REVIEW: Wine Bar George at Disney Springs Opens with Huge Wine Menu and Delicious Small Bites
Wine Bar George opened this past weekend at Disney Springs. The highly-anticipated bar brings The Landing section one step closer to completion (once Terralina Italian opens this summer). George Miliotes is at the helm of this new wine destination. You may recognize his name from the team that led California Grill at Contemporary Resort to become one of the best destinations in the world for food, wine, and sushi (before it was cool). George brings his master sommelier skills to the table here with rare, tasty, and interesting wines and pairings. We stopped by on opening weekend to examine the new digs at Disney Springs.
There’s an area outside called “the basket” where they sell a few different beverages and snacks.
Outdoor bar which was not open due to inclement weather when we were there.
Upstairs covered patio for guests to enjoy the outdoors.
Upon entering you are presented with a large U-shaped bar with open seating.
Most of the table seating is upstairs, with these very cool “barrel” tables that seat six people.
The outdoor area upstairs was open for guests and yes, the tables near the railing do get wet if it starts raining sideways.
A comfy couch area is at the top of the stairs.
There is also some traditional (non-barrel) seating upstairs.
There is also a secondary bar upstairs with a half-dozen seats.
The stairs are decorated with wine corks and are really stunning in person.
Back downstairs, there are a few hightops against the wall.
There is also a large marble table for bigger parties.
Wine Bar George offers a relatively small food menu with small plates and cheese boards, and also offers three family-style plates (large plates?) that can be shared by 2-4 people. As expected, there is a very extensive wine menu with over 100 different type of wines, plus specialty cocktails and a selection of beers (although I’m not sure what demographic they are targeting with Bud Light on there).
It would be impossible for us to cover every single wine and cocktail on the menu (at least in one weekend), but we had a few for the sake of the review.
Sabine (Rosé) – $9.00
One of the first wines we tried was this very popular rosé which was highly recommended by our waiter. This wine actually came from the tap which made it taste super fresh, like it just came from the winery. We really enjoyed this because it was very refreshing, although it was a pretty standard rosé with nothing exceptional to note.
Jorge’s Red Sangria – $14.00
Ordóñez Family Secret Recipe
A delicious and homemade red sangria that was super refreshing. It is a secret family recipe according to the menu. If you’re a fan of sangria, this is a definitely something you should try.
American 75 – $15.00
St. George Terroir Gin / Roederer Estate / Lavender
This tart and sour drink has a strong lemon taste and is extremely fizzy. It was highly recommended by our waiter and other guests, and with good reason: it is very refreshing and probably one of our favorite drinks of all we tried, You can also taste the lavender which adds a nice hint of flavor.
Wine Bar George offers a variety of small plates to try and we decided to pick a few that seemed the most appetizing.
These meatballs are out of this world! They are made right there in the kitchen every morning and fresh to your table. The sauce was also delicious, and it is served on a bed of triple cheese polenta (which was fantastic, and I don’t even like polenta).
Crispy Mac & Cheese Bites – $11.00
Crispy Mac & Cheese Bites / tomato nage / pecorino
These Mac & Cheese bites were a favorite of ours, and a huge hit at the restaurant. The fried balls are filled with shells and pimento cheese so it does have a bit of a kick to it (be warned if you don’t like spicy foods).
Chicken Skewers – $13.00
Chicken Skewers / togarashi / Asian slaw
This one was a surprise – we weren’t expecting these would be anything special, but chicken was juicy and full of flavor, as was the delicious Asian slaw.
It was recommended that we try The Chocolate Experience because it offered a few wines that most people normally wouldn’t try otherwise.
The Chocolate Experience – $22.00
Pairing demonstration of three wines and three chocolates
The Chocolate Experience offers 3 different chocolates: white chocolate, milk chocolate, and dark chocolate. These are house-made and but are on the small side. The three different wines are as follows (from left to right):
Mas Amiel 20-yr Grenache from Maury, France
Seven Falls Merlot from Wahluke Slop, Washington ’13
Ordóñez No. 1 Selección Especial Muscat from Malaga, Spain ’15
Overall we found the cost of this experience a bit pricey, especially since they wouldn’t tell you anything about the different wines (we had to ask about them separately). You receive a 1-oz pour of each wine which is really not enough for 2 people (although it is advertised as such), so we honestly would recommend skipping this and just ordering these (or any other) dessert-type wines by the glass.
Overall, we expected this new venue to be somewhat pricey, and in that regard it met our expectations. The food and the drinks we had were quite good, and if you’re a wine connoisseur, it would be hard not to like this place. But it’s more of a special-occasion destination than a place to just grab dinner.