Entries in Wine (5)


For First Time in History, Beer and Wine in Magic Kingdom

Matt Stroshane/Bloomberg via Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- They say Walt Disney World is the place where wishes come true.

And if you're one of the countless frazzled parents who've wished for a beer or a glass of wine after a long day in the Magic Kingdom, your wish has been granted.

For the first time in its history, beer and wine will be available in the Magic Kingdom. It will be served at the soon-to-be-open Be Our Guest restaurant in the New Fantasyland.

Be our Guest is a French restaurant themed after Beauty and the Beast. The story is set in France.

The announcement was made on the Disney Parks blog.

"As part of the overall theming, we wanted to offer wine that enhances the guest experience and complements the French-inspired cuisine," said Stuart McGuire, Beverage Director, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts. "The wines focus primarily on France's famous wine-growing regions, including Champagne, Alsace, Loire, Rhone, Burgundy and Bordeaux.

"We'll also offer the leading French beer, Kronenbourg 1664," he said. "And, staying in the general region, we'll also offer Belgian beers."

The beer and wine will only be available during dinner. The restaurant will feature three dining rooms and will seat over 500 guests. Items like Croque Monsieur and pommes frites will be served at lunch; charcuterie plate or mussels in wine are on the dinner menu. Lunch will be quick service, while dinner will be table service.

Reservations for Be Our Guest are being taken now, even though the restaurant doesn't open until Nov. 19, the same day New Fantasyland opens for previews.

New Fantasyland's official opening date is Dec. 6. It marks the largest expansion in the park's history and comes just in time for the holidays -- one of the busiest times of year for the theme park. During previews, guests will have a chance to experience some of the new attractions, but operating hours will be limited.

Park expansion will continue into 2014 with additional attractions. Princess Fairytale Hall, a place where the Disney princesses will greet guests, and The Seven Dwarfs Mine Train, a musical rollercoaster, are two highlights.

To make a reservation at Be Our Guest, call (407) WDW-DINE or book online at

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Starbucks to Serve Beer, Wine at Select Stores Later This Year

Starbucks Corporation(SEATTLE) -- Ordering a "tall one" at Starbucks will eventually take on a whole new meaning at a few select stores.

The Seattle-based coffee giant said that it will be serving beer and wine in up to six stores in Southern California toward the end of 2012, with other locations in Atlanta and Chicago following suit.

The company rolled out serving alcohol in 2010 at its experimental Olive Way cafe in Seattle, with beers costing $5 each and glasses of wines listed between $7 and $9.

Figuring that serving adult beverages and premium food is the wave of the future, Clarice Turner, Starbucks' senior vice president of U.S. operations, said Monday, "As our customers transition from work to home, many are looking for a warm and inviting place to unwind and connect with the people they care about."

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio


5 Inexpensive Wines for Thanksgiving Dinner

Stockbyte/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Worried about what wine to serve with your Thanksgiving meal? Looking for an inexpensive hostess gift to give to your friends?

Mandy Oser, owner of Ardesia wine bar and director of strategic partnerships for Le Bernardin, picks her top five budget friendly wines that pair well with Thanksgiving dinner.

1.  Sauvignon Blanc, Tramin, Alto Adige 2010 $12.   This light and refreshing crowd-pleaser willl stand up to heavy food but won’t overpower it.

2.   Chardonnay, Catena, Mendoza 2009 $15.   This style of Chardonnay is not overpowering with hints of oak and not overly high in alcohol so you can enjoy it all the more.

3.  Touraine, Domaine de la Charmoise, Henry Marionnet, Loire Valley, 2010. $13.   My go-to choice for Thanksgiving, light-bodied, bright fruit and light enough to drink throughout the meal.

4.  Tinhof, “Blau + Red”, Burgenland, Austria  2009 $10.   This is an off-beat choice, with a blend of Zweigelt and Blaufränkisch (native Austrian grapes).  It’s also light in body with refreshing fruit flavors and a touch of spice.

5.  Torrontez Sparkling, Deseado Schroeder, Patagonia, Argentina NV $13.   End your evening with a slightly sweet sparkler that pairs perfectly with pies and other sweet desserts.

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Bottoms Up: $123,000 Bottle of Wine Sets Guinness Record

Medioimages/Photodisc/Thinkstock(LONDON) -- A Guinness World Record was set Tuesday for the most expensive bottle of white wine not sold at auction when a 200-year-old bottle was purchased by a French collector for $123,000.

The 1811 Chateau d'Yquem was sold by the Antique Wine Company to wine connoisseur and private collector Christian Vanneque at the Ritz in central London, according to Bloomberg News.

According to reports, Vanneque will bring the wine to his new restaurant, SIP Sunset Grill, in Bali, Indonesia where it will be on display.

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Boxed Wine Getting More Respect

Photo Courtesy - ABC News(New York) -- There is less reason for wine snobs to turn up their noses at boxed wine these days.  The college party standby is getting better, according to blogger Dr. Vino, also known as Tyler Colman and author of A Year of Wine.

Not only are wine-makers putting a better quality product in boxes, but boxed wine also has a smaller carbon footprint, so its more environmentally responsible.  The packaging is more earth-friendly because, among other things, it's lighter to ship and that means it needs less fuel to transport it.  Switching from glass bottles to boxes for 97 percent of wines to be consumed within one year would reduce greenhouse gas emissions by about two million tons.  That's the equivalent of removing about 400,000 cars from the road. 

In France, people often buy boxed wine for regular use and Italy's agriculture ministry has approved boxing some of the country's best wines.  So, the next time your party guest shows disdain for the boxed wine you offer, you can tell them to stick a cork in it.

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