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  • Sartori Wins Three Gold Medals at US Championship Cheese Contest

    Plymouth, WI 

    Sartori Cheese was awarded gold medals for their Limited Edition Peppermint BellaVitano®, Limited Edition Pastorale® Blend, and shredded SarVecchio® Parmesan at the U.S. Championship Cheese Contest held in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.  The competition, hosted by the Wisconsin Cheese Makers Association, set a new record this year with 1,885 entries from 28 states.

    “It’s an honor to be recognized for three gold medals.  This is the nation’s largest technical dairy competition where the judging is open to the public and your cheese is on display while being evaluated,” states Sartori third generation owner and CEO, Jim Sartori.  “It’s fascinating to watch the experts while they are judging the different cheeses; they smell, taste, and examine the cheese, looking for both aesthetic and technical qualities.”

    Sartori’s Limited Edition Peppermint BellaVitano is hand-rubbed with crushed peppermint candies and available during the month of October in support of breast cancer awareness month.  “When the peppermint candies are crushed and added to the rind of BellaVitano, it creates a pink hue.  Since its inception in 2013, we’ve teamed up with the National Breast Cancer Foundation, Inc. ® and have donated over $30,000 to the organization,” states Chad Vincent, Chief Marketing Officer. 

    Sartori’s Limited Edition Pastorale Blend is a Spanish-inspired mixed milk (cow/sheep) cheese hand-dusted with smoked Spanish paprika.  The cheese delivers a sweet and nutty flavor with a slight earthy, back-of-the-throat taste.  “My inspiration for this cheese came while I was bicycling in Europe.  I was intrigued by the unique cheeses I tried at the farmers markets in Spain and Poland and knew I wanted to create my own,” states Sartori Master Cheesemaker, Mike Matucheski.  “‘Pastorale’ comes from the pastures and fields I saw during my trip and ‘blend’ refers to the two milks.  This cheese will always be special to me.”

    SarVecchio Parmesan is Sartori’s most awarded cheese, receiving top honors across the globe.  The extra-aged Parmesan begins with a subtle fruity note and finishes with caramelized flavors.  “SarVecchio is aged at least 20 months and is an outstanding cheese that can be enjoyed as a table cheese or is a great accompaniment to any dish,” adds Vincent.  SarVecchio Parmesan has been awarded prestigious titles such as “Best Parmesan” and “Best Healthy Cheese in the World” at national and international competitions. 

    Sartori also received a silver medal for their Balsamic BellaVitano and a bronze medal for their Raspberry BellaVitano.

  • Sartori Launches “Cut and Wrap” Cheese Certification Program

    Plymouth, WI 

    Sartori Company is proud to announce the launch of a Certified Cut and Wrap Cheese Program, a key education piece that serves as a guide for in-store cutting and wrapping of artisanal cheese.  Sartori invites cheese mongers and enthusiasts to visit http://www.sartoricheese.com/cut-and-wrap to watch seven short episodes and test their knowledge to become “Sartori Certified.”

    “Over the past few years, we’ve seen a significant increase in the number of cut and wrap shops opening their doors in the United States.  We recognized the opportunity for an improved consumer experience, seeing first-hand the numerous variations of how cheese mongers handle and care for artisan cheese,” states Sartori Chief Marketing Officer, Chad Vincent.  “When executed well, cut and wrap can be a high margin destination that adds value to stores while being the best option to sell fresh, high quality cheese to the end consumer.”

    The program consists of seven brief episodes highlighting insights and recommendations including topics such as cheese case set up, sanitation and safety, cutting and wrapping multiple varieties of cheese, and merchandising and maintaining a cheese case.  Following the videos, a short 35 question exam will be presented with the opportunity to become “Sartori Certified.”  “Whether you work behind a cheese counter or are just a cheese lover, this program gives valuable insight on the best ways to handle cheese.  We want the program to serve as a guide – in no way are we saying we’re the experts.  We spent over a year interviewing and working side by side with the best cheese mongers and retailers in the business to get a wide view of best practices.  We are excited to share this information,” adds Vincent.

    Sartori’s Certified Cut and Wrap Program can be found on Sartori’s website http://www.sartoricheese.com/cut-and-wrap.  The program is open to all participants including independent cheese shop owners, deli specialists, cheese mongers, and cheese enthusiasts.  The program includes seven short videos outlining best practices for cutting and wrapping, followed by a 35 question exam.  Once participants pass the exam, they will receive an exclusive gift from Sartori and become “Sartori Certified.”  

  • Sartori donates $43,500 to Make-A-Wish® Wisconsin

    Plymouth, WI 

    This past season, Sartori Company again partnered with Green Bay Packers kicker Mason Crosby and the Packers Radio Network in support of Make-A-Wish. For every field goal Crosby converted during the season, Sartori donated $1,000 to $1,500 to Make-A-Wish Wisconsin. Sartori is honored to announce that based on this season’s results the contribution totaled $43,500 and over $145,000 in total.

