Sample More than 600 Wines at ‘Tasting of Champions’

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South Walton Beaches Wine and Food Festival presents its first festival event, Tasting of Champions, on Friday, January 27, at Hilton Sandestin Beach Golf Resort & Spa from 6 p.m. – 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, April 27-30.

“This is a great opportunity to get a preview and taste the festival wines in advance of the actual event in April. Plus, there will be about 250 medal winners just announced so it’s exciting to get to taste the judge’s favorites,” said Stacey Brady, executive director of South Walton Beaches Wine & Food Festival.

Prior to the event, a panel of 21 wine experts from around the country will score the 600 wines entered into the South Walton Beaches Wine and Food Festival private wine judging competition. The judges will then select a gold, silver, and bronze medal winner in each of approximately 80 categories.

Click here to buy tickets ($50 per person).

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 Matt Lyons and light hors-d’oeuvres.

For those who would like to continue the festive evening, Seagar’s Prime Steaks & Seafood will feature a special menu for Tasting of Champions guests and Hilton Sandestin Beach Golf Resort & Spa is offering special room rates, starting at $129/night. To reserve a room, click here and input group code ‘THE’.

The event is a prelude to the 2017 Northwest Florida Beaches Ultimate Wine Week, April 27-30. Wine, charity and fun converge as the world’s most preeminent winemakers and wine enthusiasts gather for South Walton Beaches Wine and Food Festival and Destin Charity Wine Auction

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

For more info, or to buy tickets, visit Destin Charity Wine Auction Foundation.