Gourmet Food | Wine | Spirits

happy Holidays

Holiday Wine Tasting: 12/9-16

We're delighted to share a selection of wines hand-picked by Jenn and John to complement the flavors and spirit of the season. From excellent "party wines" to that special bottle, we've got you covered. We're offering a 10% mixed half-case discount on all wines we're sampling. 


  • Clara C, Prosecco, Brut, Italy – One of our new discoveries.  Elegant, refreshing, the perfect holiday aperitif.  Ask us about the winemaker’s story, it’s truly inspiring.
  • Casteller Cava, Brut Rosé, Spain – A little pink in the glass always helps make the holiday more festive.  Dry, crisp & fruity.


  • Domaine La Croix des Lys, White Grenache / Viognier, France – One of our favorite winter whites (and maybe more than a few went down this summer).  Round with notes of stone and tropical fruits.
  • Chateau Vartley, Traminer, Moldova – Another recent discovery, presented during our fall wine tasting.  Cousin to Gewürztraminer, this wine is dry, not sweet, and will be a nice addition to the holiday table.
  • Hiruzta Txakolina, Hondurrabi Zuri, Spain – We love this wine.  The hint of effervescence leads to a wonderfully expressive wine, perfect for the holiday pregame.
  • Golan Heights Winery, Muscat / Sauvignon Blanc / Viognier, Israel (Kosher, not Mevushal) – A wonderful medium-bodied white with rich, complex flavors.


  • Henri Bourgeois, Cabernet Franc, France – Perfect for those who like a lighter-bodied wine.  Crisp with notes of red fruits and spice with very light tannins.
  • Intipalka, Tannat, Peru – Rapidly becoming one of our favorite grapes.  This is a big, complex red perfect for a dinner of prime rib.
  • Les Trois Couronnes, Grenache / Syrah, France – Another new find, this Costes du Rhone is smooth with notes of ripe dark fruit.  Have some before dinner and continue on to the table.
  • Golan Heights Winery, Cabernet Franc / Cabernet Sauvignon / Malbec / Merlot / Petit Verdot, Israel (Kosher, not Mevushal) – A well-balanced, easy drinking red.  Medium bodied with hints of berry and herbs.

Twas the Week Before Christmas

...and you've got a million things to do. In addition to our normal business hours, Chester River Wine & Cheese is open Monday, December 18. Welcome Home is open until 7pm every evening the week before Christmas. Both stores are closed Christmas day. 

Happy New Year!!!

Grab a bottle of sparkling wine and have a blast! We're open New Years Eve from 11am - 4pm. 

We are closed Monday, January 1 and Tuesday, January 2. 

Let's play with our food.

Cheese & Charcuterie

In our cheese case you'll find over 90 types of domestic & international cut-to-order cheese, salami, charcuterie, pate and sausages. Always ask for samples - we want you to love your cheese as much as we do. 

Oils, Spices, & Vinegars

Just inside the door you'll find oil fustis &  vinegars, salts & spices, and ready to consume salad dressing and marinades. We specialize in unique, small batch producers. Check out the aged balsamic! 

Pork, Beef, Duck, & Lamb

We are proud to partner with Langenfelder Pork, and St. Brigid's Farm to offer locally raised pork & beef. We also partner with D'Artagnan to offer duck and lamb. Special orders are welcome! 

Pastas & Grains

As former Philly residents we're tickled and delighted to offer Tallutos gourmet pasta. We also offer a diverse selection of imported dry pasta and grains. 


We sample every wine carried in our store. Many of our wines are unique to Kent County and the Upper Eastern Shore. We offer a 10% mixed case discount and 20% discount on single label pre-order wines. 


We have a small but diverse collection of spirits and handcrafted mixers. Our team can help you create an excellent cocktail (or mocktail) for your next party or event.  Case discounts available.  

About Us

We carry the best wine and gourmet foods on the Upper Eastern Shore.

We taste every product and hand-select only those bottles or foods we would serve to our guests. We want you to feel confident that the food, wine, and sprits in our shop are of the highest quality, which is why we encourage you to taste before you buy. 

We're focused on you.

As management consultants turned small town business owners, we're focused on your needs. You'll find us in our business almost every day, ready to help you create an amazing meal or wonderful memory. 

We'll help you get from dinner to bed.

In addition to our gourmet food store, we also own Welcome Home, Chestertown's kitchen, bed, and bath store. 

Visit our kitchen, bed, and bath store, Welcome Home

Contact Us

Drop us a line!

Located in the historic arts & entertainment district of Chestertown on the Upper Eastern Shore...

Our shop is universally accessible via a garden entrance along the Cannon St. side of our building. Please ring the doorbell for assistance. We also have a public ADA restroom. 

Chester River Wine & Cheese Co.

117 S. Cross St., Chestertown MD

(443) 282-0220


Tue - Sat: 10am - 6pm

Sun: 11am - 4pm

Mon: Closed

Open Thanksgiving 8 - 12 | Closed Christmas & New Years Day

Keep in touch!

Store Return Policy

Returns are accepted within 10 business days of purchase, unused, in the original packaging to the original store of purchase. All returns are processed using the original method of payment. We are unable to accept the return of frozen or refrigerated food, gift cards, or wine.  

With thanks for your patronage,

Jenn & John