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California Grill to debut new beverage menu

Leah Zanolla | Posted: Jun 18, 2013 | Updated: Oct 19, 2014 - 9:25:27 AM
Plans are in motion for a whole new menu of beverages at the soon-to-reopen California Grill at Walt Disney World's Contemporary Resort. Chef Brian Piasecki and General Manager Michael Scheifler recently toured 15 wineries in five days, searching for new wines to introduce to the signature restaurant. Some of their favorites were a zinfandel from an organic Napa vineyard, Tres Sabores and a chardonnay from Heitz Cellars that is being bottled just for California Grill. The chardonnay is bottled in magnums, which Scheifler says will be brought to the table to pour by the glass.

When diners step off the elevator into the restaurant, they will come face-to-face with an all-new display case of 1,600 wine bottles - an "onstage, climate-controlled, state-of-the-art cabinet." The restaurant will offer 250 wines; 72 percent of these are from California. Scheifler says, "We'll have something for every palate, from a first-growth Bordeaux to a boutique wine from Oregon or South Africa." 80 of these wines will be offered by the glass. For patrons who want recommendations, there are more than 20 sommeliers on staff.

In addition to the new wines, the popular sushi menu has been expanded, new sakes are being introduced, and eight varieties of craft beer will be offered.

Scheifler added, "We can't wait to debut the new beverage lineup. Drinks span from classic cocktails to wines you won't find anywhere else, the beverages are a great complement to Chef Brian's new menu."

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