I'm not a big wine person, preferring beer and Scotch, but Lisa knows her wine! This week on Saturday's With Lisa, she she shares some of her insight. Please note, Flying Fish is closing / is closed for a refurb. -Nick
By Lisa Green
Enjoying Wine at Walt Disney World
I love a glass (or two, sometimes) of good red wine.
I may occasionally enjoy a nice chilled glass of Chardonnay, but
predominately I like Cabernet and prefer to enjoy a glass with dinner.
This is never more true than when I’m on vacation. Raymond has similar
taste in products from the vine, so when we eat at a Disney table
service restaurant, we usually order a bottle to share. I’ll add that
it doesn’t go as far as it used to now that one of our offspring has
reached the ripe old age of 24 (this week!) and has inherited her
parents’ taste in wine. (Happy Birthday, Megan!) I suppose perhaps
this is why we’ve only dined at Cinderella’s Royal Table one time. I
would have enjoyed the experience much more with a glass of wine! No, I
am not advocating a rule/menu change, just making an observation. But
(as usual) I digress.
Back to Wine! Let me preface the rest of this post
with a disclaimer – I am not a sommelier. I’m not an expert or even a
wine snob, really (except I do tend to steer clear of most pink wines) –
have developed a love for a good, tasty wine – I’m thinking maybe all
those lessons learned at wine tastings on Disney Cruise Line are taking
hold. I thought I’d discuss a few of the places we’ve found at Walt
Disney World with especially good wine selections and ask you to comment
with your suggestions on where else we should go for good vino!
Flying Fish Café – Just having eaten at this popular
Boardwalk eatery in May for the first time, the memory of the delicious
food and wine is fresh in my mind. We loved absolutely everything
about the Flying Fish – especially our waiter, Bob! Should we have
needed assistance with selecting a wine to enjoy with dinner, I’m
confident Bob would have been more than up to the task of making an
Jiko at the Animal Kingdom Lodge – In general, we
don’t drink a lot of African wines, so here we do rely on our server’s
assistance. Last time we ate at Jiko, we had a wine pairing for each
course and this worked out very well for us. Kudos to Jiko!
Always exceptional food and service – and excellent wine.
The Wave at Disney’s Contemporary Resort– Raymond
and I have only eaten here once – we stopped in for a late lunch, sat at
the bar, and let the bartender select a wine for us to enjoy with our
Bison Burger – I don’t know which we loved more – the wine or the
burger! Both were top shelf. If I’m not mistaken, the wine was a
Bommarito Cab from Whitehall Lane Winery and Vineyards. It was an
exceptionally great late lunch at The Wave! Afterwards, I remember
Raymond headed off for a massage at the Contemporary’s spa and I, for
the fist time ever, went to the Magic Kingdom by myself. I can even remember wearing my classic Donald sweatshirt that day.
Tutto Gusto – Small plates, huge wine selection –
that’s what you can expect in this cozy little corner of Epcot’s Italy
Pavilion. This may not be the place if you’re looking for a big meal,
but it sure won’t disappoint you if you want a snack and a great glass
The Hollywood Brown Derby – The Derby has my vote
for one of the coolest restaurants on Disney property for atmosphere –
sweeps you away, far from its location smack dab in the middle of
Disney’s Hollywood Studios. The food is great and as far as the wine
list, guests can select from “Old and New World wines from Italy,
France, California, Australia and beyond” (as described on Disney’s website). If you want a good meal and glass of wine in the Studios, this is the place.
Are you also a Walt Disney World wine lover? What
have I missed that I need to try? We’re less than two months away
from our next visit, so any and all suggestions will be most welcome!