2013 Epcot International Food & Wine Festival – summary of wines beer etc

We did a quick summary of wines, beer, etc… part way through the Festival (here).

Quick recap if you don’t want to follow the link…

  • Brazil Marketplace – Xingu Black Beer, not so great but not bad
  • Outpost (near Africa) – St George Beer, not likely to go out of our way to have again
  • Hops & Barley Marketplace – Samuel Adams Octoberfest & Rogue Chocolate Stout, really the only reasons to get these (1) you’re thirsty for beer and (2) you like draft beer – these were both all that we expected and quite tasty, I had another Rogue Chocolate Stout and Nick had another Octoberfest as the Festival continued, so yes, they’re pretty darned good
  • Intermission Cafe in the Festival Center  – 2 reds: The Seeker Pinot Noir & Kaley’s Rescue Red Blend (neither were very impressive and we didn’t have them again during the Festival) and 1 sparkling: Caposaldo Sweet Sparkling Moscato, I thought it was good but not good enough to have again

Items new to this review…

Grilled Lamb Chop - Austalia - 2013 Epcot Food Wine Festival - 1

Australia Marketplace –Penfolds Bin 8 Cabernet Shiraz (featured pairing with the Lamb Chop), wine went well with the meat, but was pretty “eh” on it’s own

Mahi Mahi from Singapore Booth - 2013 Epcot Food and Wine Festival - 1

Singapore Marketplace – Marques de Caceres Satinela (featured pairing with the Mahi Mahi), I really liked this wine and so did Nick, wish I’d stopped for another “glass” before the Festival ended

Mongolian Beef Bun China Epcot Food & Wine Festival 2013 - 1

China Marketplace – Tsingtao Beer (featured pairing with Mongolian Beef in a Steamed Bun), it’s Tsingtao, we’ve had it before numerous times, it’s good with Asian food 🙂

Berbere Style Beef including featured wine pairing at Africa booth - 2013 Epcot Food and Wine Festival - 1Africa Marketplace – Wolftrap Red (featured pairing with Berbere Style Beef), we just didn’t like this much, it wasn’t the worst wine of the Festival by any measure! but we didn’t even finish it

Bleu Cheese Souffle from Cheese Booth - 2013 Epcot Food and Wine Festival - 1Cheese Marketplace – Once Upon a Vine’s The Big Bad Red Blend (featured pairing with blue cheese soufflé), at that point in the Festival, we decided this was the best pairing so far (we had tummy aches later from the richness of the soufflé…)

Cheese Selection at Cheese Booth - 2013 Epcot Food and Wine Festival - 1Cheese Marketplace – Once Upon a Vine’s A Charming Pinot, not good with any of the cheeses and not good on it’s own

Germany Marketplace – J&H Selbach Berkasteler Kurfurstlay Riesling Kabinett “delicate sweetness and mild acidity”, better pairing with the cheeses than the Pinot; I liked it so much that I had it again later in the Festival

Zapiekanki (toasted mushroom, caramelized onion & cheese bread with house-made ketchup) and Okocim Brewery O.K. Beer

Poland Marketplace – Okacim O.K. Beer, it was better than a couple of other beers, but not really outstanding

Poland Marketplace – Nick had the Frozen Szarlotka (Apple Pie) featuring Zubrowka Bison Grass Vodka [NO PHOTO] – it tasted like frozen applesauce, a bit too sweet but rather refreshing in the heat

Florida Shrimp Cerviche with Fire Roasted Vegetables & Micro Cilantro

Florida Local Marketplace – Cigar City Brewing, Florida Cracker Belgian-style White Ale, [NO PHOTO, it looks like beer] ummm, not good, we didn’t drink all of it

Fisherman's Pie and Guinness DraughtIreland Marketplace – Guinness Draught, while not unusual by any measure, this was the best beer we had on one of our visits to the Food & Wine Festival (we sample 4 that evening, we shared ;))

Taste of Greece including featured wine pairing at Greece booth - 2013 Epcot Food and Wine Festival - 1

Greece Marketplace – Domaine Skouras Moscofilero (featured pairing with Taste of Greece), this wine was a pleasant surprise (it had been on our “do not have”)


Dessert & Champagne Marketplace – there aren’t any photos because the only thing that we tried from this booth during the Festival was the Pyramid Weiss Cream Beer – verdict? I liked it, the texture and head were very similar to Guinness, the flavors were creamy and slightly sweet, easy to understand why it would go with desserts (which we never sampled)

featured pairing - Tuna Poke with Seaweed Salad & Lotus Root Chip paired with Lucien Albrecht  Gerwurztraminer ReserveHawaii Marketplace – Kona Brewing Company’s Big Wave Golden Ale (NO PHOTO), Nick had this one evening, he tossed about 70% in the trash, just. not. good… too floral and funky

Hawaii Marketplace – Lucien Albrecht Gewürztraminer Reserve (featured pairing with tuna poke), I’d had this earlier in the Festival when Nick had the Big Wave Golden Ale, I liked it enough to have again, it had a very light sweetness (in other words, it wasn’t syrupy)

Scottish Salmon - Scotland - 2013 Epcot Food Wine FestivalScotland Marketplace – Innis & Gunn Original, now we’ve had Innis & Gunn before, but only bottled; on draft, it’s even better 🙂 I’d like one right now!

Festival Center menu - 2013 Epcot Food and Wine Festival - 1

Festival Center – Simi Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon (Nick’s choice) He thought that the Cab was better than my choice; I thought the Cab was lighter

Festival Center – Marques de Caceres Reserva (My choice) I was expecting the same Caceres that I had at the Singapore booth, nope, this was a very heavy red with lots of tannins, not that good

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