Welcome to this joining me from Heidi's Head, and those of you just hopping aboard. I am the 4th stop on our Magical Blogorail.
Mothers spend years secretly wishing their babies will never grow up. But they most surely do, of course, as they must. Embracing each season joyfully is one of parenting's greatest challenges. And so it is that I happily, with 22 year old son in tow, (well perhaps he was the tow-er), recently explored the World Showcase in a completely new way. The Epcot World Showcase Wine Walk is a grown-up adventure that called to us; allowing us to once again experience a Disney first together.
The Epcot World Showcase Wine Walk is an at-your-own-pace wine tasting that takes you to three pavilions: Germany, Italy and France. Purchase your "passport", (its cost, $20, has not changed since 2009), at any of the below locations, and let the sipping begin!
You decide the day, order, and timing of your sampling, just be sure to have your passport and/or receipt with you when you get thirsty; it will need to be stamped at each stop. (We were told that at present this passport does not have an expiration date.)
|Enoteca Castello~ Italy|
|Aux Vins de France~ France|
This country is renown for their fruity wines, and that is exactly what you should expect here. The Valekenberg Madonna Spatlese and Liebfraunilch stood out as aperitif or dessert wines to us. They are both quite sweet, and although they are suggested as pairings for bold fish dishes (such as crab or shrimp), they tasted more like dessert wines to us! I would suggest saving your sampling in Germany as a post-dinner, post Karamell-Kuche stop!
The samplings here are in progression with Germany's, and are bolder, but still delicate. Castello Banfi San Angelo Pinot Grigio again tasted more like an aperitif, but could be paired with a light seafood or chicken dish. (Think about stopping here before your Calamari Fritti or Quattro Formaggi pizza at nearby Via Napoli.) We fell in love with the Rosa Regale, Piedmont; it is a rose sparkling wine that would be a perfect before dinner cocktail- any country, anytime. The Rosa Regale lived up to its name, and I will be returning for another glass in the future...
Now we're talking! The French simply are THE wine masters, and the two choices offered prove it. Another step up in both body and bouquet, both are are more robust, yet SO smooth. The Georges Duboneuf Pouilly-Fuisse would stand up to any cheese plate and Chateau Tour de Segur, (the only red- a Merlot blend), just screams for a filet mignon!!
We felt that the World Showcase Wine Walk was another "Disney Must-Do". Once. You cannot beat the price and the sheer adventure of it! While we will absolutely be returning to each of these locations, I will be buying by-the-glass, and choosing from the many other varieties each displays. (Except for that Rosa Regale- that could become habit forming.) Calling all amateur sommeliers!!
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