Sunday School

Learn about and enjoy a different not-so-common wine, cheese and beer every Sunday—at incredibly low prices. School was never this delicious! Limit one each per guest at the Sunday School price. Please, no returns: if you try it, you buy it.

Syllabus for Sunday, October 26, 2014

Sunday's Wine

 

LAGREIN, ABBAZIA DI NOVACELLA, ‘11

Alto Adige wines are Italian, but with a Germanic twist. The Italians of the German-speaking Alto Adige region, nestled beneath Austria in the most northeastern part of Italy (ceded by Austria after World War I) maintain the original German language as well as both Austrian and German grapes. One of the oldest wineries in the world, Abbazia di Novacella was built in Alto Adige around an ancient abbey in 1142. Today we offer their Lagrein [la-GRINE], a classically hearty red wine. The thin-skinned but full-bodied Lagrein grape, indigenous to the Italian Alps, yields a substantial, dark wine, with deep flavors and an enjoyable rustic burr. This is what the locals of the area drink when there’s a little chill in the air—cooler temperatures are perfect for this earthy, meaty, peppery, dark-red-berried grape. Take a shine to Lagrein, pine for Lagrein, and perhaps after a few glasses you’ll come up your own great pun for Lagrein?!

Sunday School Price   $13½ glass    $6½ glass

 


 

SHROPSHIRE BLUE

It’s the Great Blue Cheese, Charlie Brown! Okay, it doesn’t have quite the same ring, but today’s pumpkin-orange beauty is still a sight to behold. What we have here is Shropshire Blue, a milder version of the iconic British blue cheese, Stilton. Also known as “orange Stilton,” this cow's milk blue cheese from the United Kingdom is technically a cross between blue-veined Stilton and cheddary Cheshire. The pumpkin color comes from the curds being tinted by annatto, a natural coloring agent derived from a South American shrub. The annatto also softens up the curd, making this version creamier in texture than Stilton. Don’t expect that musty cellar character of other English cheeses—this is pungent and rich, but with a beckoning soft, milky aroma. Pairing rule of thumb: bold cheeses like this find their best match in richer beverages, so get sweet with this one. We recommend an English Brown Ale or a fortified wine like Banyuls or Port.

Sunday School Price   $7    $4

 


Sunday's Beer

 

HEAVY SEAS GREAT'ER PUMPKIN

(Halethorpe, MD · 10.0%)

Today, enjoy a big, bold pumpkin beer that’s emerged as the Great’er Pumpkin Ale of them all! Sixth generation Baltimorean Hugh Sisson started Baltimore's first real beer bar (Sisson’s) and Maryland's first brewpub (Clipper City Brewing Company). But his crowning achievement is Heavy Seas Beer, the outstanding Baltimore production brewery that he started in 1995. His brews are frequently bold. Take Great'ER Pumpkin, for instance: This unusually huge Pumpkin Ale was aged in bourbon barrels, providing notes of oak, bourbon and vanilla. Spiced with cinnamon, allspice, ginger and clove, this is a tasty pumpkin beer not at all like the others; it’s bigger in alcohol, bigger in body, just plain bigger. Pair it with a meaty Alpine-style cheese and have a great’ER Sunday than you could’ve ever imagined you were in for.

Sunday School Price    $7 / 10 oz DRAFT   $4 / 10 oz DRAFT

 

 

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