Classic Sonoma Wine and Cheese Pairings

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Classic Sonoma Wine and Cheese Pairings When we think of Sonoma we tend to think of wine, and that’s a good thing… but Sonoma has so much more to offer! What could be better than classic Sonoma wines? Well, how about classic Sonoma wines paired with artisanal Sonoma County cheese? Yeah, I thought so.

While Sonoma grows a wide variety of grape varieties, some are simply going to pair well with certain cheese while others won’t. I thought this would be a great opportunity to take a look at some classic cheese and wine pairings, as well as some that you might not expect.

While these cheeses are unique to Sonoma County’s cheesemakers, the advice regarding the cheese and wine pairings can easily be extrapolated across your favorite cheeses, so join us for a look at wine and cheese pairing Sonoma-style!

We should begin with the wines. Sonoma is famous for quite a few wines, but the ones that come to my mind first are Russian River Pinot, Alexander Valley Cabernet, and Dry Creek Valley Zinfandel. I’ll make recommendations for additional pairings, but this is a fine place to start -- though it’s worth noting that the pairings are based very broadly on the attributes of each individual grape.

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