As the air turns crisp and cool, wine enthusiasts gather in Seaside each year to sample wines from around the globe, as the award-winning town hosts its 24th Annual Seeing Red Wine Festival November 6-9.
The Saturday Grand Tasting event allows guests to stroll through tasting areas to sample more than 250 kinds of wines and a variety of spirits and craft beers while enjoying music, southern hospitality and cool autumn air at the beach. Each event and tasting area features live music, food samplings and served wines will be available for purchase on site at the retail tent.
“The Seeing Red Wine Festival is one of the most highly anticipated events in our area,” said Lori Leath Smith, Seaside Community Development Corp. public relations and marketing director. “Seaside’s featured events on Friday and Saturday allow both the wine novice and the fine wine connoisseur to sample specialty wines while discussing them with the very people who devote their lives to the cultivation of the grapes. And event proceeds benefit Northwest Florida children in need.”
The four days of festivities extend even further to reserve wine tastings, dinners and a brunch with featured guest winemakers. This year, for the first time, the festival will also include spirits and craft beers in the new craft beer garden from local breweries, including a special collaboration with South Walton’s very own Grayton Beer Company and Idyll Hounds Brewing Company. Several of Seaside’s well-known restaurants feature specially prepared meals for the event, pairing meals with the ideal reds. “It is a long-standing tradition with many followers,” Leath Smith said. “Tourists and homeowners plan for this weekend many months in advance.”
The festivities kick off Thursday, November 6, at 7 p.m. with the Vintner’s Dinner at Bud & Alley’s restaurant, featuring Seaside’s new wine label, the SEASIDE® Wine Project. “We look forward to the Vintner’s Dinner each fall. It’s a wonderful opportunity to gather in Seaside and reconnect with friends and family over good food and good wine,” says Bud & Alley’s owner Dave Rauschkolb.