    “This is the fourth year of the partnership,” stated Jeff Schwager, Sartori President.  “Partnering with the Packers Radio Network, Mason and the Wisconsin Make-A-Wish team has been extremely gratifying. The collaboration and efforts to help the kids makes this one of my favorite programs.”

    Mason Crosby had another prosperous football season.  He successfully completed 33 field goals in the pre- and regular season and an additional 7 successful conversions in the postseason.   

    “We’re thankful to be in a position where we can support Make-A-Wish Wisconsin,” stated 3rd generation owner and CEO Jim Sartori.  “Make-A-Wish and the supporters of this organization help to make a child’s dream possible.  If there is one thing we can do for these children, it’s to provide them a bit of joy.”

    The Wisconsin Make-A-Wish Foundation is an organization dedicated to granting the wishes of seriously ill children.  Since the Wisconsin chapter founding in 1984, more than 5,000 children and their families throughout the state have experienced the transformative power of a wish.  Last year alone, Make-A-Wish Wisconsin granted a record-breaking 356 wishes.

  • Sartori Partners With Culture Magazine

    Plymouth, WI 

    Sartori and Culture Magazine have partnered up to send one lucky cheese monger to attend this summer’s American Cheese Society Conference in Providence, R.I. with the opportunity to earn their prestigious Certified Cheese Professional Certification, the highest standard for cheese professionals.

    Applications will be accepted through March 1st, 2015.  Additional information can be found by visiting www.culturecheesemag.com/sartori-scholar.  From the pool of applicants, the panel of judges will select five deserving finalists.  The Grand Prize Winner will be selected based on consumer voting and announced March 31st.

    The winner will receive five nights’ hotel accommodation, up to $700 toward travel expenses, and complete fee expenses paid for the CCP exam and conference registration.

    Join the conversation on Twitter with #SartoriScholar. 

  • Sartori’s Mike Matucheski Receives Second Master Cheesemaker Certification

    Plymouth, WI 

    Sartori Cheese is proud to announce that Master Cheesemaker Mike Matucheski has received his second Master certification, gaining specialization in Fontina and Romano cheese.  In April of 2011, Matucheski was awarded with his original certification as a Master in Parmesan and Asiago cheese. 

    Mike is a valued team member at Sartori and has been making cheese at Sartori for over 20 years.  The Master Cheese Program is an advanced, three year education program for experienced cheesemakers.  Master Cheesemakers are an exclusive group, and it is not an easy task to become certified.  In order to apply for entry, one must have a minimum of 10 years as a licensed cheesemaker and been making the variety they wish to be certified in for a minimum of 5 years.  “The program is rigorous.  There’s a three year apprenticeship along with an extensive written test,” stated Matucheski.  “And the final exam is intense.  You have to intimately know all aspects of cheesemaking as well as other vital elements like sanitation and regulatory requirements.”

    Matucheski is one of four Master Cheesemakers at Sartori and one of only 58 active in the country.  “We’re very proud of the determination we’ve seen from Mike throughout the years; you can see that cheesemaking truly is his passion,” stated 3rd generation owner and CEO, Jim Sartori.  “We’re proud to have him as part of the team at Sartori.  It’s people like Mike that contribute day in and day out to the success of Sartori cheese.”

    For more information on Sartori, visit sartoricheese.com.  To learn more about the Wisconsin Master Cheesemaker® program, watch here. To stay up to date on all of Sartori news and information, become a fan on Facebook and follow on Twitter @Sartori_Cheese.

  • Sartori Launches New Citrus Ginger BellaVitano® Cheese

    Plymouth, Wisconsin  

    Sartori Cheese, producers of award winning artisan cheese, is excited to announce its launch of Citrus Ginger BellaVitano during this year’s Winter Fancy Food Show held in San Francisco, CA.  Citrus Ginger BellaVitano will be available year-round at specialty cheese shops across the United States beginning this February.

    Citrus Ginger BellaVitano is a delightful cheese that is hand rubbed with a unique and exotic blend of spices including ginger, onion, garlic, red bell pepper, and citrus.   The flavors work well with the slightly fruity, creamy, tangy notes of the BellaVitano cheese.

    Like with all of Sartori’s treated cheeses, the idea is to create a balance among flavors; to allow each flavor to contribute equally.  “When our internal sensory team first tried this cheese, there was a lot of positive feedback.  Many enjoyed the punch from the ginger, the sweetness from the red bell pepper, and the citrus finish,” stated Sartori Marketing Director, Susan Merckx.  “We are very excited to introduce this cheese,” added Merckx.

    Sartori Reserve Citrus Ginger BellaVitano will begin shipping to stores February 2nd and may be purchased at specialty cheese shops and wherever fine cheese is sold.  Additionally, this cheese will be available for sale on the Sartori online cheese shop beginning January 11th.

    “We’ve been working on this cheese for a couple of years now and I couldn’t be more proud of the hard work and determination from our team members,” stated Jim Sartori, CEO and owner. 

