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    Wine Bar George

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Location

Walt Disney World Resort, Disney Springs, The Landing

Entree range

Shareable plates. Figure on $11-$16 per person

Summary

The restaurant’s namesake is George Miliotes, who became a master sommelier in 2007 and is one of only 249 master sommeliers in the world. So George knew a lot about wine before opening this restaurant. For food he added Executive Chef Ron Rupert. Rupert was part of the opening team at Disney’s Jiko – The Cooking Place, and worked most recently as the Executive Chef at Seasons 52, part of the Darden Restaurants chain, in Orlando.

Spanish flavors are the inspiration for most of Wine Bar George’s menu, and it’s all designed to be shared. Ten of the fifteen items on the menu are small plates, from simple spiced olives, to grilled octopus, to spiced pork cheeks. A cheese board and a charcuterie board are available either separately or combined. The three entrees (steak, chicken, and fish) are served family-style and are enough for two to four people to share.

Besides (or because of) the Spanish influence, you’ll find cheese and olive oil included in many items, with citrus, tomato, or vinegar adding acidity to balance those full, savory flavors. Since this is a wine bar, it’s a safe bet that George and Chef Rupert picked those combinations because they pair well with many different types of wine.

Setting and Atmosphere

Wine Bar George’s decor is spare and industrial, with exposed air vents, concrete floors, brick walls, and lots of glass windows. The focus of the ground floor is the central bar, which features an elevated wine rack and seating for around 18 people. Six 6-person high-tops and four 4-person tables are also available on that level. The first floor is noisy – any room with this seating configuration surrounded by concrete and brick would be – even before you add alcohol. The second floor is much quieter even with more tables available. The second floor also has a 7-seat bar and outdoor seating.

House Specialties

Porchetta spiced pork cheeks; chicken skewers; wine braised chicken;

Other Recommendations

There’s no questioning the quality of the wine selections on the menu. Beyond that, there are a couple of things to like: many of the wines are available by the ounce, the glass, and the bottle. This allows you create your own inexpensive wine flight theme, say “Australia 2016”, sampling the Leeuwin Estate Art Series chardonnay ($6), a Pewsey Vale riesling ($11), and the Bindo Dixon pinor noir ($7) to see how that year’s climate affected different grapes in the region. Or you could try wines from the same grape varietal and region across a span of consecutive years to see effects on an even longer time scale. The waitstaff are very helpful with this sort of thing.

The other thing to like about the wines is their prices – all of the wines we price-checked were offered at the industry standard markup of 2x to 3x retail. This seems to be on the low end of the range for Disney restaurants, and is another example of George’s commitment to affordability.

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Type Discount Valid Weekdays Valid Meals
WDW Passholder 10% All lunch

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2019

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