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

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

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

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


Winemaker Aaron Pott

09 Megahertz Cabernet Sauvignon


Winemaker/owner - Mike Haney

09 Pinot Noir, Haney Family Estate

10 Sonoma Chardonnay, Haney Family Estate


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


Winemaker/owners Elizabeth Tangney and Jeremiah Moore

11 Sauvignon Blanc


Winemaker - Aaron Pott

12 Sauvignon Blanc

09 Cabernet Sauvignon

09 Creek Cabernet Sauvignon

09 Table Rock Red Blend


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


Winemaker/owner Jason Kesner

12 Sonoma Coast Pinot  Noir

12 Russian River Chardonnay


Winemaker/owner Seth Cripe

Sparkling Rose

Sparkling Blanc


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


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


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


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


Winemaker Aaron Pott

12 Napa Valley Chardonnay