing culinary village, all in a stunning location to make this an incredible wine festival,” said Chan Cox, founder of other successful wine festivals in Northwest Florida and owner of Wine World located throughout Northwest Florida.

Peter Mondavi, Jr. has a long history with Cox and will attend to formally christen the new festival. "I am looking forward to helping you kick off the first annual South Walton Beaches Wine & Food Festival in Grand Boulevard at Sandestin®,” said Mondavi, co-proprietor of Charles Krug-Peter Mondavi Family Winery.

Nationally and internationally well-known wine personalities and industry experts will provide exciting entertainment and educational tastings for attendees. There are dozens of confirmed winemakers participating in the festival including: Charles J. “Chuck” Wagner, owner of Caymus Vineyards; Koerner “KR” Rombauer III of Rombauer Vineyards; Hélène Garcin- Lévêque, owner of Chateau Clos L Église; Pomerol and Joe Davis, Winegrower and Winemaker of Arcadian Winery, Lompoc, California.

The Culinary Village, featuring the Savor South Walton Culinary Pavilion, will showcase an array of food tastings, wine pairings, and access to the professionals who make these amazing wines and food. Wine seminars are planned for those wishing for more focused and in-depth tastings. For those who enjoy the culinary arts, there will be cooking demonstrations and the latest in high-quality cookware, glassware and kitchen accessories.

In addition, a who's who of Nashville songwriters will be playing and telling stories about the hit songs they wrote for the biggest stars in the music business, including Rascal Flatts, Faith Hill, Vince Gill and many others.

Festival partners include Destin Charity Wine Auction Foundation, Visit South Walton Tourist Development Council, Florida Restaurant & Lodging Association, Hilton Sandestin Beach Golf Resort & Spa, Wine World of Northwest Florida and Grand Boulevard at Sandestin®.

About South Walton Beaches Wine & Food Festival
South Walton Beaches Wine & Food Festival is a charity event to be held the last weekend of April. The festival features a stunning showcase of the best wines the world has to offer. Celebrity wine producers and chefs will present fine wine and food pairings from the world’s most famous appellations. The Culinary Village presents the Savor South Walton Culinary Pavilion showcasing a sumptuous array of foods to taste, wines to pair, as well as wine and food seminars and cooking demonstrations. The event is a major fundraiser for Destin Charity Wine Auction Foundation, which benefits children in need in Northwest Florida. For more information, including a list of attending winemakers and to purchase tickets, visit http://www.SoWalWine.com.

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