• Cheese + Wine Hoboken

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    West Hoboken isn’t flooded with as many stores as east Hoboken {i.e. Washington Street, etc} is, but — quality over quantity. That’s where Cheese + Wine comes in. Located at 720 Monroe Street {the bottom floor/street level of the Monroe Center}, this little treasure of a shop is filled to the brim with fermented grapes, dairy, and other deliciousness. It’s basically a hostess’ dream — cheeses, wine, craft beer, dark chocolate, baguettes, and other servable crudites. Keep reading to satisfy that cheese + wine craving.

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    Says Cheese + Wine about the aging process of cheese:

    Aging cheese is a complex endeavor, which requires particular conditions of temperature and humidity. It also requires the care of craftsman’s eye, which recognizes the nuances that happen to an aging cheese and a craftsman’s hand, which applies various techniques that allow the cheese to develop its maximum flavor.

    There is a certain point in time where a cheese will reach its height of flavor (“au point”)…. what that point is can be a highly subjective issue of debate. So for that reason, we will select a cheese for you that will match your idea of what “au point” is.

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    The owners are very dedicated to the store — which is evidenced by the interesting array of hand-picked cheeses and wines. Some are cheeses imported from Italy and France, but some are also made locally — including from local farms in Lawrenceville, NJ. Here is a list of their current cheese selection: Cheese + Wine Cheeses.

    The best part of coming here is that you get to sample the cheeses before you buy  so much better than blindly picking some cheese up at Shoprite {guilty as charged}. The cheeses recommended by the staff are absolutely delicious — and it’s based upon which wines you are hoping to drink that evening {or you can start with the cheese and pair the wine} — totally up to you.

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    Baguettes from Choc-O-Pain {in downtown Hoboken} are a nice little addition. Tapenades and prosciutto don’t hurt either.

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    What is a little wine and cheese party without a little prosciutto di Parma? Fig and olive crackers and cranberry hazelnut crackers are a definite possibility for the bottom half of that curated Italian goodness on the top half.

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    Other finger foods that are perfect for a hostess’ snack bowl include marcona almonds, dried cranberries, Turkish apricots, walnut pieces, and black figs. These are available by the pound — a bit pricey, but totally worth the treat. Perfect toppings for spreadable cheese on a Choc-o-Pain baguette. By the way — you can even order a gourmet sandwich. {Meat + cheese + bread = yes plz}.

    Wine is the obvious other half of this store that we’ve barely touched upon: Cheese + Wine offers an eclectic selection of thoughtfully handpicked wines and craft beer. They also have a good amount of refrigerated provisions and cheese that are actually aging right then and there, and….drumroll: they also do wine and cheese classes monthly. Learn to pair the appropriate wine to your cheese {harder than you’d think} + sample some of the delicious delicacies the store has to offer. For more info, visit their website.

    Overall, this is quite the hidden gem in West Hoboken and definitely worth a trip off of the beaten path to get some supplies for your next dinner party. Quite inspiring and exciting to be in a store chock full of wine, cheese, and chocolate — for some, it may be all of your vices in one spot.

    Have you been to Cheese + Wine? What did you think?


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    Jen is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of Hoboken Girl. She started the site to discover and share the wealth of things happening in Hudson County. Her roots in the area extend to her maternal grandparents, who owned two textile factories in Weehawken and North Bergen. When not planning the next Hoboken Girl event/volunteer project or editing her life away, she can usually be found shopping at local boutiques, eating an Insta-worthy meal, walking her French bulldog + rescue pup, or watching the latest murder doc on Netflix with her husband.