America’s Friendliest Wine Event! “Since it’s first year in 1991, America’s Friendliest Winefest” has drawn winemakers, wine collectors, wine writers and even the occasional wine drinker like myself, to Sarasota to enjoy a wide range of truly unique tastings and dinners in the run-up to the live and silent auction. It is a wonderful food and wine experience unparalleled in the United States.
- David Elswood, Christie’s International
Guest Auctioneer for 24 consecutive years.
David passed away in November 2019. Thank you for everything David! Your Winefest friends miss you!
First-class event! Other than the fun times and amazing wine showcased during the 4-day event, I think I am most impressed that Florida Winefest is a volunteer-based organization with only 1 paid employee ensuring that the proceeds realized from their efforts truly fund those local children’s charities that need it the most.
- Deb Johnson
Out-of-town attendee for many years
I’m honored and humbled to be on the Board of Directors of Florida Winefest & Auction. Supporting this organization is a passion of mine as I know the hard work this group of dedicated people does to benefit local disadvantaged children and 99% of the proceeds raised stays local to support these charities.
- Chef Christopher Covelli