Pensacola, Florida
Tuesday June 19th 2018


Wine in the Afternoon

by Jessica Forbes

Seville Quarter’s Wine Festival returns for the third year this Sunday. Celebrating both wine and food in an event that takes place throughout the Seville Quarter complex, Bill Carlson, purchasing manager at Seville Quarter, said the goal is to give patrons as much bang for their buck as possible.

“It’s a pretty big tasting,” said Carlson, referring to the over 200 wines from across the globe that will be on hand for sampling.

Carlson works with the 11 participating distributors throughout the year to stock Seville’s Wine and Gift Shoppe, as well as the venue’s multiple bars and events. As the primary distributors in Northwest Florida, those supplying the festival know which labels are more prominent in this area, and those that might just need a friendly introduction. “We’re trying to feature wines you don’t commonly see out there,” Carlson explained.

Guests will sip samples from souvenir Govino cups customized with the festival’s logo. Featured wines will be available for purchase at a special festival price, and each ticket comes with a coupon for $5 off a wine purchase.

The festival features varying themes that link food and wine pairings within the seven different rooms and two courtyards of the grounds. For instance, in “The Italian Room,” Italian wines will be served alongside flat breads and other Italia-inspired dishes from Jaco’s Bayfront Grill, one of several area restaurants lending what Carlson regards as “some really great local talent.”

The Grand Marlin will provide seafood for the event including the shellfish staple of the Champagne and Oyster Bar, which centers on 13 sparkling wine and champagne varieties. Seville’s culinary team will lead a grilling demonstration paired with red wines, at a station dubbed “Beefy Reds.”  Culinary Productions, Cajun Specialty Meats, and Harris Ranch Natural Beef are also participating in the event. “It’s almost a misnomer to call in a wine festival, because we have just as much food,” Carlson stated.

There is something even for beer fans, who can sample over 20 hand-crafted microbrews poured with care from large-format bottles. Add in Grand Reserve Cigar & Smoke Shop’s cigar tasting in the courtyard and three bands providing live entertainment and you have the makings of one of Seville’s most popular recently established events. When compared to the prices of wine festivals in the region vs. the number of wines offered, it’s not difficult to see why, according to Carlson.

“One of the biggest selling points is the price,” said Carlson, “It’s a tremendous value for trying 200 wines.”

WHEN: 2 – 5 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 10
WHERE: 130 E. Government St.
COST: $35 in advance, $40 day of the festival