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The 25th Annual Sandestin Wine Festival

I just got back from Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort on the white sands of northwest Florida. You sometimes hear this area called the Panhandle, and other times the Emerald Coast – a description of the clear blue-green waters reflecting sunlight up from the sand. And some folks call it the Redneck Riviera, though it’s definitely a case of “smile when you say that, boy.” Now that the threat of the BP oil spill has left the beaches as pristine as ever, this stretch of coast around Destin has plenty to smile about.

No, it wasn’t swimming weather yet, by any stretch of my imagination. But it was sunny most of the time, and it did allow me to check on preparations for the 25th annual Sandestin Wine Festival. I have attended this weekend of wine on the beach in the past, and I love it. One time I was even one of the judges who decided which awards would go to which wines, a hard job that certainly also was a treat.  And with the new nonstops Southwest is running from Houston Hobby to the new airport outside Panama City, the festival should be more alluring to Texans than ever.

The 2011 Sandestin Wine Festival runs Thursday April 28-May 1. For more information on the program of wine dinners, wine and food seminars, grand tastings and retail purchase opportunities, get in the habit of checking


About John DeMers

I've been a journalist and author forever. My favorite single word in the English language is "foodandwine." This spirit drives my 45 published books and my weekly radio show heard in Houston, Dallas and Austin.

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  1. Zandra Wolfgram

    Sorry I missed you on this visit, John. So glad you made it back to our beautiful beaches. I must say, we locals do not care for Redneck Riviera or the Panhandle, but mostly we just don’t want to be called late for supper. We love “winos” and “foodies,” they can call us anytime. So, here’s to you. Cheers!


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