This review first appeared in the blog, Winemaker’s Journal.
Several Washington wineries have opened tasting rooms in Leavenworth to take advantage of the Bavarian theme town’s phenomenal attraction for tourists.
Few, however, serve food on premises to complement their wines with light appetizers and lunch that allow tourists to linger and rest awhile during their busy day of strolling and shopping.
Our food review crew thought Swakane Winery hit the mark with its simple menu of appetizers, salads and sandwiches that can be made and served quickly. The food pairs well with Swakane wines, available for purchase by the glass or bottle.
Hostess Judith Dwyer served us a chicken salad Romaine lettuce wrap that made a nice, light snack and nicely matched the fresh peach and citrus flavors of Swakane’s tasty Pinot Gris.
Perhaps not gourmet fare, but the chicken salad was healthy and satisfying with lots of texture and taste from dried cranberries, walnuts and celery.
This was just the right kind of dish, with a glass of wine, to keep you going for a few more hours of sight-seeing.
Swakane Winery’s Leavenworth tasting room is located at 725 Front St. During the summer, you can also taste and purchase wines at the winery and vineyard just north of Wenatchee on Highway 97A.
Foothills magazine held its first Dream Meal competition last fall. I was fortunate enough to join Wenatchee World copy editor and former food editor Rochelle Feil and Annette Pitts, executive director of the Cascade Loop Scenic Highway, both serious foodies, in reviewing dishes at several local restaurants. The winners were announced in the January-February issue of Foothills. Here are reviews I wrote about each of the restaurants. I’ll be posting one review a week. We’re hoping several more local eateries will participate in this year’s competition. Rick