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Guest Review: Disneyland’s Golden Vine Winery Port and Bleu Cheese Tasting

Thanks again to Chelsi Murphy, who wrote our great review of the Flying Fish Chef’s Counter, for providing yet another interesting look at a Disney dining experience. This time, she takes us to Golden Vine Winery at Disney’s California Adventure. Take it away, Chelsi!

Golden Vine Winery, the Wine Bar connected to the Wine Country Trattoria at Disney’s California Adventure, is a great place to take a break from a busy day at the parks. My husband and I love to stop by and take a look at their ever changing menu and speak with their knowledgeable staff, a few who came from Mondovi when Robert Mondovi built the original restaurant.

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One of the best ongoing deals the wine bar has to offer is the Port and Bleu Cheese tasting. Price for this is $12.50 plus tax, and you receive 3 one-ounce pours of port paired with 3 different blue cheeses, fruit compote and crackers. They also do the pairing with 3 types of chocolate, but we were told the cheese out sells the chocolate 10 to 1.

Port and Bleu Cheese Tasting

The first Port poured was Sandeman Founders Reserve Ruby Port, paired with Point Rayes Blue Cheese
from California. The Second was 2004 Sandeman Late Bottle Vintage Ruby Port, paired with Maytag Blue Cheese from Iowa. The third pour was Sandeman Tawny, aged 20 years, paired with Gorgonzola Dolce.

Bleu Cheeses and Fruit Compote

Our favorite was the Tawny –- it tasted like butterscotch in the glass! But all three were excellent ports and pairings with the cheese. We also thought that it was an excellent price to get to try three amazing cheeses and a flight of port.

Port Varieties

The Wine Bar opens at 11:30 AM and also has beer and sodas for those who don’t drink wine. The staff is always happy to help you out with any questions you may have if you want to try something new.

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7 Comments

  1. Alan says:

    This is a nice review, Chelsi. Port wine and blue cheese is a great combination of sweet and salty. It’s nice to let people (other than those who read AJ’s blog) know that Disney is not just rides, endless lines and amusement park junk food.

  2. AJ says:

    Alan — I was really impressed that this option was available! I would love to pop into an area of an actual theme park and find this. It’s like the wine walk in Epcot, but a leeeeetle bit better!

  3. Jennifer says:

    We’ve done this tasting many times. It’s one of our favorites! It makes for a nice relaxing break in the day and a yummy treat, too!

  4. Brenda says:

    I love port! I love cheese! I love this review! :-)

  5. Sally says:

    Thanks Ms. Chelsi! Wouldn’t this be a wonderful addition to the American Pavilion in Epcot!

  6. Chelsi says:

    Thanks for the nice comments! Port and Blue Cheese is just a great way to enjoy a busy afternoon – I agree Sally, The America Pavilion would be a great place to see this kind of experience pop up!

  7. Shayne says:

    Can’t wait to try this on our trip in June!

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