The 7 Best Food & Wine Pairings on the Sonoma Plaza

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Experiencing the wines Sonoma has to offer is a bold endeavor in and of itself. But if you’re looking to enhance a visit to this charming area with a wider variety of culinary offerings, consider scheduling a wine and food pairing (or two) during your stay. We’ve rounded up a list of some of the tastiest selections available in and around Sonoma Plaza—certainly enough to get a budding gourmand on his or her way.

Elegant Pinot Noir and Chardonnay

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Patz & Hall
21200 Eighth St E
Sonoma, CA 95476
(707) 265-7700
TripAdvisor: 5 stars, 23 reviews

Sonoma standard Patz & Hall opened the doors to their warm and modern Sonoma House tasting room in 2014, and in doing so, have provided a welcoming space to showcase offerings from growers like Larry Hyde of Hyde Vineyards in Carneros, and Charlie Chenoweth of Chenoweth Ranch in the Russian River Valley (just to name a couple).

These partnerships have resulted in highly acclaimed, single-vineyard Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, served in a seated tasting bar setting, as well as in a private salon atmosphere that boasts curated food and wine pairings for small groups of up to 10 people. A typical afternoon could include a tasting of three Chardonnays and three Pinot Noirs, along with small seasonal bites catered by La Saison of Napa Valley.

Insider tip: If you like what you see at the Sonoma House, check out Patz & Hall’s Pinterest board to find out where you can find the same furniture and decorations.

Sip and Nibble on the Patio

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Ravenswood Winery
18701 Gehricke Rd
Sonoma, CA 95476
(888) 669-4679
TripAdvisor: 4 stars, 188 reviews

Ravenswood Winery’s tasting room, situated in the foothills of the Mayacamas Mountains, offers a laidback tasting atmosphere in a bright and homey space. The tasting room sits on the estate’s vineyard, and the serene outdoor lounge features tasting options that include a Vineyard Designate tasting of small-lot Zinfandels or the Bordeaux single-vineyard tasting of Cabernet blends. Elevate the experience by opting to include the local artisan cheese and charcuterie plates to complement the wines.

Insider tip: The winery is a five minute drive from LaSalette Restaurant, a cozy spot for a lunch of Portuguese food before your tasting.

An Education in Pairing

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Corner 103
103 W. Napa St
Sonoma, CA 95476
(707) 931-6141
TripAdvisor: 5 stars, 13 reviews

For the serious taster, Corner 103 offers an opportunity to taste through recent releases with a focus on learning about the winemaking process, as well as how to pair food and wine. Schedule an appointment in advance for the Sonoma cheese experience, where six wines are paired with locally produced Vella cheeses accompanied by assorted goodies such as hazelnuts, black cherries, herbs, bacon, and mission fig preserves. Learning how to make the flavors pop with the right combination of sips and small bites is an adventure not to be missed, especially with varieties that include Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Zinfandel, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon.

Insider tip: Corner 103 is located next door to the Red Grape, an eatery that serves up a great casual meal for before or after a tasting.

The New Wine Country Vibe

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Pangloss Cellars
35 E Napa St
Sonoma, CA 95476
(707) 933-8565
TripAdvisor: 4.5 stars, 14 reviews

For a contemporary Wine Country vibe, Pangloss Cellars is the place to visit. The large, airy tasting room is a cool and relaxing place to taste through their current releases of Bordeaux varieties like Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc, and Anderson Valley Pinot Noir. The tasting room’s gray stone walls mix modern lighting fixtures and exposed wooden beams to create a chic, contemporary-meets-rustic ambiance that serves as a backdrop for a flight of current releases served alongside small bites.

Insider tip: Check out the winery’s high-end label, Texturé, for an elevated experience.

Have a Three-Course Meal

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Three Sticks Wines
143 West Spain St
Sonoma, CA 95476
(707) 996-3328
TripAdvisor: 5 stars, 5 reviews

Visit Three Sticks Wines’ tasting room housed in an historic Adobe house in downtown Sonoma to taste the winery’s Sonoma coast and Carneros Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, and Cabernet Sauvignon. For a more decadent experience, schedule the $200-per-person three-course luncheon with wine pairings, or consider the $85-per-person food and wine pairing experience, which includes five wines with coordinated small bites. All of the cuisine featured in the pairing menus is seasonal and prepared by Sonoma Plaza’s El Dorado Kitchen.

Insider tip: Wander down the street to historic Mission San Francisco Solano for a taste of history after an afternoon at Three Sticks.

Perfectly-Paired Pinot Noir

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WALT Wines
380 First St W
Sonoma, CA 95476
(707) 933-4440
TripAdvisor: 5 stars, 31 reviews

WALT Wines, known for their Pacific Coast single-vineyard Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, welcomes guests to their tasting room located just a few steps off the northwest corner of Sonoma Plaza. The tasting room has the vibe of a cozy art gallery, and visitors are welcome to hang at the tasting bar or sit on the patio out back. We recommend the “Root 101: A Single Vineyard Exploration,” a tasting of five single-vineyard Pinot Noirs and “Pinot-centric” small bites from the Girl and the Fig (a local favorite). Note that this tasting experience is offered daily at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m., and by appointment only.

Insider tip: After the small bites have whet your appetite for the Girl and the Fig’s fabulous farm-fresh fare, walk to the restaurant for a full lunch after the tasting.

A Sweet Pairing Experience

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Sebastiani Vineyards and Winery
389 Fourth St E
Sonoma, CA 95476
(707) 933-3230
TripAdvisor: 4 stars, 147 reviews

Consider ending the day by checking out the sweeter side of wine and food with Sebastiani Vineyards’ Chocolate Indulgence tasting. The experience includes some of Sebastiani’s Pinot Noirs and Cabernet Sauvignon, paired with artisanal chocolate treats. For those seeking a savory experience, a more traditional wine and cheese pairing is available too. Be sure to plan enough time to wander through the estate’s beautiful gardens after wine tasting.

Insider tip: Fun fact—Sebastiani is proud to be home to the largest redwood cask in the world.

Sonoma Plaza is an ideal stop during your wine country stay to taste iconic Sonoma wineries in just short walking distance. Even better, make it an entire day and enjoy the unique wine and food pairings many of these wine tastings offer. If you’re looking for more than just wine tours, there are plenty of things to do in Sonoma to make your trip memorable.

WineCountry Staff


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