  • Sartori Announces Third Annual "12 Days of Cheese" Promotion

    Plymouth, Wisconsin 

    Sartori Cheese is excited to announce they will be hosting their “12 Days of Cheese” promotion on Facebook starting December 3rd as a way to show their appreciation and gratitude towards their fans. During the twelve day campaign, Sartori will be awarding over 120 prizes including cheese, gift cards, apparel and paraphernalia. To join the fun, visit www.facebook.com/sartoricheese.

    Each day, between December 3rd – December 14th, Facebook fans of the company will be presented with a new challenge or activity ranging from Sartori trivia to holiday entertaining and tips. Prizes will be awarded daily leading up to the holidays. “This is the perfect time for us to give back. We’re celebrating our 75thanniversary this year and what better way to finish off the year than with 12 days of giveaways to our most deserving fans. We’re hoping these gifts are shared with family and friends during the holiday season,” stated Sartori Marketing Director, Sue Merckx.

    Throughout 2014, Sartori has celebrated their 75th Anniversary with support and volunteering throughout the communities in Plymouth and Antigo, Wisconsin, and across the country. Multiple contributions and volunteering at local food shelters throughout Wisconsin have been supported by Sartori and their team members, as well as the continued partnerships with Wisconsin Make-A-Wish Foundation® and MACC Fund.

    To participate and follow the promotion, visit Sartori’s Facebook page, Sartori Cheese. Folks can also follow along with the hashtag #12DaysOfCheese on Instagram and Twitter.

  • Sartori Cheese Releasing Two Limited Edition Items for December

    Plymouth, Wisconsin 

    Sartori Cheese is excited to announce the release of their most exclusive Limited Edition cheese, Cognac BellaVitano®, just in time for the holidays. Crowned “Best USA Cheese” and placing in the top-3 at the World Cheese Awards in 2011, this highly sought after cheese will be available for purchase at specialty cheese shops across the states. In conjunction with Cognac BellaVitano’s return, Sartori will also be releasing 200 Limited Edition Gift Baskets, sold exclusively online at sartoricheese.com.

    Cognac BellaVitano, the most premium Limited Edition item, truly stands out as a cut above the rest. The cheese itself is extra-aged; it matures for at least 18 months. After the aging process, it is submerged in a premium Cognac and is only ready for sale when Sartori Master Cheesemakers believe it is just right. The end result is a unique and complex celebration of smoky, nutty, oaky flavors with toasted notes of vanilla and caramel from the Cognac.

    Sartori’s Limited Edition Gift Basket includes a selection of five limited edition cheeses, Cognac BellaVitano, Extra-Aged Goat, Pastorale Blend®, Peppermint BellaVitano, and Cannella BellaVitano. As an added bonus, each gift basket includes a set of 4 Sartori wine charms, a Sartori engraved cheese knife and cutting board. This exclusive basket is packaged in a Sartori screen-printed wooden crate including a certificate of authenticity signed by Sartori Master Cheesemaker Mike Matucheski.

    These items are available during the month of December. Cognac BellaVitano can be purchased at specialty cheese shops across the United States as well as online at the Sartori cheese shop, sartoricheese.com, while supplies last. The Limited Edition Gift Basket will be sold exclusively online for $124.99 plus free shipping.

    “We are very excited to share our hand-crafted Limited Edition products over this holiday season,” says Sue Merckx, Sartori Marketing Director. “We hope they are passed around many tables and brighten the days of our customers, their families and friends.”

  • Sartori's BellaVitano® Cheese Finishes in Top-16 in World

    London, England 

     

    Sartori’s BellaVitano cheese received top honors at this year’s prestigious World Cheese Awards held in London, England. Sartori earned 14 medals in total including 3 Gold medals, and a “Super Gold” and placing in the final top-16 out of nearly 2,600 competitors.

    “We’re very humbled to have Sartori cheese place in the top-16 in each of the past four years. We’re competing against the best from all across the world,” stated Sartori President, Jeff Schwager. “Last year we received two Super Gold medals, and in 2011 our Cognac BellaVitano was honored as the 3rd best cheese in the world, the highest finish ever for a US cheese. For Sartori, it’s about consistency and quality, and having the dedication each day to make the best cheese in the world,” stated Schwager.

    Receiving Gold Medals include Chai BellaVitano and Espresso BellaVitano. “Our BellaVitano Gold cheese is a well-known base to many of Sartori’s BellaVitano favorites. Creating different treatments - whether it’s a wheel hand rubbed with coarsely ground black pepper, or a wheel soaked in a spectacular merlot wine - is fun, yet quite challenging because there are many variations to experiment with,” stated Sartori Master Cheesemaker, Mike Matucheski. “These competitions validate all that we’re doing and provide clues that we’re heading in the right direction.”

    Ten additional medals were awarded to Sartori including silver for Extra-Aged Goat, Merlot, Balsamic, Black Pepper and BellaVitano Gold, and bronze for Rosemary Asiago, Cognac BellaVitano, and Pastorale Blend®. For additional information on these award-winning varieties and all of Sartori’s cheese, visit www.sartoricheese.com. For daily news and information, become a fan on Facebook and follow Sartori on Twitter @Sartori_Cheese.

