Pairing Wine & Cheese: 13 Picks for Cheese Boards & Wine

Last modified on July 25th, 2017 at 1:34 pm

Whether you’re actively looking for a place that curates the perfect cheese boards, or simply want to avoid torrential downpours during monsoon season, pairing wine with cheese is a great way to keep it light and fancy.

Tucson’s range of options are perfect for the fancy oenophile in your life and the casual wine novice. Grab a friend and celebrate life with a little cheese and glass of vino at one of these 13 joints.

Arizona Inn

220 E. Elm St.

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The Chef’s Board in the Main Dining Room at the Arizona Inn features a rotating chef’s selection of meats, cheeses, and accoutrements. The extensive wine list at the Arizona Inn earned them a spot on this list. With over 95 wines on the list, you’re bound to find something delicious.

For more information, visit arizonainn.com.

Contigo Latin Kitchen

3770 E. Sunrise Dr.
Queso y Charcuteria at Contigo Latin Kitchen (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Queso y Charcuteria at Contigo Latin Kitchen (Credit: Jackie Tran)

The Queso Y Charcuteria at Contigo includes a variety of meats and a rotating selection of Spanish cheeses on the board. They honey pairs well with the manchego. The lengthy wine features a solid representation of wines from Latin countries. For something on the sweeter side, order a glass of sangria instead.

For more information, visit eatatcontigo.com.

The Coronet

402 E. 9th St..

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Cheese, half-priced wine on Wednesdays, and twinkly string lights at the corner of Fourth Avenue and Ninth Street provides a relaxed and intimate bistro feel, even if the Coronet isn’t French. The Cheese Platter features a rotating selection of three cheeses.

For more information, visit cafecoronet.com.

Ermanos Craft Beer & Wine Bar

220 N. 4th Ave.
Sonoran Meat & Cheese Board at Ermanos Craft Beer & Wine Bar (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Sonoran Meat & Cheese Board at Ermanos Craft Beer & Wine Bar (Credit: Jackie Tran)

At Ermanos, grab a glass of wine and nosh on the Sonoran Meat & Cheese Board. Ermanos’ cheese boards are filled with cheese and charcuterie, including salami from local meat darling Ben Forbes of Forbes Meat Company and house-cured bacon. The cheeses include a chimichurri mozzarella and smoked cotija. Visit on a Wednesday for half-price bottles of wine.

For more information, visit ermanosbrew.com.

La Cocina

201 N. Court Ave.
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(Credit: La Cocina)

Visit La Cocina to enjoy your cheese plate under string lights in a garden by a turtle pond. The Cheese Plate does not include charcuterie, so vegetarians take note. Their wine list is mostly local and west coast-based, with varietals from Sonoita, California, and Oregon. Be sure to go on a night when there is live music, the schedule of performances is available online.

For more information, visit lacocinatucson.com.

Le Rendez-vous

3844 E. Fort Lowell Rd.
Cheese board at Le Rendez-vous (Credit: Le Rendez-vous)

Cheese board at Le Rendez-vous (Credit: Le Rendez-vous)

“Secret Menu” alert; you won’t find the Cheese Plate on Le Rendez-Vous’ menu. It’s available by request only, so be sure to inquire about it. The wine list at Le Rendez-vous is comprised of mostly French varietals in sparkling, white and red. These rich cheeses would pair perfectly with a bit of bubbly.

For more information, visit rendezvoustucson.com.

The Living Room Wine Cafe & Lounge

2905 E. Skyline Dr.

The Living Room at La Encantada lets you create your own cheese boards. From a list of eleven types of meats and cheeses, you pick three to be served with roasted almonds, fruit compote, and ciabatta. Wine flights give guests the opportunity to taste three wines in the same category, for example, three Pinot Noir wines from different regions.

For more information, visit livingroomwinebar.com.

Maynards Market & Kitchen

400 N. Toole Ave.
Chef's Board at Maynards Market & Kitchen (Credit: Maynards Market & Kitchen on Facebook)

Chef’s Board at Maynards Market & Kitchen (Credit: Maynards Market & Kitchen on Facebook)

The Chef’s Board at Maynards features a rotating selection of three cheeses and two cured meats paired with quince paste, house-made mustard, and pickles. Enjoy it with one of Maynards eponymous private label wines made locally in Willcox.

For more information, visit maynardstucson.com.

Reilly Craft Pizza & Drink

101 E. Pennington St.
Chef's Board from Reilly Craft Pizza + Drink (Credit: Jennifer Rothschild)

Chef’s Board from Reilly Craft Pizza + Drink (Credit: Jennifer Rothschild)

The Chef’s Board at Reilly might be listed in the small plates section, but it’s is perfect for sharing with friends over a glass or two of wine. Featuring a rotating selection of charcuterie and cheeses, enjoy this one as you start off your night. If you happen to stay for some pizza, we won’t judge you.

For more information, visit reillypizza.com.

REVEL

416 E. 9th St.
Cheese and charcuterie from Ben Forbes at REVEL Wine & Beer Bar (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Cheese and charcuterie from Ben Forbes at REVEL Wine & Beer Bar (Credit: Jackie Tran)

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REVEL features over 100 wines on their list, sourced from all over the world. The cheese board consists of a rotating selection of four cheeses, written on a chalkboard sign and updated regularly. To-go bottles of wine are $10 off the list price.

For more information, visit reveltucson.com.

Sand-Reckoner Vineyards Tasting Room

510 N. 7th Ave., #170

Head to Arizona winery Sand-Reckoner’s tasting room to enjoy a sample of locally produced reds, white and roses. Limited edition releases are also sometimes available and are worth checking out — the recently released Pet-Nat was particularly special. If you’d like to nosh on something while you taste, their cheese boards are provided by Tana Fryer of Blu A Wine & Cheese Stop.

For more information, visit sand-reckoner.com

Tavolino Ristorante Italiano

2890 E. Skyline Rd.
Artisanal Cheese Boards at Tavolino Ristorante Italiano (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Artisanal Cheese Selection Board at Tavolino Ristorante Italiano (Credit: Jackie Tran)

The wine list at Tavolino hits close to home for chef Massimo Tenino.  The wine list is comprised of reds, whites, and sparkling wines from Piemonte, Italy made by the Tenino’s brother, Paolo. The Artisanal Cheese Selection Board is served with house-made foccacia and honey.

For more information, visit tavolinoristorante.com.

Union Public House

4340 N. Campbell Ave.
Combo Cutting Board at Union Public House (Credit: Adam Lehrman)

Combo Cutting Board at Union Public House (Credit: Adam Lehrman)

The house-pulled burrata is reason enough to check out the cheese boards at Union Public House. Alongside the burrata are an aged cheddar and tomato goat cheese. The cheeses are served with assorted breads, tomato jam, grilled grapes and marinated mushrooms.  Go on a Monday or Tuesday and enjoy half-price bottles of wine.

For more information, visit uniontucson.com.

Where are your favorite places to get wine and cheese? Let us know in the comments.

Melissa hails from Brooklyn where she worked for a whole animal craft butchery company. She is now a professional Instagrammer in Tucson and believes everything is better in taco form. Follow her Instagram adventures on @mstihl.