February 8-11, 2018






“W3 WINE DINNER & Launch Party

Thursday, February 8, 2018

  • 6:30 pm

Location: The Reserve, The Westin Jekyll Island

Join us for the official W3 festival kick-off celebration with a fabulous, multi-course, wine-paired dinner. Master Sommelier, Michael McNeill, of The Winebow Group will be our special guest, along with Culinary Olympian guest chef Raj Gupta from the Westin Nova Scotian in Halifax, Nova Scotia and Tom Gray from Jacksonville Florida, twice nominated as "Best Chef South" by the James Beard awards. They join Skip Worden, Executive Chef of The Westin Jekyll Island and The Westin culinary team for a feast for all the senses! This is a limited seating event.

Tickets: $120 per person

Event Type: Indoor - Banquet

Attire & Info: Cocktail attire, 21 years and over


Presenting Chefs

Skip Worden:

Executive Chef, Westin Jekyll Island

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Raj Gupta:

Executive Chef, Westin Nova Scotian, Halifax, NS

learn more about Raj

Tom Gray:

Executive Chef & Owner, Moxie Kitchen + Cocktails & Town Hall Restaurants; Jacksonville, Florida

learn more about Tom

Special Guests

Michael McNeill:

Master Sommelier, Winebow Group

learn more about Michael


Friday, February 9, 2018

  • 11:00 am to 1:00 pm

Location: Jekyll Island Historic District Wharf

This popular event was an early sell-out last year. Guests will delight in this Whiskey Wine & Wildlife wine cruise with Captain Phillip. Tour the enchanting waters that surround Jekyll Island and engage in this most unique wine tasting experience. The cruise will embark at 11:00 am from the public wharf located opposite the Jekyll Island Club Hotel. Along with the wine tastings, guests will be able to indulge in some light food preparations as they experience a different perspective of beautiful Jekyll Island, coupled with the insights and "local" knowledge that only Captain Phillip can render.

Tickets: $50 per person     EVENT SOLD OUT

Event Type: Outdoor - On the water, Rain or Shine

Attire & Info: Warm casual, 21 years and over


“W3 Master Class Pours"

Friday, February 9, 2018

  • 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm

Location: The Westin Jekyll Island

Whiskey Wine & Wildlife will present a series of 3 educational classes and seminars, presented by a selection of our participating talent. Our W3 Master Class Pours will appeal to all persons whether you are a novice, an expert or just someone who enjoys the opportunity to get up close and personal with these talented masters and have a little fun. Not to be missed, these classes sell out quickly and have limited ticket availability.

Tickets: $45 per person, per class

  • $125 per person, "Master Class Pours Pass", includes one ticket to each class

Event Type: Indoor - Classroom

Attire & Info: Casual attire, 21 years and over


Class Schedule:

1:00 pm: Class 1

  • Georgia’s very own Master Sommelier Michael McNeill welcomes you to kick-off the Whiskey, Wine & Wildlife weekend savoring some supreme wine selections. A two-time national champion of the “Best Sommelier in America,” Michael is sure to have some exciting and unique bottlings for you to sample. Bring those head scratching grape-related questions you’ve been stock piling because we guarantee Michael has the answers (along with some great wine too)!

2:00 pm: Class 2

  • Get a little wild with a selection of craft brews from Savannah’s own Kevin Ryan of Service Brewing Co. paired alongside some certifiably tasty and unique burgers from burger king Chef David Carrier of Certified Burgers & Beverage of St. Simons Island, GA. Both Kevin and David like to think outside the box when it comes to the flavors they create, and this class will be no exception. Don’t miss out on this savory culinary combo.

3:00 pm: Class 3

  • The only thing better in life than a glass of wine is a glass of wine paired with a perfectly paired dish. Indulge in this simple pleasure with Ste Michelle Wine Estates as they pour some of their favorite varietals alongside thoughtfully crafted dishes, by Executive Chef, Skip Worden and The Westin culinary team.

4:00 pm: Class 4

  • The perfect ending to an afternoon of imbibing, the Brown Forman Family will be sharing the flavors of two of their most distinct Whiskey Families – Woodford Reserve Bourbon Whiskey and BenRiach Scotch Whisky.  Attendees will discover the breadth of the whiskey world as they sample some of the best small batch Kentucky straight bourbons from Woodford alongside the single malt whiskey of BenRiach out of Scotland.  This informative and tasty session will be the ideal warm-up for the evening’s Whiskey Inspired!

“Whiskey Inspired”

Friday, February 9, 2018

  • 6:30 pm to 9:00 pm

Location: The Westin Jekyll Island – Hotel Takeover and Oceanfront Lawn

Enjoy whiskey, wines and beer, along with a showcase of whiskey inspired classic cocktails and culinary delights. Many tastings will be whiskey inspired - from savory, to decadent sweets! Some of the South’s leading, award-winning celebrity chefs and renowned Golden Isles and Lowcountry superstars will be showcasing their special recipes. The beautiful Westin Jekyll Island provides the perfect backdrop for an al fresco evening, oceanfront under the stars with live music.

Tickets: $90 per person

Event Type: Indoor/Outdoor, All-inclusive, Rain or shine

Attire & Info: Business casual attire, 21 years and over

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A very special live and silent auction will also take place benefiting the Jekyll Island Foundation.

  • Live Auction with 6 – 8 luxury items at 8:00 pm
  • Blind & Silent Auction (auction bidding will close at 8:45 pm).

