Fromage of the Day, 02.01.11: Ossau Iraty. Balanced, nuanced and redolent of sweet herbs, this fine sheep’s milk cheese is made in the Basque regions of France. It pairs well with your favorite Pinot Noir, Brooklyn Local Two, and various Amber Ales. If it was a live version of Miles Davis doing the tune “Walkin’,” it would be the December 1956 version from Philadelphia
, bluesy but reserved. The Joy of Cheese monthlong celebration of hard cheeses continues February 8 at Clerkenwell with a tasting called Red Red Wine. Details are here.