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 30, 2014

Sunday's Wine



There are few “rules” in the European wine world that are easy to follow. Regulations can be strict when it comes to mandatory grape varietals used in particular wines, fermentation and aging techniques, and labeling products. An easy rule, however, exists in Burgundy (called Bourgogne): white wines must be made from 100% Chardonnay grapes and red wines from 100% Pinot Noir grapes. Simple, oui? Not so fast—there are always exceptions. Lucky for us, exceptions can be quite tasty. Exhibit A—Bourgogne Passetoutgrains, a field blend composed mostly of Gamay grapes (the easy-drinking red grape of the Beaujolais region) and then finished off with Pinot Noir. This is an earthy (great for fall!) rendition of red Burgundy rarely seen outside of France, let alone in Philadelphia. Passetoutgrain, aka “chuck in all the grapes,” is produced in Burgundy as a seasonal wine that is light, juicy and quaffable. This obscure gem offers impeccably balanced flavors, beautiful aromatics and a silky texture. Isn’t it fun to break the rules?

Sunday School Price   $11½ glass    $6 glass




The decadently high butterfat content (75% or higher) of triple-crème cheese is achieved only by stirring cream into the milk during the cheesemaking process. These fatties are usually soft-ripened cheeses enveloped in a “bloomy rind” (think Brie or Camembert) formed by the P. Candidum mold. Ripening from the outside in, the buttery, creamy center becomes sweet and luxurious. Délice de Bourgogne exudes these traditional indulgent quantities, but it’s intensely flavored exterior and pungent odor set it apart from most triple crèmes. The audacious move of adding cream to an already fatty cheese is attributed to Jean Antheleme Brillat-Savarin, an18th century gastronomic writer known for fabulous epicurean quotations like: "A dessert without cheese is like a beautiful woman with only one eye.” Stave off those one-eyed ladies with a taste of this Sunday’s luscious cheese.

Sunday School Price   $7½    $4


Sunday's Beer



(Tourpes-Leuze, Belgium · 6.0%)

This Sunday, we’re letting things get a little smoky. (But just a little.) Brasserie Dupont is Belgium's most revered farmhouse brewery and the brewery's revered Saison Dupont is the icon of the style. In recent years, the brewers have been having some fun with one-offs, and today’s beer is the latest. Triomfbier Vooruit was brewed in honor of the 100th Anniversary of the Vooruit Art Center in Ghent, a city in the Flemish region of Belgium. The beer style is still Saison, but the addition of smoked crystal malt adds a hint of campfire to this complex, fruity, dry and effervescent brew. The smoke puts on a little preamble, but exits promptly and it’s back to farmhouse business as usual immediately thereafter. Dupont's famous and inimitable yeast strain shines through, so the beer ends dry and incredibly refreshing. If you never believed smoke could be subtle, think again.

Sunday School Price    $9/ 10 oz DRAFT   $5 / 10 oz DRAFT



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