Celebrity Winemaker Dinner Features Impressive Line-Up

DCWAF announces featured guests of the 2019 Harvest Wine & Food Festival event
Photo courtesy of Kara Young, Destin Charity Wine Auction

Producers of Harvest Wine & Food Festival, Destin Charity Wine Auction Foundation (DCWAF), are excited to announce the return of one of the most popular annual festival events.

This year, the festival will present four Celebrity Winemaker Dinners, each headlined by a high-end winery and hosted at various homes and restaurants throughout the South Walton area on Thursday, October 24 at 6:00 pm.

The 3rd Annual Harvest Wine & Food Festival proudly presents the following:

  • Bodega Catena Zapata with Chef David Bancroft in WaterColor, Fla presented by Good Grit Magazine and 360 Blue
  • Gamble Family Vineyards at Vin’tij Food & Wine
  • PRIME Cellars at Bijoux Restaurant + Spirits
  • ROY Estate at Seagar’s Prime Steaks & Seafood presented by RJH & Associates

Tickets to the dinners are $150 and go on sale August 1. Tickets to all other festival events are on sale now at www.HarvestWineandFood.com.

Bodega Catena Zapata’s Brand Ambassador and sommelier, Marika Vida-Arnold, is teaming up with Auburn’s favorite son and celebrity chef, David Bancroft, to present a beautiful multi-course menu showcasing the Argentinian winery’s diverse portfolio of ultra-premium malbec, chardonnay, and other varietals that compliment Nicolás Catena Zapata’s vision of rich, unforgettable wines.

Three-time James Beard finalist and winner of Iron Chef Showdown, David Bancroft, is the Executive Chef and Owner of Acre and Bow & Arrow in Auburn, AL.

Known for his stylishly modern cuisine with roots deep in Southern soil, DCWAF is excited to welcome Chef Bancroft to Harvest Wine & Food Festival.

Photo courtesy of Kara Young, Destin Charity Wine Auction

Presented by 360 Blue and Good Grit Magazine, this dinner will be hosted in one of 360 Blue’s beautiful WaterColor properties.

National Sales Manager, Michael Kasper will represent Gamble Family Vineyards at Vin’tij Food & WIne. Kasper joined the Gamble team in March 2017 and brings with him over 15 years of experience handling luxury wine brands.

Napa-based winery, Gamble Family Vineyards was founded by third-generation farmer, Tom Gamble, with a primary focus on Bordeaux varietals in addition to Sauvignon Blanc.

All of Gamble Family Vineyards’ wines are produced in small quantities with careful attention to farming.

After working with grapes from all over California, PRIME’s winemaker, Ted Henry, launched PRIME Cellars with the 2005 vintage to focus on a prime piece of Napa Valley called Coombsville.

PRIME Cellars team member, Laurence Koross will be pairing the winery’s beautiful portfolio of wines crafted over years of careful focus on the climate and soils of Coombsville with the talented cuisine of Bijoux’s Chef Jack McGuckin.

Presented by RJH & Associates, Harvest Wine & Food Festival’s final Celebrity Winemaker Dinner, hosted at Seagar’s Prime Steaks and Seafood, will feature Founding Vintner Shirley Roy of ROY Estate.

A great friend to DCWAF, Shirley and her late husband established ROY Estate in 1999 with the objective of producing the very best Napa has to offer.

The result has been two decades of beautifully complex, layered wines with a focus on the purity of the fruit.

Photo courtesy of Kara Young, Destin Charity Wine Auction

Each dinner will showcase highly rated, luxury wines from each respective portfolio, complimented by a perfectly paired, multi-course menu provided by each restaurant.

DCWAF staff recommends purchasing dinner tickets early as seating is limited, and they are expected to sell-out.

A three-day affair, Harvest Wine & Food Festival has quickly grown to be recognized as one of the premier fall festivals in the southeast.

Patrons are provided the opportunity to sip and savor over 250 world-class wines paired with the best in regional Gulf Coast cuisine, all while enjoying the beautiful beach town of WaterColor.

Currently ranked number four “Top Charity Wine Auction in the US” by Wine Spectator Magazine, Destin Charity Wine Auction Foundation (DCWAF) is one of the nation’s premier fundraising organizations, raising money for 16 Northwest Florida children’s charities that assist at-risk youth in the local community by tackling a variety of issues including homelessness, food insecurity, mental health, education, medical care, and much more.

In April, DCWAF raised a stunning $3.6 million for its benefiting charities.

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