Our Signature Wine & Whiskey "Pulls"

  • The "Wine Pull" offers the opportunity to pull a numbered cork for a wide variety of Wines ranging from $15 to $100+ in value.
  • $25 per cork or
  • $40 for two corks
  • The “Whiskey Pull” offers the opportunity to pull a numbered cork for a wide variety of Whiskeys ranging from $25 to $100+ in value.
  • $30 per cork or
  • $50 for two corks

For more information on our auctions or to donate items click the icon below.


“Whiskey, Wine & Wildlife – W3”

Saturday, February 10, 2018

  • 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm; VIP access 1:00 pm

Location: Jekyll Island Beach Village & Village Green

The main event will combine our three Ws and more for the perfect island afternoon. Enjoy the soulful sounds of Laiken Love & Fellowship of Love oceanfront, while tasting culinary delights and a variety of beverages in a souvenir Glencairn whisky glass. It’s a full afternoon of stages with cooking and wildlife demonstrations, music and more. The silent auction features great packages, with art, travel, and food and drink packages that benefit the Jekyll Island Foundation.

Tickets: $70 per person

Event Type: Outdoor, All-inclusive, Rain or shine

Attire & Info: Casual attire, 21 years and over

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VIP Lounge

Presented by Golden Isles Magazine: Located on the Westin’s Rooftop & The Reserve Restaurant overlooking the Village Green. Enjoy a fully catered experience with private bars and a relaxing patio space to take a break from the crowds.

Tickets: $140 per person

Activation Areas & Events

Woodford Reserve Cocktail Challenge

Vote for your favorite drink as our bartenders present their specialty cocktail creation. The "Woodford Reserve Cocktail Challenge" is always a popular event, but there can only be one winner for best cocktail, so be sure and place your vote!

“BBQ Alley"

Taste why southern BBQ is the best BBQ by cruising down shops set up by the South’s most revered pitmasters, grill masters, and chefs including: Bryan Furman of B’s Cracklin’ BBQ in Atlanta and Savannah; Griffin Bufkin, Harrison Sapp and John Helfrich of Southern Soul Barbecue in St. Simons; Orchid Paulmeier, One Hot Mama’s in Hilton Head; Kenny Gilbert of Gilbert’s Underground Kitchen, Gilbert’s Social, Gilbert’s Southern Kitchen & Bar and Gilbert’s Hot Chicken, Fish & Shrimp.

Jekyll Island Foundation Stage

Presented by The Brunswick News: 1:15-1:45 p.m., Georgia’s Sea Turtles; 2:00-2:30 p.m., Turtles, Tortoises, & Terrapins, OH MY; 2:45-3:15 p.m., Protecting Our Predators and 3:30-4:00 p.m., Gatorology 101.

Jacksonville Magazine Listening Lounge  NEW this year

Featuring a relaxed island vibe and a great place to charge your phone and recharge yourself, with some live, acoustic music.

The Local Palate Magazine Stage

Cooking demonstrations and product tastings: 1:15 – 1:45 p.m., Georgia Grown; 2:00 – 3:00 p.m., Tom Gray, Moxie Kitchen + Cocktails and Town Hall Restaurants, Jacksonville, FL; 3:15 – 3:45 p.m., the Woodford Reserve Cocktail Challengers talk about their creations and the Best Cocktail winner will be announced!

Georgia Grown Village

A collection of Georgia's finest home grown and home-made products and exhibitors - all made, grown or manufactured in Georgia.


Enjoy the soulful sounds of Laiken Love & The Fellowship of Love. Led by Laiken Williams, 2015 SONATA musician of the year, this Savannah, GA based group will entertain guests throughout the afternoon.

Silent Auction

Our Silent Auction tent, supporting the Jekyll Island Foundation, will feature all types of great items (gift certificates, artwork, overnight stays and trips, etc.); Silent Auction bidding will close at 4 pm.  For more information or to donate to our auctions supporting the Foundation, click our silent auction button.


Participating Beverage Vendors

Official Brands

Other Brands

W3 Sunday Brunch

Sunday, February 11, 2018

  • 12:15 pm (staged seating times)

Location: The Westin Jekyll Island, The Reserve Restaurant

The grand finale brunch will be the Westin’s culinary team showcase – with Champagne, whiskey cocktails, Bloody Mary Bar, culinary delights and more, enjoy our legendary finale, all the while taking in the laid back beach vibe.

NOTE: Brunch seating tickets will be on a first come, first served basis. Groups of 6+ should make advance reservations to ensure same table seating. Seatings will be staged by the following times:

  • Seating Period 1: 12:15-12:45 arrival     Seating SOLD OUT
  • Seating Period 2: 1:30-2:00 arrival     Seating SOLD OUT
  • Seating Period 3: 2:30-3:00 arrival

Tickets: $70 per person

Event Type: Indoors/Outdoor patio, All-inclusive, Rain or shine

Attire & Info: Casual attire, 6 years and under free



  • All persons must be of legal drinking age or older to attend most events
  • No dogs or pets are allowed at any event venues
  • Any advance discount tickets are released in limited quantities and can sell out at any time without notice
  • All tickets sales are final & non-refundable
  • All events are rain or shine & event programs are subject to change without notice


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Whiskey, Wine & Wildlife is a culinary destination weekend with collaboration between The Westin Jekyll Island, the Jekyll Island Authority and The AdFish Group.  The weekend’s events will raise funds and awareness for programs of the Jekyll Island Foundation, with a mission of conservation, education and historic preservation efforts on Jekyll Island.

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