The Destin Charity Wine Auction Foundation is recognized as one of the nation’s “Top 10 U.S. Charity Wine Auctions” by Wine Spectator Magazine. The foundation brings together wine enthusiasts to raise money for children in need in Northwest Florida. The foundation works year round to raise money, but their signature event is in April every year. In its 11th year, DCWAF has raised more than 10 million dollars for local charities by hosting world class wine and culinary events.
The funds raised by DCWAF have impacted the lives of more than 60,000 children, including those afflicted by health issues and abuse. Charities that are beneficiaries include AMIkids Emerald Coast, Boys & Girls Clubs of the Emerald Coast, Children in Crisis, Children’s Volunteer Health Network, Emerald Coast Autism Center, Emerald Coast Children’s Advocacy Center, Food for Thought, Habitat for Humanity of Walton County, Homelessness & Housing Alliance, Pathways for Change, Sacred Heart Hospital on the Emerald Coast, Shelter House of Northwest Florida, The Arc of the Emerald Coast, and Youth Village.
Chris Abbott, broker and owner at Scenic Sotheby’s International Realty, serves on the board of the DCWAF and is proud to be a part of all its successes. He is looking forward to a record year and is grateful that the foundation is able to assist so many in need.
Coming in April of 2016 is the 11th Annual Destin Charity Wine Auction. This much-loved event brings in wine aficionados, gourmet chefs, and celebrity vintners from around the globe to indulge in world-class wines while enjoying the setting of the Emerald Coast.
There are three days of wine events starting Friday, April 29 with the Patron Dinners. Guests choose to enjoy dinner at one of the exquisite featured homes. A nationally recognized chef is paired with a world-class celebrity vintner at each location, allowing guests to enjoy a unique opportunity to interact with fellow wine enthusiasts and enjoy world-class cuisine and wine.
The Reserve Tasting & Live Auction will be held under an air- conditioned tent at Grand Boulevard in Sandestin. This one-of-a-kind event features 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 items.
The weekend wraps with the South Walton Beaches Wine & Food Festival. Patrons are invited to enjoy even more wine and food at the 4th Annual South Walton Beaches Wine & Food Festival. All proceeds from the festival benefit the 14 charities working to change the lives of children in Northwest Florida.