Cork & Rind: A Curated St. Charles Hybrid Wine and Cheese Shop

 In City Guide, St Louis

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.
636.896.4404

While you’re in the neighborhood …

Quintessential Dining & Nightlife
Besides lively entertainment—nightly live music and weekend dancing—this venue offers a menu of favorites, from burgers to filet mignon.

149 N. Main St.
636.443.2211

Magpie’s Restaurant
Enjoy comfort food in one of the historic district’s oldest homes, plus a beautiful patio and frequent live performances.

903 S. Main St.
636.947.3883

Bella Vino Wine Bar & Tapas
After a long day of shopping, revive with a glass of wine or signature cocktail and a refreshingly original Mediterranean fusion menu.

325 N. Main St.
636.724.3434

This story originally appeared in Guided: St. Charles, available now at these locations and in a digital edition.

Photography by Carmen Troesser.

 

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