Everyone knows sweet dreams are made of brie…
Whether you’re a fan of brie or blue, camembert or cheddar, gouda or gorgonzola, cheese paired with wine is a match made in tastebud heaven. This decadent pairing can be as fancy or casual as you like and these gorgeous Brisbane wine bars and restaurants take this traditional pairing to the next level.
It may be cheesy, but we think they're grate (sorry, it’s too easy)! Here are our picks of the best spots in Brisbane to have wine and cheese.
La Lune Wine Co
Stunning new South Bank wine bar, La Lune needs to be sniffed out if you’re, like, really, reaaaaaly into your cheese and wine. Showcasing some of the most incredible ‘old world’ drops, knock back a few reds as you devour some of the best cheeses this side of Europe.
Fromage The Cow
If there was a crack den for Brisbane’s cheese lovers, Fromage The Cow would be it. Fromage is a full service restaurant, with all of their offerings based around cheese (how awesome is that?), and a wine bar with cheese flights—think a what’s what of cheese and wine pairings from the likes of Spain, France and Australia. Brie still my beating heart.
It would be foolish to suggest that we know cheese better than the French (they wouldn’t take it too well), and you don’t get more French than Les Bubbles, the Parisian-style steakhouse in the middle of Fortitude Valley. Grab yourself a glass of wine and settle in to one of their signature red leather booths with a whole baked camembert paired with onion confit. Mon dieu!
Popolo’s piatto di formaggi comes with a gorgeous selection of cheeses, muscatels, quince paste and locally made Bee One Third honey. Perhaps order one of their romantic picnic baskets for the perfect autumn afternoon relaxing in the sunshine. BYO bottle of wine to make it a real Italian picnic!
Cru Bar + Cellar
Cru Bar’s extensive cheese menu includes a selection of cheeses including an Italian ewe and cow’s milk brie, a washed goat’s milk cheese from Catalonia and blue cheese from Gippsland, Victoria. All boards come served with dried figs, fresh grapes, quince paste, crisp breads and barossa bark. Add a glass of plonk from their comprehensive wine menu and you’re sorted.
Corbett & Claude
CBD, Indooroopilly, Garden City
Meat lovers will rejoice at the sight of Corbett & Claude’s meat and cheese board. Loaded with prosciutto, salami, double cream brie and vintage cheddar, it also comes with quince paste, crispbreads and the C&C team’s favourite sides.
At Canvas, their daily selection of cheese is served with warmed fruit bread, rice crackers, pear, fig and pepper paste. If you prefer your cheese with a side of meat, upgrade to the charcuterie board with its selection of cured meats, cheese, olives, sun-dried tomatoes, roasted capsicum, eggplant, zucchini, smoked almonds and warmed sourdough.
Bitter Suite specialises in craft beer, but is also a great spot to cozy down with a cheeseboard. It’s vintage pub-like interior is perfect when the weather cools down and their cheese board for two comes with three cheeses, apple & pear chutney, quince paste, roasted nuts, celery, toasted sourdough. Pair it with a charcuterie board for the perfect long afternoon lunch in the sun.
Gerard’s Bar boasts a mind-boggling selection of cheeses, patés, meats and terrines. For the ultimate wine and cheese unwind session with friends, nab a spot in the sunshine under their Poinciana tree.
Darling & Co.
Wine Down Thursdays at Darling & Co will score you a cheese board plus two glasses of wine for $35. Share it with a friend, or, if it’s been a tough week, order one each!
Tucked away in Woollongabba’s most iconic precinct is Pearl Café. Known as one of the best spots for breakfast in Brisbane, did you know that Pearl is also master of casual (but a little bit special) dinners, too? To top it off, you can drop in for a selection of incredible cheeses, paired with your favourite drop Tuesday through Saturday.
La Lune Wine Co | Image credit: hayley Williamson