Disney is where the magic happens. No matter how old we grow, stepping foot inside those gates instantly makes us feel like children again — parading around Epcot in Mickey Mouse ears hunting down characters for stamp autographs. Now, park-goers can revisit their youth while simultaneously partaking in a fine aspect of adulthood: wine.
Come early 2018, Disney Springs at Walt Disney World will be home to the new eatery Wine Bar George. The Orlando restaurant will feature 210 seats for shoppers to rest and eat shareable small plates, cheese, and charcuterie designed to pair with master sommelier George Miliotes’ wine list. Miliotes will offer over 100 hand-picked types — from stateside and abroad — by the glass or by the bottle.
Miliotes told Disney Food Blog that Wine Bar George will have a “comfortable-yet-lively environment that’s reminiscent of a renovated winery.” The 6,000-square-foot restaurant will have oak ceilings and concrete floors, with warm lighting. Disney World’s website describes the new venue as an “estate-style” wine bar. Miliotes adds, “Guests will experience a feel of the ‘Old World’ as if they are on the bottom floor of a gravity-flow winery surrounded by their best friends.”
Miliotes ran the beverage program at the Contemporary Resort’s California Grill from 1995 to 2002. Wine Bar George will be the only wine bar in Florida led by a master sommelier (there are only 230 in the world).
“I’m thrilled to share my enthusiasm and passion for wine with every single guest,” Miliotes told Walt Disney World Magic. “Good wine and good food go together, and sometimes people overcomplicate that notion. At Wine Bar George, guests will enjoy the trifecta of exceptional food, renowned wines, and leave with as much knowledge as they wish.”
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