We love a good cheese board here in Sonoma because it gives us a great excuse to drink some wine! So, we teamed up with Sonoma Creamery to make the perfect springtime cheese board to snack on outside at Roche Winery's tasting room. Located just off the Sonoma Plaza, Roche has a wonderful outdoor space you where you can sip wines, enjoy the beautiful weather, and people watch as the whole town goes by. Roche boasts more than 10 varietals offered, with 20 years of award winning wine making experience.
The tasting room also hosts a wide selection of food that is perfect to make your own "cheese board" to go along with your tasting. Among the many crackers, cheeses, and other snacks, are a few of Sonoma Creamery's fabulous hand-crafted products. If you've never tried their Mr. Cheese O's, now is the time- trust me you won't regret it. They pair beautifully with wine (or just about any beverage if you ask me) and are packed with protein so you can enjoy them guilt free.
For our cheese board we used three flavors of the Sonoma Jack in wedge form: hot pepper, chipotle cheddar, and pesto. We also used some of their pre-sliced cheddar and hot pepper jack. Additionally, we chose to use their new parmesan crisps, and cheddar bacon crisps (yum!). To pull it all together we added green grapes, raspberries, assorted crackers, mixed nuts, and apricot jam.
Here are a few Savvy Tips on how to make a cheese board that is sure to blow your guests away:
- There is no such thing as too much- make that board overflow with food!
- Choose a variety of flavors, textures, and colors in your cheeses- this is for taste profile as well as the visual aesthetic of the board.
- Add pops of color with fruit and veggies to make the board more visually interesting.
- Keep extra crackers and fruit on hand to refill in case they disappear quicker than the cheese.
The only thing missing at this point is the wine! Whether you are a red or a white drinker, Sonoma Creamery's cheeses are the perfect accompaniment to a glass. We chose Roche's 2013 Pinot Noir and 2014 Chardonnay, both from the Carneros Vineyard, and they did not disappoint.
As the weather clears up, Roche Winery is one of our favorite spots down town to sip and snack. However, Roche has a wonderful indoor tasting space as well as a tented area outside where you can enjoy the rain while staying dry. Grab a friend or two and head to their tasting room for a quintessential Sonoma tasting experience.
Cheers, and happy wine-ing!
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