Yes/No Foods: Sartori cheese for the holidays

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*Disclosure: I received Sartori products to facilitate this blog post. The opinions expressed here, however, are my own.

When I was attending the #EcoTravelwithadoba event in Dearborn last week, our hostess, Gwen, had some delicious treats for us in her hotel suite the first night we were there. We feasted on chips, pretzels, cookies, and more, and one of the foods I liked very much was Rosemary & Olive Oil Asiago cheese on a cracker, which I later found out was Sartori brand.

The nice people over at Sartori were kind enough to send me a few cheeses to try! I love cheese, although sometimes have issues with dairy, so a little bit of cheese with crackers is a good portion size for me.

I received five different cheeses to try:
  1. Rosemary & Olive Oil Asiago: This one continues to be my favorite. It goes well with just about anything, and it was the one I definitely dug into first when I received my package from Sartori.
  2. Espresso Bellavitano: I very much dislike coffee, so I had a feeling I would not like this one, and I did not - however, I was able to eat most of it, avoiding the rind, which has a strong coffee taste.
  3. Merlot Bellavitano: I brought this to a small party last weekend and it was a big hit among kids and adults alike. It has the bellavitano taste that I did like from the espresso bellavitano, but the rind (merlot) is much tastier, in my opinion.
  4. MontAmore: Noodles & Co. has a dish topped with montamore cheese, which I like, so I figured I would like the MontAmore and I definitely did. It actually went very well on a flatbread pizza with pesto sauce rather than tomato.
  5. Sarvecchio Parmesan: I only recently opened this one, and two of us had it over pasta this week, which was good. I also had it tonight in a ham panini with pesto and the shaved Sarvecchio on top, and it was again very good.
If I could only choose one to recommend, I'd choose the Rosemary & Olive Oil Asiago, but it's a hard choice - the Merlot Bellavitano went very well with crackers, and I like the MontAmore and the Parmesan for pastas or sandwiches. So I suppose it depends on what you are looking to pair the cheese with.

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You can check out Sartori's site, too, for their cheese shop and other varieties - just looking at it is making my mouth water a little bit, actually. The Balsamic Bellavitano looks fantastic, as does the Basil & Olive Oil Asiago, Extra-Aged Asiago, Salsa Fontina, Extra Aged Goat Cheese, and Cognac Bellavitano (note that goat cheese and Cognac are limited edition varieties, as well).

We had some of the cheese during Thanksgiving, too, and they were delicious with some Trader Joe crackers. I'd highly recommend the cheese for your Christmas/Hanukkah/holiday celebrations, if you are looking to do a nice cheese plate or even have something to snack on before the main meal.

Most of the wedges are around $6 on Sartori's site, excluding limited edition varieties, and in the Detroit area, you can find them at Hiller's, Busch's, Hollywood Markets, Kroger, Meijer, Whole Foods, and various other stores. (click here for full nationwide list)

Have you ever tried Sartori cheese before? If so, which variety is your favorite?

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