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Looking for a nice wine bar with (perhaps more importantly than the wine) great cheeses. I live in BK Heights/Cobble Hill area, so don't mind a quick walk to Carroll Gardens, Boerum, Dumbo, or upper areas of Park Slope. Grazie-

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  1. You can't possibly go wrong with Sample. Well unless it's packed, which it can be at times. But excellent cheese and wine selections and the owner, Maio, is wonderful.

    There's a new place on Atlantic called Donna Da Vine that I was less impressed with on my one visit. Overpriced, small pours. Bland service. Strange decor. But they do have a patio now. Decent food though...I dont recall if the cheese was interesting, just that they had some tasty small plates.

    Another place is opening near DDV in a converted synagogue which I'm intrigued about but I do not believe it has opened yet.

    Oh and I suppose you could go to Lunetta (restaurant) and sit at the bar for wine and cheese...nice selections of both.

    1. I really like Total Wine Bar in Park Slope on Fifth Ave. Very convivial place, you can go solo or with friends, nice wines and good cheese and other small plates.

      1. Frankies 457 on Court St.

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        1. re: AimeeD

          I second Frankies and Donna da Vine. I had a great experience at both.

          1. re: kam0424

            I hope my post didnt come off as an endorsement of Donna da Vince, more just mentioning its an option. I had a pretty mediocre experience when we went and have never really been able to drag myself back there to see if its improved.

        2. I'm not sure if it's too far for you but I'm fond of Stonehome Wine Bar on Lafayette (in the BAM/ Fort Greene Area, right by the Atlantic Avenue mall). They have a pretty wide selection of wines and some tasty dishes. Not a huge menu but rather decent food. A little pricey. Unfortunately, they recently discontinued their panini selection - but that's my only complaint.

          1. I know you're looking in the outer borough area, but I just went to Cafe Artisinal in Manhatten this week (32nd & Park I think it was) and that place had a cheese list like no other, plus a "fromagerie" (sp?) that you can discuss your selections with. Not stuffy at all - brasserie atmosphere, fun, great food (not obsene portions either).

            1. I vote for Boca Lupo - their cheese plate was amazing at our last visit and they have a nice selection of wine - they are on Warren and Henry. They let us hold onto the menu so we could keep ordering until we were full. Sit by the window so that you can watch the neighborhood cats (which I hear are feral) cross the street only when cars are stopped at the red. And then an hour later commute back. Don't know about you but good wine cheese and cat entertainment is all I need.

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              1. re: Ljubitca

                I find Bucca Lupo frustratingly inconsistent. Sometimes the cheese is lovely, sometimes it's stale and overpriced.

                The same with the wine -- it's very hit or miss.

                They do make up for all of that with lovely service and ample tastes of wine so you can home in what you're looking for.

              2. Total Wine Bar on 5th gets my vote for vibe, not sure 'bout the cheese selection though. Anyone got the scoop on that new place bout to open on Union, just across the canal on the Boerum side?

                1. Tempo for wine and cheese won't dissapoint, but if you want cheap or casual it might not work for you

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                  1. re: rarely

                    i second Tempo, and would mention that if you sit at the bar just for wine and cheese, it is actually not that expensive or uncasual.

                    1. re: ceasar11

                      Given the prixe fixe, you'd probably have to sit at the bar, and it's not a very big bar. Also, they don't have a wide cheese selection.

                  2. Total Wine Bar (5th Ave & St Marks Pl), Stonehome (Lafayette Ave & S Elliott Pl) and Beast (Bergen & Vanderbilt) get my vote for best cheese plate. All have great vibes as well. I haven't been to Little D Eatery yet, but hear wonderful things- and they have a cheese plate on the menu as well. Have fun!