My wife made a reservation to have dinner at an Italian restaurant in Lake Buena Vista, FL area during our recent vacation to Disney. I was pleasantly surprised that a restaurant in the Disney area had been awarded "Award of Excellence" by WS. The evening before, I took a look at the online wine list and eyed a few wines that looked interesting.
We showed up to the place and was happy to see that the wine list online version actually correlated with the printed one. (Many times I have found that the printed version differs from the online version) I ordered 1998 Ornellaia, the waitress smiled and said "that is a nice choice, I'll be back in a second". We ordered appetizers and 10 minutes later I told my wife I have a feeling that they do not have this wine. Sure enough a couple of minutes later the waitress apologized saying that they had sold the last bottle a few days ago.
So then I ordered 2004 Solaia; appetizers came out and we did not have any wine yet. I complained to our waitress and kindly told her that if they did not have that wine either I would just order something else. Several minutes passed and she showed up with the manager who introduced herself with a handshake while we were eating our appetizers. She said they did not have the vintage showed in their list but they could offer a more recent vintage. I was not interested, so I picked something that she assured me they would have in their cellar 2003 ANTINORI Bolgheri Tenuta Guado al Tasso.
It took about 30 minutes to get wine to the table after our initial request of the 98 Ornellaia. The manager showed up with a Magnum of the 03 Guado al Tasso. She apologized for not having the 750cc and offer to charge the 750 price. The wine was actually pretty nice; they started over with appetizers. Entree and dessert were ok. We took the left over wine to the hotel and drank it the following day during a peaceful afternoon.
I was surprised that this WS award of excellence restaurant did not have 3 of the wines listed on their list. In my opinion this place deserves a Mickey Mouse wine award.
Just wondering if anyone has had similar experiences lately.