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Sartori Wins Four First Place Awards at Wisconsin State Fair

Sartori Wins Four First Place Awards at Wisconsin State Fair

Tuesday, July 7th, 2015

Sartori Cheese has done it again.

The company took home four first place awards at the Wisconsin State Fair Cheese & Butter Contest for the following four cheeses:

  • Merlot BellaVitano®, a “Sartori Original” made only by the crafters at Sartori. The Cheese features light sweet caramel and savory notes of Parmesan, has a rich, creamy texture, and finishes with a sweet fruitiness. The wheel is then aged after being soaked in a fine Merlot wine.

Merlot BellaVitano®

  • Classic Asiago, a mild and versatile cheese known for its nutty flavor, and creamy, buttery finish.

Classic Asiago

  • Limited Edition Extra-Aged Goat Cheese, a mild and balanced goat cheese with savory, caramel notes.

Limited Edition Extra-Aged Goat Cheese

  • Limited Edition Pastorale Blend®, a mixed-milk cheese (cow/sheep) hand dusted with smoked Spanish paprika for a sweet and nutty flavor.

Limited Edition Pastorale Blend®

In addition to these first place winners, Sartori also swept the ‘Flavored Hard Cheese’ class with the top 5 places and also received a second place finish with its BellaVitano Gold in the ‘Open Class for Hard Cheese,’ according to a press release.

Mike Matucheski, Sartori’s Master Cheesemaker and 2014 Grand Master Cheese Maker, took the time to comment on the victory in a press release.

Mike Matucheski, Master Cheesemaker, Sartori

“This competition is different from others in the fact that they recognize the cheese maker as well as the cheese. Each year, the first place winners move on to a second round of judging, where one final cheese becomes the Grand Champion and the maker, the ‘Grand Master Cheese Maker,” he said. “Sartori cheese makers have been extremely fortunate to be recognized as the State Fair’s ‘Grand Master Cheese Maker’ since 2012. Last year, I received that crown with our newest cheese, Chai BellaVitano, and I was extremely humbled. In the 2013 competition, Sartori cheesemaker Joel Pagel was named the Grand Master with the Sartori Classic Asiago submission.”

Sartori received additional awards in the ‘Flavored Hard Cheese’ class.

  • Second Place: Balsamic BellaVitano
  • Third Place: Espresso BellaVitano
  • Fourth Place: Rosemary and Olive Oil Asiago
  • Fifth Place: Citrus Ginger BellaVitano

This year's competition hosted more than 370 entries and featured 28 classes.

Congratulations on your wins at this competition, Sartori!

Sartori Cheese