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 Syrah Blend Magnum “Sexual Chocolate,” Slo Down Wines, ’13
North Coast, CA
To celebrate Valentine’s Day weekend Tria-style we present a special selection that combines three of life’s most sensuous pleasures: sex, chocolate, and wine. Allow us to introduce you to “Sexual Chocolate,” a hedonistic red blend by bodacious winemaker Brandon Allen of Slo Down Wines, whose company motto is: “Seriously good wine that doesn’t take itself so seriously.” Slo Down Wines was started by Brandon and some buddies in California in 2008 while they were still in college selling bottles dorm to dorm. Today Brandon, who refers to himself as the “slutty winemaker,” still puts his phone number on the quirky wine labels harkening back to a time when students would call him to score vino for parties. The label has been featured in the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art's “How Wine Became Modern” exhibit. It is this refreshing lack of pretension about wine that has helped Brandon grow his enological empire from a single barrel in a backyard in San Luis Obispo (the SLO of SLO Down) into a national juggernaut. These magnificent magnums of Sexual Chocolate from the 2013 vintage are blends of Syrah and Zinfandel aged perfectly in both French and American oak barrels with sweet dark fruit and a sexy smooth and chocolate-y finish. Enjoy a sultry glass (or two) of Sexual Chocolate and take pleasure in supporting Brandon at Slo Down Wines who, in his own words, “represents every dreamer who's ever dreamed a dream and then did something completely different than that dream which then became their dream.” Three cheers for sex, chocolate, and this wildly good wine.
$14 glass · $7 glass
CHEESE Nocetto di Capra
Lombardy, Italy · Goat-P
For the weekend of Saint Valentine, what could be better than a sensuous Brie-like beauty with a center like melted marshmallow? Amazingly, Nocetto is made with goat’s milk, but you’d be hard pressed to tell if it weren’t for the snow-white paste. The flavors here are delicate, veering toward sweet, with a hint of Brazil nut and citrus. If you want to taste a superbly balanced goat cheese without any “tang,” let Nocetto di Capra lead you by the hand to the boudoir. This is a textbook-perfect bloomy cheese – thin rind, supple center, and balanced taste. You will never look at goat cheese the same way. One more fascinating conversation piece: Nocetto is made from the milk of a unique goat that is native to the area around Bergamo, the Orobica. As goats go, Orobicas are sexy. They have long horns that taper straight up toward the sky and lustrous fur coats. They’re rare enough that Slow Food has pulled this breed into their biodiversity campaign. Search “Orobica” while you wait for your date, and you’ll be sure to enjoy an auspicious afternoon or evening.
$7 · $4
BEER Oxbow Farmhouse Pale Ale
Newcastle, ME· 6.0%
Here’s a “taste of Maine” in the form of beer, not lobster rolls. Established in 2011, Oxbow Brewing Company specializes in Belgian-style farmhouse beers with uniquely American influences. Oxbow's beers enjoy a cult following and are not commonly seen in Philly, so farmhouse ale lovers shouldn't miss this one. The brewery resides in an actual renovated barn in rural Newcastle, a small village on the Maine coast. (Yes, the beer is literally brewed in a barn – it's just so Maine.) This is their flagship beer, brewed with a distinctive Saison yeast, American hops and the brewery's own well water. Wear your best plaid shirt and pair it with an earthy tomme-style cheese for a festive farmhouse experience.
$8 / 16 oz DRAFT · $4½ / 11 oz DRAFT