Sea Bird Wines Fall Cheese Board

Create The Perfect Fall Cheese Board

As summer fades and sweater weather arrives, we're bringing our fun indoors for some cozier Fall fun. As we roll into "entertaining season" it's always a good idea to keep a few essentials on hand to whip up a snack board when #wineoclock rolls around.

Here are a few tips that we live by for creating a simple but delicious cheese board to welcome guests with a glass of wine to stay awhile for a great time.

Perfect Fall Cheese Board by Sea Bird WinesPerfect Fall Cheese Board by Sea Bird WinesPopcorn For Grownups

Fresh warm popcorn is a perfect addition to a Fall cheese board as a base layer with a ton of ways to dress it up. Add toppings like truffle salt, a drizzle of fresh herbs and butter, or spice it up with paprika and garlic salt for a little kick.

Say Cheese

We love mild and creamier cheeses like a sheep's milk cheese that is a great middle ground for everyone to enjoy. It can be tempting to leave the whole hunk with a knife to cut, but cutting up some slices for your guests to grab easily is the way to go.

Add Charcuterie

A variety pack of charcuterie offers a perfect range of paring. Salami with peppercorns pairs with a little spice to a glass of Sangicomo Vineyard Pinot Noir. A slice of creamy prosciutto will balance out the lively acidity from a glass of Sonoma Coast Chardonnay. Get a little flair for presentation by rolling slices and arranging them on your board for extra visual appeal (and easy snacking!).

Toast The Bread

It's an extra step that really elevates your board...and so worth it. Grab a fresh baguette or sourdough loaf from the store, smear it with butter and toast the slices for the perfect delivery of a cheese and meat combo.

Garnish with Greens

We eat with our eyes, and a little greenery is always a welcome sight on a platter. We love using microgreens easily found at your local grocery store to fill in any gaps on your platter.

 

Here are our top wine pairing suggestions to go along with your perfect Fall cheese board. Don't forget to stock up, because every bottle you enjoy, we donate our proceeds to support marine life habitat conservations to non-profits like 4ocean and International Bird Rescue. Sounds like a reason for another glass to us!

 

Enjoying some cheese with your wine? Tag us in your photos on Instagram #seabirdwines and enjoy Great Vines To Great Times with us all Fall long.


"Back To ____" Mac & Cheese Recipe w/ Sonoma Coast Chardonnay

Sonoma Coast Chardonnay Always Pairs With Good Ol' Mac & Cheese

Whether it’s back to school, back to work, or just regular back to reality now that we’re winding down from summer, we’re welcoming the time (and cooler weather) to enjoy getting “back to” the kitchen.

Our favorite dinners are easy ones…the kind that are easy to make, unfussy, and of course easy to sip a glass of wine while you’re making it!

Enjoy one of the greatest comfort foods to welcome you in to the Fall season and enjoy an extra glass or two…it’s time to Get Back To It!

Here’s our favorite recipe to a creamy, delicious serving of Mac & Cheese paired with our crisp and refreshing Sonoma Coast Chardonnay.

  • One package of your favorite tube-shaped pasta
  • 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 6 tbsp unsalted butter
  • 1/3 cup all purpose flour
  • 3 cups whole milk
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 4 cups sharp cheddar cheese (shredded)
  • 2 cups Gruyere cheese shredded
  • 1 1/2 cups panko crumbs
  • 4 tbsp butter (melted)
  • 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese shredded
  • salt and pepper
  • 1 tsp red pepper flakes (optional)
  • 2 tbsp chopped chives

Preheat oven to 350F. Grease a large baking dish, or two setting sized cast iron serving dishes.

Combine all cheese - except parmesan- in a large bowl and set aside. 

In a pot of salted water, cook pasta just before done and drain. Add 1 tbsp butter to pasta and toss to coat.

Melt  the rest of the butter butter in a saucepan and whisk flour over medium heat until bubbly and started to turn golden.

