Update: Attendees are not required to pay a parking fee to attend the tasting. Simply tell the attendant at the entrance gate that you are attending a wine tasting at California Grill. This is also true any time you have a lunch or other business at one of the resorts inside the parking gate entrance.
Here’s an extraordinary opportunity: a vertical wine tasting spanning three decades of Freemark Abbey cabernet sauvignons, hosted by winemaker Ted Edwards and local master sommelier John Blazon of Jackson Family Wines. Part of the Epcot International Food and Wine Festival, the tasting will be held at California Grill in Disney’s Contemporary Resort Saturday, Nov. 5, from 1 to 3 p.m. Cost is $225 per person, plus tax. Gratuity is included, and because it will be outside Epcot’s gates, no admission fee is required, although parking rates apply because it is necessary to pass the Magic Kingdom parking attendants.
But those who know fine wine, and the reputation of Freemark Abbey’s cabernet, will appreciate this as a bargain.
Here are the featured vintages:
1987 Cabernet Bosché
1987 Sycamore Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon
1991 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
1991 Cabernet Bosché
1991 Sycamore Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon
1995 Cabernet Bosché
1995 Sycamore Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon
1999 Cabernet Bosché
1999 Sycamore Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon
2003 Cabernet Bosché
2003 Sycamore Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon
Freemark Abbey, one of the first 16 wineries in Napa Valley, was founded in 1886. Ted Edwards has been the winemaker since 1985. Edwards and Blazon will also be in downtown Orlando on Sunday as judges for the Battle of the Parks.
For more information about the Freemark Abbey vertical tasting or to purchase tickets, call 407-939-3378.