Not only is the Monticello Wine Trail area known for its vineyards, it’s also known for farm fresh, organic, delectable cheeses that pair well with wine. One of our favorites is Simply Cheddar, based out of Waynesboro and made from the best extra sharp cheddar cheese, onions and chopped pecans. Simply Cheddar is perfect for a picnic and wine tasting. Pair it with crackers, apples, fresh jams and jellies or a baguette. (www.simplycheddar.com)

Marshall Farms offers a unique assortment of organic cheeses including various cheddars and jacks. Marshall Farms is located in Unionville, just east of Charlottesville and pairs each of their cheeses with an offering of various local wines. Try the Garlic, Parsley and Chive Cheddar or the Monterey Jack with Tomato and Basil for a special treat.

And, how could you miss GooTessa…based out of Pennsylvania, but a Virginia favorite…fresh, home-cooked, all-natural cheeses, shipped to various vineyards.

Consider pairing any of these with a fresh baguette from our favorite local bakery, Albemarle Baking Company!