Drink Around the World Showcase – Vive la France Pavilion

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Vive la France, especially if you are visiting the Epcot version! When you wander along the Epcot World Showcase and find Les Vins des Chefs de France drink station on your Drinking Around the World Showcase (DAWS) escapade, you may have a hard time choosing just one drink selection to try.

France does have a few other options if you are wanting something to nosh on with your alcoholic beverage.  If you are looking for a sit down location for a relaxing French inspired meal with alcoholic drinks, try the Les Chefs de France Table Service Restaurant right across the way from Les Vins.  Just dessert and an alcoholic beverage?  Wind down the lane a bit and straight into Boulangerie Patisserie les Halles.

We settled on trying out a couple options from the Les Vins menu.  The Les Vins menu has 5 main sections broken down by Regular Wine, Regional Wine, Premium Wine, Slushes, and Champagne and Beer.  They are all served by the glass.

  • Regular wine selections were Merlot, Cabernet, and Chardonay.
  • Regional wine selections included Beaujolais Duboeuf (Red), Vouvray Sauvion (White, sweet), and Rosé Côtes de Provence (Blush).
  • Premium wine selections were Cotes de Rhône (Red), Bordeaux Château (Red), and Pouilly Fuissé (White, medium dry).
  • Two slush options were presented as either Grand Marnier, Rum, and Grey Goose Orange or Grey Goose Citron, Vodka, and Lemonade.
  • The Champagne and Beer options were listed in the same section as Champagne Nicolas Feuillate, Kir Royal, and Kronenbourg 1664 (French beer).

My husband and I chose to sample both of the Grey Goose slush options at the coaching of the serving Cast Member. The Cast Member shared that even though the Grey Goose slush with the orange flavoring had the most alcohol out of the 2 slushes, the lemon flavored Grey Goose slush was more popular due to taste.  Our Grey Goose slushes came in a plastic martini glass.  If slushes are not your style and you are looking for a nice wine, our Cast Member recommended selecting the Vouvray.

After sampling both the orange and the lemon slushes, I had to agree with her. The lemon flavored slush had small pieces of lemon in it with just the right sweet and tangy mixture. I didn’t really taste the alcohol in it and it was like drinking a frozen lemonade with a refreshing twist. I thoroughly enjoyed the lemonade slush and would buy another one in the future. I did not feel the effects of the alcohol at all from this drink.

The orange flavored Grey Goose slush did taste like it had more alcohol in it. It was easy to detect the Grand Marnier in this drink. Both the texture and flavoring was smoother with the orange slush. My husband thought it tasted like an orange creamsicle. Even though the orange slush reportedly had more alcohol in it, my husband did not notice feeling any different either.

The winner for me, based on taste, was the lemon flavored slush with Grey Goose Citron, Vodka, and Lemonade. While it will not knock your socks off with alcohol, it will wow you with taste. What drinks have you tried in France while you were DAWS? Let’s hear what favorite you discovered while you were drinking responsibly!

 

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One thought on “Drink Around the World Showcase – Vive la France Pavilion

  1. I really loved the champagne from Les Vins. It was the perfect break from walking around. I grabbed a glass, sat by the fountains, and people-watched for half an hour. It’s one of the reasons why Epcot is my second favorite park!

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