Wine & Dine Studio is a booth at the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival. In this Walt Disney World dining review, we’ll share menu prices, food photos, and offer thoughts on what’s worth your money or Disney Dining Plan snack credits. This booth is home to our new go-to cheap & fast pre-fireworks Epcot meal, which we’ll also cover here!
We’d highly recommend checking those out before grabbing a shaded spot in this area and sending a runner to grab the best food and drinks at this trio of booths, enjoying it all from one centralized location. Along with the Next Eats area, this is our favorite cluster of marketplaces at the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival…
Here’s the food menu for Wine & Dine Studio at the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival:
Butternut Squash Ravioli with Brown Butter Vinaigrette, Parmesan Cheese and Pumpkin Seeds (V) (KA)
Trio of Artisan Cheese (V)
Gorgonzola with Cow and Sheep’s Milk
Artigiano Aged Balsamic & Cipolline Onion
Artist Palette of Wine and Cheese: Trio of Artisan Cheeses paired with Reata Chardonnay, Rainstorm Silver Linings Pinot Noir Rosé and Spellbound Petite Sirah
We’ve shared this photo before, but I like it–and it’s also illustrative of where you’ll find the various “Studio” booths, on the pathway heading between Journey into Imagination and World Showcase. Wine & Dine Studio is one the far left of the trio in the photo above.
With that said…here are our food reviews from the Wine & Dine Studio Marketplace:
Seared Scallops, Truffled Celery Root Purée, Brussels Sprouts and Wild Mushrooms ($6.25) – Remember our Food & Wine adage: “leave the shrimp, take the salmon and scallops.” (You’re probably sick of reading that by now, but we’re going to keep repeating it until it’s burned into your memory.)
That applies here. These scallops are tender, perfectly-prepared, and high quality. The number we’ve received over the years has ranged from 1 to 3, with 2 being the standard this year. There’s also a generous helping of wild mushrooms, and the truffled celery puree is basically thin mashed potatoes with the deep, umami flavor of truffles.
It’s a glorious symphony of flavors, and it really makes you wonder how the same festival serving up poorly-prepared chicken fingers is also doing this masterful dish. This is highly recommended if you’re paying paying out of pocket, and is an absolute no-brainer if you’re using the Monopoly money of Disney Dining Plan snack credits.
Butternut Squash Ravioli ($4.50) – This is the best and worst of Epcot’s Food & Wine Festival, typifying the event all in a single dish. The upside is that it’s the type of nuanced dish that should exemplify the event’s cuisine; the downside is that the portion is about 1-2 ravioli too small for the price.
Nevertheless, it’s delicious, fun, and the ultimate “flavors of fall.” The sweet squash inside the al dente ravioli works well with the toasted pumpkin seeds, while the latter provides a bit of savoriness and texture. The brown butter vinaigrette provides added depth, making this superior to most restaurant pasta at Walt Disney World. We recommend it.
Artist Palette of Wine and Cheese ($11.25) – You can get the cheese-only version of this for about half the price, but we cannot really recommend it either way. This is a ‘melt in your mouth’ dish, and not in the good way. It’s all just really mushy, and none of the accompaniments really help counterbalance it.
Perhaps this is what we get for trying to be “fancy” with an artisanal cheese board…served on cardboard…in the August Florida sun…in the middle of a theme park. We can’t recommend this either way, but perhaps it’s better suited to November?)
In terms of alcoholic drinks, here’s what’s served at the Wine & Dine Studio Marketplace at the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival:
Reata Chardonnay, Sonoma Coast
Rainstorm Silver Linings Pinot Noir Rosé, Oregon
Spellbound Petite Sirah, California
Overall, the Wine & Dine Studio rounds out the trio of studio booths, showing why the Culinary Corridor is right up there with Next Eats as the two best areas at the Epcot Food & Wine Festival. As we’ve said before, you should start in this area while you’re still really hungry and get more selective as you get to the weaker, less ambitious Global Marketplaces in World Showcase. Wine & Dine Studio belongs amongst these heavy hitters with 2 really strong dishes and a strong .667 batting average.
What do you think of the Wine & Dine Studio Marketplace? Have you tried any of the food items at this booth? Any thoughts on these items? Portion-size or quality-wise, did you have better or worse luck than us with what you ordered? Questions we can help you answer? Hearing your feedback–even when you disagree with us–is both interesting to us and helpful to other readers, so please share your thoughts below in the comments!