My brain has been fried from the workday grind.
And you know what revives a fried brain?
Sunshine. Wine. Cheese. Individually, these are amazing...so you can only imagine the levels of instant healing that I felt when, by happy chance, I found myself at Matanzas Creek Winery in Santa Rosa.
You arrive at this winery and are instantly just enveloped in the smell of lavender. Relaxation even before wine hits your lips. Let's add another plus to this place for taking the work week edge off.
The tasting room is surrounded by flowers galore and picnic areas. Family friendly is the word I would use here. I definitely was surrounded by lots of family time. You can enjoy time with kiddiewinks down in the picnic areas if that is to your liking. Or you can be like me and flee to the tasting room or patio reserved for the 21 and older crowd.
I planted myself on the patio for the cheese and wine tasting. This is a seated experience for $25 a person. It comes with 4 wine tastings with local cheeses and condiments to delight the palette.
Sav Blanc, Chardonnay, and two Pinot Noirs for the drankin' here, and some of the most unique flavors to pair with...forgive me if my memory is a little off but off the top of my head, i remember the pairings as below:
- Cocoa rind hard cheese- rose and dried cherry compote - Pinot Noir
- Soft cow cheese - Honey covered almonds - Chardonnay
- Hard sheep cheese - fig and olive compote - Pinot Noir
- Soft cow cheese- yuzu jelly - Sav Blanc
and I do apologize that my memory is a bit fuzzy. I was quite zen by time the tasting was finished. I did try to call and figure out what the exact pairings were, but had some trouble getting through (This place can get a bit busy :) But I will update the minute I connect and get more detailed answers.)
BUT one last treat to finish here...a white chocolate and lavender truffle...Yes, the god of relaxation smiled upon me.
The cheese and wine pairing is available only til 3:30pm each day so no last minute rush ins. Give them a visit. Enjoy this experience. Buy all the Sauvignon Blanc that you can.