has been a long time coming.
Rumors started swirling in late 2015 around a new wine bar headed by Master Sommelier George Miliotes coming to Disney Springs. The rumor was officially confirmed at the Party for the Senses (an Epcot Food and Wine Festival Special Event) last fall.
Slated for a late 2017 opening, groundbreaking took place in December of 2016, and the walls surrounding the construction site (located just across the way from Jock Lindsey’s Hangar Bar and next to Raglan Road’s Hole in the Wall Bar) were covered with a display of the concept art for the space’s exterior.
And Disney is giving us a glimpse at the interior of Wine Bar George, with a new release of concept art specifically showing the center bar that will be found on the first floor.
George Miliotes shares that Wine Bar George will have a “comfortable-yet-lively environment that’s reminiscent of a renovated winery.” The 6,000 square foot restaurant will be complete with wood ceilings and concrete floors, along with warm lighting to create a welcoming atmosphere. The resulting vibe? “Guests will experience a feel reminiscent of the ‘Old World’ as if they are on the bottom floor of a gravity-flow winery surrounded by their best friends.”
Wine Bar George will showcase wines from growing regions in the U.S. and beyond (some already well-established, and some up-and-coming), with more than 100 selections available by the bottle and by the glass. Wine on tap will be available from the bar, and guests may choose to pair their beverages with a shareable plate. Options will include cheese and charcuterie to complement the wines, with an emphasis on local and seasonal selections. A flight of world-class Pinot Noir will also be available.
George Miliotes ran the beverage program at the Contemporary Resort’s California Grill from 1995-2002.
As one of just 236 Wine Sommeliers in the world certified by the Court of Master Sommeliers, he promises an experience that will be welcoming to those who know their wine as well as novices, offering choices from a wide range of prices and varietals. Visiting winemakers and special events will allow wine drinkers of all kinds to expand their knowledge.
Finally, Miliotes expresses that “Good wine and good food go together. At Wine Bar George guests can enjoy the trifecta: exceptional food, renowned wines and as much wine knowledge as they wish.”
And we say, Cheers to that!
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