Chan's Wine World ready for Thanksgiving Throwdown

Published: Tuesday, November 20, 2012 at 02:37 PM.

DESTIN — For the last 15 years, The Thanksgiving Throwdown has become a tradition in the Chan’s Wine World at Destin.

“This year we are doing it a little bit different,” said Randy Hayden, general manager for the Chan’s Wine World in Destin. “We are going to present about 100 different wines from Spain, France and all over the world, but in addition to that we are featuring more than 50 different kinds of drafts.”

The Thanksgiving Throwdown will be hosted at the Wine Bar at the Destin’s store. Chan’s officials expect more than 200 guests. Patrons will be presented with wine and beer tasting as well as gifts.

All of the locations — Destin, Grand Boulevard, WaterColor and Palafox/Pensacola — offer premium quality wines and beers, but each of the stores is different from the others.

However, if you are looking for a stylish Holiday gift, each location offers a selection of elegant wine and wine accessories, from glasses and wine racks to corkscrews. In addition to the spirits, some of the stores present delicious cheeses and gourmet dishes.

“All of the stores are unique in a way,” Hayden said. “We all share the same wine list, but have our exclusive atmosphere. The Destin’s location for example is 50 percent store, 50 percent restaurant.”

The Thanksgiving Throwdown this year is scheduled from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Nov. 23 and 24. Admission tickets are $15 at the door or $25 when bought in advance for both days. There is a $5 rebate on each ticket.

“We have been busy getting everything ready,” Hayden said. “We welcome everyone and promise not to turn away anyone who decides to become part of the Thanksgiving Throwdown.”

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