When the mercury begins to nosedive and Jane Bunn starts wearing layers on the telly, you know your alfresco dining days are numbered. Fortunately, Fujitsu air conditioner inverter split systems (#notsponsored) are seeing advances in technology with every season, which means your wine and cheese days don’t have to end when winter holds the city in its bony, frozen grip.
We’ve put together a list of our six favourite cheese-tasting and wine-sipping venues in Melbourne.
Milk The Cow
Carlton & St Kilda
Anybody who’s anybody in the savvy brie biz knows that Milk The Cow are the modern gangstas of wine and cheese. The allure of their immaculately styled venues (in both Carlton and St Kilda), in-the-know staff and bloody good cheese boards is often all too much for us McNugget addicted Cruskit bingers who are just dying to feel a little bit fancy. At Milk The Cow, you can enjoy a specialty wine flight where the pros behind the counter will present an assortment of top-shelf cheese, all paired with the perfect wine. Plus, if you had eleven rosés before you arrived, you can shake things up with either a beer or cider flight instead. There’s a little something for everyone at this wine and cheese hotspot, there’s even fancy fondu.
Basic wine and cheese laws stipulate that only the best wine and cheese venues are allowed to mention either wine or cheese in their name. Suffice to say, Shifty Chèvre is definitely one of those top wine and cheese performing venues. Not only do they offer vino and milk derivative flights that’ll make your Passion Pop and Bega cheese taste like gravel, but they also have full breakfast, lunch and dinner menus, which means there’s really no excuse to leave between open and close.
Temple Brewing Co.
This Brunswick-based brewery may appear to be all about the craft beers, but there are also whispers of a fully functional wine menu (we can confirm these whispers). With their standout cheese board, Temple’s Big Bar Plate, being more of a challenge than an option, there’s no better place to kick back with a Savvy and a creamy brie.
Richmond Hill Cafe & Larder
If it’s a cheeseboard packed with artisanal produce you want, then at the Richmond Hill Cafe & Larder, it’s a cheeseboard packed with artisanal produce you’ll get. Try your hand it finishing their charcuterie board stacked with local and imported meats, country style Port terrine, chicken liver and port wine parfait, pear and raisin chutney and fig and quince preserve, all accompanied by toasted brioche and organic sourdough and with the added option of [many] wines.
Wine AND cheese? Get yourself a gal who can do both. Neighbourhood Wine has one of the largest wine ranges in the city, with over 400 available labels from a variety of vintages and regions. You can also take your pick of countless cheesy accompaniments, all of whom come with bread and butter, pickles, muscatels, lavosh, fresh fruit and almond water.
We’ve saved the most OTT cheeseboard ‘til last, because if you’re still reading, you deserve it. 1806 is renowned city-wide for their incredible cocktails, in fact they often win coveted awards for them, so you can rest assured their wine range is also nothing short of amazing. But the creme de la creme of the bar is its phenomenal Chef Board, which has no less than five meats, five cheeses, rillettes, chicken liver pate, pickles and warm toast. Aside from in a spa on yacht by Santorini, we can think of no better way to enjoy a quiet drop and some vintage cheeses.
Got cheese on the brain? Have a look at Melbourne’s most OTT cheeseboards.
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