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Wine Bar George Sipping Selections at Walt Disney World

This week has been a long time coming at Disney Springs. The much anticipated Wine Bar George has finally opened its doors to the public after many delays and we couldn’t be happier! There are so many fabulous hot spots in the Springs for guests to enjoy ranging from raucous irish pubs to sophisticated dining establishments. WIth such a vast variety of options it’s hard to believe that another new venue would stand out so much but Wine Bar George is truly a unique experience. Not only is it spacious and appealing to the eye but the wine list is something we haven’t seen anywhere but this nightlife hotspot.

World renowned Master Sommelier George Miliotes,for whom this establishment is named after, was very personally involved in the planning of this whole project. He also hand selected over 100 bottles of wine that will be served at Wine Bar George. Before you get to thinking that it’s a little too sophisticated for anyone less than a true oenophile, you need to realize his vision. This location was built to appeal to all ranges of wine enthusiasts, from novice to expert. There is truly something for everyone.  He even made sure to select  wines at various price points ranging from basic table wines to the finest vintages. So whether you are just starting to introduce yourself to the fabulous world of wine or you consider yourself a bit of an experienced wine snob, no one will leave disappointed.

Here are some of the the top picks at every price point, go ahead and take the wine path of your choice, or mix it up a bit and see what new wines will excite you….

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A sophisticated palate on a budget:

Reds:

  • Caymus Special Selection Cabernet– a dense ruby color with a dark fruit nose of blackberry and currant from Napa, California $13 glass, Or try the regular Caymus selection for $8 but I promise you the special selection is worth the extra $5
  • Jam Jar ShirazThis semi-sweet wine from the Western Cape region of South Africa boats flavors of blueberries and blackberries with dark chocolate undertones. It’s best served slightly chilled $8 glass
  • La Crema Pinot Noir This Sonoma light red is a popular favorite with a lot of restaurants across the country so if you enjoy it chances are good you can find it locally. It boasts flavors of plum and pomegranate, which are heavier flavors but this selection manages to still taste smooth and light. It’s a classic that will appeal to the masses $13 glass
  • Vina Alicia Malbec If you prefer an earthier wine with a slight sediment taste to it then this is for you. Hailing from Lujan de Cuyo, Argentina this classic Malbec has  hints of dark fruit like raisins and has that slightly spicy and raw natural taste that the variety is famous for $8 glass

Whites:

  • Spy Valley Sauvignon Blanc– This classic dry white boasts the traditional acidic citrus flavors that this style of wine is famous for. It hails from Marlborough, New Zealand and has a refreshing crisp taste that is great in those hot summer months $13 glass
  • Mer Soleil ChardonnayIt’s no secret that California is one of the best regions for Chardonnay, this Monterey County selection is such a great option for the price. It has that creamy texture that this varietal is famous for while keeping it light enough that you can taste the delicate flavors like white peach and other summer fruits $12 glass
  • Selbach-Oster RieslingThis sweet white is a wonderful dessert wine from Mosel, Germany that leads with the flavors of peach, apricot, and apple. It also has a slight minerality to it that separates it from other traditional Rieslings $8 glass

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Mid price range selections to enjoy:

Reds:

  • Raats Cabernet FrancThis impressive South African wine has herbal aromas of rosemary and thyme as well as flavors of blackberry and currant. This medium bodied red goes down so smoothly that it will quickly become one of your favorites $15 glass
  • Château Moulin-Borie MerlotThis easy drinking merlot from France has flavors of dark cherries, thyme, and a hint of cocoa on the nose and finishes with dark chocolate, plums and spice. This is a wine that will leave you wanting another glass or two $14 glass
  • Justin CabernetThis is a classic California cabernet with black currant, cherry, and baking spice flavors on the entry. Sweet tobacco and herbal notes arrive mid palate, along with beautifully balanced tannins. It has a very smooth, clean finish $17 glass

Whites:

  • Trimbach Pinot GrisThis fresh and approachable wine from the Alsace region of France has aromas of apple, peach, and lemon. It’s dry but has a touch of residual sugar that really highlights the fruit flavors. It’s clean, easy drinking, and refreshing $15 glass
  • Gran Moraine Rose This Provencal-style rose from Oregon is crisp, lively, and dry. With flavors of watermelon, raspberry, lemon peel and pressed flowers, it is a perfect wine to enjoy on those warm Florida days. This wine pairs well with lighter foods but can also be enjoyed on its own $16 glass
  • La Perlina Moscato This sweet, dessert style wine variety has become increasingly popular in recent years. This particular selection from Italy is lightly carbonated and has flavors of green nectarines, pressed linen, butter cream, and baked oak. It is best enjoyed with sweet treats $8 glass

If you are looking to splurge:

Reds:

  • Mauritison ZinfandelA sleek, focused and complex wine out of California, this selection has floral dark fruit and toasty spice aromas. The flavors of black and red fruit and hints of spice really make this a fantastic and unique option $20 glass
  • Chateau Margaux ‘01 CabernetThis one is a little pricey and is offered to purchase by the ounce. Even though it’s expensive, this impressive selection from France is worth a try, especially if you are celebrating a special occasion. It’s flavors of creme de cassis, blackberry and cedar carry beautifully through it’s lengthy finish 1 oz $50  3 oz $150  6 oz $300
  • Resonance Pinot NoirIf you are interested in something a bit lighter then this Oregon pinot noir may be for you. This wine has aromas of red fruits and a touch of spice and flavors of cherries and currants.  It also has that delicate, soft finish that you would expect from a pinot noir. $25 glass

Whites:

  • Cloudy Bay Sauvignon Blanc– Despite the critical harvest conditions in 2017, this wine may still go down as an all time classic for this New Zealand winery.  Hints of snow pea pods accent tropical fruit notes in a wine that is soft, round and harmonious. $23 glass
  • Trimbach Clos Ste. Hune Riesling- This outstanding, and slightly pricey wine from Alsace, France has gotten very high ratings across the board. Fresh and aromatic, this complex and layered white offers a creamy palate of light plum, almond skin, lemon, and pine, underscored by minerality and smoky flavors. 1 oz $19  3 oz $55  6 oz $110
  • Far Niente Chardonnay– This beautifully balanced wine has the traditional chardonnay flavor of lightly toasted oak with hints of melon, fig and citrus. It’s truly a pleasure to the senses. 1 oz $7  3 oz $20  6 oz $29

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Wine Bar George truly has something for every level of wine drinker. Whether you are just beginning your journey or you are an experienced enthusiast who is looking to enjoy something new, there is no doubt you will find it here. This new venue has such a beautiful and sophisticated ambiance that will truly enhance any visit to Disney Springs. Have you been to this new bar yet? What wines have you enjoyed that you can recommend to future visitors?

About Kelly Osterman

Kelly has been obsessed with all things Disney since her first trip at 4 years old. It's been over 30 years now and that passion has only grown. Kelly is an accomplished liquor industry employee for 13 years including things such as bartending, promotions, consulting in new openings and is also a published recipe writer. She lives on the Jersey shore and while she's not local she still visits several times a year because she wants her family to "grow up Disney" as she has herself. After 60 plus trips to Walt Disney World she always tries to make each experience different both for her children and herself. Her motto is "it's for the kids but the adults should have a little fun too".