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Fromage Friday: French Ossau-Iraty Cheese and Spanish Mencia Wine

October 23, 2020 @ 3:00 am 6:00 pm

Ossau-Iraty is a semi-firm, full-cream sheep’s milk cheese that is ivory in color with a natural dry thick rind that can range from an orangish yellow to a dark brownish gray. This cheese has a somewhat pungent aroma and exhibits a pleasing nutty flavor with hints of figs and olives. Queen Brie and I paired this delicious cheese with Veronica Ortega ROC Mencia, 2014. This Spanish red wine is full-bodied example of the Mencia varietal, which bears similarities to both Pinot Noir and Syrah. Refreshing acidity, bright fruit flavors, and herbal notes create a great pairing with the characteristics of Ossau-Iraty.