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, August 3, 2014

Sunday's Wine

 

WHITE BLEND "CLOS BLANC," DOMAINE WARDY, ‘11

Lebanon’s Bekka Valley is sometimes called “the Paris of the Middle East.” With its French architecture, world-class cuisine, fashionable and liberated women, multitude of churches and thousand-year-old ties to France, it just fits. In the 1930s, Lebanon was annexed and became a French protectorate, which increased the demand for vino. Enter the lush Bekka Valley, whose most famous crops are wine grapes, hashish and opium. (Sorry, we can only offer the wine.) Situated nearly 1000 meters above sea level, the soil and climate are ideal for the Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Viognier, Muscat & native Obeide grapes that make up today’s rich blend. Domaine Wardy is the only Lebanese winery able to boast three female winemakers since their first vintage in 1998. Today’s wine has intoxicating aromas of papaya and dried apricot. The palate is full, buttery and persistent with hints of dried fruit and hazelnut. It’s addictive, aromatic and delicious, and you should absolutely try it paired with a luscious cheese.

Sunday School Price   $11½ glass    $6 glass

 


 

VALENTINE

I Choo-Choo-Choose You, Valentine cheese! And really, everyone from caseophiles to Ralph Wiggum enthusiasts SHOULD choo-choo-choose today’s bloomy-rinded beauty. All your romantical dreams will come true with this puffy little cloud of pristine sheep's milk.  The Oregon cheesemakers at Ancient Heritage Dairy crafted a delicate bloomy rind (think the soft white exterior on a Brie-style cheese) over a fresh interior. The whipped texture and clean sheepy flavor truly set it apart from the flock. Valentine is buttery and herbaceous with an elegant, rich finish. When aged to perfection, it oozes milky deliciousness. Enjoy it before we eat it all ourselves—it’s been known to happen from time to time…

Sunday School Price   $8    $4½

 


Sunday's Beer

 

WEIHENSTEPHANER VITUS WEIZENBOCK

(Freising, Germany · 7.7%)

Proving that strong beers can still be summery, here’s a Weizenbock from the world’s oldest brewery. (1040 A.D.!) Originally a monastic brewery of the Benedictine monks nearly a thousand years ago, the Weihenstephaner brewery now operates as a private Bavarian business. Still on the original site atop Nährberg Hill in Freising, the brewery is dedicated to producing beers of “class not mass” for the world to enjoy. A Weizenbock, such as Vitus, is a strong, malty, fruity, wheat-based ale combining the best flavors of a Dunkelweizen and the rich strength and body of a Bock. This beer is damn stinkin’ good. The fruity smell of dried apricots jam with the aromas of citrus, cloves and hints of banana one expects from a wheat beer. Full-bodied with an effervescent mouthfeel, Vitus does not taste like a typical Bock (strong) beer but instead way more like a noble, fruity wheat beer. Do as the Germans do and have it with some sausage and a hearty aged cheese. Prost!

Sunday School Price    $8 / 16.9 oz   $4½ / 16.9 oz

 

 

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