When one thinks theme parks, sophistication doesn’t usually come to mind. However, Disney Springs is changing the game with several new additions of James Beard award-winning restaurants, including the only wine bar in Florida led by a Master Sommelier, Wine Bar George.

George Miliotes is one of only 256 Master Sommeliers in the world and he brings his passion and expertise to Disney Springs. Wine Bar George offers more than 140 wines available by the glass! In addition, they offer hand-crafted cocktails and craft beers alongside a full menu of small plates, cheese and charcuterie, family-style plates, and sweets. As if that wasn’t enough, Wine Bar George features Wine Country Brunch with the famed Dole Whipped Mimosa which is perfect for the 90-degree days in Orlando. I can speak first-hand that these are delicious and really hit the spot when you’re out in the heat.

My husband and I were pretty excited about checking out Wine Bar George so we made the trek over there on their opening day. This worked out perfectly since our park days were rained out, so we had extra time to truly enjoy the experience. I’ll admit, I am not a wine connoisseur, so I was a bit intimidated walking in not knowing much, but the staff is fantastic at asking the right questions to help you find the wines you like and suggesting delicious food pairings as well.  I do know that cheese and wine go hand in hand, so I highly recommend you get an Artisanal Cheese Board and maybe even Charcuterie Board! Another thing that I loved was that there was a section of “George’s Finds” which were reasonably priced, high quality glasses of wine.

One of my favorite things about Wine Bar George though was their “to-go” concept at “The Basket.” There is a walk-up window just outside the restaurant and you can literally craft a picnic basket of the most delicious picnic-items I have seen. These include things like a Prosciutto-Brie-Olive Salad Sandwich on a baguette or a delectable box of Manchego, Chorizo, Almonds, and Crackers.  Included in your picnic basket is wine and a dessert too which makes this an adorable date idea!

I highly recommend you give Wine Bar George a try on your next visit!

Jen Morrison

Travel Specialist