New wine distributor brings taste of unique vintages to the Emerald Coast

McNeese Wine

Demetria McNeese, famed winemaker Miljenko “Mike” Grgich and Richard McNeese at the new Continuum winery in Napa Valley.

Special to The Log
Published: Thursday, October 31, 2013 at 02:20 PM.

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.”

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