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Wine and Dine In Downtown Louisville: Swizzle's Summer Wine Dinner Series, A Review

JC Phelps

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Last week, I had the chance to attend the final Wine Dinner Series of the summer at Swizzle in Louisville, Kentucky. It was a wonderful dining experience from start to end – each course was expertly-curated and paired with delicious wine. I want to commend the kitchen and the organizers of the event for top-notch execution. I’m hoping they bring back the series next summer; that said, get excited: they are launching a Bourbon Dinner Series in the fall (but more on that later). To understate: the Wine Dinner Series at Swizzle was a night to remember!

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Wine Dinner Series At Swizzle: Louisville, Kentucky

The amuse-bouche was a perfectly-seared scallop with cauliflower puree, preserved lemon, and chive. It was paired with Kendall Jackson Mendocino Chard.

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The first course was tuna tartar, which was my favorite course of the evening. It was perfectly paired with cucumber, avocado, ponzu, spicy mayonnaise, and Stonestreet Sauvignon Blanc.

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The second course highlighted grilled meatballs, pomodoro sauce, smoked mozzarella, olive oil, and was served with Arcanum ll Fauno. This course was a crowd favorite.

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The main course was a pan-roasted chicken with duck fat fried potatoes, grilled asparagus, and pan jus. The accompanying wine was Ex Post Facto Fauno.

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Lastly, for dessert, the infamous Muhammad Ali Bread Pudding with maple syrup and whipped cream. The final drink pairing of the night was Kendall Jackson Vintners Reserve Riesling.

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Didn’t have a chance to attend the summer Wine Dinner Series at Swizzle? Gear up for the Fall Bourbon Dinner Series! A sneak peak:

Fall Bourbon Dinner Series

September 22 (7 – 9pm): The Bonded Dinner with the Whiskey Professor Bernie Lubbers

  • ​Welcome Cocktail: Christian Brothers BIB Old Fashioned
  • Amuse-bouche: Smoked Pork Belly Crostini, apple butter, pickled cippolini onion, chives
  • 1st Course: Baby Iceberg Wedge Salad, blue cheese, cucumbers, fried onions, minced herbs and ranch dressing
  • Appetizer Course: Potato Gnocchi, brown butter, sweet corn, and shaved summer truffles
  • Entrée Course: Coffee Chili Rubbed Pork Tomahawk Chop, sautéed mushrooms & shallot puree,
  • Dessert: Peanut Butter Pie, honey roasted peanuts, Italian meringue
  • Plus bourbon!

​October 20 (7 – 9pm): Whiskey Row Bourbon dinner with Master Whiskey Taster Jackie Zykan

  • Welcome Cocktail: 1910 Old fashioned smoked box 
    • ​1870 Old forester, 1920 Old Forester and Old Forester Statesman
  • ​Amuse-bouche: Grilled Bacon Wrapped Scallop, apple butter, pickled cippolini onion, chives
  • 1st Course: Wild Arugula Salad, crumbled bleu cheese, candied walnuts, cranberries, and white balsamic dressing
  • Appetizer Course: Potato Gnocchi, brown butter, sweet corn, and shaved summer truffles
  • Entrée Course: Chili Rubbed Pork Tomahawk Chop, whipped sweet potatoes, apple compote with cherry and walnut
  • Dessert: “Muhammad Ali’s” Bread Pudding, whipped cream, cinnamon, and caramel sauce
  • Plus bourbon!

​November 17 (7 – 9pm): An Evening with Heaven Hill, Featuring Master Distiller Conor, O’Driscoll

  • Welcome Cocktail: Evan Williams BIB smoked box old fashioned
    • ​Larceny Galt House Barrel pick, Elijah Craig small batch, Parkers Heritage
  • Amuse-bouche: Smoked Pork Belly Crostini, apple butter, pickled cippolini onion, chives
  • 1st Course: B.L.T. Salad, tomatoes, candied bacon, brown butter toasted panko
  • Appetizer Course: Potato Gnocchi, brown butter, sweet corn, and roasted tomatoes
  • Entrée Course: Peppercorn Crusted Strip Steak, celery root & fennel puree, brown butter, hot honey glazed carrots
  • Dessert: Brown Sugar Vanilla Butter cake, berries, whipped cream
  • Plus bourbon!

About Swizzle

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A proclaimed “retro-style supper club for the modern diner”, Swizzle hearkens back to a time when patrons could enjoy an enticing supper, fine cocktails, and good company whenever they wanted.

Swizzle serves up prime steaks, sustainable seafood, local produce, and head-spinning cocktails – all surrounded by the best river and city views in Louisville.

Swizzle boasts twin revolving floors (the only restaurant in the country to have two!), an open concept kitchen, and an expansive bar. Located on the 25th floor of the West Tower of the Historic Galt House Hotel, to be short: it’s an exemplary dining experience.

Visit Swizzle

140 N Fourth St 25th floor, Louisville, KY 40202

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Call: (502) 252-2500

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JC Phelps is a Kentucky-based food + southern lifestyle writer.

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