A charcuterie plate is often considered one of the easiest food pairings for wine—it’s filled with an array of rich, savory sausages, air-dried meats and pâtés, all of which have different textures, seasonings and fat levels to complement and contrast with still and sparkling wines. Here are five wineries in the Healdsburg area offering wine and charcuterie tasting on terraces with some of the best views in Sonoma County’s three renowned regions: Alexander Valley, Russian River Valley and Dry Creek Valley.
One of the newest tasting rooms in Northern Sonoma County, Trattore Farms opened in 2016 and boasts some of the best views with higher elevation in Dry Creek Valley. Guests climb up a winding driveway through olive trees to reach a Mediterranean-design building that houses a tasting salon, kitchen and sprawling terrace upstairs and winemaking facilities below. Owner Tim Bucher founded Dry Creek Olive Company in 2007, released his first Trattore wines in 2008, and then started the seven-year project of building his dream winery and visitor center. Guests who love charcuterie and wine pairing can admire beautiful vistas at every turn, while snacking on locally produced salami and prosciutto from Zoe’s Meats and regional cow’s milk cheeses from Valley Ford and Bohemian Creamery. Charcuterie plates ($30) are offered on a first-come, first-served basis to any tasting room guests. Estate-grown wines made from Rhone and Italian varieties are available to purchase by the glass and bottle, or sample one of the company’s many extra virgin olive oils.
Just below Lake Sonoma, Sbragia Family is easily overlooked by tourists who don’t drive past Yoakim Bridge Road (home to the famous Dry Creek Peach Farm). Those who make the meandering drive to the end of Dry Creek Road are rewarded with beautiful views of fir trees, vineyards and valley vistas from Sbragia’s roomy terrace. The tiled patio features tables and lounge areas situated in shade or full sun, depending on your sun-worshipping desire. Walk-ins are welcome to enjoy a charcuterie board ($30), including coppa and prosciutto, local cheeses from Point Reyes, Nicasio Foggy Morning and Valley Ford, house-marinated olives and stone-ground mustard. Wines from the Italian winemaking family are available by the glass or bottle. Call ahead if you’d like to request a table with the best view.
This month, Jordan debuted its first Wine & Charcuterie Tasting experience. Executive Chef Todd Knoll’s curated selection of fine meats and cheeses showcases local purveyors and other American artisans who honor the traditions of France, Spain and Italy, each highlighting different nuances in multiple vintages of Jordan Cabernet Sauvignon. Guests also enjoy Jordan Chardonnay, Estate Extra Virgin Olive Oil and other charcuterie board accoutrements, from the chef’s homemade charcuterie (Mangalitsa pork rillettes, foie gras terrine or pâté with dried cherries) to artisanal cheeses, mustards, nuts, cornichons, and olives marinated with estate Meyer lemons, fennel pollen and herbs. Served in the Winery Chateau’s dining room or on the terrace under the shade of towering oak trees, this carnivorous food and wine pairing is only offered during the afternoon August-October, and requires advanced reservations ($25-$50). Guests must be Silver, Gold or Platinum members of Jordan Estate Rewards to qualify. (Essentially, once a consumer has spent $500 at Jordan, whether it be wine purchases, tours & tasting fees or event tickets, he or she becomes a Silver member.)
Situated on a knoll with infinity views of Russian River Valley, the MacRostie Estate House opened in 2015 and has already gained a loyal following for its open-air, modern farmhouse design, single-vineyard Pinot Noirs and table-service hospitality. Charcuterie plates can be reserved ($25, advance request required) at one of the farmhouse’s terraces. A rotating selection of meats, cheeses, nuts and fresh fruit can be paired with wines by the glass, bottle or flight.
Overlooking one of the winery’s Chardonnay vineyards, Rodney Strong’s modern terrace boasts lounge seating, patio tables with umbrellas, wine tastings and food pairings by Chef Tara Wachtel. Guests who book a Terrace Tasting may also request a charcuterie and cheese plate to pair with their wines, which features local and European cheeses, an array of coppa, salami and proscuitto, olives, fig preserves and crostinis ($35, advance reservations suggested). Single vineyard, reserve, estate and Sonoma County wines are offered by the glass, bottle or flight.
(This list does not include wineries that serve only cheese plates; please comment with additions or edits)
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