Gradually whisk in the milk and heavy cream until smooth and free of clumps. Continue whisking for 2-3 minutes. Season mixture with salt and pepper and red pepper flakes.

Add two cups of shredded cheese mixture and whisk until smooth. Continue adding cheese gradually until the sauce thickens.

Stir cooled pasta into cheese mixture to combine.

Pour half of the pasta and sauce into the prepared baking dish. Top with remaining 2 cups of shredded cheese and then the remaining mac and cheese.

In a small bowl, combine panko crumbs, Parmesan cheese, melted butter and paprika. Sprinkle over the top and bake until bubbly and golden brown, about 30 minutes. Top with chopped chives and serve with a cool glass of 2014 Sangiocomo Sonoma Coast Chardonnay.


We love sharing our wines with everyone we meet, it's the core of who we are. So when we had the chance to meet with Mr. Wine Guy, Michael Gallagher, and share the story of Sea Bird Wines on his podcast, it was a recipe for Great Times already.

Our winemaker, Patrick Durbin shares the story of Sea Bird Wines on episode 56 of the Mr Wine Guy Podcast with plenty to share!

Patrick and Michael talk about how Sea Bird Wines is committed to giving back by contributing 100% of their profits and proceeds to non-profit organizations that protect our local coastline habitats.

From our brand values and a philosophical level, Patrick shares the importance of how a right mindset, being humble, listening instead of speaking, not focusing on "how" things are going to turn out, and how enjoying the journey instead of focusing on the destination have been pivotal to his overall success with Sea Bird Wines.

Michael was an incredible host, thanks "Mr. Wine Guy" for sipping on Sea Bird with us and helping us take Great Vines To Great Times with every bottle. Make sure to give him a follow on Facebook to catch his super unique "wine raps" with each spotlight wines.

Catch a sneak preview of the interview below, and head over to Apple Itunes to catch the full episode!

A Very Sea Bird Summer Beach Guide

You can’t make great wine without a little ocean influence. It’s a motto we live by, and it shows in every bottle of Sea Bird Wines. This summer, make the most of your beach time with these top tips for enjoying Sea Bird wines at the beach!

Grab A GoVino

Single use plastic cups are out, reusable wine glasses are IN! These reusable wine glasses are perfect (and lightweight) and make the perfect companion to your beach cooler. Pour it up and kick it back to relax- minus the trash.

Beach, Please.

You can catch us at these Sonoma Coast beaches on the West Coast with our toes in the sand and some wine in our hands. The Sonoma Coast AVA itself encompasses about 2,000 acres of vineyards and includes the lands that we source the fruit from for our Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. The region itself is best known for these Burgundian varietals thanks to the cool morning coast fog that covers that vines over the growing season.

Watch Us Sip On Chardonnay(nay)

Our Sangiacomo Robert’s Road Chardonnay is the perfect beach beverage. With notes of tropical fruit and a bright and lively acidity grab a bottle (or two) to throw in your cooler. Even better if you can pair it with some fresh oysters off at Bodega Bay, or pack up a picnic with some of these easy beach-inspired pairings:

Lemon Herb Asparagus Potato Salad

Pressed Italian Picnic Sandwiches

Creamy Avocado Dip + chips!

Mango Basil Summer Spring Rolls

 

Don’t Forget Sea-Safe Sunscreen

If you’re heading to the ocean, make sure you’re not bringing anything unwanted into the water. Ocean research has shown that common sunscreen ingredients such as oxybenzone and octinoxate are the main culprits in reef damage, along with cosmetic preservatives like methyl paraben and butyl paraben. Keep your skin safe along with the ocean reef by choosing a reef-friendly sunscreen.

 

Cheers to sun, sand, and the perfect summer day from us at Sea Bird Wines!

Need to stock up? Here’s our top pics for Summer Sipping:

 

2014 Sangiocomo Robert's Road Pinot Noir
2014 Sangiocomo Robert's Road Pinot Noir

 

2015 Sangiocomo Robert's Road Chardonnay
2015 Sangiocomo Robert's Road Chardonnay