Wines, like a comfortable T-shirt or a hard candy left to ripen under the couch, only get better with age. Taste the passing of time with today's Groupon: for $40, you get one ticket to the 25th annual Sandestin Wine Festival (an $80 value for advanced tickets) on Sunday, May 1 from 1 p.m.–5 p.m. at the Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort in Destin.
Now in its 25th year, the Sandestin Wine Festival is one of the oldest and grandest gatherings of its kind, showcasing a multitude of events for vino enthusiasts and novices alike in the picturesque Village of Baytowne Wharf. Grape-adoring attendees will be able to sample more than 600 varieties of wine from all over the world during the festival’s Grand Wine Tasting, including sips from the winners' circle. Master vintners from more than 80 national and international vineyards will present their wares while educating observers about the intricate wine-brewing process, which includes selecting perfectly ripened grapes and assembling corks out of old monster-truck tires. Hungry oenophiles can head over to the culinary pavilion on the grand lawn, where edible exhibitions such as Food Treasures of Spain will be held. The festival will also include a retail tent, where wine-quaffers may purchase vintages to take home and enjoy with friends or to motivate fledgling backyard grapevines to grow faster.