Sunday School | Rittenhouse + Wash West
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, and please, no returns: if you try it, you buy it (and we think you’ll like it!)
WINE Grignolino d’Asti, Tenuta Olim Bauda, ’17
Italy is a true treasure-trove for wine lovers who want to explore different and delicious native grapes. In fact, there is a whopping list of 350 officially recognized grapes spread out over Italy’s twenty diverse wine regions. Now that’s a lotta wine to get to know! Enter Grignolino (pronounced gree-nyoh-LEE-noh), a rare heirloom red varietal well-worth discovering found in NW Italy in the prestigious region of Piedmont (the home of Barolo ya’ll). Here the Tenuta (aka wine estate) goes back to 1927 and is run today proudly by three siblings who carry on the family tradition. Grignolino, also known as “little strawberry,” in Italian, is a unique red with very light body and color—so much so that it almost went extinct when consumer trends changed favoring darker and heavier “new world” wine styles in the 1990’s. Today we celebrate this quirky red for its bright strawberry fruit and zesty-blood orange / dried herb finish. This is a great warm-weather sipper that is full of good acidity to quench your thirst and to pair with your favorite dish on the menu at Tria (Prosciutto Cotto Panino or Vegetable Antipasti anyone?). So, drink different in 2019 and grab a glass of Grignolino. Salute!
$12 · $6½ glass glass ½
CHEESE Smokey Noble
Lancaster County, PA · Cow -R
If you’re starting to feel antsy for grill season, get some Smokey Noble in your life. It’s one of the few smoked cheddars on the market that is not made with liquid smoke. Instead, it’s sent to a smokehouse to bask in hickory chips, which results in a nuanced taste rather than a blast of synthetic smoke flavor. Consider this your first lesson in sourcing smoked and flavored cheese, if you’re someone who likes to dabble in these categories: You should always be able to detect the taste of milk in a flavored cheese. If you don’t taste any milky sweetness, you’re probably not getting a quality cheese. (Adding flavorings to a cheese is an easy way to mask imperfections.)
Smokey Noble is made on a certified organic dairy farm from the raw milk of a small herd. The only ingredients other than milk and cultures are kosher salt and vegetarian rennet. If you want to taste the unsmoked version of this cheese, look for PA Noble. It’s one of the best cheddars in the region – hand-crafted, cave-aged, and made from truly beautiful milk.
Pssst…we’re showcasing this cheese as part of our raw-milk spotlight this month in honor of International Raw Milk Appreciation Day on April 20. #rawcheeseday
$8 · $4 ½
BEER Einbecker Mai-Ur-Bock
Einbeck, Germany · 6.5%
Spring is the season for Maibocks, like today’s honey-hued lager. Stronger than your average beer, Maibocks offer a big malty presence with enough hop backbone to keep it from becoming cloying. The style is a favorite at German spring festivals. The Einbecker Mai-Ur-Bock hails from the German town of Einbeck, heralded for inventing the Bock style back in the 14th century. Most likely the name of this beer style is a derivation of Einbeck, but a common image on most bock beers are goats, as Bock also means “billy goat” in German. The Mai-Ur-Bock is a well-balanced spring bock (beer, of course, not the South African antelope) with smooth malty sweetness, earthy spiced undertones and a crisp hop finish. With a 600-year-old brewing tradition, the Einbecker brewery has perfected a springtime sipper to enjoy in the sun.Try it with an approachable or washed-rind cheese.
$7/ 12 oz · $4 / 12 oz