     

  • Sartori Cheese Partners with Milwaukee Admirals to Support MACC Fund

    Plymouth, Wisconsin 

    Sartori Company is excited to announce they have partnered with the Milwaukee Admirals hockey organization to help support the Midwest Athletes Against Childhood Cancer (MACC) Fund. For each Admiral’s Power Play this season, Sartori will make a charitable donation to the organization and the Admirals will match the final donation amount.

    “We are very fortunate to partner with the Admirals to continue our support of the MACC Fund. The MACC Fund is an amazing organization that is successfully increasing the five-year survival rate for childhood cancer,” stated Sartori president Jeff Schwager.

    Sartori, producers of award winning artisan cheese, is celebrating their 75thAnniversary this year with an even greater focus on community support and volunteering throughout Wisconsin and across the country. “One of our core values is commitment. We focus on giving back and one way we achieve this is through partnerships with the MACC Fund, Make-A-Wish® Wisconsin, and local food pantries among other charities,” stated Sartori CEO and owner, Jim Sartori.

    The MACC Fund is a non-profit organization dedicated to funding research into pediatric cancer and related blood disorders. Fundraising is based on the concept of “a good time for a good cause.” Money raised from special events, like Sartori’s partnership with the Milwaukee Admirals, comprises about 75% of the MACC Fund’s annual income. Since the inception of the MACC Fund in 1976, the overall cure rate for childhood cancer has risen from 20% to 80% thanks to skilled researchers, dedicated caregivers and the collaborative generosity of people supporting the MACC Fund and other charitable organizations. Thanks to partnerships like Sartori and the Milwaukee Admirals, the MACC Fund has contributed $52 million to childhood cancer and related blood disorder research.

  • Sartori's Limited Edition Cannella BellaVitano® Cheese Returning for 2014 Holiday Season

    Plymouth, Wisconsin 

    Sartori Company is excited to announce their Limited Edition Cannella BellaVitano cheese will be returning for a limited time this Holiday season. During the months of November and December, Cannella BellaVitano can be found in specialty cheese shops across the U.S. and online. Each cheese wheel will be hand-signed and dated by a Sartori Master Cheesemaker.

    Sartori’s Cannella BellaVitano was first introduced after receiving a Gold Medal at the 2011 World Cheese Awards held in the United Kingdom. “We typically enter the most competitive and prestigious national and international competitions out there,” stated Susan Merckx, Sartori Marketing Director. “The competitions provide valuable insight and feedback from top-notch cheese connoisseurs. The fact that Cannella won a Gold at the Worlds in the UK, well that’s pretty special.”

    Cannella BellaVitano is crafted by taking sweet, buttery BellaVitano, aged well over a year, and steeping it in a cinnamon liqueur. “The cinnamon flavor does permeate throughout the wheel, but it is incredibly well balanced – the aged BellaVitano is such a wonderful cheese, we want the cinnamon to be in concert with the cheese,” stated Merckx. “Cinnamon tends to bring out the holiday spirit in folks and gives them a feeling of warmth, which is the perfect companion for the upcoming winter months.”

    Sartori creates unique food, beer, and wine pairings for every cheese they make as well as recipes. In November, Cannella BellaVitano will be featured in a Cannapple Grilled Cheese Sandwich, promoted on Sartori Cheese’s Facebook and Pinterest pages. For additional news and information on this product, as well as all of Sartori cheese, visit their website www.sartoricheese.com.

  • Sartori's Partnership with Crosby, Packers Radio Network, and Make-a-Wish® Foundation Off to a Strong Start

    Green Bay, Wisconsin 

    Sartori’s fourth year partnership with Mason Crosby and the Packers Radio Network to support the Wisconsin Make-A-Wish Foundation is off to a strong start. To date, Sartori Cheese has donated over $100,000 to Make-A-Wish Wisconsin. For every field goal Crosby makes during the 2014 football season, Sartori will donate $1,000 to the Make-A-Wish Foundation in Wisconsin. “It’s fun to watch how Mason does each week during the football game. We’re always rooting for him to convert a few more field goals so we can increase our contribution,” states Sartori CEO, Jim Sartori. In the preseason, Crosby successfully kicked six field goals and another five thus far in regular season play. “Each year we’re looking to increase the contribution amount. We have faith in Crosby that he’ll once again have a standout year,” states Jim.

    Sartori has created an outdoor sign displayed on the front lawn at their head office in Plymouth, Wisconsin that is updated weekly with the new contribution amount. The sign shows a football field that throughout the season will be filled in green as the contribution amount rises. “Our goal is to fill the entire field green and then some. Make-A-Wish Wisconsin is a wonderful foundation that supports children with life-threatening medical conditions. We’ve had close ties with them for years and we’re fortunate to work with them once again to help a child’s dream come true,” states Jim.

