Kevin Moran, general manager of Seagarís Prime Steaks and Seafood, located at the Hilton Sandestin Beach Golf Resort & Spa, was recently awarded the designation of Certified Wine Specialist by the Society of Wine Educators.

Prior to receiving the certification, Moran was tested by the society for his academic knowledge and mastery of key elements regarding wine. The society reports only 51 percent of those who take the exam receive a score that merits certification.

"We're honored to have Kevin at the helm of our award-winning restaurant and are tremendously proud of his accomplishments in the industry," said Robert Kamm, president and CEO of Sandcastle Resorts & Hotels, which manages the Hilton Sandestin Beach Golf Resort & Spa. "There are only 3,600 individuals in the world who hold the Certified Wine Specialist distinction. Kevinís inclusion in this elite professional group provides yet another testament to the excellence in service for which Seagar's is known."

One of Northwest Floridaís only certified sommeliers, Moran has more than 30 years in the hospitality industry. He has traveled extensively, including overseas, and uses his knowledge and experience to maintain the integrity and high standards of Seagarís, which was the first restaurant in the region to receive AAAís Four-Diamond rating. As well, the Destin-area restaurant, with a wine offering of more than 600 labels, has been honored with Wine Spectatorís Best of Award of Excellence annually since 2004.

The Society of Wine Educators, based in Washington, D.C., was founded in 1974. The nonprofit educational organizationĎs mission is to advance wine education through professional development and certification.

Since opening in 1998, Seagarís has become distinguished for classic steakhouse offerings, creative seafood presentations with international influences, dramatic tableside preparations and open-theater kitchen. Best known for its beautifully hand-selected and perfectly cut and presented USDA prime steaks, Seagarís continues to be extolled by critics as of the of the finest dining destinations in the region.

Located on the lower lobby level of the Hilton Sandestin Beach Golf Resort & Spa, Seagarís is open Sunday through Thursday from 6 to 10 p.m. and Friday and Saturday from 6-11 p.m. Reservations are recommended and can be made by calling (850) 622-1500 or online at www.SeagarsDestin.com. Also, keep up with the latest Seagarís news on Facebook: www.Facebook.com/Seagars. To learn more about the Hilton Sandestin Beach Golf Resort & Spa, please visit www.HiltonSandestinBeach.com, or call (850) 267-9500.


About the Hilton Sandestin Beach Golf Resort & Spa:
The Hilton Sandestin Beach Golf Resort & Spa, managed by Sandcastle Resorts of Sandestin, Inc., is located directly on the sugar-white sands and emerald-green waters of Northwest Floridaís Gulf Coast Ė one of Frommerís ďTop 12 Destinations for 2010.Ē Aside from its stunning location, Northwest Floridaís largest full-service beachfront resort hotel boasts 598 spacious guest accommodations, more than 32,000 square feet of award-winning meeting space, excellence in service, a world-class spa and fitness center, five on-site dining venues Ė including a AAA Four-Diamond restaurant Ė countless beachside and poolside offerings, abundant resort recreation options, access to championship golf courses, and close proximity to the areaís premier attraction. For more information on Destinís premier hotel, visit www.HiltonSandestinBeach.com, or stay up-to-date with its latest news and promotions on Facebook, Twitter or YouTube.