Walt Disney World Resort has built the reputation of having only the best on offer. From some of the best rides and attractions in the world—think Haunted Mansion and Space Mountain at Magic Kingdom or Kali River Rapids in Disney’s Animal Kingdom—there’s much on offer for any Disney Fanatic to have the ultimate Walt Disney World vacation. But one other thing that Walt Disney World has in spades is good dining options. Admittedly, the Resort has come under fire for its increasingly expensive food with consistently reducing portion sizes, but there are still incredible places to eat (and drink) beyond that.
This said, per the latest news, some believe that the best wine bar in America is at the Walt Disney World Resort in its shopping and recreational area, Disney Springs. Wine Bar George.
Wine Bar George is named after its owner, George Miliotes, who is a Master Sommelier (one of only 273 in the world to hold the title) and has over 25 years of experience. The gem offers a wide variety of wines from around the world, with a focus on small production and boutique wineries. Guests can choose from over 140 different wines, and is known for its relaxed and sophisticated atmosphere. Wine Bar George even offers educational wine experiences, such as wine-tasting classes and seminars with Master Sommelier George Miliotes. It has something for everyone.
“I wanted the feeling that this is an oasis, that you were walking out of Disney and into another place, another world,” owner George Miliotes shares. “You walk in and you feel like you’re in Napa Valley, or you’re in Tuscany, or Provence, and the winemaker’s behind the bar and he takes you through their wares.”
It’s the perfect eatery and winery at which to unwind and take in the best wines from Bordeaux, Champagne, Piedmont, and more, all while at Walt Disney World.
As regarded by Food and Wine.com, the spot is one of the best wine bars in America for its unique offerings—not just in its big-name wines like the 2009 Chateau Lafite-Rothschild or Chateau Latour, both of which go for $900 a glass—but in its “totally unpretentious” atmosphere.
“I like the idea that anybody can come in here and talk about wine,” Miliotes says. “One of the major drivers is that we are, for lack of a better way to put it, egalitarian about wine—because it is really easy to be snotty about it.”
Miliotes also jokes that the average Disney Guest is “the easiest sell in the world.” As he concludes, “if you’ve been with your kids in the park all day long, what do you deserve? Buy the glass of wine or the drink you want, because you deserve it.”