Disney loving oenophiles will take comfort in knowing that once again some of our favorite restaurants have earned honors in the wine world! The Wine Spectator 2013 Restaurant Wine List Awards are out and several of Disney's Signature Dining establishments continues to represent. The Awards are given to "recognize restaurants whose wine lists offer interesting selections, are appropriate to their cuisine and appeal to a wide range of wine lovers." An excellent wine list can be the backbone of an outstanding beverage program. We're thrilled that as one of the largest purveyors of wine in the world Disney is also creating cohesive and appealing wine lists to entice its guests.
2013 Best Of Award of Excellence
2013 Award of Excellence
Wine lovers may be saddened that there are fewer Disney restaurants on the list than before, with no new Disney restaurants taking honors. Newly missing from the list this year is the 2012 Award of Excellence recipient, Yachtsman Steakhouse. 2011 Award Winners Portobello Yacht Club & Artists Point Restaurants also remain absent in the 2013 list.
If you would like to explore these award winning wine lists, but don't quite know where to start, ask your server if you can talk with the restaurant's Sommelier. Disney Sommeliers know their lists inside out, and are not only highly trained in everything related to the wines, but usually posses a sincere and genuine desire to share their knowledge. They are there to help you pick just the right bottle to make your meal even more memorable. Disney's wine program has introduced me to several excellent wines I now enjoy at home on a regular basis.
Are you looking forward to trying any of these restaurants on your next Walt Disney World vacation? Do you regularly enjoy wines from their lists? Leave us a comment and let us know where is your favorite place in to enjoy a bottle of wine is!