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Review: Disney Family Wines - Fess Parker Winemaker Event

Last month I was able to attend a Winemaker Event at the Alfresco Tasting Terrace located inside Disney California Adventure. This was a premiere event (hoping for a series) that featured the Fess Parker Winery and Vineyard.

Some Background

The wines that are served in this location are identified as Disney's Family of Wines. According to the Disney Parks Blog, the wine selection is "a diverse collection that displays qualities long identified with Walt Disney and The Walt Disney Company, carrying on the Disney legacy and typifying the passion, innovation and quality that the name Disney symbolizes". 

Disney Legend, Fess Parker, is most famous for portraying Davy Crocket that was featured in several episodes in the 1954 show, The Wonderful World of Disney. Parker, as Davy Crocket, would make the coonskin cap famous due to the popularity of the series. (The Winery even sells a coonskin wine topper and a coonskin cap).

In 1987, Parker purchased property in Santa Barbara which would eventually become Fess Parker Winery and Vineyard. Parker was actively involved in the growth and success of his winery. The Winemaker event was not only an opportunity to discover and taste the Fess Parker wines, but also a chance to hear some family stories from Parker's son, Eli Parker

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The Wine Tasting

Besides the featured wines, the event also gave allowed resident chef, Jorge Cruz, to create some tasteful small plates to pair with each glass. There were four wines presented and each one came with a delicious and beautiful plate of food.  

It was a very enjoyable and tasty event. Seating was very limited so it was an intimate event. I learned a little about Fess Parker and his relationship to the Disney company. I learned a lot about Fess Parker Wines. The food was delicious and paired nicely with all the wine offerings. My favorite wine was Rodney's Vineyard Syrah. I just like that peppery red wine. The service was Disney excellent. The bonus part of the event was the view from the terrace. 

If you ever need a place to relax and want to have some wonderful California, Disney's Family Wines, visit this location. There is actually a bar on the first level where you can purchase wine by the glass. 

"The Alfresco Tasting Terrace daily menu features Mediterranean-inspired appetizers and wines from the “Disney Family of Wines” — consisting of eight California vintners chosen because of their personal relationship with the Disney name.

The “family of eight” includes Chappellet Winery, Fess Parker Winery & Vineyard, Frank Family Vineyards, Gogi, Lasseter Family Winery, MacMurray Ranch, Silverado Vineyards and Skywalker Vineyards." (from Disney Parks Blog)

Eli (Parker) was kind enough to take a photo with me. He is really tall. 

Eli (Parker) was kind enough to take a photo with me. He is really tall. 

Cheers to you!

-Daisy