Manatawny Creek Winery featured on Berks County Wine Trail

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Tickets on Sale Now! for the Berks County Wine Trail’s annual Artisan Cheese & Wine Pairing Event Weekend! Taking place the weekend of October 5 and 6, 2013, at all eight wineries along the Berks County Wine Trail, Artisan Cheese & Wine Pairing Weekend is a fantastic opportunity to experience and enjoy an array of local cheeses paired with locally produced wines. Event takes place Noon to 5 p.m. both days, ticketholders can plan a self-guided tour of this unique wine trail during this event weekend. Great way to enjoy a daytrip!

Earlybirds: Tickets are available for a cheaper rate prior to the event. Tickets are valid at all eight wineries during the event weekend.

During this event weekend, ticketholders will enjoy samples of different cheeses at each winery, paired with a fantastic Berks County wines including several award-winners! The wineries of Berks County Wine Trail are distinct from other wine trails: each has a completely unique point of view regarding art of winemaking. The result is a style of wine available for everyone who visits. During this annual event, enjoy discovering which style of cheese pairs best with which varieties of wines. Curious how a Gouda compares to a smoked Cheddar? Or what a goat cheese takes like versus cheese made from cow’s milk? Intrigued by what cheese would pair well with a Pinot Noir or discover what cheeses to enjoy with a Chardonnay - here is your opportunity to explore and experience!

Bonus feature for ticket-holders! During this event weekend will be samples of 8 different varieties of Subarashii Kudamono fresh, gourmet Asian Pears. Subarashii Kudamono, local gourmet grower in Kempton, Pa. will be sampling a different variety of its wonderful fruit at each winery during this event. Eight different varieties of gourmet Asian Pears at eight different wineries! Asian Pears are a delicious and refreshing accent to a wide array of cheeses and wines! For more info about Subarashii Kudamono and its Asian Pears: www.wonderfulfruit.com

Tickets can be purchased directly from any of the eight Berks County Wine Trail wineries or online at www.berkscountywinetrail.com or www.localwineevents.com

The following wineries will be pairing fabulous cheeses with their wines during this event. A complete menu of wine, cheese and Asian Pear pairings will be posted in the coming days!

Bashore & Stoudt Country Winery (Shartlesville)

Blair Vineyards (Kutztown)

Calvaresi Winery (Bernville)

Clover Hill Winery (Robesonia)

Kog Hill Winery (Morgantown)

Long Trout Winery (Auburn)

Manatawny Creek Winery (Douglassville)

Pinnacle Ridge Winery (Kutztown)

Proceeds from the event help pay for the wine trail’s annual expenses (website, maps, brochures).

Combined, the Berks County wineries have won hundreds of state and international awards and produce nearly 100 individual wines. The winemakers, their families and employees are proud to be able to preserve beautiful countryside landscapes and the agricultural heritage of Pennsylvania farming through the growing and processing of Pennsylvania grown grapes and fruits. The Berks County Wine Trail’s membership are proud to be associated with Pennsylvania Wine Association, Pennsylvania Wine Society, the Greater Reading Convention & Visitors Bureau, Sckuylkill Valley Visitors Bureau, the PQA, and PA-Preferred Programs, Buy Fresh/Buy Local PA, and several regional Chambers of Commerce.

For more information about the Berks County Wine Trail, its member wineries, lists of wines, maps and directions, please visit: www.berkscountywinetrail.com or email: berks_county_wine_trail@yahoo.com