Wine & Dine Studio at the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival is a new marketplace booth, located in the “Next Eats” area of Future World, instead of World Showcase. This post covers Wine & Dine Studio’s menu, along with some thoughts on it.
Last year, in this spot there was a Wine Studio booth, and not being one for wine (admittedly, I can’t tell the difference between a $5 and $500 bottle), I skipped it–aside from photographing the swanky wine bottle centerpiece pictured above. I guess the difference that makes the booth “new” this year is the presence of food?
This booth features California wines, along with a selection of savory dishes that include pork tenderloin and seared scallop. If they wanted to keep the “Classy California” vibe going, they should’ve paired the wines with In-N-Out Burger. It would’ve been the smash-hit of Food & Wine Festival! 😉
Here’s what you will find on the Wine & Dine Studio’s food menu this year at Food & Wine Festival:
Pork Tenderloin with Cannellini Bean Ragoût and Zinfandel Reduction – There weren’t a ton of pork dishes at this year’s Epcot Food & Wine Festival, but of those that were offered, I thought this was the best. “Pork & beans” doesn’t exactly sound like the epitome of fine dining, but I thought this was well-presented and had a complex flavor between the meat and accompaniments. Recommended.
Seared Scallop, Truffled Celery Root Purée, Brussels Sprouts and Wild Mushrooms featuring Melissa’s Produce – We all commented on how shockingly well-prepared this scallop was, and how the dish was plated exceptionally, in general. Even though it’s only a single scallop, I don’t hesitate to recommend this—it’s a high caliber dish with excellent flavor. Borderline good use of a Disney Dining Plan snack credit.
Artist Palette of Wine and Cheese (Trio of Artisan Cheese, paired with Conundrum White Blend 25th Anniversary, Kurt Russell’s GoGi “Goldie” Chardonnay and Robert Mondavi Maestro Red Blend) – I didn’t sample the wines, so I can’t speak to those (and probably couldn’t even if I did try them—I know nothing about wine), but I thought the various cheese samples were interesting. In general, I don’t like buying anything from Food & Wine Festival that isn’t prepared, but we were able to use a snack credit on these (I’m not sure if that policy has since changed—if not, this is an amazing use of one!), so we went for it.
Trio of Artisan Cheese (La Bonne Vie Goat Cheese served with toasted Craisin Bread, Karst Cave-aged Cheddar Cheese served with Fig Compote, Statesboro Blue Cheese served with Spiced Candied Walnuts) – This is the same as above, minus the wines.
We don’t intend upon sampling all of the beverages at Epcot’s International Food & Wine Festival (particularly because most are not unique to Epcot, so you can find a ton of info and reviews of them via Google), but here is the drink menu for Wine & Dine Studio:
- Fonseca Bin No. 27 Port
- Justin Cabernet Sauvignon
- Rosa Regale Sweet Sparkling Wine
- Blandy’s Alvada 5yr-Old Madeira
Check out our Epcot Food & Wine Festival Booth Menus post if you want to see and read more about every menu this year! You’ll also want to read our full Epcot’s International Food & Wine Festival Guide before you go to get an idea of what to do, strategy for the festival (yes, you will need a strategy), and much more!
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What do you think of Wine & Dine Studio? Any thoughts on these items? Do you wish new countries would be added, instead of culinary categories, or do you prefer this approach? Hearing from you is half the fun, so please share your thoughts in the comments below!