Sinfonia Gulf Coast’s inaugural Wine Women & Shoes was a weekend to remember.



Six vintner dinners featuring stellar wines and culinary creations highlighted by “Food & Wine Magazine” Winemaker of the Year for 2012 Aaron Pott and Atlanta Restaurateur of the Year Jay Swift, set the stage for the entire weekend of events.



One hundred and sixty patrons wined and dined throughout the region in exclusive homes and Café Thirty-A. Each dinner showcased representatives from some of the country’s best vineyards such as Swanson, Justin, Faust, Flora Springs, Pott Wines, Lola, Quintessa, Ferrari, G Wines, Amberhill, Prisoner, Blackbird and Saldo. Serving as the culinary maestros were regional chefs: Tim Creehan, Ken Duenas, Johnny Earles, Dan Pettis, Gary Serafin and Swift.



More than 300 lovely ladies, greeted with sparkling wine by Shoe Guys or “Sole Mates,” indulged in the offerings of the signature event on Sunday, Feb. 10, in the Magnolia Ballroom at Sandestin’s The Village of Baytowne Wharf. Serpentine tables of stunning silent auction items opened into the ballroom, where an extravaganza of fashion, wine and retail (shoes) sales, wine tastings, delectable hors d’oeuvres, desserts and a high-energy fashion show from W by Worth.



The proceeds from Wine Women & Shoes Destin benefit Sinfonia Gulf Coast and its music education outreach initiatives. Since 2006, Sinfonia has impacted more than 37,000 school children throughout Okaloosa and Walton Counties via their Music in the Schools, Guest Artists in the Schools and Students4FREE programs.



Sinfonia has also partnered with Sacred Heart Hospital’s “Arts in Medicine” program and hopes to make this a permanent feature in the educational lineup.



“Sinfonia is a vital component of the cultural landscape in our community,” saidWWS Co-Chair Demetria McNeese. “The educational offerings that Sinfonia provides are truly remarkable. The arts and culture are critical to a well-rounded education and Sinfonia enhances this through their programs.”



“We are extremely happy that through the Wine Women & Shoes events, we exceeded our goal to provide funds to continue to bring national level guest artists into our schools, continue the complimentary student ticket program and have the ability to increase our partnership with Sacred Heart’s “Arts in Medicine” component,” stated Sinfonia board member and WWS Co-Chair Jennifer Howard.



So, until next year’s Wine Women & Shoes event for Sinfonia, Sip Sip Hooray!