    To follow along with Sartori’s contribution throughout the 2014 NFL season, follow Sartori on Facebook (Sartori Cheese) and on Twitter @Sartori_Cheese.

  • Limited Edition Extra-Aged Goat Cheese Returns this Fall for the Holiday Season

    Plymouth, Wisconsin 

    Sartori Cheese will be releasing a small batch of their Limited Edition Extra-Aged Goat cheese in October. Available limited times throughout the year, this release will run from October through December for the holiday season. Sartori’s Extra-Aged Goat cheese is crafted only when the ingredients are readily available and the conditions are perfect. Each cheese wheel is hand signed and dated by a Sartori Master Cheesemaker.

    Sartori’s Limited Edition Extra-Aged Goat cheese was first crafted by Sartori Master Cheesemaker Pam Hodgson and her team. “What interested me in making a goat’s milk cheese was my father. A few years ago, he had purchased a herd of goats to trim his land. The goats became part of the family, and soon, my children were showing goats at the local county fair. My creativity started to flow and the team and I decided to experiment with goat’s milk to make cheese using traditional Italian hard-style cheesemaking techniques,” states Hodgson.

    Introduced in 2012, Sartori’s Extra-Aged Goat cheese has garnered international acclaim after receiving a gold medal at the Global Cheese Awards held in the United Kingdom. “What’s different about our goat cheese is that it’s aged longer than a typical, fresh goat cheese. The aging process helps to balance out the cheese, creating savory, caramel notes,” states Hodgson. Sartori partners with LaClare Farms to source the freshest, highest quality goat’s milk. LaClare Farms realizes that making award winning cheese requires excellent milk so they provide a quality, balanced ration feed to their goats.

    Sartori’s Limited Edition Extra-Aged Goat cheese will be available at specialty cheese shops throughout the United States this October through December. Additionally, a limited supply will be available for sale at the Sartori online cheese shop, www.sartoricheese.com. For news and updates, follow Sartori on Facebook and Twitter @Sartori_Cheese.

  • Sartori Releases Limited Edition Peppermint BellaVitano® in Support of Breast Cancer Awareness Month

    Plymouth, Wisconsin 

    Sartori Cheese will be releasing their Limited Edition Peppermint BellaVitano cheese for the month of October in support of breast cancer awareness month. The artisan cheese producer will donate a portion of all Peppermint BellaVitano proceeds to the National Breast Cancer Foundation, Inc.® To date, Sartori had donated over $20,000 to the foundation.

    “Peppermint BellaVitano is a fun, intriguing one-of-a-kind cheese. The pink rind is created by hand rubbing crushed peppermint candy onto our aged BellaVitano cheese wheels. The sweet, minty note from the peppermint surprisingly compliments the rich, fruitiness flavor of the cheese,” stated Sartori Master Cheesemaker, Mike Matucheski.

    Since 2012, Sartori has partnered with the National Breast Cancer Foundation, Inc., an organization dedicated to aiding women by providing help and inspiring hope to those affected by breast cancer through early detection, education and support services. “The National Breast Cancer Foundation is one of the most respected breast cancer charities in the world. They realize that with rising costs in healthcare, many cannot afford a screening exam and so they offer to help by providing free mammograms. It is wonderful to help an organization like this that goes the extra mile,” stated Sue Merckx, Sartori Marketing Director.

    Sartori’s Limited Edition Peppermint BellaVitano cheese will be available for purchase at specialty retailers across the United States this October. The cheese will also be available online at the Sartori Cheese Shop (www.sartoricheese.com) beginning October. For additional news on this cheese and Sartori’s contribution, follow Sartori on Twitter @Sartori_Cheese and like them on Facebook.

  • SARTORI PARTNERS FOR FOURTH YEAR WITH MASON CROSBY, PACKERS RADIO NETWORK, AND MAKE-A-WISH® FOUNDATION

    Plymouth, Wisconsin 

    Sartori Cheese is excited to announce a fourth year partnership with Mason Crosby and the Packers Radio Network to support the Wisconsin Make-A-Wish Foundation during the 2014 NFL season. Sartori will contribute $1,000 to the Make-A-Wish Foundation for every field goal Crosby makes during the 2014 football season including pre- and postseason. To date, Sartori has donated over $100,000 to Make-A-Wish Wisconsin.

    “We are excited to start this partnership again for the 2014 season. Both Mason and the Packers Radio Network have been great to work with. It’s important for those who are fortunate enough to give back, to do so. We have close ties with the Make-A-Wish Foundation and support what they do for children with life-threatening medical conditions. We’re able to help a child’s dream come true and that is bigger than any of us,” stated Sartori CEO and owner, Jim Sartori.

    Last year alone, Sartori contributed $42,000 to the Make-A-Wish Wisconsin Foundation. Mason Crosby had a stand-out 2013 football season, successfully completing 39 field goals in the pre- and regular season and an additional 2 successful conversions in the postseason. Sartori increased their contribution to $1,500 for each completed field goal in the postseason.

