Ron Rupert named executive chef at the upcoming Wine Bar George

Jan 30, 2018 in "Wine Bar George"

Wine Bar George
Posted: Tuesday January 30, 2018 5:25pm ET by WDWMAGIC Staff

Wine Bar George, the only Master Sommelier-led wine bar in Florida, will open its doors in Spring 2018 in The Landing at Disney Springs.


Miliotes is widely regarded as one of the restaurant industry’s foremost wine experts with accolades and awards from national publications including Wine Spectator. Miliotes is no stranger to Walt Disney World Resort – he was part of the opening team of California Grill at Disney’s Contemporary Resort and managed the venue from 1995 to 2002. While there, he met and worked alongside Ron Rupert, who will serve as the Executive Chef for Wine Bar George.

“I’m thrilled that Ron is joining our team and I’m looking forward to working with him again,” Miliotes said. “Ron is incredibly creative, and his expertise will bring a menu that’s designed to complement the wine list. With our menu, guests will have the opportunity to explore endless food and wine pairings.”

Rupert began his culinary career at Walt Disney World Resort in 1988. He was part of the opening team of California Grill at Disney’s Contemporary Resort, where he teamed with Miliotes and Chef Clifford Pleau. During his 14 years at Walt Disney World Resort, Rupert was also part of the opening teams at Jiko – The Cooking Place at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge and Ariel’s at Disney’s Yacht and Beach Club Resorts. Rupert and Miliotes have worked closely to create a menu that will pair with a wine list of more than 100 selections by the bottle and glass.

“The menu will include a selection of small plates, sharable plates, cheese and charcuterie boards, and desserts. Offerings will feature seasonally relevant items and everything will be made in-house,” Rupert said. “I’ve worked jointly with George to develop a menu that represents both global and local cuisine. Guests can expect to experience food that is familiar, yet new all at once.”

When the two-story 210-seat wine bar opens, it will join a growing and remarkable group of dining, shopping and entertainment offerings at Disney Springs. The design for the 6,000-square-foot space will be similar to a winemaker’s home estate with a welcoming, comfortable atmosphere.

“Guests will experience a feel reminiscent of the ‘Old World’ as if they are on the bottom floor of a gravity-flow winery surrounded by their best friends,” explains Miliotes. “The upstairs floor includes seating for groups of all sizes, space for private events and sweeping views of Disney Springs.”

Future patrons can expect their experience to include wine education, which will be served up in an approachable and fun manner. Every part of the Wine Bar George experience, including special events and visits from renowned winemakers, will educate and enlighten guests about food and wine.

Wine Bar George is currently accepting applications for positions online. Interested applicants can visit winebargeorge.com/join-our-team/ for more information.

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YorkshireTMay 23, 2018

I priced up a bottle of one of those wines by the ounce. It looks like the mark up on the bottle was something like $800!

castlecake2.0May 22, 2018

Definitely going to check this one out

Walt dMay 22, 2018

Wil definitely be skipping past George “

wdwmagicMay 21, 2018

REVIEW - Wine Bar George at Disney Springs

djkidkazMay 20, 2018

Homecoming is one of the few restaurants I have tried at Springs that I wasn’t impressed with and didn’t have a desire to return. The other would be that new pizza place which I don’t even remember the name of. I love Blaze, DLux, frontera, morimoto and Boathouse! #firecrackershrimp

bhg469May 19, 2018

Fontera? Holy Guacamole that looks good... even though there isnt guacamole!

JenniferSMay 18, 2018

Homecoming is out for us this year, after going in each of the past two years. Carne asada > fried chicken. (Not by a lot, mind you.)

flyakiteMay 18, 2018

Here is a video blurb from Scott Joseph's website. He was there for the preview for invitees. https://www.scottjosephorlando.com/news/4341-first-look-wine-bar-george-at-disney-springs

danlb_2000May 18, 2018

I had the same problem. Took a lot of will power not to go to Art Smith's again.

RteetzMay 18, 2018

Agreed, every trip I try to at least eat once there and its hard to choose because I have favorites I want to return to and new ones I want to try.

disneygeek90May 18, 2018

Disney Springs provides amazing food. Much more unique than almost all options in the parks, imo.

danlb_2000May 18, 2018

I am the opposite, I can't spend enough time on my trips at DS to try all the restaurants I want to try there.

jakemanMay 17, 2018

Only comment on the blog post is gold: Drunky Springs?