A new wine distributor has opened for business in Destin, with the goal of bringing fabulous wines to the glasses of diners and wine lovers from Pensacola to Panama City. 



Demetria and Richard McNeese have popped the cork on McNeese Distributing LLC, deepening their commitment to both unique wines and the place where they have chosen to live forever.



“Richard and I have always had a passion for great wine, food and travel,” said Demetria.



Richard adds: “We have been most grateful for the friendships we have made with vintners in California and Oregon, and we decided to find a way to introduce our friends’ delicious wines to our friends where we live.



“What better way to combine our enthusiasm for wine with our love of the Emerald Coast?”



The McNeeses are prominent business people and philanthropists in the Destin/South Walton community, deeply involved with groups such as Alaqua Animal Refuge, Destin Charity Wine Auction, IMPACT 100 and Wine Women and Shoes benefiting Sinfonia Gulf Coast.



“We do not intend to ‘quit our day jobs,’ as they say,” remarked Demetria. “The title company and law firm remain our number one priority, but we feel this is something we can do that will enhance our lives and those of our friends.”



In Florida, wine takes a three-step course from the vineyard to your wine rack.



A distributor discovers a vintage at a winery or is perhaps introduced to the wine by a broker. The distributor ships the wine into their facility in the state, and then sells it to restaurants and retailers.



“It is our goal to sell wines to restaurants and wine retailers from Pensacola to Panama City, so we look forward to our friends and neighbors enjoying some of the wines we have discovered,” said Demetria. “We are also looking forward to being involved with some of the area’s fabulous charity wine events.”



As they researched their new enterprise, The McNeeses haven’t been able to keep the news bottled up. To learn more, email Demetria at Dmcneese@mcneesedistributing.com



Meet the man behind the wine



After earning his BBA in Real Estate in 1970 and his law degree in 1973, Richard McNeese served as both an Assistant State Attorney General and Assistant District Attorney in Tennessee.



He began his own law firm in 1980, where he launched his real estate closing career. In 1990, he formed Southern Escrow Title Company (SETCO) in Memphis; and later, Memphis Title Company.



Richard and his wife, Demetria, moved to Destin and opened McNeese Title, LLC, in 2003. Since moving to the Emerald Coast, Richard and Demetria have been very involved with several local charities including the Destin Charity Wine Auction and Sacred Heart Hospital. Richard has also enjoyed being an Advisory Board member of Hancock Bank.



One of Richard’s passions though is flying and he is especially proud of his service as an Honorary Commander of the 33rd Fighter Wing at Eglin Air Force Base and his “ride” in an F-15.



Richard is a licensed attorney in Florida and Tennessee and has taught hundreds of continuing education classes to real estate agents in those states. During his career, Richard and his companies have conducted in excess of 90,000 real estate closings.



McNeese’s Wine Portfolio



BELLOFAMILY VINEYARDS



Winemaker Aaron Pott



09 Megahertz Cabernet Sauvignon



 



BLACK DOG CELLARS



Winemaker/owner - Mike Haney



09 Pinot Noir, Haney Family Estate



10 Sonoma Chardonnay, Haney Family Estate



 



CHESTER'S ANVIL



Winemakers Aaron Pott and Steve Lagier



Food & Wine Top Winemaker of Napa Valley



10 Gewurztraminer



10 Malbec



Sauvignon Blanc



10 Hattori Hanzo



11 Gretna Green Roussanne



11 Hattori Hanzo



11 Malbec



11 Zinfandel



 



DUNSTAN (Winery of the World Famous DURRELL VINEYARD)



Winemaker Kenneth Juhasz (Auteur, Donum)



11 'Durell Vineyard' Chardonnay



10 'Durell Vineyard' Pinot Noir



12 Rose



 



PIP Wines By Dunstan Winery



Winemaker Kenneth Juhasz (Auteur, Donum)



11 Chardonnay, Sonoma Coast



11 Pinot Noir, Sonoma Coast



 



HOSTAGE



Winemaker/owners Elizabeth Tangney and Jeremiah Moore



11 Sauvignon Blanc



 



JERICHOCANYON



Winemaker - Aaron Pott



12 Sauvignon Blanc



09 Cabernet Sauvignon



09 Creek Cabernet Sauvignon



09 Table Rock Red Blend



 



KESNER WINES



Winemaker/owner is Jason Kesner (also winemaker of Kistler Wines)



10 Sandrift Sonoma Coast Chardonnay



10 Rockbreak Sonoma Coast Chardonnay



11 Bacigalupi Russian River Chardonnay



11 Alder Springs Vineyard Chardonnay



11 Vadim's Watch Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir



 



GATE by KESNER WINES



Winemaker/owner Jason Kesner



12 Sonoma Coast Pinot  Noir



12 Russian River Chardonnay



 



LOLA



Winemaker/owner Seth Cripe



Sparkling Rose



Sparkling Blanc



 



MACAULEY WINES



Winemaker Kirk Venge



11 Dutton Ranch Chardonnay



09 Napa Cabernet Sauvignon



09 Beckstoffer To Kalon Cabernet Sauvignon



 



MONTAGNE of Napa Valley



Winemaker Nile Zacherle



09 La Presa



09 Tre Vigneti



 



MARIO PERILLI MINETTI



10 Sonoma Cabernet Sauvignon



06 Miriam Cabernet Sauvignon



07 Miriam Caberbet Sauvignon



11 Napa Valley Chardonnay



09 Pinot Noir Sonoma Coast



08 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon



 



PRIME



Winemaker Ted Henry (also winemaker of Jarvis Wines)



09 Coombsville Cabernet Sauvignon, Coombsville



09 Cabernet Sauvignon, District 4 Napa Valley



12 Napa Valley Chardonnay, Coombsville



 



SANGLIER CELLARS



Winemaker/owner Glenn Alexander



12 Rose du Tusque



11 Blanc du Tusque



10 Sonoma Coast Chardonnay



10 Russian River Valley Pinot Noir



10 Rouge du Tusque



09 Kemp Vineyard Syrah



09 Boars Camp, Rhone Blend



08 Kick Ranch Syrah



10 Boar's Camp Cuvee



 



ST. HELENAWINERY



Winemaker Aaron Pott



12 Napa Valley Chardonnay