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“Good Cheese, No Customer Service” 2 of 5 stars
Review of Vella Cheese Company

Vella Cheese Company
315 Second St. E., Sonoma, CA
707-938-3232
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Ranked #4 of 21 Attractions in Sonoma
Type: Specialty Shops, Landmarks/ Points of Interest, Cultural
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Los Angeles, California
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“Good Cheese, No Customer Service”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2013

A number of people suggested that we visit Vella. Their cheeses are excellent, but it's difficult, at best, to get a sample. The folks behind the counter act as if you were lucky to get in the door.

Visited September 2013
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Williamsburg, Virginia
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“Easy walk, very friendly staff”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2013

Well, there's not a lot to see at the cheese store, but the walk there from the center of Sonoma is easy, past a Clydesdale farm, and the cheese tasting makes it even better. Don't be afraid to ask about cheese you don't know--the staff is SO accommodating with information and bites to taste. We were looking for something to do instead of wine tasting at 9:30 am, and this was just right. We ended up with three small cheeses to use as hors d'oeuvres of our own. The best find: a small plastic cheese board and knife for $2!

Visited August 2013
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New York
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“Great for light bite”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2013

Stopped here on our way for an afternoon wine and cheese picnic. Great free samples of whatever you want. Small factory like shop so it's a quick tasting and go

Visited June 2013
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Ventura County, USA
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“We went to Vella at the end of our Segway tour and got a thorough tour by Hunt who was very knowlegeable about cheese making.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2013 via mobile

They don't make cheese on Thursday which is the day we went. We did get to learn about the process. There are some cheeses that are only made at Vella and the prices are one of the few bargains in Sonoma. We paired the cheese with fresh baked bread and apples we picked at Valley of the Moon Pottery on our way into town.

Visited August 2013
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“Good cheese and nice local shop”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2013

We stopped and picked up cheese to enjoy at our hotel in Sonoma. Very nice shop with local as well as imported cheeses. We also picked up a gift box with several kinds of cheese, crackers and snacks. The cheese is very good and the shop charming. Just a block off the square.

Visited July 2013
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