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- robr - 10-01-2005 04:52 PM

This happens every fall down here in Orlando. Here's the link with schedule of events for anyone interested:

It's a good time!

- robr - 10-02-2005 11:17 AM

BTW, I will be there Nov. 5th or 6th, if anyone wants to meet.

- jv38 - 10-07-2005 10:19 AM

I will be around on that same weekend.

Epcot is my favorite place on earth and the Food and Wine Festival, my favorite time of the year.

...And I'm not driving!

- robr - 10-07-2005 12:27 PM

I think Inniskillen is having a tasting at 11 am on both mornings. I'll be there. I'll be the big guy with the goatee wearing lederhosen and an alpine hat, carrying a tuba, covered with tatoos and facial piercings. Just yell out "Bernkastler!" and I'll find you.

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- robr - 10-08-2005 09:32 AM

Just kidding.

- robr - 11-07-2005 04:36 PM

Well, I went yesterday. It was great, as usual. We tried to get into the Inniskillen tasting, but the line outside was at max capacity about an hour before it teven started! Next we tried Sterling, same story.

The only one we were able to get in to was Kendell Jackson, which was well done, but unfortunately the wines we tasted were all KJ, of course. Oh well... the only one I liked was the Sauvignon Blanc. It was really quite good, crispy with a nice combination of fruit flavors. The presenter had two flat panel video screens and put up notes with photos for each wine. The photos for the SB included one of a kitten, which the presenter said nothing about. I overheard a woman behind me ask her friend, "Why is there a picture of a cat up there?" I turned around and said, "That would be because of the cat piss flavor in the wine" to which they all giggled and nodded. I think she knew the answer to her question.

Otherwise, we walked around the World Showcase and ate samples of Greek Mousaka, Canadian maple salmon (with a glass of icewine!), Norwegian meatballs (with a glass of a sweet cherry wine, I don't remember the name of), French quiche Lorraine and Beaujoulais (and chocolate creme brule), Morrocan beef shish-kabob (the best I ever tasted) German knockwurst and sauerkraut and apple strudle (with an semi-sweet Auslese), Aussie lamb with polenta, and a few other delicacies.

I bought a half bottle of Madonna Rhine beerenauslesen, which I believe is pretty close to eiswine, but not as expensive!

All in all it was a great time, and I highly recommend it.


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- Innkeeper - 11-07-2005 07:04 PM

Sounds like fun. Too bad they don't have anything like that when we get down there in the middle of the winter.

- jv38 - 11-08-2005 12:46 PM

I was able to attend last weekend. Really enjoy the Castilla y Leon region wines (Ribera Del Duero, Toro, and two other regions that I don't remember). I was very impressed with the Val and the Abadia Retuerta. There was an Albariño wine (Vega Del Sol, or something like that) that impress me as well.

The Australian Wines were disappointing because they did not have anything that I haven't try before, but anyway they were good as always.

I was not able to attend any of the tasting because most of them were full already or they were too expensive. Epcot is one of my favorite places and the Food and Wine festival is the best.

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- wondersofwine - 11-08-2005 04:55 PM

The Beerenauslese wine will probably taste much sweeter than an Eiswein. It is from very ripe grapes with probably some botrytis or "noble rot." The Eiswein is from ripe grapes but usually has more acid content to balance the sugar. Both can be quite a treat but I generally prefer the Eiswein.
Forgot to say that the food sounds great. Too bad you missed out on the Inniskillen tasting.

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- robr - 11-08-2005 08:30 PM

Hi JV,

Yes, I saw the Spanish wine pavilion, and I really wanted to try some of them, but it was one of the most popular areas and it was a bit crowded both times I walked past, so I skipped it. Next year I will make the effort to go there and try two or three of them. I like Spanish reds, but have only had a couple so far.

I am already looking forward to next fall to do it again!

- jv38 - 11-11-2005 11:26 PM


Chances are that they may have something different next year... Sadly...

Some of the pavillions don't came up year after year. I remember one from Jerez where they had an excellent Amontillado. I think that was like two years ago.

The Australian tasting they bring it in every couple of years.

I think for Spain they bring like a different region every year.

I hope I'm wrong because I did enjoy that tasting.

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