    Sartori Cheese will have weekly updates on the contribution amount via their Facebook and Twitter social sites. They will also be hosting giveaways and special offers during the entire 2014 football season. For more information, follow them on Facebook (Sartori Cheese) and Twitter @Sartori_Cheese.

    The Wisconsin Make-A-Wish Foundation is an organization dedicated to granting the wishes of seriously ill children. Since the Wisconsin chapter founding in 1984, nearly 5,000 children and their families throughout the state have experienced the transformative power of a wish. Last year alone, Make-A-Wish Wisconsin granted a record-breaking 340 wishes. The charity is near and dear to Jim Sartori and his wife Jan as their family has been involved in donations and fundraising for years.

  • SARTORI PARMESAN AWARDED “BEST USA CHEESE” AT INTERNATIONAL CHEESE AWARDS

    Plymouth, Wisconsin 

    Sartori Cheese is excited to announce their Family Heirloom 36 month aged Parmesan cheese was crowned “Best USA Cheese” at the International Cheese Awards held in the U.K. this past July. Also receiving a gold medal was Sartori’s Espresso BellaVitano® cheese and their Limited Edition Pastorale Blend® cheese. One of the world’s largest competitions, over 4,442 cheeses from 26 countries were entered this year by the world’s best cheesemakers.

    “We feel extremely honored to compete with world-class cheeses in this competition. The judges evaluating our cheese are some of the most experienced judges in the world. We think our cheese is special and this sort of competition helps to validate our thinking,” stated Sartori owner and CEO, Jim Sartori. “These accolades we receive from competitions remind us that the efforts from our Team Members and Patron Farm Families are crucial in the success of crafting award-winning, quality cheese.”

    Finishing close behind Sartori’s 36 month Parmesan, was their Cognac BellaVitano, with a silver medal in the same “Best USA Cheese” category. Both Sartori’s Merlot BellaVitano and Balsamic BellaVitano received silver and bronze medals, respectively, in the “Cheese, Sweet Additives” category.

    Just weeks after this international competition, Sartori received an additional first place award for their Limited Edition Pastorale Blend cheese at the American Cheese Society Contest held in Sacramento, California. The ACS Judging and Competition saw 1,685 entries of cheeses and cultured dairy products from 248 companies.

    All Sartori award-winning cheeses can be found at specialty cheese shops throughout the United States as well as online at sartoricheese.com. For additional news and updates, like Sartori Cheese on Facebook and follow @Sartori_Cheese on Twitter.

  • SARTORI MASTER CHEESEMAKER CROWNED "GRAND MASTER CHEESE MAKER" AT WISCONSIN STATE FAIR

    Plymouth, Wisconsin 

    Sartori Master Cheesemaker, Mike Matucheski, was crowned “Grand Master Cheese Maker” at the 2014 Wisconsin State Fair Cheese & Butter Auction with Sartori Reserve Chai BellaVitano being recognized as the Grand Champion. This is Sartori’s third year in a row receiving top honors at the competition, including a 2013 Grand Champion for Sartori Classic Asiago and a 2012 Grand Champion for Sartori Limited Edition Pastorale Blend.

    Since 2009, Matucheski has received Grand Master Recognition four times. “Mike’s a true artist and cheese making is his passion. He’s well versed in different flavors and how they’ll impact a piece of cheese when added to the rind. With our Chai BellaVitano, Mike tried all sorts of different chai mixtures before he found the perfect blend,” states Pat Mugan, Sartori Vice President of Research and Development.

    Prior to Mike becoming a Cheesemaker, he was a self-employed farmer, specializing in organic herbs, hops and vegetables. “Cheese making takes a lot of practice and skill. You’ve got to have that knack for both the science part and the art. Having a background in herbs and beer has really expanded my creativity to craft new and unique cheeses for Sartori,” states Mike. Since 1995, Mike has been making cheese in Antigo, Wis. and in 2011 he received his Master Cheesemaker certification in the production of Asiago and Parmesan. He’s currently studying for a second certification in Fontina and Romano. As a result of his continued fascination with all things cheese, Mike has won various awards at the U.S., Wisconsin, and World cheese contests.

    Sartori was awarded 5 ribbons in total at this year’s competition including a Blue Ribbon for the ultimate Grand Champion Chai BellaVitano. Sartori’s Rosemary and Olive Oil Asiago and Extra-Aged Goat received second place awards while Classic Asiago and Espresso BellaVitano took home third place finishes.

    This year’s Grand Champion, Chai BellaVitano, led off the cheese and butter auction with a winning bid of $1,500 to Ivarson Inc. of Milwaukee, WI. All funds were raised for student scholarships and dairy promotions at the Wisconsin State Fair. Sartori Chai BellaVitano, as well as the entire Sartori line, is available at specialty cheese shops throughout the United States and available for purchase online at sartoricheese.com.

