Sandestin Wine Festival and My Wine Festival in a Box and #Giveaway #spon #SandestinWineFestival

This “Me” time enjoying my wine festival in a box is sponsored by Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort. All opinions are 100% my own and may differ from yours. I will only endorse companies, products and services that I believe, based on my own experiences, are worthy of endorsement.

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Some days I’m so stiff from the tension and stress of the day that my neck and shoulders just ache. I long to be lying on the beach, sunscreen on, sunglasses donned, with a good book, and a glass of wine in hand.

Speaking of wine… I have never been to a wine tasting before. Never. I’ve always wanted to, but just never taken the opportunity to do it. I have been learning a lot about wine, lately, though. Some of my Facebook friends have been giving me wine recommendations and tips.

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I think the ultimate wine tasting would be at The Sandestin Wine Festival at Baytowne Wharf in Destin, Florida. Seriously, it’s referred to as “the Kentucky Derby of Wine Festivals”, that sounds like the creme de la creme of wine tasting to me.

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winefestival 2013Sadly, I can’t make it to The Sandestin Wine Festival this year, so instead, I’m going to grab a good book, a glass of even better wine, and have me a little “me” time.

Wine Festival in a box Img 4Thanks to Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort, who sent me a wine festival in a box so I could do just that….

Included in my wine festival in a box was a gift card to buy my favorite wine, some chocolates, because, well, everything is better with chocolate, a book, “100 perfect pairings”, with delicious recipes and wine pairing food ideas, and the Wine Tasting Notebook. I also received wine corks, a ball, and a beach towel. Can you say, ready for the beach?

Wine Festival in a box Img 5At least I can pretend I’m at the Sandestin Wine Festival. Now excuse me while I take a sip of wine.

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Wine Festival in a box Img 2Mmmmm, that was good. Okay, back to the wine festival. Here’s some information to whet your appetite:

Event Description:

The Sandestin Wine Festival at Baytowne Wharf, affectionately referred to as “the Kentucky Derby of Wine Festivals,” draws thousands to the one-of-a-kind Sandestin vacation resort and the beautiful area of Destin, which TripAdvisor ranked No.3 among its “top 10 destinations on the rise” in the United States. The festival spans four days and is a combination of unique events that allows a wide range of experiences from attending wine dinners with celebrity chefs to taking part in wine tastings that showcase hundreds of wines.

Event Accolades:

  1. Has been named the “Best Annual Event” by Destin Magazine
  2. Most-established and longest continuously running wine festival on Florida’s Gulf Coast

Resort Description:

Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort is a unique and charming destination that has been voted the “Best” resort in Destin, Florida and the #1 resort on Florida’s beautiful Emerald Coast. Sandestin is a four season resort for all ages. There is something for everyone at this magnificent 2,400 acre property, including a variety of Destin vacation rental accommodations, sugar white sand beaches, full service beach services, golf for every level of play, a top rated Destin tennis club, water sports, marina, fitness center, spa, biking and walking trails and even our own pedestrian Village, with shopping, dining, events, and entertainment. Explore and enjoy your time with us today.

Resort Accolades:

  1. #1 Resort on Northwest Florida’s Emerald Coast
  2. Ranked by Trip Advisor as no. 3 among the “Top 10 U.S. Destinations on the Rise”

Event Schedule:

FRIDAY & SATURDAY, APRIL 11 & 12, 2014

The pouring of hundreds of domestic and international wines makes for a grand event indeed. Representatives from vineyards from across the globe will be available to entertain questions, offering a rare opportunity to learn about the finest appellations from all major producing countries in all varieties, styles and price ranges. Visit the Culinary Pavilion and sample delicious fare paired with wines.

The Village of Baytowne Wharf is always open to the public. Even during special events, guests are welcome to visit the shops and merchants. Non drinking festival guests are welcome to attend the Grand Wine Tasting with their friends at no charge–they will not receive a wristband or tasting glass. Must be at least 21 years of age to taste wines.

Purchase tickets before the event at the regular price of $55/$65 day of (Friday) $85/$95 day of (Saturday).

