REVIEW: Uncork California Festival Marketplace at the 2018 Disney California Adventure Food & Wine Festival

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Of course the California wine booth is back again this year. Last year, we didn’t try any of the wines. Unfortunately this year we decided to try them. That was a big mistake.

There are three white wines (well actually two whites and a rosé), three red wines, and one sparkling wine, which can be had on its own or in the Tropical Float.

White Wine Flight, $16.00

  • Twomey, Sauvignon Blanc, Napa County, Sonoma County
  • Cambria Estate Vineyards & Winery, Benchmark, Chardonnay, Santa Maria Valley
  • Sofia, Rosé, Monterey County

Red Wine Flight, $16.00

  • La Crema, Pinot Noir, Russian River Valley
  • Ferrari-Carano, Merlot, Sonoma County
  • Rodney Strong, Cabernet Sauvignon, Sonoma County

Sparkling Wine Tropical Float, $14.00

If there was $32.00 we spent at the festival that we wish we could get back, it was these two flights. We’re not wine connoisseurs, just “regular folk” when it comes to wine, but out of the six, there were none that we liked. None. We’ve at least enjoyed a number of reds in our life, but all 3 in the red flight were pretty poor. On top of that, none of these are expensive bottles or particularly rare finds.

The float was also not great. While the ice cream soaked in the sparkling wine could offer a nice flavor, any sip of the wine was painfully sweet. Save your money for one of the alcoholic drinks at another booth, and just avoid this booth altogether.

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Jason Diffendal

Jason has been a lifelong fan of the Disney parks since his first visit at age 2. His biennial pilgrimages during his childhood accelerated into semi-annual visits by the year 2000, when he also Joined the Disney Vacation Club. Luckily, Jason’s bride-to-be was also a Disney fan, which allowed his infatuation with the Disney parks to continue, and ultimately culminated in their wedding at Disney's Wedding Pavilion in September 2003. Early in 2007, Jason began his involvement with the planning for what became Celebration 25, the unofficial fan gathering to commemorate the 25th anniversary of Epcot®. Soon thereafter, Jason met Tom Corless at a pin trading meet in New Jersey, and became part of the WDW News Today podcast starting with Episode 17. Jason has been involved with the WDWNT Network ever since, and can't seem to escape no matter how hard he tries.
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