Wine Competition Judges Select Winning Wines for South Walton Beaches Wine & Food Festival

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Hue, saturation, purity and taste were the objectives of the day

Under the leadership of the director of wine competition for the event, John Morris, director of wine education at Wine World, the properly mixed judging panels of vintners, educators, collectors, restaurant owners and wine-related media conducted a blind

A group of prestigious judges, including several sommeliers, recently gathered at the Hilton Sandestin Beach Golf Resort & Spa, preferred partners of the South Walton Beaches Wine & Food Festival, to conduct the wine comp

“We have an incredible number of wine makers and personalities attending the South Walton Beaches Wine & Food Festival in April...as well as tastings and seminars.

Preparation is underway for the South Walton Beaches Wine & Food Festival to be held April 25 through 28 in Grand Boulevard at Sandestin®
    A group of prestigious judges, including several sommeliers, recently gathered at the Hilton Sandestin Beach Golf Resort & Spa, preferred partners of the Wine & Food Festival, to conduct the wine competition judging to determine which wines would be shown and sold at the SoWal Wine Fest.
    Under the leadership of the director of wine competition for the event, John Morris, director of wine education at Wine World, the properly mixed judging panels of vintners, educators, collectors, restaurant owners and wine-related media conducted a blind tasting of many wines to select the wines that to be shown and sold at the Wine & Food Festival.
    The Best in Show red and white wines selected were Dopff and Irion, a 2008 Riesling from the Alsace region in France; and Truchard, a 2008 Pinot Noir from the Carneros region in Napa Valley, California. Vintner Anthony Truchard II will be on hand at the SoWal Wine Fest in April.
    “In my 10+ years of doing this, the venue here at the Hilton Sandestin Beach was superb, and the well-orchestrated efforts in conducting the wine competition resulted in the best one yet,” said Morris. “There was a seamless transition from the wine competition judging into the Taste of Champions event that evening that benefited the Destin Charity Wine Auction Foundation.”
    Morris further commented, “We have an incredible number of wine makers and personalities attending the SoWal Wine Fest in April. In addition to many fine wines, we will have artisan Scotches and Bourbons represented, as well as tastings and seminars.”
    Grand Boulevard is an ideally suited for the April 25 through 28 event with ample parking and spacious green spaces with a retail sales tent conveniently located for the consumers. With a strong emphasis on the food
component, and 800 wines available to taste and purchase, the South Walton Beaches Wine & Food Festival continues to work towards the development of a world-class festival. The charity driven event will benefit the Destin Charity Wine Auction Foundation.
    For further information, visit http://www.sowalwine.com, their Facebook page or Twitter, or call (850) 837-3099 ext. 3.

About South Walton Beaches Wine & Food Festival
South Walton Beaches Wine & Food Festival is an annual charity event 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.

About the Hilton Sandestin Beach Golf Resort & Spa
The Hilton Sandestin Beach Golf Resort & Spa, managed by Sandcastle Resorts & Hotels, is located on the sugar-white sands and emerald-green waters of Northwest Florida’s Gulf Coast in Destin, Fla. – one of Good Morning America’s “10 Most Beautiful Places in America”, as well as one of Trip Advisor’s “Top 25 U.S. Destinations” in 2011. Aside from its stunning location, Northwest Florida’s largest full-service beachfront resort hotel boasts 598 spacious accommodations, more than 32,000 square feet of award-winning meeting space, a world-class spa and fitness center, five on-site dining venues – including a AAA Four-Diamond restaurant –abundant resort recreation options, access to championship golf courses, and close proximity to the area’s best attractions. In spring 2011, it completed a $6.5 million hotel-wide renovation that includes a new beachside restaurant, expanded beachfront decks, and renovated meeting spaces. For more information on Destin’s premier hotel, call 850-267-9500, or visit http://www.HiltonSandestinBeach.com. Stay up-to-date with its latest news and promotions on its Blog, Facebook, Twitter or YouTube.

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