Sartori Merlot Bellavitano
Quick Overview :
Cheese and wine, together as one. Crystalline Parm-style bathed in fruity Merlot.
Country of Origin: Antigo, WI
Milk Type/Treatment: Pasteurized Cow
Rennet Type: Vegetarian
The Flavor Experience
Easy to start eating, hard to stop eating. Like a delicious cheddar / Parm / wine mashup, with a fruity bite and mild crunch.
Sartori is an industry pioneer and fourth generation family company. (Can you guess why we like them?) Once upon the 1990s, they fashioned a cheese inspired by traditional Italian farmstead cheese, and named it BellaVitano, which means "the beautiful life." It became a smash cheese hit for having a likeness to Parmigiano Reggiano, but with a creamier mouthfeel and lower price point. It's won international, national, and state awards - that's a pretty big deal for an American take on Parm. They still make that cheese to this day, as well as a variety of different flavored iterations. We love them all.
Grate this cheese into a greens and grains salad, or slice it up and serve with (you guessed it) a glass of Merlot. Drizzling it with a fruity balsamic reduction will also delight.