Unique wine experiences at Disney World

While virtually all table service restaurants at Disney World (except those in the Magic Kingdom) serve wine, beer and other adult libations, the wine lists aren't always equal.

If you're an admitted wine snob, then you'll want to seek out those restaurants with good selection and interesting wine experiences.

Here are a few places to consider that you may not have thought about before.

The Wave

The Wave specializes in screw-cap wines. Why is this? The Disney Food Blog explains the reasoning behind ditching cork and going with screw caps. The Wave also specializes in Southern hemisphere wines from New Zealand, South Africa, Australia, Argentina and Chile -- a nice contrast to the California-heavy wine list upstairs at the California Grill.


Greek is the name of the game at Cat Cora's Kouzzina. And the wine flights here are interesting and hand-picked by Cat Cora herself. Try the Blood of Bacchus flight, the California Fruit Bomb flight, the Cat Flight (with Cora's own brand of Coronation wines), or the one I wish I had gotten -- the Greek Isles flight, with wines from the Greek islands of Santorini and Rhodes.


For a truly unique and special experience, book a Jiko Wine Dinner. They're usually held once a month for $160 per person. A reception starts off the evening, followed by dinner and wine pairings in the Cape Town Wine Room. Jiko chefs are on hand as well! Click here for more info on the Jiko Wine Dinner.

Heather Macdonald wrote on Sun, 01/16/2011 - 05:17:

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I have to add that they have recently added an interesting wine dinner at Flying Fish! You sit at the counter and get a chef prepared 6 course meal with wine parings! A must do for any wine buff! Also the restaurants at AKL have the largest selection of South African wine available outside of South Africa!

Kristen H wrote on Mon, 01/17/2011 - 22:41:

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Thanks for the additional info, Heather! Do you have a favorite wine from Flying Fish or Jiko/Boma/sanaa?

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