Culinary no-no #526

Culinary no-no began on Father’s Day 2007, a beautiful summer day, when I wrote about grilling brats. And eating brats. And topping those brats. I was inspired by my wife, Jennifer who, in my admittedly unscientific opinions, ruins brats by squirting ketchup on them. Other dining taboos quickly came to mind. The original idea was to take this concept only a few months, till the end of summer and then pull the plug. Then the unexpected happened. People started reading Culinary no-no. Lots of folks. So we keep doing the no-no.

I’ve blogged in the past about…

The California Grill that sits high atop the Contemporary Resort in Walt Disney World, the 15th floor to be exact. It’s incredible, one of Disney World’s so-called “signature” restaurants. That means best, popular, get your reservations in long before you board your plane for Florida.

What’s great about the California Grill is that this top dining destination in the Mouse House boasts many WOW factors. One of them is wine.

You just don’t show up at the California Grill. Proper protocol requires checking in on the 2nd floor of the Contemporary Resort. No reservation? See ya.

Once you check in you are taken via controlled elevator up to the 15th floor. When the elevator door opens you see…

A virtual wall of wine with 1,600 bottles displayed in a state-of-the-art temperature controlled cabinet.

On the restaurant wine list: About 250 selections, 80 wines by the glass, up from 50 choices on the wine menu that was used before the California Grill went through a seven-month renovation a few years ago.

In this next photo check out the very end of the California Grill bar.

Bottles at the ready, waiting to be poured. A great draw for the California Grill is they’re not shy about wines by the glass. They offer extensive options.

When we visit Disney World we always, always patronize the California Grill, sometimes more than once.

I generally go with a Brandy Manhattan, and since this is Florida and not Wisconsin, brandy sales are not anything to write home about. So Disney contracts with E & J to supply their brandy. Not exactly my first choice, but Disney makes up for it with top notch sweet vermouth.

Jennifer, my wife, is the sommelier in the family. She loves the stuff. Even has a shirt that says the following…

Here’s just a partial list of wines by the glass at the California Grill.

Jennifer on our last trip chose the Chalk Hill Viognier under “Interesting Whites.” You will note the price.

On our vacations to costly Disney World we never worry about prices. We don’t examine every receipt and tally up every purchase. So I always have a little fun with Jennifer, teasing her at the end of another wonderful Disney meal.

“Did you enjoy your $15 glass of wine?” (My Manhattan was $7).

Jennifer usually wittily responds, “Yes, both of them.”

She readily admits there’s definitely a difference in taste between the Viognier and anything bought back home at Sendik’s.

No, Jennifer doesn’t have that shirt…yet.

So what’s this week’s no-no?

Since 1914 Coles, a supermarket chain,  has continued to deliver quality products, outstanding customer service and great value to millions of Australians.

Their Liquorland stores sell St Andrews Cabernet Sauvignon 2016 that they describe as “the perfect well priced pizza night wine, it offers black cherry, plum and cranberry aromas with a soft easy going finish.”

The wine was entered in the recent Melbourne International Wine Competition.

How did it do?

Check out this photo…

St Andrews Cabernet Sauvignon 750mL

St Andrews Cabernet Sauvignon 2016 won the prestigious “double gold” medal from a panel of sommeliers, retail buyers, distributors and exporters,  beating out 1,100 wine submissions from more than 10 countries around the world.

The judges were unanimous in their selection of the supermarket wine.

And get this…

$6. That’s for a whole bottle!

Liquorland exclusive wines won eight more medals at the show, including one gold, two silver and five bronze.

Eli Greenblatt, a business reporter for the Australian writes, “It’s enough to make wine snobs cry in their expensive Riedel glasses, but the result shows the growing strength and quality of supermarket private-label wines that were once viewed as barely drinkable.”

And from retails sales expert Gary Fisher, “If you like it, it’s good. You don’t have to spend $50 on a bottle to get good wine. People are making good wine all over the world, and not all of it is expensive.”

Ahem. So, on our next trip to the Happiest Place on Earth, dear love of my life…

“Do you have anything by the glass for 6 bucks?” 🙂

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