It is really amazing how Epcot Center in Orlando became a center for wine tastings, with multiple wine bars and restaurants. The wine gained importance in recent years, and there is even a festival -Epcot International Food & Wine Festival, which takes place from October to November every year.
I’ll start talking about two extraordinary restaurants. The first, Coral Reef Restaurant, is next to the Nemo attraction and is practically a restaurant inside an aquarium. All the dishes on the menu have a wine suggestion, to harmonize with the dish. There is also an extensive wine list with several selections of wines by the glass, half-bottle or full bottles. A dream for wine lovers! I ordered a pasta with lobster and harmonized it with a Chardonnay from Edna Valley, California. It was divine!
The wine suggestion for the beautiful dessert “The chocolate Wave” was a Napa Valley Merlot (red!).
The second restaurant I visited was Tutto Italia, which has impeccable service and a very fine cuisine, offering homemade fresh al dente pasta. All wines on the list are Italian, from all possible regions: Tuscany, Veneto, Piedmont and Sicily. To start, order a Prosecco and if you are celebrating a birthday, the cake is on the house, with “Tanti auguri a te” sung by the waiters, who are 100% Italian.
Do not miss our next post, about wine tastings at Epcot. Cheers!!!