Local places on-trend with cheese & vino
Whether you’re actively looking for a place that curates the perfect cheese board or simply need an escape from the chaos of home or work life, pairing wine with cheese is a great way to keep things light, classy and stress-free.
Tucson’s range of options are perfect for the fancy oenophile in your life as well as the casual wine novice. Grab a friend and celebrate life with a little cheese and glass of vino at one of these 13 establishments.
2200 E. Elm St.
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.
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.
402 E. 9th St.
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 Welsh Cheddar Plate features cheddar cheese, berries, nuts, and olives. It’s available during happy, from 4 – 6 p.m.
For more information, visit cafecoronet.com.
Ermanos Craft Beer & Wine Bar
220 N. 4th Ave.
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 sausage from local meat darling Ben Forbes of Forbes Meat Company and house-cured bacon. The cheeses include a chimichurri mozzarella and goat cheese. Visit on a Wednesday for half-price bottles of wine.
For more information, visit ermanosbrew.com.
201 N. Court Ave.
Visit La Cocina and enjoy your cheese plate under string lights in a garden by a turtle pond. The Cheese Plate does not include charcuterie — 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.
3844 E. Fort Lowell Rd.
“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. Ste. 168
The Living Room at La Encantada features The Big Board — three cheeses, prosciutto, olives, roasted almonds, fruit compote, and ciabatta worthy of sharing. 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.
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The Chef’s Board at Maynards features a rotating selection of three cheeses and two cured meats paired with quince paste, house-made mustard, pickled vegetables, seasonal fruit, and nuts. 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.
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.
416 E. 9th St.
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. Ste. 170
Head to Arizona winery Sand-Reckoner’s tasting room to enjoy a sample of locally produced reds, whites, and rosés. Limited edition releases are also sometimes available and are worth checking out — the Pet-Nat is particularly special. If you’d like to nosh on something while you taste, try their cheese board.
For more information, visit sand-reckoner.com
Tavolino Ristorante Italiano
2890 E. Skyline Rd.
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 walnuts, house-made focaccia and honey.
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Union Public House
4340 N. Campbell Ave.
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Alongside the cambozola en croute, the cheese board at Union Public House has 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.