This is fantastic news. I’m not sure how many of you have had the opportunity to visit and taste the exceptional wine Les produces at Briar Rose Winery in the Temecula Valley of California. Norm and I have both had that pleasure, and it is some of the best ever. Apparently many agree, as the customer list is quite impressive.  What we enjoyed about Les, was his determination to do things his way and it sure works.
Temecula Valley has many fine winemakers and it is not my intention to short change any of their talent. I just feel this is a well earned and deserved honor. Congratulations Les.
Les Linkogle , co-owner of Briar Rose Winery in Temecula, CA was confirmed as the

Les Linkogle, Briar Rose Winery
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Wine Institute Southern District Director at the 2010-2011 fiscal year at Wine Institute’s 76th Annual Meeting of Members held at the Fairmont Hotel in San Francisco in late July.

As  the Southern District Director Linkogle  will continue his second term with an  emphasis on promoting and protecting member wineries in and around the Temecula, Riverside  and San Diego County areas. Les explains his thoughts on this prestigious position,   “The wine industry is a vital part of our economy and must be preserved. The Wine Institute is the wine industry back bone that educates , lobbies, defends, promotes the integrity of wine ,not only in the US but around the World and I am honored to have been elected once again as the Southern California representative to the historical Wine Institute.”

The District directors and their alternates were elected on a one-member-one-vote basis in each district, following nominations by regional winery associations.

At that same meeting, The Wine Institute membership  elected Tom Klein of Rodney Strong Vineyards in Healdsburg as their new Wine Institute Chairman , new district- and at-large directors and alternates and 13 new winery and associate members, bringing the total Wine Institute membership to 1,024. District directors and their alternates were elected on a one-member-one-vote basis in each district, following nominations by regional winery associations.

Briar Rose Wine & Artisanal Cheese Pairing Adventure
Saturday, Oct. 2nd        6:00 PM

$45.00 per person

To compliment Briar Rose’s ultra premium wine’s a very special class is being offered! There are only 30 seats available for this  Wine and Cheese Adventure, which will be held at Briar Rose Winery.  Reservations close Aug. 31st.
Briar Rose winery will be pulling out rare bottles of Linkogle Library wines to expertly pair with Artisanal Cheeses by special guest, “The Cheese Impresario”, Barrie Lynn.  Ms Lynn has selected four Briar Rose award-winning Library wines and personally selected the perfect award-winning Artisanal cheeses to go with them.
Barrie Lynn is the cheese columnist for The Beverly Hills Times and writes the monthly “Cheese Matters” column that covers all things cheesy.  She has appeared in Martha Stewart Living, Variety, Elle and many others. Her selection of artisanal cheeses has been in the Oscar and Emmy goodie gift baskets.
The Linkogle’s met  Barrie Lynn at the Disney Food & Wine Festival where they, “Had an ah-ha moment during the pairing. We were blown away, never had cheese paired so perfectly with wine.”

Barrie Lynn, The Cheese Impresario, knows how to make… the flavors of cheese come to life.  Guests should R.S.V.P. to  reserve their seat by calling 951-308-1098 or online at www.briarrosecheeseadventure,

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