Destin Charity Wine Auction at Grand Boulevard
The event draws wine aficionados, gourmet chefs, and celebrity vintners from around the globe to enjoy world-class wines in the picture-perfect setting & white sand beaches of the Northwest Florida’s Emerald Coast. Funds raised will benefit our local charities impacting the lives of children in need.
The 10th Annual Auction in 2015 ranked among the nation’s top 10 highest-grossing charity auctions by Wine Spectator Magazine for the fourth consecutive year. Over the last 10 years, DCWAF has donated more than $10 million to support children in need in Northwest Florida. In 2015, DCWAF donated $2.3 million to 14 local charities serving children in need! Attached is the press release with details as well as details for the 2016 Auction, which will be held on Saturday, April 30, 2016.
2016 SCHEDULE OF EVENTS:
Patron Dinner/ Restaurant Dinner of your choice - Friday (4/29)
On April 29th, some of the Emerald Coast’s most exquisite homes set the stage for the 2016 Patron Dinners. Each Patron Dinner will feature a nationally recognized chef paired with world-class celebrity vintners. The dinners provide a unique opportunity to interact with fellow wine enthusiasts while enjoying innovative cuisine and the world’s best wines. As patrons, you will also enjoy complimentary transportation to and from your dinner. Each dinner will benefit one of our 14 charities and allow a chance to see firsthand how your generosity is changing the lives of the children in need in our community.
Reserve Tasting & Live Auction - Saturday (4/30)
On April 30th, the Reserve Tasting and Live Auction will be held under an air-conditioned tent on Grand Boulevard at Sandestin Town Center’s North Lawn. It will feature distinctive wines from internationally acclaimed vintners, poured and paired with cuisine created by a selection of the area’s top local restaurants. The Reserve Tasting is accompanied by a silent auction as well as an almost live auction featuring wine, autographed large format bottles, art and more. The event will culminate with a high-energy live auction, which includes rare and distinctive wines, spectacular trips and other incredible one-of-a-kind items.
1:00 P.M. – Reserve Tasting & Silent Auction
3:00 P.M. – Live Auction
LOCATION – Grand Boulevard at Sandestin Town Center’s North Lawn
ADDRESS – 600 Grand Boulevard, Miramar Beach, FL 32550
ATTIRE – Resort Casual
Registration for Destin Charity Wine Auction patron dinners and auction available online now.
In 2016, Destin Charity Wine Auction will feature approximately 300 silent and live offerings, and will welcome hundreds of auction attendees who look forward to the ability to secure rare and highly sought after wines and wine-oriented trips. In 2016, DCWAF is proud to offer auction lots that include trips to New York City, London, Tokyo, as well as five wine trips to Italy, and three wine trips to France. New for 2016, the Auction will feature trips to Montana, Seattle, and the Canadian Rockies. The 2016 Auction will also feature rare wines, including Screaming Eagle, Harlan, Shafer and their signature lot “Magnum Force” that includes a record 50 magnums of wine.
This year, the Destin Charity Wine Auction will be held on Saturday, April 30 at Grand Boulevard at Sandestin. The 2016 Honorary Vintner is Ric Forman of Forman Vineyard and the International Honorary Vintner is Cristina Mariani-May of Castello Banfi. The weekend kicks off with 14 intimate Patron Dinners held on Friday evening, April 29, allowing patrons to experience exclusive wine and food pairings and get a closer look at one of the 14 charities this mission-driven event benefits. For more information on DCWAF and the Auction, visit www.dcwaf.org.
Destin Charity Wine Auction Foundation’s mission is to connect wine enthusiasts to raise money to benefit children in need in Northwest Florida. Founded in 2005, DCWAF has donated more than $10 million to Northwest Florida charities through hosting world class wine and culinary events. These funds have impacted the lives of over 60,000 youth, including those afflicted by health issues and abuse. The funds raised are distributed to 14 local non-profit organizations for specific projects and programs that benefit children. Charity partners for 2015 include Children in Crisis, Children’s Volunteer Health Network, Emerald Coast Autism Center, the Emerald Coast Children’s Advocacy Center, Food for Thought, Habitat for Humanity of Walton County, Arc of the Emerald Coast, Homelessness and Housing Alliance, Pathways for Change, Sacred Heart Hospital on the Emerald Coast, Shelter House of Northwest Florida, AMIKids Emerald Coast, Boys and Girls Clubs of the Emerald Coast, and Youth Village. Learn more at DCWAF.org or facebook.com/DCWAF.
Destin Charity Wine Auction takes place at Grand Boulevard as part of the South Walton Beaches Wine & Food Festival.
South Walton Beaches Wine & Food Festival
April 28 - May 1, 2016
Taste as many of the 800 bottles of wine as you like, paired with delicious food selected to go with all varieties of wines in the Savor South Walton Culinary Village.
A prestigious lineup of celebrity winemakers, including wine superstar Cristina Mariani-May, Family Proprietor and co-CEO of Banfi Vintners, and Ronan Laborde of Chateau Clinet, known as the “Pomerol Superstar,” are among the headliners at the annual event.
Proceeds from the festival benefit Destin Charity Wine Auction Foundation, which was named a Top 10 Wine Charity Auction by Wine Spectator magazine. Destin Wine Charity Auction Foundation supports children’s charities in Northwest Florida.
Grand Boulevard is the shop, dine, play and stay Town Center located on Northwest Florida’s Beaches. The center offers a dynamic lifestyle experience with convenient access to a multitude of exclusive shopping and dining options, entertainment, professional services, corporate offices and lodging. For more information, please call (850) 654 - 5929 or visit www.grandboulevard.com.