• Briar Rose Winery and the Cheese Highway

    Date: 2010.10.17 | Category: Winery Events | Tags: ,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,

    Wine and Cheese lovers a like gathered for an Adventure with Briar Rose Winery and the Cheese Impresario one evening in October.  I had been looking forward to this pairing for months in hopes of enjoying some of the premium wines of Briar Rose with artisanal cheeses selected by Barrie Lynn.  I was not disappointed, as I quote the words from many of the guests as they enjoyed a sip of wine with a bite of cheese – “WOW!” 

    If you do not know Briar Rose Winery, it’s one of the ‘hidden gems’ of Temecula Wine Country, with  its fairytale setting as you walk up the court yard of this boutique winery.  Their wines are not a fairytale, but true handcrafted premium wines. 

    Barrie Lynn – ‘The Cheese Impresario’ has a love for cheese and a knack for selecting award-winning cheeses with wine.  She has become so well known for her pairings of cheese, she has been asked to find and choose the best 

    Wine & Cheese Pairing

    cheeses with sake, rum, beer and  various other beverages. 

    If you love cheese, enjoying her pairing is an experience you will not forget.  You can find Barrie Lynn at most wine or other beverage festivals teaching others about the cheese highway. 

    As Barrie Lynn says, “Emily Post has prevented us from truly enjoying wine with cheese or any other food.  Ms. Post has taught Americans to eat food separately from beverages.”  ‘The Cheese Impresario’ has given us the cheese highway; take a bit of the cheese, create a pathway of the cheese on your tongue.  Now sip the wine, letting the wine flow over your tongue.  When you have a perfect match, it’s a WOW or Ah-Ah moment. 

    On this October night over 40 people gathered to enjoy 4 Briar Rose wines with 4 artisanal cheeses, for their ah-ah moment.  Up first for everyone’s enjoyment was a 2009 Estate Viognier; with Woolwich Triple Crème Brie – Goat.  Woolwich Dairy produces natural and authentic Brie, made from fresh goat’s milk.  This Brie is lush, creamy with savory flavors; with the Viognier flowing over the cheese, my palate popped with flavors. 

    Cheese Plates

    Then we moved on to red wines, starting with Briar Rose 2005 Cabernet Franc, which is no longer on their tasting menu.   This wine is a winner of many awards, this rich, deep ruby hue, has layers of complexity with a long finish.  

    It was paired with a very unique cheese – Sartori Reserve Raspberry BellaVitano, it has been soaked in New Glarus Raspberry Tart Ale to bring out the fruity notes of the cheese.  This premium cheese features a distinctive Parmesan flavor and a creamy cheddar texture.  This is when everyone really had a WOW moment.  Video of the Cabernet Franc tasting 

    Looking for an award-winning Dry Jack cheese?  Try a Rumiano Cheese, which just won gold in its class at the American Cheese Society Conference.  This cheese is hand rubbed with pepper and cocoa that makes an amazing bridge to the Briar Rose 2004 Petit Verdot – Library Wine.  Try drizzling this cheese with a little extra virgin olive oil and then taking a sip of the Petite Verdot.  Amazing is the word.  

    Take a bite of the rin; your taste buds enjoy its smoky flavor.  With the Petit Verdot flavors of blackberry, clove and plum this cheese brings an elegance of flavors that lasts for a long finish.  This Petit Verdot has won many gold medals, a perfect pairing with this award-winning cheese.  Video of the Petit Verdot tasting 

    Pairing Hook’s 10-Year Cheddar with Briar Rose 2005 Cabernet Sauvignon – Library Wine made for a wonderful conclusion.  Winning first place in its class at the 2006 American Cheese Society Competition.  This cheese has a deep, rich, outrageously sharp cheddar taste with tiny sparks of flavor crystals.  A smooth, sensual creaminess paired with the sleek flavors of black currant with a touch of mocha of the Cabernet Sauvignon. 

    Barrie Lynn at Briar Rose winery

    The night under the stars was enjoyed by old and new friends as wine and now cheese always seems to bring people together.  Along with the enjoyment for our palates, the cheese highway technique we learned other tidbits to enjoy cheese. 

    •  When taking cheese out of the refrigerator, let sit for about 1 hour before eating.  Cheese is like red wine, it’s best at room temperature.
    • Smell the cheese to appreciate the aorma.
    • Remove the wrapper from the cheese; wrap the cheese in wax apper, not tight.  Then lightly wrap in aluminum foil to store cheese.

    If you are interested in visiting Briar Rose Winery, please note that are a reservation only winery.  In their tasting room enjoy a wine experience as you sit-down with table-side service.  Your server will pour, explain each wine, along with a wine tasting lesson. 

    Open every day from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm; call 951-308-1098 for a reservation or visit www.briarrosewinery.com