BellaVitano Cheese

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BellaVitano
Country of origin USA
Town Plymouth, Wisconsin
Source of milk Cow
Pasteurised Yes
Texture Hard
Aging time 10-12 months

BellaVitano is a cow's milk cheese made by the Sartori Company of Plymouth, Wisconsin. Introduced in 1999, BellaVitano Gold is one of a number of different cheeses made by the company. It is a hard cheese with a nutty, fruity flavor and is also available in a number of flavored varieties.[1][2]The cheese, in its various forms, has won a number of international, national, and state awards.

Varieties[edit]

  • The original variety, BellaVitano Gold, is inspired by traditional Italian farmstead cheese. Starting out like Parmesan, it has a creamy, rich texture with light fruity notes and a sweet and tangy finish. The crunch comes from calcium crystals that form as the cheese ages. Gold was named Grand Champion at the 2013 World Dairy Expo.[3][4] All BellaVitano varieties are based on this cheese.
  • Balsamic BellaVitano is immersed in imported 6-year-old Italian balsamic vinegar. Further aging allows the light, fruity taste of the cheese to marry with the sweet and tangy balsamic vinegar to deliver a sharper taste with some hints of raisins.[5]
  • Black Pepper BellaVitano is hand-coated in premium coarse ground black pepper. The salty-spicy bite of the black pepper contrasts with the creamy fruitiness of the BellaVitano.[6]
  • Merlot BellaVitano is immersed in a fine Merlot wine which adds fruitiness to the cheese.[7]
  • Raspberry BellaVitano is immersed in a tart raspberry ale, giving the cheese a distinctive fruity taste.[8]
  • Chai BellaVitano is hand-coated with a blend of Chai spices including black tea, ginger, cinnamon, cardamom and cloves.[9]
  • Espresso BellaVitano is hand-coated with fresh ground Italian roast espresso beans to give the cheese the sweet, slightly smoky, roasted flavors of an Italian-style espresso coffee.[10]

Other limited edition varieties of BellaVitano Gold are made available from time to time.

Awards[edit]

BellaVitano Family Awards[11][12]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "BellaVitano". Wmmb.org. Retrieved 2014-01-31. [permanent dead link]
  2. ^ cheese underground lady (2008-12-10). "Cheese Underground: BellaVitano". Cheeseunderground.blogspot.com. Retrieved 2014-01-31. 
  3. ^ Shaun Weston (2013-08-21). "News | Sartori Reserve BellaVitano Gold Cheese wins Dairy Expo awards". FoodBev.com. Retrieved 2014-01-31. 
  4. ^ http://www.highbeam.com/doc/1G1-341280188.html
  5. ^ "Balsamic BellaVitano | Culture: the word on cheese". Culturecheesemag.com. Retrieved 2014-01-31. 
  6. ^ "Black Pepper BellaVitano | Culture: the word on cheese". Culturecheesemag.com. Retrieved 2014-01-31. 
  7. ^ "Merlot BellaVitano | Culture: the word on cheese". Culturecheesemag.com. Retrieved 2014-01-31. 
  8. ^ "Raspberry BellaVitano | Culture: the word on cheese". Culturecheesemag.com. Retrieved 2014-01-31. 
  9. ^ "All What's New > Chai BellaVitano Pairs Exotic Spices With Creamy, Sweet Cheese". Wmmb.com. Retrieved 2014-01-31. 
  10. ^ "Espresso BellaVitano | Culture: the word on cheese". Culturecheesemag.com. Retrieved 2014-01-31. 
  11. ^ "Thirteen Medals for Sartori Cheese at World Cheese Awards". Specialtyfood.com. Retrieved 2014-01-31. 
  12. ^ "Sartori Cheese Wins Gold at Global Cheese Awards | Culture: the word on cheese". Culturecheesemag.com. Retrieved 2014-01-31.