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Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Disney Restaurants Winning Wine Lists

Wine Spectator's 2011 Restaurant Wine List Awards was published in it's August issue and has a strong showing from many Disney Resort eateries. With three levels in it's program the magazine identifies restaurants that put forth substantial effort to highlight their wines as well as food.  Several of Disney's Signature dining experiences have been bestowed the Award of Excellence, and Shula's Steakhouse at the Walt Disney World Dolphin is seen list for the first time this year in the "Best of Excellence" category.  If you enjoy a good pairing and are looking for a place to eat on your next Disney vacation, be sure to stop by and order from these prized wine lists.

RA_AE_100The Award of Excellence is Wine Spectator Magazine's basic award, for restaurant wine lists that offer a well-chosen selection and a thematic match to the menu in both price and style. Benchmarks include a thoughtful mix of top producers, adequate size, accurate presentation and fair prices and corkage.

Artist Point
Disney's Wilderness Lodge
Wine Strengths: Washington, Oregon, Wine Pricing: Moderate, Corkage Fee: $20
Cuisine: Pacific Northwestern

Cítricos Restaurant
Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa
Wine Strengths: California, France, Wine Pricing: Expensive, Corkage Fee: $20
Cuisine: Contemporary American

Catal Restaurant & Uva Bar
Downtown Disney District - Disneyland Resort
Wine Strengths: California, Wine Pricing: Moderate, Corkage Fee: $15
Cuisine: Mediterranean

Flying Fish Café
Disney's Boardwalk Resort
Wine Strengths: California, Wine Pricing: Moderate, Corkage Fee: $20
Cuisine: American

Narcoossee's
Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa
Wine Strengths: California, Wine Pricing: Moderate, Corkage Fee: $20
Cuisine: Seafood

The Portobello Yacht Club
Downtown Disney, Pleasure Island - Walt Disney World
Wine Strengths: Italy, California, Wine Pricing: Moderate, Corkage Fee: $15
Cuisine: Italian

Todd English's Bluezoo
Walt DIsney World Dolphin
Wine Strengths: California, France, Wine Pricing: Moderate, Corkage Fee: $25
Cuisine: Seafood

Yachtsman Steakhouse
Disney's Yacht Club Resort
Wine Strengths: California, Wine Pricing: Moderate, Corkage Fee: $20
Cuisine: Steak house


RA_BAE_100Best Of Award of Excellence is is Wine Spectator Magazine's second-tier award, giving special recognition to restaurants that exceed Award of Excellence requirements; these lists display over 400 wines with vintage depth or excellent breadth across several regions.

Shula's Steak House
Walt Disney World Dolphin
Wine Director: Oliver Zambaux
Wine Selections: 700, Wine Strengths: California, Wine Pricing: Moderate, Corkage Fee: $25
Cuisine: Steak house

Victoria & Albert's
Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa
Wine Director: Melissa Schreiber
Wine Selections: 550, Wine Strengths: California, France, Italy, Wine Pricing: Expensive, Corkage Fee: $20
Cuisine: American





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