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“Where the locals buy their cheese”

Vella Cheese Company
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$131.77*
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Sonoma County Wine Segway Tour
Ranked #1 of 19 Shopping in Sonoma
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed December 11, 2012

Ig Vella's place is amazing! We are there like once a week to stock up. My favorite is the Mezzo Secco, a jack cheese that has won awards nationwide - beating out wisconsin cheese makers! (This stuff is G-O-O-D!!) Other favorites of people in my family are the Toma (a soft somewhat creamy italian style cheese), and i also like the smoked blue cheese they bring in. Plus, in season, the parking lot is ringed by blackberry bushes! Skip the plaza places, just go here, its worth the walk. Take the bike trail, its literally like 2 blocks from the plaza.

Thank Mike R
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Reviewed October 29, 2012

This little cheese stop is just a few minutes by foot outside of Sonoma's main square but well worth a stop (and far more inviting, despite its smaller size, than the cheese shop in the square). The ladies who were running the counter were very laid back and eager to help us select some cheeses for gifts - we had several samples, all were delicious. The cheese travels well at room temp, and lasts quite a long time refrigerated. You can even choose your own to create a personalized gift box. Don't miss it!

1  Thank MDfamily1
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Reviewed October 19, 2012

Very small place. Friendly staff and great cheese and crackers. We got the Mezzo Secco Monterey Jack, which is dry enough for grating but soft enough for slicing. Travels well, still enjoying.

Thank FloridaBeth
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Reviewed October 19, 2012

Loved the informal nature of shop and helpful waitstaff. AND great cheese. It is housed in an historic old building and convenient to the Plaza.

Thank corkiek
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Reviewed October 18, 2012

This historic family cheese producer has the most delicious
dry jack that I have ever tasted. Be sure to visit.

Thank stephanie f
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