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No matter what you’re craving, you will find it at these cheese shops. Featuring an astonishing number of cheeses, some of these shops also sell wine, crackers and the other ingredients you need for the perfect wine-and-cheese evening. There’s no better way to celebrate National Cheese Day Jan. 20 than to have a wine and cheese party. Head to these stores soon to sample and stock up on all things cheese.

2411 Mount Vernon Ave.
Alexandria, VA 22301
(703) 706-5300

If you are not sure what kind of cheese you like, Cheesetique, a cozy cheese boutique, is the place for you. Not only may you sample the cheeses at the front of the store, but in the back is a small cafe where you may order lots of delicious dishes highlighting cheeses. Try a warm goat cheese salad or a decadent mac and cheese with cacio di Roma and asiago. Your server will be happy to recommend a glass of wine to accompany your meal. Any weekday from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. is great time to stop by because all cheese boards are $5 off.

Cowgirl Creamery
919 F St. NW
Washington, DC 20004
(202) 393-6880

Cowgirl Creamery is any cheese lover’s dream. This quaint store specializes in selling Cowgirl Creamery cheese, which are all fresh, delicious organic cheeses made by head cheesemaker Maureen Cunnie. The store provides ample cheese samples, and you may also pick up pasta, spreads, crackers, nuts and all sorts of items perfect for serving with cheese. It even sells books on cheese so you may be as knowledgeable as the people who work at the creamery. If you want to send someone the gift of cheese, order a  collection of cheeses from its website, which may be delivered anywhere in the country.

Bowers Fancy Dairy Products
Historic Eastern Market
225 7th St. SE
Washington, DC 20003
(202) 544-7877

Glorious amounts of cheese and milk are available at this small Eastern Market staple. Choose from tangy goat cheese, creamy brie, nutty parmesan or dozens of other local and international cheeses. The vendors are happy to let you sample anything before you make a purchase, so be sure to take advantage of that opportunity. Try to come early in the day on Saturdays and Sundays, or on a weekday, as a long line forms during the weekends.

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Screwtop Wine Bar and Cheese Shop
1025 N. Fillmore St.
Arlington, VA 22201
(703) 888-0845

Known for selling unique cheeses such as pumpkin chevre and wasabi cheddar, Screwtop is a small cheese store that also features a wine bar and restaurant. Indulge in a cheese flight with a glass of wine recommended by the bar, or try something from its dinner menu, which is full of cheesy delights such as grilled cheese sliders and fiesta nachos. Screwtop also prepares cheese party platters that you may pick up for your own events at home. If you are looking for something specific, be sure to ask. Screwtop is happy to order you any cheese not featured in store.

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Righteous Cheese
1309 5th St. NE
Washington, DC 20002
(202) 716-3320

Located inside of the new Union Market in NoMa, this trendy cheese shop offers cheese pairings with wine and beer, so you may educate yourself before you make a purchase. The selection of cheese changes regularly, so you may try different cheeses every time you visit. The shop also offers custom-made cheese baskets that make great gifts. Even more exciting is its wine and cheese classes, taught by Fromager Carolyn Stromberg. Learn about artisanal cheeses while sipping delicious wines at these special events.

Priya Konings is a freelance writer and restaurant critic in Washington D.C. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.