  • SARTORI AWARDS SIX COLLEGE SCHOLARSHIPS

    Plymouth, Wisconsin 

    Sartori Company has named six students as the recipients of their annual scholarship program. The students are children or grandchildren of Sartori Team Members and Patron Dairy Producers. While there were many qualified applicants, these six students – Emily Biese, Barbara Boyer, Sam Matucheski, Julie Binder, Dale Hodgson, and Anthony Schmitz – showed personal excellence through a combination of academic achievement, commitment to their communities, and personal integrity.

    Emily Biese, daughter of Keith and Rose Biese, Sartori Patron Dairy Producers, graduated this past year from Kiel High School. Emily was active in both FFA (Future Farmers of America) and FBLA (Future Business Leaders of America) during high school and spent much of her spare time volunteering at her church, St. Gregory Parish. Emily’s plans for the future are to attend Lakeshore Technical College with a Culinary Arts major. Growing up on a farm, Emily is very interested in the farm-to-fork aspect of the culinary world.

    Barbara Boyer, daughter of Raymond and Mary Boyer, Sartori Patron Dairy Producers, spent a great deal of high school involved with FFA, math league, German club, and band. Barbara graduated third best in her class from Clintonville High School. She plans to attend the University of Wisconsin – Green Bay this fall majoring in Accounting. Already managing her parent’s farm bookwork for the past few years, Barbara’s goal is to focus on farm tax accounting.

    Sam Matucheski, son of Mike Matucheski, Sartori Master Cheesemaker, recently graduated from Antigo High School, where he was heavily involved in marching band, solo and ensemble, drama club, and forensics. Sam will be attending the University of Wisconsin – Whitewater with a major in physics and a minor in music. His goal is to become a musical instrument technician and then later a physics and music teacher.

    Julie Binder, daughter of Jim Binder, Sartori Cost Accounting Specialist, will be attending the University of Wisconsin – Platteville studying forensic science. In the past four years, Julie has been involved in many activities throughout Plymouth High School including track and field, Peers 4 Peers, pep band, and solo and ensemble. Julie’s career goal is to one day have a full-time job as a forensic scientist, detective or investigator.

    Dale Hodgson, son of Pam Hodgson, Sartori Master Cheesemaker, graduated from Howards Grove High School, where he was active in band (symphonic, jazz, pep, marching), choir, and FFA. Dale’s involvement in the community includes 4-H; he exhibits dairy animals yearly at the Wisconsin State Fair. Dale’s future plans include attending Northeast Wisconsin Technical College with an Electrical Power Distribution major. He would like to one day be a lineman for an electrical power company.

    Anthony Schmitz, son of Dave and Mary Schmitz, Sartori Patron Dairy Producers, graduated from St. Mary Springs Academy where he was a part of the football and basketball teams. Throughout high school, Anthony played trombone in the band and participated in Key Club and Math Club, and was a student ambassador his senior year. Outside of school, Anthony is part of Troop777 (Eagle Scout), 4-H, and Fond du Lac Area Business Council’s Agricultural Ambassador Program. His plans for the future include attending the University of Wisconsin – Madison with a major in Dairy Science. He hopes with this degree, he’ll be able to one day take over his family’s dairy operation.

    The Sartori family has a long standing reputation as a supporter of the local community and is thrilled to help these outstanding young adults begin their journey into secondary education. Jim Sartori, owner and CEO, adds, “All of the chosen recipients show the passion, integrity, and commitment to their future. It’s something we value at Sartori and we’re honored to be a part of the journey they will now begin to achieve their goals.”

  • SARTORI TAKES TOP HONORS AT 2014 WISCONSIN STATE FAIR

    Plymouth, Wisconsin 

    Sartori Cheese is excited to announce they received the top three ribbons in the “Flavored Hard Cheese” class at the Wisconsin State Fair Cheese & Butter Contest. Placing first was Sartori’s Chai BellaVitano, followed by Rosemary and Olive Oil Asiago and Espresso BellaVitano. This year, the competition hosted nearly 350 entries and featured 26 classes.

    Sartori’s Chai BellaVitano, a Sartori Original starting off with BellaVitano Gold and hand rubbed with a blend of black tea, ginger, cinnamon, cardamom and cloves, will compete with Wisconsin’s best at the Blue Ribbon Cheese & Butter Auction held on August 8th for the Grand Champion title. Last year, Sartori cheesemaker Joel Pagel received “Grand Master Cheesemaker” with Sartori’s Classic Asiago and took home the Grand Champion trophy.

    “We’re very fortunate to have received a blue ribbon for our Chai BellaVitano, which was first released last year. Each time we create a new cheese, we reach out to our team members, customers and consumers for feedback. When we do well in a competition, it helps to solidify all the hard work we put into making that cheese,” stated Sartori Master Cheesemaker, Mike Matucheski. “Cheesemakers take a great sense of pride in their work. For us, it’s our passion.”

    Sartori also received a second place finish for their Limited Edition Extra-Aged Goat cheese crafted by Sartori Master Cheesemaker Pam Hodgson and a third place finish for the former Grand Champion, Classic Asiago.

