With 17 world-class restaurants and lounges Disney World’s Swan & Dolphin Resort is a culinary dreamers paradise. One weekend a year, the resort’s chefs all come together to serve up their best tastes paired with world class wines at the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Food and Wine Classic. For the real foodies, I recommend also attending the pre-event seminars that focus on improving your wine, mixology, and culinary appreciation.
For the first time in its eight years, the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Food and Wine Classic will offer a grand tasting experience led by a master sommelier. The tasting will feature wines from the Italian regions of Barolo and Barbaresco and highlight the unique Nebbiolo grape of northern Italy.
Leading the experience will be Master Sommelier Matthew Citriglia, one of only 149 master sommeliers in the Americas. He will guide the tasting like a tour through Piedmont showcasing several rare vintages from the region. As an intimate experience, tickets will be extremely limited.
Citriglia is the director of education for Southern Glazer’s Wine and Spirits and among the longest-tenured master sommeliers in Florida. He has served on the board of directors of the world-renowned organization since 2004. Citriglia mentors students pursuing master sommelier certification and has created training seminars to educate professionals in the food and beverage industry. He has more than 30 years of experience in the industry.
The grand tasting will join other seminar favorites returning to the event once again, including Wine Blending, Italian Wines, More than Malbec, Base to Bubbles, Beer Please, Craft Cocktails, Fine Art of Sushi and Sake, The Cheese Course, Pasta Making and back by popular demand after a several year hiatus, Riesling, So Sweet & So Dry.
The Grand Tasting with Master Sommelier Matthew Citriglia will take place on Saturday, Oct. 28 from 2:00p.m. – 3:30p.m. Tickets are $300 per person.
The two-day Swan and Dolphin Food & Wine Classic offers guests unlimited tastings at more than 50 stations featuring culinary selections from the resort’s award-winning restaurants and wine from more than 30 wineries amidst a festive backdrop of live entertainment on the hotel’s scenic causeway. Upgraded ticket options allow guests to enjoy access to a beer garden featuring a wide selection of craft beers and Oktoberfest-inspired cuisine. The event also includes hands-on seminars with the hotel’s chefs and certified beverage experts.
For information on all Swan and Dolphin Food & Wine Classic seminars, events and pricing, please visit www.SwanDolphinFoodandWineClassic.com/seminars.