DESTIN — Destin Charity Wine Auction — which was ranked last year as the third highest grossing wine auction in the nation by Wine Spectator magazine — returns to the Emerald Coast April 27-28.
Sponsored by the Destin Charity Wine Auction Foundation (DCWAF), the 13th annual event will feature more than 300 silent and live offerings. The auction will welcome hundreds of attendees who can secure rare and highly sought-after wines, wine-oriented excursions and other exclusive opportunities. In 2018, DCWAF will selection of 50 live auction lots that include trips to South Africa, Australia, Italy, Napa Valley, Argentina, Amsterdam and more. The 2018 auction will also feature a rare 2008 Tesla Roadster donated by the St. Joe Community Foundation.
The weekend kicks off Friday with 12 intimate patron dinners offering exclusive wines. The marquee event, the 13th annual auction, will be held on Saturday at Grand Boulevard at Sandestin. The 2018 Honorary Vintner is Betz Family Winery, and owner Steve Griessel will be attending. In addition, DCWAF has named Cindy Hutson as its inaugural Honorary Chef who will provide food pairings.
The auction will offer a powerhouse line-up of wines including Screaming Eagle, Harlan Estate, Scarecrow and several highly allocated cult wines and well-respected brands from around the globe.
For those who want to keep the party going, the South Walton Beaches Wine and Food Festival, also sponsored by DCWAF, is scheduled from 1-5 p.m. Sunday, April 29.
Don't be surprised if this year's Destin Charity Wine Auction lands in Wine Spectator's top 10 as well. DCWAF has earned a spot in the magazine's top 10 for the past six years. Since its inception, the DCWAF has donated more than $15 million to support children in Northwest Florida. As a result of the 12th annual event in 2017, DCWAF donated $2.7 million to 15 local charities.
Destin Charity Wine Auction finished third in Wine Spectator's list behind top-grossing Naples Winter Wine Festival and runner-up Auction Napa Valley.
"We are beyond grateful for the support we have received from our local community and our friends in the wine industry," said Destin Charity Wine Auction President John Russell of the money raised. "When we can tell their stories to people, they raise their paddles."
For more information on DCWAF and the auction, visit www.dcwaf.org. To view the 2017 financials and annual report, visit dcwaf.org/annualreport2017.