Destin Charity Wine Auction Foundation


Local wine auction remains among top 10 highest grossing wine auctions for the fourth consecutive year

DESTIN, Fla.–March 21, 2016–Destin Charity Wine Auction Foundation (DCWAF) announces that their 10th Annual Auction in 2015 ranked among the nation’s top 10 highest-grossing charity auctions by Wine Spectator Magazine for the fourth consecutive year. Over the last 10 years, DCWAF has donated more than $10 million to support children in need in Northwest Florida. In 2015, DCWAF donated $2.3 million to 14 local charities serving children in need.

“We are pleased to maintain our ranking as one of the top 10 charity wine auctions in the country by Wine Spectator Magazine,” said John Russell, president, Destin Charity Wine Auction Foundation. “Each year we’ve been able to increase the amount of money raised. Last year’s auction was the first time we exceeded $2 million in live revenue with an increase of $296,567 in funds raised. We are honored to be among the top charity wine auctions in the United States.”

Russell continued, “What is most important is that we continue to raise critical funds for children in need in Northwest Florida. We are extremely grateful to all of our patrons, sponsors, volunteers and leadership. Their hard work, loyalty, tenacity and generosity have helped us to achieve this milestone.”

Wine Spectator reported that the top five highest grossing wine auctions of 2015 were Naples Winter Wine Festival, Auction Napa Valley, Sonoma Harvest Wine Auction, Southwest Food & Wine Festival and V Foundation Wine Celebration with Destin Charity Wine Auction not far behind at number six.

During the past several years, DCWAF has experienced exponential growth in name recognition, attendance, and revenue. As a result, the organization has been able to attract some of the most influential vintners in the world to participate in the event. In addition, the weekend draws celebrity chefs from across the country who are paired with premier vintners for the patron dinners.

In 2016, Destin Charity Wine Auction will feature approximately 300 silent and live offerings, and will welcome hundreds of auction attendees who look forward to the ability to secure rare and highly sought after wines and wine-oriented trips. In 2016, DCWAF is proud to offer auction lots that include trips to New York City, London, Tokyo, as well as five wine trips to Italy, and three wine trips to France. New for 2016, the Auction will feature trips to Montana, Seattle, and the Canadian Rockies. The 2016 Auction will also feature rare wines, including Screaming Eagle, Harlan, Shafer and their signature lot “Magnum Force” that includes a record 50 magnums of wine.

This year, the Destin Charity Wine Auction will be held on Saturday, April 30 at Grand Boulevard at Sandestin. The 2016 Honorary Vintner is Ric Forman of Forman Vineyard and the International Honorary Vintner is

Cristina Mariani-May of Castello Banfi. The weekend kicks off with 14 intimate Patron Dinners held on Friday evening, April 29, allowing patrons to experience exclusive wine and food pairings and get a closer look at one of the 14 charities this mission-driven event benefits. For more information on DCWAF and the Auction, visit To view the 2015 financials and annual report, visit


About Destin Charity Wine Auction Foundation

Destin Charity Wine Auction Foundation’s mission is to connect wine enthusiasts to raise money to benefit children in need in Northwest Florida. Founded in 2005, DCWAF has donated more than $10 million to Northwest Florida charities through hosting world class wine and culinary events. These funds have impacted the lives of over 60,000 youth, including those afflicted by health issues and abuse. The funds raised are distributed to 14 local non-profit organizations for specific projects and programs that benefit children. Charity partners for 2015 include Children in Crisis, Children’s Volunteer Health Network, Emerald Coast Autism Center, the Emerald Coast Children’s Advocacy Center, Food for Thought, Habitat for Humanity of Walton County, Arc of the Emerald Coast, Homelessness and Housing Alliance, Pathways for Change, Sacred Heart Hospital on the Emerald Coast, Shelter House of Northwest Florida, AMIKids Emerald Coast, Boys and Girls Clubs of the Emerald Coast, and Youth Village. Learn more at or

DCWAF Media Contact: Jordan Lacenski, 850-650-3732,