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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’s menu here 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 2019 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, and it’s been re-done a bit in 2019 with this whole side of the Festival being torn up and re-built.
For the most part the design looks the same as last year and the booth and surrounding structures are too.
The same board celebrating wine and cheese from all around is near the entrance:
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:
Enough with looks, let’s get on to the eats!
Wine and Dine Studio Menu:
The menu for Wine and Dine Studio is essentially the same as last year with only minor changes. The Butternut Squash Ravioli are back again on the menu and so are the Seared Scallops which are always one of our favorites!
We also get a Trio of Artisan Cheeses, but my favorite from last year (Crescenza) was replaced by Italico, which I’m doubtful about. The Wines also remain the same from last year.
- Seared Scallops, Truffled Celery Root Purée, Brussels Sprouts and Wild Mushrooms ($6.25)
- Butternut Squash Ravioli with Brown Butter Vinaigrette, Parmesan Cheese and Pumpkin Seeds (V) (KA) ($4.50)
- Trio of Artisan Cheese (V) ($5.50)
- Gorgonzola with Cow and Sheep’s Milk
- Artigiano Aged Balsamic & Cipolline Onion
- Artist Palette of Wine and Cheese: Trio of Artisan Cheeses paired with Reata Chardonnay, Rainstorm Silver Linings Pinot Noir Rosé and Spellbound Petite Sirah ($11.25)
- 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 ($6.25):
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!
The scallops seemed bigger last year, and the ones in the Shrimp and Scallop Dip at Coastal Eats are slightly better, but these are still 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), so this year we of course were going to try the Artist Palatte of Wine and Cheese.
You can choose between just the cheese plate or the wine and cheese plates together, we got both:
Trio of Artisan Cheese ($5.25 for cheese only):
The cheeses were all good, with the Italico being my favorite by far. It is a softer cheese, something like a mild asiago and has a creamy texture.
The Aged Balsamic & Cipolline Onion was the most interesting and something I’ve never tried before, but the onion went perfectly with the cheese and balanced the tang of the balsamic.
I’m not a Gorgonzola fan, but everyone else loved it, again accompanied by a killer marmalade. This was a solid cheese plate, but nothing worth writing home about imo.
Reata Chardonnay ($6.00):
We normally like chardonnay, but the Reata Chardonnay tasted like a straight up mix of acid and turpentine. We are not fans at all.
Rainstorm Silver Linings Pinot Noir Rosé ($5.00):
I’m not a big Rosé fan, and this one is turning me. It was crisp and very dry with a lot of acidity, but it tastes watered-down. Surely there are better options.
Spellbound Petite Sirah ($6.00):
This wine was really dark and tasted like rich blackberries and blueberries, also with a hint of licorice. This was a good wine and something we’d drink again.
Overall the wine flight was disappointing, the first two were either blah or downright bad. the only one of the three we’d drink again was the Sirah, but even that can be beat by a ton of wines at the festival this year.
Booth Summary and Grade:
Wine and Dine was up and down this year and everything in between and I can’t say it was as good as it has been in years’ past. The Scallops were amazing as always and great if you like truffles. We aren’t paying the price they want for the Butternut Squash Ravioli when it’s just industrial pasta.
We also were split on the Wine and Cheese Flights, with some of the cheese being good but most of the wines not very good at all. They need to choose some different wines next year instead of bringing the same ones back. Let’s hope the ravioli just go away period and they bring something new and fresh in.
The scallops though are really insanely good and a must-get if you are a seafood fan, and worth making a stop for.
If you have to get just one thing:
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 2019 Epcot Food and Wine articles including:
- 2021 EPCOT Food and Wine Info Guide
- Complete List of Food and Wine Menus
- Top 10 Best and Worst Snacks at Food and Wine 2021
- MUST-TRY NEW Items at 2021 Food and Wine Festival (Coming Soon)
- Top Food and Wine Booths (Coming Soon)
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