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ISO Wine/Cheese/Charcuterie in one

I just returned from a trip to Vancouver where I got to try Salt Tasting Room. Wondering if there is any similar places in Toronto with good sourced selections of artisinal cheese and charcuterie with interesting wine pairings? I've noted a few places that focus on house made charcuterie, but wondering if anyone had feedback about their cheese selections and wine offerings.

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  1. Search for Black Hoof. Been discussed A LOT lately.

    1. I've also heard that Picnic on Queen near Broadview does that, haven't been though. There has been some comments about it on this board so try searching "Picnic".

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      1. re: cheesymama

        THE BLACK HOOF!!! It's a great place. My wife and I love it.

        1. re: acd123

          Do they do wine pairings for the charcuterie and cheese plates they offer?

          1. re: urbantrauma

            I don't know about pairings. I love wine, but I'm not a 'wine guy'. I know they offer lots by the glass, so you can do the pairing yourself. All I know if that the place is super cool and the food is great.

      2. I've also heard great things about Black Hoof. You could also pull together the meal you're looking for at Nota Bene - they have a lovely selection of mostly Canadian artisinal cheeses and their charcuterie platter is meant to be quite nice. Lots of wines to choose from as well.

        1. Definitely Black Hoof.

          1. I'm itching to try the Black Hoof as well

            Sort of related would be Bar Volo if you're into beer. They do Italian cured meats and artisinal cheese boards from local Ontario and Quebec and BC cheesemakers. Their selection of beer is fantastic, prices reasonable, and they do a lot of cask beer.

            I've never paired beer with cheese before now that I think about it. I'm not sure how well you could match beer flavours with cheese but maybe i'll give it a try at home :)

            1. Globe on Danforth serves excellent combination plates. At this time they are probably only available in the bar area as the wonderful rooftop bar is closed for the season.

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              1. re: IDRGUY

                Absolutely second the rec for the rooftop bar in the summer. It's a gorgeous little oasis. We stopped by one sunny summer day a few months ago for a mid-afternoon charcuterie plate and a glass of wine - LOVED it.

              2. I really loved the offering of a flight of different wines paired to the different cheeses/charcuterie. Does anyone know if the mentioned restaurants do that?

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                1. re: urbantrauma

                  Crush does flights... and they have some nice cheese offerings and a charcuterie board. Plus a fireplace - cozy for winter!
                  www.crushwinebar.com

                  1. re: urbantrauma

                    Black Hoof has daily wine flights. Just check the blackboard. They also make a mean cocktail!

                    1. re: dragonflygrl

                      I agree that the Black Hoof makes mean cocktails. The bourbon sour, with perfect macerated cherry on top, is outstanding.

                      1. re: acd123

                        Now I could go for one of those right about now....sounds yummy! We're also itching to check it out. In fact it's been bumped to the top of the list.

                        1. re: millygirl

                          We went last Friday night. A really great late night meal. We shared:

                          the small bread basket (from Thuet)

                          a bowl of warm olives

                          a small charcuterie plate

                          the cabbage soup, which is served with a piping hot and melting marrow bone with crisp crostinis on the side - the soup was excellent. I liked the marrow bone but it was a bit greasy as the crostinis we baked with olive oil.

                          the foie gras for dessert :-) A LARGE hunk of seard foie served on brioche with a sweet and savoury onion jam and a small plate of Maldon sea salt on the side.

                          Me, two bourbon sours and my wife, two glasses of a lighter red.

                          It was all crazy good. And we both felt super comfy in the space. We're going back soon.