Orlando: Wine Bar George - Wine & Spirits Magazine

Orlando: Wine Bar George

The minimalistic two-story tavern-like space lets the food and wine do all the talking. (Photo courtesy of the restaurant)
Master sommelier George Miliotes (Photo courtesy of the restaurant)

Disney Springs now offers the only wine bar in Florida led by a Master Sommelier. George Miliotes built a rotating list—more than 200 wines—served by the glass, bottle or ounce. The wines are classics (Trimbach 2016 Clos Sainte Hune), well-aged (Emidio Pepe 1983 Montepulciano d’Abruzzo), off-the-beaten-path (Economou 2015 Liatiko) and extravagant—the First Growth Experience is a lineup of 2009 Margaux, Haut-Brion, Mouton-Rothschild, Lafite-Rothschild and Latour, which sommeliers serve tableside using a Coravin.

The menu, headed by Chefs Ron Rupert and Will Davison, includes small plates (crispy mac & cheese bites; roasted pork belly; zucchini hushpuppies) and family style entrées (the skirt steak topped with chimichurri will feed four). Sommeliers—and often George himself—are on hand for pairing suggestions. It’s a minimalistic two-story tavern-like space where food and wine do all the talking, and a restaurant that should be on any wine lover’s bucket list. But, if you can’t make it to Disney Springs, Wine Bar George just opened a second location at the Orlando International Airport in Terminal C.

1610 E Buena Vista Drive, Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830


Based in Los Angeles, California, Alissa Bica is the Spirits Editor and Critic at Wine & Spirits. She is also a Certified Sommelier and co-runs the home wine tasting company, Côte Brune and Blonde. In any rare moments of free time, she writes about obscure grape varieties in the blog Off the Beaten Wine Path.

This story appears in the print issue of Summer 2023.
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