Via the Fromagination newsletter, one of our vital lifelines to the exciting stuff happening in the world of Wisconsin cheese:
In the last two weeks Sartori has released a new line of flavored BellaVitanos.
First, the BellaVitano rubbed with Black Pepper is a great complimentary cheese on any holiday cheese platter. It adds an interesting look, plus a hint of pepper spiciness to any cheee course.
Another BellaVitano is soaked in a fine Merlot wine before aging. This is reminiscent of the “Ubriaco” or “drunk” cheeses traditional in northern Italy. In the old days, Italian farmers would immerse their cheese in grape must the grape skins and leftover juice from wine making as a way to preserve their cheese. The Merlot BellaVitano pairs well with a light & fruity red wine such as the red Bordeaux, Chateau Barrail Chevrol Fronsac (2005), available at Fromagination now and through the holidays.
Finally, the BellaVitano soaked in New Glarus Brewery’s Raspberry Tart beer is a great synergism of local Wisconsin producers. The beer adds a sweet and tart flavor to the already delicious BellaVitano cheese. This cheese is best enjoyed with a glass of any New Glarus or other fine craft beer, including their Raspberry Tart and Belgian Red beer which are available at Fromagination.
Next time we get a chance to lay our greedy paws on this stuff… particularly the Raspberry Tart incarnation of Bellavitano… we’re on it. And we’ll report the results to you.