Epcot Germany’s Karamelle-Kuche to Open in Late September

New info has surfaced about the Werther’s Candy Shop in Germany, set to open in September 2010.

The official name will be Karamelle-Kuche, or “caramel kitchen,” and the shop will take over the prior Glas and Porzellan shop in Epcot’s Germany. The store will feature a show kitchen, in which cast members will be making caramel popcorn and apples, and caramel-covered strawberries.

The shop will also sell gourmet caramels, cookies, brownies, fudge, and cupcakes. This is the only free-standing shop in the world for Storck, the makers of Werther’s candies, so there will be some one-of-a-kind items there as well.

Source: Disney Parks Blog

Name Revealed for “Hacienda de San Angel,” Werther’s Comes to Epcot, and Other News

Just wanted to share a few more tidbits of news about the newest restaurants in Epcot’s World Showcase as well as some other Epcot food news!

Via Napoli and Hacienda de San Angel

First, as you know, Epcot will be revealing two restaurants this fall: Hacienda de San Angel is the new name for what was known as the Cantina de San Angel in the Mexico pavilion. This location will serve as a counter service eatery during the day, and a table service eatery at night.

Via Napoli, in the Italy pavilion, will be a brand new 300-seat restaurant in Epcot’s World Showcase. The recent news is that the wood-fired pizza ovens in the restaurant will represent three volcanoes in Italy!

The two will open in September, and should be added to Disney’s Advanced Dining Reservations availability in July or August, according to the announcements made at today’s D23 Flowers and Fireworks event.

Stay tuned this week for even more details and announcements about Via Napoli and Hacienda de San Angel! To follow the News stories about these restaurants, check out these links:
Cantina de San Angel construction pics
Cantina de San Angel Concept Art Released
More News on Cantina de San Angel refurb and Via Napoli
Naples Review: Is this What We Can Expect From Via Napoli?
Via Napoli Concept Art Released
Our Guess on the Italy Pizzeria Menu
Italy Pizzeria Construction Pics
Disney Parks Blog Confirms Pizzeria

Werther’s Candy Store Comes to Germany

Word is that Germany’s Goebel Shop in the World Showcase will become a Werther’s Candy Shop by September, 2010. While you’re waiting, check out what it might look like via this The Disney Blog link — seems that Werther’s has shot candy commercials in Epcot’s Germany, turning that exact store into a Werther’s shop…

Epcot Food and Wine Festival Updates

As you know from our previous post, it looks like Belgium and South Korea will be joining the other country-specific booths on Epcot’s World Showcase Promenade this Fall at the 2010 Epcot International Food and Wine Festival.

Dinner and a Show at World Showcase

We talk a lot about food around here (can’t imagine why), but we don’t pay nearly enough attention to some of the great entertainment that Disney provides in and around its restaurants during mealtimes. I thought it’d be interesting to take a look at a few of the Epcot World Showcase restaurantsChefs de France, Restaurant Marrakesh, Biergarten, and Teppan Edo — that offer not only great food, but also fun entertainment!

Chefs de France
One of my favorite “acts” in World Showcase is just outside Chefs de France in the France Pavilion. This hilarious duo has a couple of different “schticks” — one in which the acrobat is dressed as a tourist and comes into the act from the audience, the other in which he’s dressed as a Chefs de France server as he is in the photos below. The basic gist is that he’s just trying to clean the chairs, but the Chef continues to push him into climbing higher and higher onto the balanced mountain of furniture! The finale is breathtaking!


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Epcot’s World Showcase Wine Walk

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The Myth of the Wine Walk
For a long time, the World Showcase Wine Walk was a myth for me. I’d heard tell of a “pay-20-bucks-and-get-six-glasses-of-wine” type of thing, but I searched the web and found no specifics about this fantastic option in Epcot’s World Showcase.

Then, out of nowhere, the Wine Walk was mentioned in the 2009 Epcot Food and Wine Festival Guide. Finally, I had clarity!

So on my recent trip, I stopped into Italy’s Enoteca Castello shop and asked all about the Wine Walk. And while I wasn’t able to do the walk this trip, I’m really looking forward to getting it on the list for next time.

(If anyone out there has had the opportunity to do the Wine Walk, drop me an email or a comment and let me know what you thought! I’d love to hear reviews, both pro and con.)

Wine Walk Specs and Details
In the meantime, here are the details: $20 = 6 wine samples and a beautiful walk around World Showcase!

To begin, head to one of these three shops: the Weinkeller in Germany (the shop with all the wine)

Germany's Weinkeller

Germany's Weinkeller

Enoteca Castello in Italy (that’s the shop with all the wine — the masks are in the back)

Masks in Epcot's Italy

Masks in Epcot's Italy

or Aux Vins de France in France (there’s a lot of wine in there, too).

Aux Vins de France

Aux Vins de France

Request a Wine Walk Passport at any of these locations. From there, you simply flash your passport in each of the three countries and enjoy your samples! Like other Epcot passports, cast members in each pavilion will give you a stamp for each sample.

