REVIEW: The Wine and Dine Studio in Future World, Epcot International Food and Wine Festival 2017

REVIEW: The Wine and Dine Studio in Future World, Epcot International Food and Wine Festival 2017

Welcome to a Marketplace Booth review for the 2019 Epcot International Food & Wine Festival, taking place in the park from August 29 to November 23, 2019. This review will cover the Wine & Dine Studio kiosk located in Future World West. This is a one-stop-shop for some fancy wine during the 2019 Epcot International Food & Wine Festival. (Note that the menu prices do not include tax!)

For our complete coverage of the 2019 Epcot International Food & Wine Festival, head to our festival landing page here.

Wine & Dine Studio Booth at the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival 2019

Food:

  • Seared Scallops, Truffled Celery Root Purée, Brussels Sprouts, and Wild Mushrooms featuring Melissa’s Produce –  $5.75
  • Pulled Duck Confit with Cannellini Bean Ragoût and Zinfandel Reduction –  $5.50
  • Trio of Artisan Cheese –  $5.25
    • Fromager d’Affinois de Excellence with Toasted Baguette
    • Point Reyes Original Blue with Apricot Jam
    • Point Reyes Toma with Honey
  • Artist Palette of Wine and Cheese –  $11.25
    • Trio of Artisan Cheese paired with Round Pond Estate Sauvignon Blanc, St. Francis Chardonnay, and Recuerdo Malbec

Beverages:

  • Round Pond Estate Sauvignon Blanc, Rutherford –  $6.00
  • St. Francis Chardonnay, Sonoma County –  $6.00
  • Recuerdo Malbec, Argentina –  $6.50
  • Eden Canyon “Jolie” Red Blend, California –  $9.00
  • Meiomi Rosé, California –  $5.00

Seared Scallops, Truffled Celery Root Purée, Brussels Sprouts, and Wild Mushrooms featuring Melissa’s Produce –  $5.75

Scallops can be pretty hit or miss at the Festival in my experience, and this one is a definite hit. Cooked perfectly, the scallop is nicely accented by the celery root puree, Brussels sprouts, and wild mushrooms.

Pulled Duck Confit with Cannellini Bean Ragoût and Zinfandel Reduction –  $5.50

OK, so this is a picture from last year and there are different accompaniments, but this dish is usually on point, offering a very tender sampling of the bird. The accompaniments come from last year’s pork tenderloin, which was also quite good, so I can’t imagine that this will disappoint.

Artist Palette of Wine and Cheese –  $11.25

For the price, this is the best value sampler available at the event. It basically offers a combination of a dish and three wines from the menu for $11.25. All of the cheeses and wines are are rather enjoyable as well, with the Recuerdo Malbec being a personal favorite of mine (although not a great value on its own, as you’ll see below).

While we did not have many of the wines in individual servings, here are some thoughts on the value:

Round Pond Estate Sauvignon Blanc, Rutherford –  $6.00

 

Ringing in at $6 a glass is a very lousy value compared to the average 2016 vintage running $25 at your local wine store. If you enjoy pleasant wine aromas, anticipate notes of melon, peach, and amoretto.

St. Francis Chardonnay, Sonoma County –  $6.00

$6 for a glass, or $15 for a bottle at home. We recommend passing entirely.

Recuerdo Malbec, Argentina –  $6.50

Expect notes of blackberries and plum, according to Wine.com, but also $6.50 a glass compared to $20 a bottle at home. You can do better.

Eden Canyon “Jolie” Red Blend, California –  $9.00

$9 for a glass is steep, but from what we’ve found the last vintage was in 2011 which almost validates the $9. For a few bucks more you can get a much better red at Earth Eats

Meiomi Rosé, California –  $5.00

2015 vintage, $5 a glass or $25 for a bottle at home. This is the best value at Wine and Dine in terms of wine.

Location of the Wine & Dine Studio at the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival

The Wine & Dine Studio is located in Future World West along the pathway between the Imagination pavilion and World Showcase. The Wine & Dine Studio is Number 5 on the map below.

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