Seeing Red Wine Festival scheduled for next month

Special to The Sun

In just five weeks, wine enthusiasts can see red, white, and rosé in the award-winning town of Seaside.

The Seeing Red Wine Festival will be celebrating 26 years from Nov. 3-6. Produced in partnership with the Destin Charity Wine Auction Foundation (DCWAF), the town of Seaside presents the highly-anticipated, four-day event featuring some of the world’s premier vintners, proprietors and beloved local chefs.

Attendees can walk around Central Square while sipping on delectable wines in the iconic beach town located along Northwest Florida’s Hwy. 30A.

Tickets are on sale and available online at www.SeeingRedWineFestival.com. Attendees are encouraged to reserve their tickets as soon as possible as the event sells out each year.

Through the years, the festival has been recognized as one of the “Top 10 Can’t-Miss Fall Wine Festivals” by Fodor’s Travel and has enjoyed the outstanding support of Coastal Living as a sponsor.

“We are absolutely honored to partner with Seaside to produce this long-standing event,” said John Russell, president of DCWAF. “Many of these vintners have become our friends as we have been fundraising for children in need in Northwest Florida for 11 years. Building on the festival’s long-standing history coupled with the reputation of DCWAF, we’ve been able to include exclusive wines and rare varietals.”

The four days of festivities include reserve wine tastings, dinners and a brunch with featured guest winemakers. Several of Seaside’s well-known restaurants showcase their farm-to-fork and Gulf-to-table offerings, which pair beautifully with the featured wines.

The celebration kicks off at 7 p.m. Nov. 3 with the Vintner’s Dinner at Bud & Alley’s restaurant. Executive Chef David Bishop has created a special menu in collaboration with Will Mercer of Mercer Winery, the featured vintner. A limited number of reservations are available, and reservations can be made by calling the restaurant.

On Friday, Nov. 4, the Al Fresco Reserve Tasting, from 6-8 p.m., is an evening showcasing an incredible selection of library wines, featuring vintages that have been cellared to be uncorked at just the right time. An array of hors d’oeuvres will pair perfectly with the featured wines, in addition to Southern Artisan Chocolates made by Olive and Sinclair Co. The evening is complemented by live music under twinkling lights on Seaside’s Lyceum Lawn. Tickets are $250. A limited number of tickets are available.

The Grand Tasting, from 1-4 p.m. Nov. 5 is the main event and features more than 250 wines for tasting. Guests will spend the afternoon strolling through Seaside’s Central Square sipping an extensive array of highly sought after wines from around the world, while enjoying live music, light bites from South Walton’s leading local restaurants, and the opportunity to purchase wine on-site. General admission tickets will be available at $175.

Nov. 6 the weekend wraps up with a Celebration of Bubbles from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Great Southern Café in Seaside, followed by the Charity Wine Auction & Walkabout, from 1-4 p.m. in Seaside on Lyceum Lawn.

The Celebration of Bubbles features sparkling wines, including Champagne, Cava, and Prosecco, among others, which will be complemented by delectable brunch items. Live music and new friends make for a fun, festival morning on the coast. To reserve your spot, call Great Southern after Nov. 1.

From 1-4 p.m., the Fall Walkabout & Charity Auction will feature wines, food stations, live music and our famous “Hangover Station” with Bloody Marys and mimosas. The event is enhanced by a silent auction, featuring items such as rare wines, exclusive dinners, vacation packages, and artwork. This is truly a local’s favorite.