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, December 21, 2014

Sunday's Wine

 

MADIRAN "TRADITION," CHATEAU VIELLA, ‘11

France produces more fine wine than any other country. Thoughts of French wine conjure images of the grand châteaux of Bordeaux, the regal cellars of Champagne and sun-drenched vineyards peppering the Mediterranean coastline. However, let’s not forget that there is another side of French wine: the sleepy, nearly forgotten, traditional country wines. Today we have one such example. Madiran is a village and commune in the Hautes-Pyrénées region of Southwest France. In 1952, Alain Bortolussi's grandfather started a small winery called Château Viella. Over the next thirty-five years, gentle slopes of gravel and clay were replanted with the best clones of Tannat and Cabernet Franc grapes while the winery was gradually modernized. Today, Alain's “Tradition” cuvee, bottled sans oak, exhibits the power and depth of classic Madiran with added elegance and polish. This wine has excellent structure. Undercurrents of dried leaves and leather balance sweet, lengthy tannins and a core of cassis fruit. Enjoy France off the beaten path, and discover the dusty bottles rolling around the countryside.

Sunday School Price   $9½ glass    $glass

 


 

BODENSEE BUTTERKÄSE

Bodensee Butterkase; it’s like buttah. (Okay, it’s a good bit firmer than butter, but still.) Hailing from northern Switzerland, the Bodensee Butterkäse is a mild, firm cheese made from raw cow's milk. Aged for two to three months, this cheese has a smooth, rich texture and a subtle, buttery taste. (Butterkäse literally means "butter cheese," hence the jokes.) This fudgy "butter cheese" is a beloved style in Germany and Austria; a young, pliable and addictively snackable cheese that's fun to eat and easy to love. The roughly 10-pound wheels have a thin, dry rind with a rosy hue from repeated washings with annatto, a reddish plant-based colorant. The cheese smells of caramelized onions, roasted hazelnuts or the single greatest English muffin that you ever toasted, buttered and ate for breakfast. Enjoy it with a Brown Ale.

Sunday School Price   $6½    $3½

 


Sunday's Beer

 

GREAT LAKES CHRISTMAS ALE

(Cleveland, OH · 7.6%)

It’s that time of the year; let’s get festive! In the early 20th century, brewers in Western Europe started making special creative holiday brews for their favorite patrons, and today the tradition continues. Many Belgian and American brewers add Chistmasy spices for added cheer. (Keep in mind that it wasn’t until the 19th century that hops became the universal “seasoning” of beer, and that using a spice mixture is a centuries-old practice.) The Great Lakes Brewery of Cleveland was established in 1988 by brothers Daniel and Patrick Conway and has since grown to be one of the largest and most acclaimed craft breweries in the country. Their Christmas Ale is copper-colored and spiced with honey, ginger and cinnamon. It has toasty malt flavors that are balanced by the citrus hop aromas and seasonal spices—a tasty holiday treat. In fact, this brew is so darn Christmasy, you just may find yourself humming carols by the end of the glass.

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

 

 

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