Top Dry Creek Wineries for Wine and Cheese Pairings
While wine and cheese, on their own, are two of life’s greatest pleasures, married, these culinary components form a perfect union. The luscious creaminess of cheese juxtaposed against the tannin and acid of wine create a balanced, magical experience. In Sonoma County’s wine country, wine and cheese pairings are ideal ways to explore this classic duo, and many Dry Creek wineries offer a path to enjoy this delicious marriage. Read on to find our guide to these wine and cheese explorations in Dry Creek Valley. Listed prices are per person or plate, and tasting times vary per winery. Reservations are required or recommended unless noted otherwise, so please plan ahead. If your favorite Dry Creek Valley winery cheese tasting program isn’t listed, please let us know in the comments.
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Cheese and Wine Pairings at Dry Creek Wineries
Founded by the Carano family in 1981, Ferrari-Carano Winery’s Italian-inspired villa has a downstairs Enoteca with a tasting menu that includes the Wine, Cheese & Chocolate Pairing experience. They pair up five local cheeses and Volo chocolates made in Healdsburg with five wines. Reservations aren’t required. $50
Eric Flanagan and his family own this tiny Dry Creek winery in the hills above the valley, boasting a tasting salon with by-appointment educational tastings. They offer four bottlings of chardonnay, pinot noir, syrah and cabernet sauvignon from Sonoma County sub-regions presented with a regional cheese and charcuterie board. All tastings are private and hosted either indoors or on a lovely stone terrace with sweeping views. $40
Owner Erik Miller hails from Indiana and brings a laid-back, friendly vibe to his winery tastings. One of the Dry Creek wineries located at Timber Crest Farms, Kokomo hosts a Wine and Cheese Pairing in their Barrel Room that pairs its most exclusive bottlings with artisan cheeses from the staff’s favorite local creameries. A dedicated educator walks you through the tasting. $25
A winery named after the C.L. Lambert Family who settled in Dry Creek Valley a century ago, Lambert Bridge has been around 40 years and counting. Lambert Bridge extends two opportunities for by-appointment, private cheese and wine tastings — the Cellar Flight and the Bordeaux Flight. Led by a dedicated host, the Cellar Flight includes a lengthy educational discussion about each wine, accompanied by a curated selection of local cheese and charcuterie. The Bordeaux Flight is a 90-minute, seated tasting with five wines complemented by artisan cheeses, fruit and nuts. $40-$75
One of the friendliest Dry Creek wineries, Papapietro Perry’s history began when Ben Papapietro and Bruce Perry made hobby wine in their garage, 35 years ago. Their Pinot on the Patio seated experience showcases five single-vineyard pinot noirs, each paired with a curated cheese, dried fruit and crackers. The one-hour tasting location overlooks the picturesque vineyards of the Dry Creek Valley. $45
The Sbragia family’s ties to Dry Creek Valley run deep, back to 1904, when winery founder Ed Sbragia’s grandfather came to Sonoma County from Italy to work at the now historic Italian Swiss Colony. After three decades of winemaking at Beringer in Napa Valley, Ed decided to create a winery with his children at the site of the former Lake Sonoma Winery at the end of Dry Creek Road. This Dry Creek winery’s Comparison Tasting allows guests to compare and contrast wines made from Sonoma and Napa appellations. Cheese plates can be purchased separately. $40.
This small, family-owned winery off the Healdsburg Square is owned by winemaker Nancy Walker and her partner Tony Stephen, who met at U.C. Davis. Stephen & Walker’s tasting room offers a flight of five small-lot wines, paired with complimentary cheeses from four local creameries. Though their wines hail from several appellations throughout California, most carry the Dry Creek Valley appellation, so we’ve included them in this region. $20