Canberra’s best cheese and wine bars

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If there’s a better combination than cheese and wine, we don’t want to hear it.

Whether shared or solo, before or after dinner (or as a main course), put together with minimal effort or with the finest intricacies; it is normal to work. It will not hurt. It’s the Beyonce of snacks, if you will.

If you’re looking for a place to get your cheddar, brie or blue fix with a good licorice, Canberra has plenty to choose from. We’re narrowing down the best places for cheese and wine, at any given time.

Withdrawal from Volstead (Braddon)

“Vostead is known for its New York jazz bar styles, complex cocktails and extensive whiskey list,” says our resident cheese queen, Emma Macdonald.

“But it is also gaining some support for its Charcuterie Board. The board features three rotating cheeses – currently it’s an Adelaide Hills Triple Cream Brie, Asiago from North East Italy and a British Aged Red Leicester. Then there’s prosciutto, Italian salami, quince paste, Sicilian olives and Three Mills Bakery Sourdough. It’s a pretty substantial offering that’s kept simple by using only the good stuff and, according to bar owner Stu, no bells and whistles that just end up in the bin.”

Shop 7/32 Mort Street, Braddon | volstead.com.au

Friends bar (city)

Given its deep Italian roots, cheese is a given at Amici Bar. Their signature “boozy brunch,” complete with bottomless mimosas, includes a selection of delectable cheese and charcuterie platters for sharing (along with the option to add a wheel of baked brie.)

They also have an excellent selection of platters for the rest of the day: think triple cream brie, soft goat cheese or light and soft blue, paired with the best meats.

59 Northbourne Avenue, Canberra | amici.bar

Brunello (town)

Stepping into Brunello is like being transported to Europe’s great wine bars, where you are invited to sit back and have a great conversation. At the heart of the restaurant is good wine. So much so that “at least a third of the airy restaurant is given to walls of wine,” says Emma.

“With an Enomatic Wine Dispenser, guests can taste some of the best wines in the world.” And of course you’ll find a good platter, with the option to pick your cheese from a dedicated walk-in glass charcuterie and cheese room. That’s dedication.

City Walk 222, Canberra | brunello.com.au

Rizla, Braddon

The focus at Rizla, as the name implies, is on Riesling and matching sharing plates designed specifically to pair with the wine list. As well as the Canberra District’s finest new vintage and aged Rieslings, you can find a mouth-watering cheese platter to tantalize the taste buds, including fruit, pickles, pâté and bread.

Unit 146 Mode3, 24 Lonsdale St, Braddon | drinkrizla.com.au

Salon (New Acton)

With its warm, old-world decor and sunny outdoor patio, Parlor is the perfect place to find a cozy corner while enjoying a tasty snack and drink. Choose from soft, blue or hard cheeses, with muscatels, pinchos and crunchy lavosh. Delightful.

16 Kendall Ln, Acton | salon.net.au

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