Do we really need a national holiday to provide an excuse to indulge in the glorious pairing of wine and cheese? Hint: the answer is no, but that doesn’t mean we’re going to pass up a chance to party come July 25.
Grab a girlfriend or a special someone and head out for intricate cheeses accompanied by the perfect glass of vino. These top spots for wine and cheese in the Palm Beaches are the perfect places to visit on this year’s National Wine and Cheese Day.
City Cellar Wine Bar & Grill
City Cellar Wine Bar & Grill offers one of the most extensive and creative selections in Palm Beach County when it comes to wine and cheese. With an award-winning collection of over 475 wines (including 70 available by the glass), and a cheese and charcuterie menu with more than 20 seasonally selected artisanal cheeses, you can either indulge in your go-to favorites or try something totally new, like Magret Duck Ham from the Hudson Valley, sheep’s milk manchego or Pata Negra Jamón Ibérico from Spain. Plus, several meats on the charcuterie menu are cured in-house; others are sourced from small family farms. Ask for on-site sommelier Gradon Thibeault to recommend the perfect wine-and-cheese pairings, tailored to your culinary interests. Cheese plates are available in three-piece ($18) and five-piece ($26) combinations, and wine prices vary. Opt for half-price, half-glass (3-ounces) pours to try a wide variety.
700 S. Rosemary Ave., West Palm Beach; 561.366.0071; citycellarwpb.com
What are the odds that National Wine and Cheese Day would just so happen to fall on Wine and Cheese Wednesdays at MidiCi? We’ll chalk it up to fate. At MidiCi, a devoted appreciation for the coupling of two of life’s finer things extends beyond a single day. As general manager Eric Lumb puts it, “We honor wine and cheese every Wednesday!” Head to this Clematis Street newcomer on National Wine and Cheese Day—or any given Wednesday—where $24.95 will get you a bottle of wine and a cheese board to share. With highlights like sottocenere al tartufo and rosemary ham on the sleek wooden block, it’s a steal.
218 Clematis St., West Palm Beach; 561.619.5299; mymidici.com
Meat Market Palm Beach
For an upscale take on National Wine and Cheese Day, head to ritzy haunt Meat Market on Palm Beach Island. With a wine selection recognized by the likes of Wine Spectator and a cheese board curated by executive chef Sean Brasel, diners will be blown away by how the simple pleasures of fine wine and cheese—accompanied by such earthy delights as seasonal jam, truffle honey, sourdough and honeycomb—can enliven the palate. Stop by the bar or lounge during happy hour (4 p.m. to 7 p.m. daily) for $7 glasses of wine.
191 Bradley Place, Palm Beach; 561.354.9800; meatmarket.net
West Palm Brewery & Wine Vault
West Palm Brewery & Wine Vault quickly became a go-to in the downtown West Palm Beach scene. Head to the hotspot’s Intracoastal Kitchen on National Wine and Cheese Day for $10 charcuterie cheese boards (normally $19) featuring three premium meats and three artisanal cheeses. In another charmed twist of fate, National Wine and Cheese Day falls during the white wine sale at The Vault at West Palm Brewery. The brewery’s private label wines, including Pankauski Cellars white wines and Drum Canyon Cellars Chardonnay, will be reduced to just $15 a bottle.
332 Evernia St., West Palm Beach; 561.619.8813; westpalmbeer.com
The Cooper Restaurant
Head to this popular Palm Beach Gardens eatery and opt to relax amongst the dramatic interior or outside on the patio if the weather is right. On National Wine and Cheese Day, The Cooper Restaurant will offer half-off prices on any bottle of wine with the purchase of any size cheese board. Artisanal cheese boards come in two sizes: three items for $15, or five items for $22. Diners can choose from a selection of fine cheeses including Beemster Vlaskas, Hudson Valley Camembert, Humboldt Fog goat cheese and more.
4610 PGA Blvd., Ste. 100, Palm Beach Gardens; 561.622.0032; thecooperrestaurant.com
The Blind Monk
Voted one of the 25 Best Wine Bars in the U.S. by Travel + Leisure, The Blind Monk deserves every bit of its acclaim. Head to the cozy space for cheese plates ($18 or $28, depending on size) offering a broad selection of milk bases, firmness levels and intensity, then choose a liquid pairing from among a thoughtfully curated selection of fine wines. “We have a staff of devout cheese fanatics who are happy to help introduce new offerings,” says Jason Hunt, general manager. “Our team is also very happy to recommend the perfect glass of wine to go with your cheese selections, or the perfect cheeses to go with the wine already in front of you.” The Blind Monk also plays host to intimate gatherings like weekly jazz nights and weekend brunches. Happy hour is from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. daily.
107 Evernia St., West Palm Beach; 561.833.3605; theblindmonk.com
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