Wine and Dine Studio is back again this year and we’re happy about that because it’s always one of our favs!! This year is full of high quality choices like: Seared Scallops, Butternut Squash Ravioli and the Artisan Palette of Wine and Cheese. Let’s see if it holds up to its usual standard this year in our Wine and Dine Studio Review at the 2018 Epcot Food and Wine Festival!
Wine and Dine Studio Marketplace:
Wine and Dine Studio is in one of my absolute favorite locations at Food and Wine on the path between Future World and World Showcase. If coming from World Showcase it’ll be immediately on the left and the first marketplace:
Wine and Dine has one of the coolest eating areas with lots of nice grass and lots of benches:
The decorations are gorgeous and I love the stringed up lights when the sun starts to go down…
Here’s the Wine and Dine Marketplace booth itself:
and it’s even more beautiful at night!
Enough with looks, let’s get on to the eats!
Wine and Dine Studio Menu:
The menu for Wine and Dine Studio is a bit different this year with the Pulled Duck Confit (which was ridiculously yummy) for the Butternut Squash Ravioli. We’re a bit skeptical of this change just because we loved the Duck so much it’ll be hard to replace. The rest is the same as last year with only a 0.25 cent increase for the Seared Scallops.
- Seared Scallops, Truffled Celery Root Purée, Brussels Sprouts and Wild Mushrooms featuring Melissa’s Produce ($6.00)
- Butternut Squash Ravioli with Brown Butter Vinaigrette, Parmesan Cheese and Pumpkin Seeds (V) (KA) ($4.50)
- Trio of Artisan Cheese featuring La Bottega di BelGioioso® Cheeses (V) ($5.25)
- La Bottega di BelGioioso Crescenza-Stracchino®
- La Bottega di BelGioioso CreamyGorg® Gorgonzola Dolce
- La Bottega di BelGioioso Artigiano® Vino Rosso
- Artist Palette of Wine and Cheese ($11.25)
- Trio of Artisan Cheese paired with Rainstorm Silver Linings Pinot Noir Rosé, Reata Chardonnay and Spellbound Petite Sirah
- Reata Chardonnay, Sonoma Coast ($6.00)
- Rainstorm Silver Linings Pinot Noir Rosé, Oregon ($5.00)
- Spellbound Petite Sirah, California ($6.00)
Seared Scallops, Truffled Celery Root Purée, Brussels Sprouts and Wild Mushrooms ($6.00):
Give me scallops and I’m a happy camper and these scallops are TO DIE FOR!! Let me say first that the scallops themselves were perfectly cooked, very tender and just slightly seared on the outside. But the accompaniments are just as good as the main ingredient and can’t be overlooked! I mean who honestly would ever think of making truffled celery root puree? Not me. But it’s so freakin addicting, so smooth and buttery that I would really love a whole bowl of this stuff. The mushrooms were huge on it too and much better than I was expecting! Delicious and can’t be skipped!!
Butternut Squash Ravioli ($4.50):
Butternut Squash Ravioli is a very common dish in Italy, and something you can find very easily in Mantova where they are famous. These aren’t on that level by any means, but they tasted good. That being said, $4.50 for literally 2 individual ravioli is absurd. And these are not hand made, but factory packaged. You can say I’ve become a snob from living in Italy and getting, but I can’t bring myself to recommend this, not at that price.
Artist Palatte of Wine and Cheese ($11.25):
Cheese plates are a favorite of ours, we’d go from one marketplace to another trying all the cheese plates if we could (ok, it’s basically what we did here with everything else thrown in between too), and this one would rank right up there with the best ones. You can choose between just the cheese plate or the wine and cheese plates together.
Trio of Artisan Cheese ($5.25 for cheese only):
The cheeses were all good, with the BelGioioso Crescenza-Stracchino being my favorite by far. It was very creamy and the combo of the sweet berry compote with it was incredible. The Artigiano® Vino Rosso was the most interesting and something I’ve never tried before. It had red wine actually IN the cheese. Guess you don’t need to worry about finding a wine to go with it! ;). I’m not a Gorgonzola fan, but everyone else loved it, again accompanied by a killer marmalade. Really solid cheese plate and one of the best we tasted.
Reata Chardonnay ($4.75):
Liked this one a lot. Had a full-figured spectrum of flavor and texture, and I tasted apples and pears in there. Excellent choice.
Rainstorm Silver Linings Pinot Noir Rosé ($5.50):
I’m not a big Rosé fan, but this was quite nice actually. It was crisp and very dry with a lot of acidity. I thought it was great with the crescent cheese and it actually went well with the scallops too!
Spellbound Petite Sirah ($5.50):
This wine was really dark and tasted like rich blackberries and blueberries. Another winner and out favorite of the three.
Booth Summary and Grade:
Wine and Dine was good this year, but I can’t say it was as good as last year. The Duck Confit was a big upgrade over the Butternut Squash Ravioli this year and we hope they go back to that in the future or create something else. The scallops though are really insanely good and a must-get if you are a seafood fan, and the Wine and Cheese plate was equally as good!
If you have to get just one thing: Seared Scallops
Wine and Dine Studio Review
Overall Grade - 7.5/10
Wine and Dine Studio Review
Overall Grade - 7.5/10
I want you to be able to have the best info on the Festival so you have a great time and don’t waste your time! Take a look at all of my 2018 Epcot Food and Wine articles including:
- 2018 Epcot Food and Wine Info Guide
- Complete Index of the Food and Wine Menus
- 11 MUST-TRY NEW items at 2018 Food and Wine Festival
- Top Food and Wine Booths
- Top 10 Overall Snacks at Food and Wine
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