Master Sommelier George Miliotes has brought his wine expertise to Disney Springs at Walt Disney World Resort with Wine Bar George, which officially opened today, May 19. Wine Bar George is the only Master Sommelier-led wine bar in Florida.
Miliotes is no stranger to Walt Disney World, as he was part of the opening team for California Grill at Disney’s Contemporary Resort, and managed the restaurant from 1995 – 2002. While he was there, Miliotes created an award-winning wine list and one of the first “100 wines by the glass” lists in the country.
“Disney Springs is the perfect place to open a wine bar and share my passion with the world,” said Miliotes. “Having the opportunity to train and hire my own team while sharing my 40-plus years of knowledge is truly incredible.”
As one of only 249 industry professionals worldwide certified by the Court of Master Sommeliers, Miliotes features wines from well-known wineries as well as growing regions and up-and-coming wineries at his new location. Wine Bar George offers a wine list including 135 selections by the ounce, glass and bottle.
“The [wine] list will include more than 40 varietals from regions around the world. We will use the Coravin, the Vinfinity system and wine on tap to ensure each wine is enjoyed to its fullest extend,” said Miliotes. “Servers will adeptly pair a range of small plates, cheese and charcuterie, sharable entrees and dessert with each wine. If you are looking for an awesome $9 glass on tap or a few ounces of Château Margaux, we will have wines for you to enjoy.”
In addition to the wine list, the wine bar also offers a variety of cocktails, beer, cider and frosé.
Guests have the chance to explore many food and wine pairings at Wine Bar George. Executive Chef Ron Rupert and Miliotes have worked together to create a menu to pair with the extensive wine list.
“Offerings will feature seasonally relevant items, and everything will be made in-house,” said Rupert. “I’ve worked jointly with George to develop a menu that represents both global and local cuisine. Guests will enjoy food that is familiar, yet new all at once.”
Wine Bar George is now open at Disney Springs, and will open on May 20 at 11 a.m. for its normal service hours of 11 a.m. – 2 a.m. Reservations will be available on May 25 for bookings starting on June 25.