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Gary Vaynerchuk Offers Wine Tips at Epcot International Food & Wine Festival

Thomas Smith

by , Editorial Content Director, Disney Parks

With so many wines to choose from at this year’s Epcot International Food and Wine Festival, chances are you’ll find a favorite. But the star of Wine Library TV, Gary Vaynerchuk, says skip it — live a little and try something new.

Gary stopped by and shared tips on making the most of a Festival visit and your next sip of wine with Walt Disney World Moms Panelists Karen and Jackie. Explore new flavors and expand your palate, he says. Don’t find a Merlot you like and then order it every day for the rest of your life.

“If you are going to come here, which is a great decision, and have this opportunity to go and try different foods and wines, this is the perfect place for a wine tasting,” Gary says. “Don’t run to the most expensive Cabernet because you’ve had that before — that’s what everybody does.”

Once you find a new flavor, give it a smell. Gary says smelling a wine opens up your palate and primes it for the flavors. And between flavors, his best tip is to cleanse the palate with some regular lemon Italian ice.

Check out the video for the entire question-and-answer session with Gary, Karen and Jackie.


  • I’m so disappointed I missed his visit. Please plan to bring him back next year!

    Keith from Celebration

  • Going to the Epcot Food and Wine was a great experience. We did try several new wines…which to me is the idea of going to any wine festival. I have to disagree a little with his philosophy of not going back to the same wine. If I find one I like, I do get it again. And I found one at the Food and Wine Festival that prompted me to buy a bottle.

    I do agree that price should not be a factor in a wine purchase. Some of the best wines…to me…have been relatively inexpensive.

    I am not, however, a great wine sniffer…its the taste that does it for me. If I like the taste, I’m going to try it again…and maybe again.

  • Gary is great. He’s always full of energy and has a huge amount of love for everything in life. Glad to see he was at the Food & Wine Festival this year.

  • Love @garyvee, nice to see him encouraging folks to try new things, one of my favorite things about the Food and Wine festival.

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