Coming in November: evening of wine tastings, gourmet food

Wine Gala

Volunteer sommelier Craig Yort pours a glass of sparkling wine for Amanda Lee Moore at the 2013 chamber of commerce Wine Gala.

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Published: Thursday, August 21, 2014 at 05:02 PM.

CRESTVIEW — Following tradition, the fifth annual Moonlight and Melodies Wine Gala, having grown in scale and attendance, takes participants to a new venue.

This year, the evening of wine tastings, gourmet food and live music will take place at the original Bob Sikes Library, now the Northwest Florida State College Crestview campus in Twin Hills Park.

With the theme “A Taste of France,” the Crestview Area Chamber of Commerce-organized event also gives a nod to Crestview’s Sister Cities International relationship with Noirmoutier-en-l’Ile.

“The focus is wine and food,” gala committee chairperson Rachel Neighbors, of North Okaloosa Medical Center, said.

Among other tweaks, music will be by local musicians or small groups, and the food will be the work of a single caterer rather than multiple restaurants offering samples.

“That’s why the first one was so successful,” chamber office manager Valerie Lott said. “Mary (Richard, of A Grand Elegance) knew what wines we had and could plan the food to complement them.”

“We’re going back to the grassroots of what a wine tasting is,” chamber President Alicia Booker said.

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