If you’re looking for a great place for a drink and a biteto eat, Norwood is the place to go. Located right in downtown Wenatchee,Norwood Wine Bar combines the Spanish tradition of free tapas – small, delicious snacks or appetizers – with its menu of wines,hard ciders and beers from Washington State.

Named after the old English word for North Wood, this 21-and-overwine bar in downtown celebrated its two-year anniversary in November 2019.

“We do a rotating menu of complimentary tapas,” says Norwoodowner Joshua Thaut. “Each week we offer between 3 and 5 different tapa options.Each customer can select one that comes free with each drink that theypurchase.  We also have some staple itemsthat we offer fairly regularly, but we change the options each week. Ninetypercent of the food is cooked and prepped fresh daily in our kitchen, and theremainder is provided by other local businesses.  We try to purchase as many ingredients aspossible from local merchants as well – especially at the Farmers Market atPybus in the summer.”

Past tapas haveincluded bruschetta with fresh diced tomatoes and garlic with a balsamic glaze,caramel popcorn, and arugula pear salad. If a single small bite isn’t enough,don’t worry – you can order more tapas in addition to what comes free with yourdrink for an added cost.

In addition to a variety of beverage options from withinWashington State, the wine bar features many choices made here in North CentralWashington, including selections from:

  • Fielding Hills wines (Chelan)
  • Crayelle Cellars wines (Wenatchee)
  • Eagle Creek Winery wines (Leavenworth)
  • Snowdrift Cider (East Wenatchee)
  • Icicle Brewing Beer (Leavenworth)
  • Honey Jun non-alcoholic kombucha (Peshastin)

Their menu changes frequently based on availability; fortheir most current list, stop by for a drink.

To better showcase their beverage options, the wine barhosts frequent tastings with representatives from the wineries and cideriesthat they carry so customers can speak to the winemakers about why their winesare unique.

Norwood also has regular events at their location, includingSunday Morning Yoga and Mimosas, pop-up shopping opportunities, and partneredevents with neighboring businesses, such as pet breed meetups cohosted withFirehouse Pet Shop and Grooming next door and sustainability events inpartnership with Sustainable Wenatchee. For their full list of events andcorresponding dates, visit their Facebookevents page.

Norwood Wine Bar is located at 23 S. Wenatchee Avenue indowntown Wenatchee. They open at 4 p.m. Tuesday to Friday and at 2 p.m. onSaturday and are closed Sundays and Mondays. Reservations are encouraged forparties of six or more. Their space is also available for private partyreservations and events. For more information, visit their website: www.norwoodwinebar.com.

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