Top Wines Named By Tasting Expert Judges For South Walton Beaches Wine & Food Festival 2016

South Walton Beaches Wine Festival


An A-list of tasting experts from the wine and culinary industries converged for South Walton Beaches Wine & Food Festival’s International Wine Competition to judge and award medals to the winning wines which will be poured and sold at the 2016 festival, April 28 – May 1. On February 19 at the Hilton Sandestin® Beach Golf Resort & Spa nearly 600 wines were poured and judged by a panel of 24 vintners, educators, collectors, restaurant owners and wine-related media. Gold, Silver and Bronze winners were named in 72 categories and a Best of Show was named for red and white wines. In all, 216 medals were awarded:

Zenato Amarone della Valpolicella 2011 was named Best of Show Red for the 2016 festival.

Zenato Amarone della Valpolicella 2011


Morgan Winery Double L Vineyard Chardonnay 2013 was named Best of Show White for the 2016 festival.

Double L Vineyard Morgan Winery 2013


Castello Banfi Brunello Di Montalcino 2010 was named People’s Choice winner at the Tasting of

Champions, the evening event that follows the competition where the public has the opportunity to taste

the 600 wines judges earlier in the day. Tasting of Champions is produced by Destin Charity Wine Action

Foundation, the recipient of proceeds from South Walton Beaches Wine & Food Festival.

Presented with support from Visit South Walton and Wine Enthusiast magazine, the festival offers the

ideal backdrop for a beach getaway. South Walton beaches are consistently named among the best

beaches in the country. South Walton Beaches Wine & Food Festival is made possible by the generous support of the following Founding Partners: 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


The Craft Beer & Spirits Jam kicks off the festival Friday from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.; the Grand Tastings are

on Saturday and Sunday from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Advance tickets are $35 for Friday; $85 for Saturday and

Sunday (ticket price include Spirits Row, Champagne Lane, wine and food tastings, seminars and live

entertainment); and $175 for the VIP Tasting with express entry to the Grand Tasting. Two-day Grand

Tasting passes are available for $150. The VIP Tasting is Saturday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and the Grand

Tasting starts at 1p.m. The event is rain or shine; sorry pets are not allowed in Culinary Village. To

purchase tickets and view the full festival schedule visit www.sowalwine.com.



This year’s annual South Walton Beaches Wine & Food Festival will be held April 28-May 1, 2016

throughout the Town Center of Grand Boulevard. The festival features a stunning showcase

of the best wines the world has to offer. Celebrity wine producers and chefs present fine wine and food

pairings from the world’s most famous appellations. The Savor South Walton Culinary Village offers a

sumptuous array of foods to taste, wines to pair, as well as wine and food tasting seminars and live

entertainment. 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 www.SoWalWine.com.