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, November 2, 2014

Sunday's Wine

 

CHENIN BLANC "OLD VINE RESERVE," KEN FORRESTER, ‘13

There are only a few winemakers who actually make us squeal like crazed teenage fan girls, and Ken Forrester is surely one of them. The burly, rugby-loving South African has taught multiple times at the Tria Fermentation School and his wines are out of this world. From smokin’ Pinotage to savory Sauvignon Blanc and buxom blends, Forrester’s meticulously crafted wines have become synonymous with premium South African wine. In addition to oodles of awards, his bottles have been served at the opening of the Scottish Parliament and at Nelson Mandela’s 85th birthday party. Ken’s Old Vine Reserve Chenin Blanc is simultaneously unctuous and so, so bright, with mineral notes and honeyed caramel flavors from contact with the lees (spent yeast cells). This complex wine bursts with dried apricots, pineapple and a dash of vanilla from the French oak it hangs out in for a few months to amp up the complexity. Perfectly positioned acid keeps all of the flavors in play without overpowering the ripe, heady nature of the Chenin grapes. Thanks for still making us swoon after all these years, Ken.

Sunday School Price   $11 glass    $5½ glass

 


 

UP IN SMOKE

Gift giving season has arrived… in the form of a Sunday cheese! Pull back the edges of the maple leaves that envelope these bright, woodsy goat cheese bundles and feel like you’re unwrapping a gift from the tree nymphs themselves. There’s an incredible balance of deep, smoky richness and clean trademark chèvre (the fancypants term for fresh goat cheese) minerality thanks to cheesemaker Pat Morford's unique process of smoking. Each hand-formed piece of cheese is smoked over alder and maple wood before being wrapped in maple leaves that have been lightly misted with bourbon to help them bend around the citrusy, intense chèvre. The final result, Up in Smoke, has a surprisingly civilized campfire essence that doesn’t overwhelm the incredibly bright and creamy goat cheese within. Eat well, stay smoky.

Sunday School Price   $9½    $5

 


Sunday's Beer

 

HARDYWOOD SINGEL

(Richmond, VA · 6.2%)

Beer aficionados know their Belgian Abbey Dubbels, Tripels and Quadrupels, but the Singels remain more elusive. There are two reasons: not many Singels are made, and they are rarely labeled as such anyhow. Traditionally, the Trappist brewers made Singels primarily for their own brotherly consumption, and secular breweries tended towards the bigger, bolder and stronger brews. Ignoring these traditions, today’s Hardywood Singel is actually this cool Virginia brewery’s flagship beer, readily available to the public and newly available in Philly for all of us to enjoy. Today, drink like a Trappist monk; the beer's relatively modest strength will allow you to continue making pious decisions. Unfiltered and unpasteurized, this golden Singel blends dry, fruity yeast characteristics with a spicy hop profile and light body. It’s simply heavenly.

Sunday School Price    $6 / 16 oz DRAFT   $3½ / 16 oz DRAFT

 

 

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