Monday, November 13, 2006

Artisan Cheese in Sonoma

Not only is the Bay Area home to terrific wine, but it is also the home of many artisan cheesemakers. One of the oldest is Vella Cheese Company, located at 315 2nd Street East, just 2 blocks from the Sonoma Plaza. Founded in 1931 by Tom Vella, today the company is run by his son, Ig (short for Ignazio).

Vella is best known for its dry Monterey Jack Cheese, but also makes a Mezzo Secco and Jacks with more moisture, both flavored and regular. I also enjoy Vella's Italian Table Cheese as well as its Asiago. There are other Italian-style cheeses available and two types of Cheddar.

When you visit Sonoma, take a walk over to Vella Cheese and taste some of their wonderful offerings. You can pick up some cheese for a picnic on the Sonoma Square. Vella is open from 9:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m. from Monday through Saturday. You may also purchase cheese on on-line or by calling (800) 848-0505.

If you want to take a Sonoma private tour that includes a stop on Sonoma Plaza so you may visit Vella, please call me at (866) 326-4237 or e-mail me by clicking here.

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