A new wine tasting experience debuted at the Alfresco Tasting Terrace of the Golden Vine Winery in Disney California Adventure for the summer. It was part of a new menu for the small outdoor terrace located on the second floor.
The new menu features appetizers and wines from eight wineries, all with a Disney connection.
The eight wineries featured are:
Fess Parker Winery – Yes, the man who played Davy Crockett!
MacMurray Ranch – founded by Fred MacMurray who played the original “Absent Minded Professor.”
Silverado Vineyards – founded by Diane Disney Miller, Walt Disney’s only natural daughter, and her husband Ron Miller, one time CEO of the Walt Disney Company.
Lasseter Family Winery – Founded by the family of John Lasseter, Disney’s Chief Creative Officer, and director of “Toy Story.”
Gogi – owned by actor Kurt Russell, who starred in many films for Disney.
Frank Family Vineyards – owned by Rich Frank, president of Walt Disney Studios for nearly a year.
Chappellet Winery – the connection is through Frank Wells, former President and COO of the Walt Disney Company.
Skywalker Vineyards – founded by George Lucas, some of the wines use grapes grown at his Skywalker Ranch facility in Marin County.
One of the unique features of the experience is the ability to enjoy a “Flight” of wines – three wines paired together with a common theme. One flight features red wines, while others feature whites and more. If you order a flight you get three glasses of wine, with a pour of two ounces per wine. The wines are placed on a printed card stating the name of the winery (complete with the winery’s logo), the name of the wine, and a brief description of the wine’s attributes.
The menu also features a number of appetizers designed to enhance the wine tasting experience. They include cheese plates, brochettes and a beef tenderloin slider order. There are no entrees or desserts on the menu.
The location has a great view of the Pacific Wharf, and Carsland, with the Cadillac Mountain Range in the distance.
A former Imagineer’s review:
This is a wonderful experience. I had the beef tenderloin sliders made with horseradish caramelized onion aioli for $12.49 before Annual Passholder discount. You get three of the sliders, a perfect match for one of the red wine flights. For my “Flight” I chose the Red Blends, $23. It featured wines from the Lasseter, Chappellet and Fess Parker wines. (There are no discounts on alcohol.)
The three glasses of wine were delivered to my table by Jayson the waiter, via a nice little metal carrier that allowed him to place the glasses right on top of the placard with the descriptions. Right after delivery of the wine, and the appetizers, Elizabeth, the Sommelier, dropped by to give an excellent description of each wine.
It was a warm day, but the shade from the trellis over the patio made it very enjoyable. I had a seat near the side where I could easily see into the Pacific Wharf and Carsland. The sliders were perfect and tasted great. I wisely asked for a glass of water to clear my palate before trying one of the wines, savoring and drinking one wine after each slider.
All three wines that I had were terrific. After finishing my flight, I ordered a glass of wine from the Silverado Vineyards, based on a recommendation from Elizabeth. It was also excellent.
I heartily recommend this location for anyone wanting to spend an hour or so enjoying what was a delightful lunch with some fine wines, with a unique Disney twist.