FRIDAY, APRIL 11, 2014

Champagne and Seafood Lunch aboard the Solaris. Featuring a Dockside Reception and 4 Course Pairing Menu. For a full menu and to make reservations click here. Tickets are $69.

SUNDAY, APRIL 13, 2014

Treat yourself to a Sunday Champagne Brunch! Located at Baytowne Marina overlooking the Choctawhatchee Bay, enjoy live music and free-flowing champagne, as you choose from a wide selection of fresh, seasonal brunch items. View Brunch Menu. Tickets are $60.


Coming to the event?

Room Rates Starting at Just $179 Per Night*
Book online or call 877-789-7985
Stay 2 nights and attend both wine tastings and receive savings of $70!
Mention promo code WINE14

Check out the menu link above… I would definitely be making reservations for brunch.

I sure did enjoy my wine-inspired package that provided me with a little taste of the festival experience all while in the comfort of my own home. Yes, I think a “me” vacation is just what the doctor ordered.

I hope to have some “me” and “family” time at the Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort in the future, though.

Wine Festival in a box Img 3Now I have some awesome news. Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort are giving away one (1) two-night stay at Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort, to one of my Blog by Donna readers!

Giveaway is open to US residents ONLY. Must be 18+ older to enter. Just enter on the Rafflcopter form below. Good luck!

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Accommodation is based on availability at the time of booking. Blackout dates include but are not limited to Holidays, special events, and other high occupancy periods are considered blackout dates. Excluded dates include 3/30 – 8/10, 8/29-9/1, 11/26-12/1, 12/26-1/1. Stay restrictions may apply. Recipient must be at least 25 years of age or accompanied by a legal guardian. This certificate does not include incidental charges and is not transferable or redeemable for cash. Valid for one accommodation only. Once a reservation is confirmed, date changes cannot be made. Other restrictions may apply. We appreciate your attention to the expiration date, as no extensions will be issued.


  1. That’s one heck of a giveaway! And I LOVE Wine tastings! They are one of my favorite things to attend!

  2. How fantastic is this! I will be telling my friends! I wish I could spare the time for a vacation because this sounds amazing!

  3. I would love to visit Destin again. Florida has beautiful beaches and Destin has some of the best on the Gulf!

  4. I’ve been to Destin a couple of times and it is a beautiful place. I’d love to visit again for a lovely weekend. Thanks!

  5. This Is A beautiful Thing Thank You For Sharing I Love It!

  6. I’ve never been to a wine festival. Actually, I barely ever drink wine or any alcohol really. The few times I have, though, have been a great time.

  7. I would SO love to visit Destin! Looks like a beautiful place. 🙂

  8. Those are some awesome pictures of you! Your hair is absolutely beautiful and in the perfect places. The wine company should be hiring you to be their full time advertisement because these images would make me want to buy wine (and I don’t drink wine.) You look sophisticated, relaxed, and like you’re really enjoying your “me” time with the most perfect wine all in one.

  9. I’ve heard so many great things about Destin and how beautiful it is. I’d really love to visit, especially during a wine festival. Looks like you had a fabulous time, and the photos are great!

  10. I have actually never been to a wine tasting either. Looks like a really fun time.

  11. Looks like such an enjoyable event. I have so much going on around here I haven’t gotten away for far too long.

  12. My best friend loves going to wine tastings and festivals. He is always encouraging to go to one. This would be the perfect chance for me to see what the fuss is about! 🙂

  13. i would want to win because it would be such a sweet surprise for my mom. we’ve never really been a on ‘vacation’ and feel like this would be an awesome start! we live near a beach, but i think the beach is always nicer when you’re at a resort!!!

  14. I have been wanting to get the beautiful coast of Florida for quite some time now. I just need sometime away to enjoy the beauty of the ocean.

  15. I need a vacation desperately and this sounds absolutely amazing!!!

  16. I moved from FL to VT for family reasons…miserable and want a break back home!

  17. I would love to win because I love everything about Destin!

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