REVIEW: Uncork California Celebrates 100 Years of Wonder with Special Mimosa Flight for the 2023 Disney California Adventure Food & Wine Festival

For those looking for a Disney history lesson while visiting Disney California Adventure for the 2023 Food & Wine Festival, head over to Uncork California. Looking at their Century of Magic Mimosa Flight, each mimosa represents a special year for the Disney company. 1923 marks the start of the Walt Disney Company; 1939 is the year Walt received his honorary Oscar for Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs; and last but certainly not least, Disneyland opened on July 17th, 1955.

Menu for the Uncork California Marketplace at Disney California Adventure 2023 Food & Wine Festival

Food:

  • California Artisan Cheese Plate – $8.50
  • 🆕 Celebration Chocolate Fudge Brownie – $6.50

Beverages:

  • 🆕 Century of Magic Mimosa Flight – $18.00
  • 🆕 1923 Mimosa – $17.00
  • 🆕 1939 Mimosa – $17.00
  • 🆕 1955 Mimosa – $17.00
  • 🆕 Daou Vineyards, Chardonnay, Paso Robles, California – $17.00
  • 🆕 Duckhorn Vineyards, Sauvgnon Blanc, St. Helena, California – $16.25
  • 🆕 Garnet Vineyards, Pinot Noir, Sonoma Coast, California – $15.00
  • 🆕 Scharffenberger Cellars, Brut, Mendocino County – $14.00
  • 🆕 Meiomi, Rosé, Coastal California – $11.75
  • 🆕 McBride Sisters Wine Company, Red Blend, Oakland, California – $14.00
  • 🆕 Robert Mondavi Vineyards, Private Selection Cabernet Sauvignon aged in Bourbon Barrels, Napa, California – $11.75
  • White Wine Flight – $18.50
  • Red Wine Flight – $19.00

The California Artisan Cheese Plate returns this year, however with ingredient changes, as last year it was offered with Habanero Jack and Toma Provence cheeses.

Photos of Menu Items from the Uncork California at Disney California Adventure 2023 Food & Wine Festival

California Artisan Cheese Plate – $8.50

Featuring Marin French Cheese Co. Jalapeño Triple Cream Brie, Fiscalini Farmstead Purple Moon Cheddar & Craft Beer Cheddar

The two cheddars were both very good. The purple moon cheddar is soaked in red wine to get its purple hue, and you can definitely taste the wine. It’s a perfect pairing for wine and cheese, although we had paired it with the mimosas. The craft beer cheddar was not as flavorful. Soaked in an imperial stout during the cheesemaking process, we expected a much more poignant beer flavor, but there was almost none.

The jalapeño triple cream brie was just an average brie. Very little of the jalapeño flavor came through and it was not as creamy as we would have expected for a triple. The consistency reminded us of goat cheese. The accompaniments (red grapes, sugar-coated pecans, dried apricots and dried cranberries) were all mediocre. They’re necessary, but ultimately not worth the effort. The pecans were especially disappointing, as they were practically flavorless, and the sugar coating didn’t do anything to help.

*NEW* Celebration Chocolate Fudge Brownie – $6.50

Gooey Chocolate Brownie with Pecans, topped with Chocolate Pecan Glaze and finished with Chocolate Pearls and Silver Stars

Beneath the gooey, somewhat artificial chocolate pecan glaze is an impenetrable brick of a brownie. The brownie stood up valiantly against our plastic flatware, eventually giving way.

It provided a disappointing bite that made us wish the flatware had broken instead.

The steep-sided metal tin it’s served in didn’t help matters as much of it stuck to the edges.

This one needs to go back to the drawing board, as there’s nothing worth celebrating here.

*NEW* Century of Magic Mimosa Flight – $18.00

1923: Prosecco, White Cranberry Juice, White Peach Syrup and Lemon Juice, 1939: Prosecco, Pineapple & Orange Juices, with Passion Fruit and Guava Nectar, 1955: Prosecco, Dragon Fruit & Rose Syrups and Lemon Juice

The combination of prosecco, white cranberry juice, white peach syrup and lemon juice in the 1923 Mimosa tasted simpler than it sounds. This hit all the right notes. It’s light, refreshing and simple, and proved to be our favorite of the three. Meanwhile, they say the rule for a mimosa is that the “juice is just for color,” but the 1939 Mimosa throws that out the window. This is essentially prosecco with POG (passion fruit, orange and guava) juice with some hints of pineapple. The prosecco was somewhat buried between all these competing flavors, and tasted more like breakfast at ‘Ohana in Walt Disney World than a mimosa. By far the driest offering was the 1955 Mimosa. The alcohol was more prominent than the 1939, with dry prosecco up front and the rest of the flavors relegated to supporting duties. If you prefer a sweeter drink, you can probably skip this one.

All in all, they make for a interesting taste through Disney history, though it does come in fairly small portions, even for a tasting flight.

The 2023 Disney California Adventure Food & Wine Festival will be running from March 3 to April 25, 2023.

If you’re looking for more Disney magic while visiting the festival, make sure to head over to the Nuts About Cheese booth for the Mickey Mouse-shaped macaroon, after all, it all started with a mouse.

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