Wine and Dine Studio Review: 2016 Epcot Food and Wine Festival
Another new booth to Food and Wine this year, Wine and Dine Studio looks fantastic and I couldn’t wait to try it out! Looking at the menu I thought it has the chance to be the best new booth for sure and possibly challenge the classic big name booths. Let’s see how it stands up…
The marketplace area itself is gorgeous! I absolutely love how it’s decorated, full of wine bottles and lots of shaded tables to eat as well. The whole garden there is beautiful. It’s located near the Chocolate Studio and on the way to Greenhouse Guru and The CHEW Collective which is my favorite angle of Food and Wine because it’s kept separate from the rest and feels more calm and peaceful.
Seeing as the theme is wine, they even have charts explaining the various types of wine and how to identify them:
- Pork Tenderloin with Cannellini Bean Ragoût and Zinfandel Reduction – $5.00, DDP Snack Eligible *Ziggy Recommended
- Seared Scallop, Truffled Celery Root Purée, Brussels Sprouts and Wild Mushrooms featuring Melissa’s Produce – $5.50, DDP Snack Eligible *Ziggy Recommended
- Trio of Artisan Cheese – $5.00, Vegetarian, DDP Snack Eligible
- La Bonne Vie Goat Cheese served with toasted Craisin Bread
- Karst Cave-aged Cheddar Cheese served with Fig Compote
- Statesboro Blue Cheese served with Spiced Candied Walnuts
- Artist Palette of Wine and Cheese – $11.00 *Ziggy Recommended
- Trio of Artisan Cheese paired with Conundrum White Blend 25th Anniversary, Kurt Russell’s GoGi “Goldie” Chardonnay and Robert Mondavi Maestro Red Blend
- Round Pond Estate Sauvignon Blanc, Rutherford – $5.75
- Kurt Russell’s GoGi “Goldie” Chardonnay, Sta. Rita Hills – $9.50 *Ziggy Recommended
- Conundrum White Blend 25th Anniversary, California – $4.75
- Vinum Cellars Pinot Noir, Monterey – $4.75
- Kurt Russell’s GoGi “Tiger” Pinot Noir, Sta. Rita Hills – $12.50
- Michael David Winery Seven Deadly Zins Zinfandel, Lodi – $4.50
- Robert Mondavi Winery Maestro Red Blend, Napa Valley – $5.75
The food options here were great and lived up to the expectations…
First I had the Seared Scallop which was served with Truffled Celery Root Purée, Brussels Sprouts and Wild Mushrooms.
This was awesome!! The scallop was nice and big and cooked to perfection, seared outside but moist and juicy inside. The truffled celery root puree was much better than I was thinking, great taste with the truffle in there. A decent option for the money if you compare it to scallops in Disney restaurants too. It’s not quite as good as the Scallop for Scotland two years ago that was served on that magical bed of creamed spinach and bacon, but I really liked it a lot.
Next was the Pork Tenderloin with Cannellini Bean Ragoût and Zinfandel Reduction
This too was a good deal for the money I thought, they gave me a nice big piece of Pork. Being the tenderloin cut it was very succulent and juicy. Very tender and flavorful. I loved the zinfandel reduction that was served over it, so full of flavor also and the beans were a nice accompaniment too. Overall a success.
Both the Seared Scallop and the Pork Tenderloin made my list of the Top 15 Things you Must Try at Food and Wine this year. They were only the second booth to do that, along with China.
Lastly there’s the Trio of Artisan Cheese or the Trio of Artisan Cheese with Wine Pairing. Both of these are excellent options, the one with the Wine Pairing is an even better deal imo because you are getting the same portion of wine they give you when they charge $4.75 per glass, so for three for three of them + the cheese at $11 you are definitely getting your money’s worth!
Of the cheeses I love the Karst Cave-aged cheddar which had a wonderful sharp taste to it. And for the wines I recommend Kurt Russell’s GoGi “Goldie” Chardonnay
Booth Summary and Grade:
I absolutely love Wine and Dine Studio! I think it’s not only one of the best new booths, but one of the best at Food and Wine, Period! Go there and try everything, you won’t be disappointed!
If you have to get just one thing: Seared Scallop
Take a look at all of my 2016 Epcot Food and Wine articles. I have the Top 15 Things You Must Try this year at Food and Wine, and also a complete Index of the Food and Wine Menus and other Helpful Info. I want you to be able to have the best info on the Festival so you don’t waste your time and you have the best time possible!
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