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Sonoma Market

Sonoma, CA 95476
6 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.
(707) 996-3411

Smooth Sailing Pairings

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Hello, is it cheese you’re looking for? Let the mild, creamy and delicate flavors of young gouda and unripened brie wash over your palate. Pair every bite you take with sweet sensations like fresh berries, fruity jams and lemon curd, and set sail with easy-drinking sips of light, floral wine, herbal beer or a bourbon-based cocktail. Bon voyage! 

Forever Young: Rich and buttery with clean crème flavors, Marin French Cheese Petite Breakfast Fresh Brie pairs beautifully with the slight effervescence, light body and apple and pear notes of Quinta da Aveleda Vinho Verde. With roots in the 1860s and 70s, these old souls were made for each other.

Beecher Street: Bourbon and cheese pairings don’t happen often enough, but one power couple is Larceny Bourbon with Beecher’s Dutch Hollow Dulcet. The vanilla and toasted oak notes in the bourbon act like smooth saxophone, complementing the deep crooning of the cheese.

Laroquet Man: Beecher’s Dutch Hollow Dulcet is made in New York with Jersey cow milk, creating a rich, tangy and elegant cheese. With notes of dark cherry, tobacco and tea leaves, Domaine Laroque Cite de Carcassonne Cabernet Franc backs it up by adding velvety layers without stealing the show. 

Fields of Gold: Made with organic milk, Burroughs Family Farms Grass to Gold Gouda is cream-forward, grassy and delicious. The new world hops in Trumer Pils—a modern take on the Austrian original—provide just enough bitterness to balance out this lushly textured cheese.

When a Man Loves a Gouda: Enjoy the suave complexity of Boneshaker Zinfandel with the award-winning Burroughs Family Farms Grass to Gold Gouda. The old vine grapes create notes of dried plum, black cherry, fig, vanilla, dark chocolate and licorice, making it a perfect partner for this buttery artisan gouda. 

Other polished picks include cultured crème and fresh mozzarella.

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