The Wines
The wines you get to try are the following:
Germany

  • Valekenberg Madonna Spatlese: Since my Food and Wine Festival R.A Pruem wine seminar earlier this year, Spatlese is the word I look for to find a wine I’ll like. Spatlese = sweet and smooth, in my opinion (all it really refers to is the grapes being picked during a late harvest, making the sweetness and flavor a bit more intense). According to Disney, this particular wine will pair well with crustaceans like crab, shrimp, and lobster.
  • Valekengerg Madonna Leibframilch, Castello: The passport bills this wine as having a “lush, seductive bouquet” backed by mild acidity. It pairs well with stronger flavored fish and meat dishes, and works well when sipped alone as a pre-dinner drink.

Italy

  • Banfi San Angelo Pinot Grigio, Tuscany IGT: This wine will go well with light dishes, and probably will be best as a pre-dinner drink. The clean, fresh taste is touted as being perfect for an aperitif.
  • Castello Banfi Rosa Regale, Piedmont DOCG: For those of you who have no idea what DOCG means (like me), it stands for “Denominazione di Origine Controllata e Garantita,” which basically means it’s been quality-control tested by the Italian government. Translation: it’s high-quality. This is a sparkling wine, and word is that this is the wine to eat with chocolate!

France

  • Georges Duboeuf Pouilly Fuisse, Macon: A Chardonnay from Burgandy, Disney says try it with cheese…yum.
  • Fuisse and Chateau Tour de Segur Bordeaux, Lussac St. Emilion: This rich red is described as “structured” (word-lovers like me just gotta love these words — who would ever think to describe a liquid as “structured?”). The predominant grape is Merlot, and the main aroma is of dark fruits. Do this one with red meat.

The Passport
Here are a couple of photos of the actual passport, so you know what you’re looking for:

Epcot Wine Walk Passport Side 1

Epcot Wine Walk Passport Side 1

Epcot Wine Walk Passport Side 2

Epcot Wine Walk Passport Side 2

Finally, as far as I know, the Wine Walk has always been offered year-round. Its mention in this year’s Food and Wine Festival Guide makes me wonder if it’s been reduced to just an Autumnal experience. Fingers crossed they’ll keep it year-round so that everyone can enjoy this wonderful, and relatively inexpensive, way to sample some of the great wines from the World Showcase!

Salute, Sante, and Prosit!

S.A Pruem Winery Seminar at the 2009 Epcot Food and Wine Festival

Pruem Owners, Presenters, and Vintners

Pruem Owners, Presenters, and Vintners

I was lucky enough to attend a wine tasting conducted by Raimund Pruem (or Prum, depending on where you look), owner and vintner of S.A Pruem Winery in the Mosel Valley, Germany. I didn’t know when I booked the tasting, but we were going to be enjoying three Rieslings — my very favorite type of wine.

Tasting Flight

Tasting Flight

Tasting Notes Sheet

Tasting Notes Sheet

According to the winery’s website, wines have been commercially produced on site for 200 years. Raimund Pruem took over the management of his family-owned property in 1971, and has brought production from 3000 cases per year to over 40,000. He now leads “one of Germany’s finest vineyards, which is located on the most preferred growing area along the entire length of the Mosel, garnering the highest honors year after year.”

The Winery is a founding, active member of the VDP (The Association of German Premium Wineries), a consortium of Germany’s top producers.

Pruem Vineyards

Pruem Vineyards

The tasting began with the S.A Pruem Essence Riesling. Going for about $15/bottle, this wine was light and spicy. It’s suggested as an accompaniment to filet mignon or spicy foods, but is also suggested as a simple drinking wine — whenever and wherever. I enjoyed this wine, but compared to the others, it had a thinner flavor and made less of a statement.

From there, we moved on to Schloss Rheinhartshausen Old Vines Riesling. This darker gold wine was described as “stylish” by its vintners in the seminar, commenting on its intense, richer flavors. The rootstocks of this wine go deeper into the soil, bringing in the minerals and earthy flavors of the soil. At $27/bottle, this wine has a more alcoholic aroma and flavor, and is suggested as an accompaniment to richer sauces and fatty fish. This is a “weighty” wine.

Tasting Seminar

Tasting Seminar

Finally, we tasted what would become my favorite wine of the day: the S.A Pruem Riesling Graacher Himmelreich Spatlese. Loosely translated to “Heaven’s Kingdom,” this wine is deeee-licious! It has a bubbly, spicy flavor on the tongue, and is quite sweet (which is why I like it so much). This is the result of a later picking, meaning the grapes have more acidity and less liquid — this is where the sweet comes from. It has a long fermentation, facilitated by wild yeast gathered in the vineyard. This wine, at $32/bottle, can work well with spicy foods, including Thai and Indian flavors. Pruem referred to it as a “9-4″ wine, meaning you can start in on it at 9 AM and drink it all day — there’s only 8% alcohol.

You can purchase all three wines in The Cellar at the Food and Wine Festival Center, or you can try them at the Munich Booth in the World Showcase! Enjoy!

For more posts and information about the 2009 Epcot International Food and Wine Festival, visit our 2009 Epcot International Food and Wine Festival Index Page.