I've been frequenting Cheesetique since it opened in Alexandria in the very hip Del Ray neighborhood. (we lived in Del Ray before it was cool, but that's another story) I usually pop in and buy some cheese and wine for home. But occasionally we stop by to eat, and last night we went to a wine & cheese tasting classes for the first time.
Forget about anything except the cheese plate. The rest of the food is unexceptional. But the cheese and charcuterie selections are excellent. A tad overpriced maybe, but these are first-rate ingredients. The platters come with tapenate, honey, olives, figs, etc. Try the cherry compote and tapenade together, for a good punch. The wine selection is top notch, and the pours are generous. Try a flight for fun while you're sampling all those cheeses & meats.
Eh. $50 each got us 8 little pieces of cheese and 8 micro-pours of wine. I was drawn in by the class on Oregon wines -- I've visited wine country out there 3 times and feel like I know their pinot noirs and pinot gris well. But the pours were tiny tiny tiny. The wine expert was knowledgable and clever about Oregon wines. Cheesetique owner Jill Eber was valley-girl over the top. Everything was "super super amazing" and her stories about the farmers were too cutesey. And then at the end of the class, there was a rush (literally) for the cash register to buy some of the wines and cheeses from the class. They didn't have enough staff to handle the crush, so we waited and waited.
All in all -- do take out their wine & cheese, do dine in for the cheese & charcuterie plates, skip the wine tastings -- unless you happen upon a free one.
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June 5, 2013
Thank you so much for taking the time to review Cheesetique. I wanted to make sure and get back to you about some of your concerns.
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First, I'm really glad you enjoyed the cheese plate - and that you think so highly of the wine selection (we try to choose everything based on how well it pairs with our food).
Regarding the class, I'm so sorry you didn't enjoy it! My style does tend to be high-energy, but I've never thought of myself as "valley-girl" - I'll have to work on that :) Regarding the value, guests received 12 ounces of small-production Oregon wines and nearly a half pound of artisan cheese, and 2 hours of expert instruction, all for $50. If you found that to be overpriced, then let's speak offline and I can refund your tickets. I want everyone to leave our classes happy.
Again, thanks so much for the review - feel free to contact me directly if you have additional questions or comments.
-Jill Erber (owner, Cheesetique)
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