Wine Trail to present pair­ing event with lo­cal wine, cheese

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Tick­ets on sale now! The Berks County Wine Trail presents its an­nual “Ar­ti­san Cheese & Wine Pair­ing Event.” Wine and cheese are per­fect com­pan­ions, and our re­gion has a won­der­ful abun­dance of cheese pro­duc­ers who will part­ner with the Berks County Wine Trail for this spe­cial event. And now that the Berks County Wine Trail boasts a dozen winer­ies, this event has been ex­panded to two week­ends to be sure that there is am­ple time to visit them all! Spend two paired amaz­ing glo­ri­ous with Fall wines de­li­cious week­ends of the cheeses re­gion tast­ing from lo­cal dairies, per­son­ally se­lected by each win­ery!

Visit the winer­ies of the Berks

County Wine Trail Sept. 29 and 30 and Oct. 6 and 7 from noon to 5 p.m. all dates. Tick­ets are $15 each (plus on­line tick­et­ing fees) each be­gin­ning Sept. 28. Pur­chase tick­ets on our web­site at http://www.berkscoun­ty­wine­trail.com/events/ar­ti­san-cheesewine-pair­ing-event-week­end/. Tick­ets are valid at all 12 wine trail lo­ca­tions for any of the event dates.

This wine trail tour event is wine tast­ing ad­ven­ture, or visit http://www.berkscoun­ty­wine­trail.com/ for a map and di­rec­tions. Your ticket pur­chase in­cludes two wine and cheese pair­ings at each win­ery. Most winer­ies will have an ad­di­tional tast­ing fee for their full wine menu if you’d like to linger to fur­ther en­joy a par­tic­u­lar win­ery’s am­bi­ence. Please note cer­tain winer­ies can­not ac­com­mo­date buses or large groups.

Here is sneak peek at what a few of our winer­ies will have to of­fer: We’re proud to in­tro­duce Stone­keep Mead­ery and Wine Cel­lars, Fleet­wood, as the new­est Berks County Wine Trail now through Sept. 27 and $20 mem­ber. Ticket hold­ers will be treated to aged, full-bod­ied ched­dar from Farm Fro­mage to com­pli­ment the sweet tang of Stone­keeps’ Black­berry Mead. A sec­ond pair­ing of Dry Vig­noles with De­li­cious, an Ital­ian-style cheese that blends cow and sheep’s milk, is noth­ing short of, well, de­li­cious! self-guided, so plan your own Deer­foot Win­ery, Shoe­mak­ersville, is part­ner­ing with Grube’s Dairy Store, also lo­cated in Shoe­mak­ersville, where “squeaky” cheese curds are a spe­cialty! En­joy mild Gar­lic Herb Ched­dar cheese curds with Deer­foot’s Gewurz­traminer, week­end 1 and Dry Ries­ling week­end 2. Spicy pizza-fla­vored curds are a per­fect con­trast to “Coun­try Red”, a sweet, easy-to-drink wine blend of Con­cord and Ries­ling both event week­ends.

Long Trout Win­ery, Auburn, will fea­ture smoked cheeses spe­cially pre­pared by The Smoke­haus. “Dark & Dis­turb­ing”, made from the Steuben grape, will be served with Smoked Cooper Sharp Green Chili cheese. Long Trout’s pop­u­lar White Zin­fan­del, “Tas­sel Tosser”, gets paired with Smoked Manchego, a Span­ish sheep’s milk cheese.

Set­ter Ridge Vine­yards, Kutz­town, in­vites you to dis­cover Clover, a soft, spread­able cheese from Val­ley Milk­house, Oley, on a cracker topped with “Lovers Leap” wine jelly paired with “Lovers Leap” white wine. This slightly sweet blend of Sauvi­gnon Blanc, Pinot Gris & Ries­ling has bright cit­rus aroma with fla­vors of grape­fruit, tan­ger­ine & melon. Set­ter Ridge will also be sam­pling a new Val­ley Milk­house washed-rind Ta­leg­giostyle cheese. The wine­maker is taste test­ing which wine to pair with the new cheese but promises to save some for the rest of us!

Other dairy part­ners in­clude Whole­some Dairy Farms at Manatawny Creek Win­ery, Birchrun Hills Farms at Ridge­wood Win­ery, and Conebella Farms at Stone Barn Cel­lars. Visit our events page at http:// www.berkscoun­ty­wine­trail. com/events/ar­ti­san-cheesewine-pair­ing-event-week­end/ for more pair­ing de­tails as they be­come avail­able.

For more in­for­ma­tion about this wine trail and its mem­ber winer­ies, check http://www. berkscoun­ty­wine­trail.com/. The Berks County Wine Trail has been an ac­tive group of winer­ies in the re­gion for nearly two decades and our mem­ber winer­ies are proud part­ners with the Penn­syl­va­nia Win­ery As­so­ci­a­tion. A truly vast col­lec­tion of award-win­ning wines are show­cased on the beau­ti­ful rolling land­scape of this trail. When you take bot­tles home to en­joy you will be ex­pand­ing this culi­nary and agri­cul­tural ex­pe­ri­ence with your fam­ily and friends!

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