Cork & Rind: A Curated St. Charles Hybrid Wine and Cheese Shop
By showcasing hand-crafted, small-production wines and cheeses, this shop in historic midtown St. Charles elevates artisan products while expanding its customers’ palates. Most importantly, it does it all with an uninhibited sense of discovery that makes every shopping trip a mini-adventure.
Owners Michael and Elizabeth Kinney opened Cork & Rind four years ago to highlight companies whose wines aren’t produced on a large scale and might not be found in other stores in the area: family-owned businesses, estate-grown grapes and wineries using organic or biodynamic methods in their vineyards. They’ve sourced hundreds of wines (plus spirits and craft beers) that fit into their vision.
The tasting room can be enjoyed on a walk-in basis for à la carte snacks and drinks. Or you can purchase a tasting board—a selection of cheeses paired with either wines, beers or whiskeys. Groups of more than six are encouraged to make reservations. For those who want to go deeper into the world of wine and cheese, Cork & Rind offers one-hour crash courses, as well as in-depth traditional classes, and a wine club that includes exclusive, club-only tastings.
Cork & Rind
555 First Capitol Dr.
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Photography by Carmen Troesser.