Best Of 2019

Best Wine and Cheese Pairing: Oakley Wines

Oakley Wines started as a boutique bottle shop just off the main drag in Oakley. And then it became more than a neighborhood hang when upward of 100 people started stopping in for Friday-night wine tastings. So, expanding with demand, owner Zach Eidson revamped the basement and turned it into The Cellar bar. In September, big news came when it was announced that the owners of The Rhined cheese shop in Findlay Market, Stephanie and Dave Webster, purchased Oakley Wines from Eidson. Those who frequent Oakley Wines for its wine bar and bottle shop need not worry — those grapes aren’t goin’ anywhere. Instead, the new owners plan to build on the progress of Eidson, offering “reinvigorated retail wine offerings, glass pours, cocktails, events and a new menu featuring select artisan cheeses.” Furthering the love affair between everyone’s favorite fermented combo, the Websters have ramped up the dairy offerings with curated cheese and charcuterie boards, assorted toasts (carrot and taleggio, ricotta and blistered cherry tomato, speck and cultured butter) and a whipped goat cheese dip. Friday night tastings haven’t gone anywhere, and they now offer expanded hours on Sunday for additional sipping. Oakley Wines, 4011 Allston St., Oakley, oakleywines.com.