Celebrate National Wine Day at the Epcot Wine Walk
Raise your hand if you love wine. Now raise your hand if you love wine so much, you think it deserves its own holiday! Did your hand shoot up faster, or mine? Either way, both of our dreams are coming true on May 25th when our drink of choice will have an entire day dedicated to its pure, unadulterated deliciousness. This is one holiday that I’m confident will be as much fun for those of us stuck at home as it will be for you lucky few who get to spend it at the place where dreams come true.
If you’re a member of the latter party, you’re really in luck because Walt Disney World has quite the extensive wine selection for you to choose from! In every park, at every resort, and throughout Disney Springs, you’ll have the chance to order a glass of your favorite red, white, or blend wherever your plans take you, but if you’re hoping to wrap your fingers around a stemmed glass filled with the most flavorful and exotic wines Walt Disney World has to offer, look no further than the next paragraph.
For the Traditionalist
There is more than one way to crush a grape, and for the confessors whose palettes crave a dry, bodied wine, this is your section! Some of my favorites fall in this list, and if I were you, I wouldn’t wait until 5:00 to start sampling or you’ll quickly find the night is over. Let’s get to it!
- Spice Road Table- You can sit at the bar or sit at one of the always-available patio tables to sample one of the wine flights. The white wine flight features pours from Turkey, Lebanon, and Morocco, and with notes that range from fruitiness to vibrantly pungent nuttiness make each sip unexpected! Sitting outside on that patio overlooking World Showcase sure doesn’t hurt, either!
- Nomad Lounge is another fantastic spot with waterfront seating that, even if it’s 9am, looks so relaxing and perfect, I could always go for a drink and an appetizer! Their wine list is impressive, and between myself and my family, we’ve tired quite a few of their offerings. With that said, my recommendation for folks who prefer dry reds are the South African Cabernet (so smooth!) and the Argentinian Pinot Noir. Both pair well with a small plate…trust me.
- Baseline Tap House isn’t the first spot that comes to mind when I’m thinking of places to go for a glass of vino. The Tap House has over a dozen beers on tap and a menu of small plates clearly created to be enjoyed with a tall pilsner glass full of bubbly hops. It took a haggle of beer drinkers in my party to get me to stop in, and since I was there, I tried the Cabernet…and to this day it’s one of my favorites!
- One more for your white wine drinkers! Head on over to Disney Springs and pull up a barstool at the Boathouse (either inside or dockside!) and order a glass of Cakebread Sauvignon Blanc. The cute name made me order it, and the subtle, light notes of flowery fruit keeps me coming back for refills.
Sweet Tooth? There’s a Wine for That
In my opinion, sweet wines belong in two scenarios: on dessert tables and on vacations, so unless you’re Mickey Mouse himself, you probably fall into the latter category while you’re in Walt Disney World!
- Since sangria is wine-based, I’m counting it in on the list! There are so, so many places you can pick up a glass of sangria to take with you on your walk around the Parks, and when you’re experiencing that World Showcase Slump that is so familiar, a cold cup of sangria is just what the doctor ordered. My favorite is the Red Sangria! It’s light, refreshing, and perfect to take with you as you journey around the world.
The Wine Walk
Sure, a glass of any wine on May 25th will serve as proper celebration of the holiday, but it is National Wine Day after all, and I say this is the only way to go if you want to do it right! The Epcot Wine Walk comprises of 3 stops: Germany, Italy, and France. You can purchase your ‘passport’ at any of the 3 Pavilions and, as you make your way around World Showcase, you are welcome to taste 2 pours of wine native to each land.
The pours are meant to be just a sample, but my mom and I shared a Wine Walk passport once and we had more than our fill when we had completed the trip! The great thing about the Wine Walk is that you don’t have to complete it all in one day…or even one visit! The passports never expire, and as long as you bring it back with you, you can continue your Wine Walk journey whenever the mood strikes. Will you try the Wine Walk on May 25th, or opt for a different wine? Or both? Let us know in the comments below…cheers!
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Special thanks to Maria Salerno for writing this article: Hiya pal! I am a NYC-based writer/musician thrilled to be bringing you all things Disney! I’m a WDW Annual Passholder, so you can find me in the parks regularly throughout the year. In addition to being a Disney Parks loving girl, I’m also a Disney toy and merchandise collector, a runDisney enthusiast, and Disney music and movie aficionado. You can follow me on Instagram: NYCtoAP and find me on YouTube: NYCtoAP. Thanks for reading, hope to see ya real soon!