Black Ops with Pleasant Ridge Reserve. Nutty, grassy and complex, this raw cow’s milk cheese is made in Dodgeville, Wisconsin and it has won the Best in Show award at the American Cheese Society annual confab three times, more than any other cheese. Its nuttiness and grassiness will pair nicely with roasty, whiskey-like overtones of the Black Ops.
Martin Johnson runs The Joy of Cheese, a series of informal cheese and beverage classes that take place at a variety of Manhattan and Brooklyn venues as well as at the 92nd St. Y. He is also Cheese, Charcuterie, Beer and Wine Manager for Gastronomie 491, a new market/cafe on the Upper West Side. He blogs at www.thejoyofcheese.com