Tickets on sale for 2014 Artisan Cheese & Wine Pairing Event Weekend

Tickets on sale now for the “2014 Artisan Cheese & Wine Pairing Event Weekend” with the Berks County Wine Trail. Taking place noon to 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 4 and Sunday, Oct. 5. This popular annual event is ideal for the wine lover, the foodie, the cheese gourmand or anyone who seeking a delightful day out in the countryside of Berks County visiting local wineries. Or simply, a carefree excuse to enjoy Fall weather with friends or family. Tickets, for those earlybirds who purchase in advance for a cheaper rate, tickets will also be available the day of the even. Tickets are valid for both days of the event. Tickets can be purchased directly from the 8 individual Berks County Wine Trail wineries (visit www.berkscountywinetrail.com for winery contact info) or can be purchased online at www.localwineevents.com (online ticketing fees apply). There is a link to online purchasing available on the “Events” page of www.berkscountywinetrail.com.

Artisan Cheese & Wine Pairing Event Weekend offers a selection of samples of featured local wines with samples of regional cheeses. At each winery stop, you’ll get to sample unique wines with unique cheeses. Menu of wines and cheeses to be posted on the wine trail website in the weeks ahead. Curious about why a cheddar pairs well with a fruit-forward wine? Or why a soft creamy cheese is divine with a Pinot Noir? Or which is your preference cow’s milk cheese vs goat’s milk cheese. This is a great weekend to explore different types of cheeses with different types of wines. Wines will be available for purchase during the event weekend. During the event weekend, each of the winery’s full tasting room wine menu will be available for further discovery as well. For a sneak preview of what to discover along this terrific wine & cheese event, Blair Vineyards is ready for Autumn with a fantastic pairing of Lambsquarters (a creamy, fresh cheese similar to a chevre, made with sheeps milk to give it bright and citrusy notes) with their Lover’s Leap White Wine (a Sauvignon Blanc blend). Lambsquarters is crafted by Valley Milkhouse (www.valleymilkhouse.com) in Oley, PA.

Back by popular demand! This annual event will be featuring at each winery, samples from Berks County area grower Subarashii Kudamono Gourmet Asian Pears. Samples of 8 different varieties of freshly sliced Asian Pears will be featured during this event weekend at each winery. Subarashii Kudamono Asian Pears are a wonderful complement to cheeses and wines. This wine trail event is a terrific way to discover which is your favorite variety of Subarashii Kudamono Asian Pear as well as celebrate the Harvest Season!

Once you purchase your Berks County Wine Trail ticket you can plan your self-guided tour of the wine trail during this event weekend. You can select which wineries you’d like to visit on either day by mapping them out geographically; or you can visit the wineries featuring certain wines on one day and wineries featuring other wines on the second day. Or just get out on the wine trail and make it a carefree couple of days exploring scenic and largely rural Berks County. The Berks County Wine Trail is located just West of the Allentown/Lehigh Valley area; an hour East of Harrisburg area; and hour South of the Scranton area; an hour North of Greater Philadelphia and two hours West of Manhattan. It is nestled in rolling countryside filled with farmland, historic homes and barns and wide open spaces.

For more info, list of winery information and maps/directions, visit: www.berkscountywinetrail.com. For more info about Subarashii Kudamono Gourmet Asian Pears, www.wonderfulfruit.com

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 PQA, and PA-Preferred Programs, Buy Fresh/Buy Local PA, and several regional Visitors Bureaus and Chambers of Commerce. For more info: berks_county_wine_trail@yahoo.com or www.berkscountywinetrail.com

From Berks County Wine Trail