Joppa Fine Foods, Newburyport
Standout qualities: Joppa Fine Foods has an expert staff that’s helmed by owner Abbie Batchelder, who hand-picks every item in the store, from the artisan cheeses, charcuterie, and wines to fine pantry, kitchen, and gift items.
Fun fact: Joppa’s chef-made prepared foods are always delicious, but its meatless Monday meals like spinach and mushroom risotto and polenta fries with a garlic aioli take vegetarian cuisine to new heights.
What’s new: Stop by Joppa Fine Foods every Friday for a wine tasting from 5 to 7 p.m. to learn, taste, and get a 10 percent discount on whatever bottles they’re pouring that night.
The Tannery, 50 Water St., #305, Newburyport, 978-462-4662, joppafinefoods.com
The Cheese Shop of Salem, Salem
Insider tip: The Cheese Shop of Salem’s wine and cheese clubs are a perfect way to sample great curated selections of artisan cheese and wine. Memberships are available in three-month increments for just cheese (four different cheeses and an accompaniment, like jam or olive oil, each month), just wine (four different bottles of wine each month), or both.
45 Lafayette St., Salem, 978-498-4820, thecheeseshopofsalem.com