From Pam Brandon, Disney Parks Food Writer and posted on the Disney Parks Blog.
A state-of-the-art WineStation by Napa Technology is the newest “toy” for the sommeliers at the award-winning Napa Rose at Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa at the Disneyland Resort.
“The WineStation lets us open four distinctive bottles of wine to give our guests a taste of something extra special,” says Eric Quezada, area manager and sommelier at Napa Rose. “We’re offering older vintage wines, cult wines, bottles you won’t find every day.”
The WineStation offers 1-ounce, 3-ounce and 5-ounce pours so that guests can sample vintages like a 1989 Vega Sicilia Unico Tempranillo from Spain that sells for more than $400 a bottle. “Every time we pour, it tastes like we just opened the bottle,” says Eric.
There are always four offerings, usually a Pinot, two Cabernets and a Spanish wine, he explains. Bottles are listed on the menu with ratings. “Not everybody wants to spend $300 for a bottle of wine, but now they can have a glass for dinner,” says Eric. “Our guests are really excited to discover a variety of premium wines that they don’t find on other by-the-glass wine lists.”
The focus is on “big-name” vintners, and not all wines are at the top of the price range. Depending on what’s in the Napa Rose cellar, the prices are based on the bottle and how rare it is – but there also are fun and affordable tastes.
You never know what wine you’ll find, but you know it will be very special – just like the Napa Rose Vintner’s Table, where the menu changes every Friday based on seasonality. “We showcase dishes by our chefs that are not on the regular menu,” says Eric. For instance, right now there’s a duo of prime New York beef and a braised beef short rib with morel mushrooms, sweet onion puree and black plum relish; and a dessert tart made with Robiola cheese, cashew frangipane and Black Mission figs with a mint and Port reduction. Cost for the Vintner’s Table menu is $100, $45 for a wine pairing.
For reservations, visit Disneyland.com/dine or call 714-781-DINE.