    All of Sartori’s award winning cheeses can be purchased at specialty cheese shops throughout the United States and found online at sartoricheese.com. For more information and updates, like Sartori on Facebook and follow Sartori on Twitter @sartori_cheese.

  • SARTORI RELEASES 18 MONTH BELLAVITANO® CHEESE FOR 75TH ANNIVERSARY

    Plymouth, Wisconsin 

    Sartori is excited to announce its release this July of a new Family Heirloom cheese, 18 month BellaVitano. In honor of the company’s 75th Anniversary, this exclusive cheese will be available on a limited basis for the remainder of 2014.

    Up until the release, Sartori’s 18 month BellaVitano had previously been set aside for family. Now, the Sartori family wants to share this special cheese with all. “It’s our 75th anniversary this year and we wanted to find additional ways to share our history with others. We thought maybe we could share a family treasure and that’s when we decided to release our 18 month BellaVitano,” stated CEO and third generation owner, Jim Sartori.

    Sartori’s 18 month BellaVitano cheese has wonderfully fruity, caramelized nutty flavors. “We test the cheese at various times throughout the aging process. As the cheese matures, the flavors become more pronounced and the texture of the cheese alters. This cheese is creamy, yet crumbly due to the aging,” stated Sartori Master Cheesemaker, Mike Matucheski.

    Debuting in July, this extra-aged cheese will be available only for the remainder of the year. It will be sold across the nation in specialty cheese retail shops and online at Sartori’s cheese shop, sartoricheese.com. For additional news and updates, follow Sartori on Facebook and Twitter @Sartori_Cheese.

  • SARTORI CHEESE TO RELEASE LIMITED EDITION EXTRA-AGED GOAT CHEESE FOR JUNE 2014

    Plymouth, Wisconsin 

    Sartori Cheese is excited to announce they will be releasing their Limited Edition Extra-Aged Goat cheese for June and July. Hand-crafted in small batches, this special cheese is only released twice a year and will be sold to specialty cheese shops throughout the U.S.

    Introduced in 2012, Sartori’s Extra-Aged Goat cheese was crafted with a different approach than a typical fresh goat’s milk cheese. “Within our traditions and our innovation and craft, we created a hard goat’s milk cheese aged at least 10 months. When you try the cheese, you’ll notice savory, caramel notes which help to create a mild and balanced cheese,” states Sartori Master Cheesemaker Pam Hodgson.

    Since its launch date, Sartori’s Extra-Aged Goat cheese has won multiple awards including a gold medal at the Global Cheese Awards held in the United Kingdom. “We thought this cheese was something special and the first time we entered it in a competition, we took home top honors. It was rewarding to see this cheese internationally recognized and validate what we all were thinking,” states Sartori Chief Marketing Officer Chad Vincent.

    Sartori partners with local patron LaClare Farms to source the freshest, highest quality goat’s milk. LaClare Farms, just like Sartori, is family owned and operated. “LaClare Farms is the perfect fit with Sartori. We’ve known them for years, and we’ve seen the care they provide to their goats. They believe feeding a good quality, balanced ration to their goats to produce natural, high quality milk, which in turn plays an important role in our quality goat cheese,” states Hodgson.

    Sartori’s Limited Edition Extra-Aged Goat cheese will be available at specialty cheese shops throughout the United States June and July. Additionally, a limited supply of wedges will be available for sale at the Sartori online cheese shop,www.sartoricheese.com. For news and updates, follow Sartori on Facebook and Twitter @Sartori_Cheese.

  • SARTORI’S MARK GUSTAFSON RECEIVES SECOND MASTER CHEESEMAKER CERTIFICATION

    Plymouth, Wisconsin 

    Sartori Cheese is proud to announce that Master Cheesemaker Mark Gustafson has received his second Master certification, specializing in Fontina and Romano cheese. In 2010, Gustafson was the youngest licensed cheesemaker ever to complete the Wisconsin Master Cheesemaker® Program, in which he mastered in Parmesan and Asiago cheese.

    Mark is a valued team member at Sartori and has been making cheese since 1995 and became a licensed cheesemaker in 1997. It was then he knew one day he’d enter the Master Cheesemaker program. The program is an advanced three year education program for experienced cheesemakers. In order to apply for entry, one must have a minimum of 10 years as a licensed cheesemaker and be making the variety they wish to be certified in for a minimum of 5 years. “The program is rigorous. There’s a three year apprenticeship along with a written test,” stated Gustafson. “The exam is intense. You have to know all aspects of cheesemaking including sanitation and regulatory requirements.”

    Gustafson is one of four Master Cheesemakers at Sartori and one of only 59 in the country. “We’re very proud of the determination we’ve seen from Mark throughout the years; you can see that cheesemaking truly is his passion,” stated 3rdgeneration owner and CEO, Jim Sartori. “We’re proud to have Mark as part of the team at Sartori. It’s people like him that contribute day in and day out to the success of Sartori cheese.”

    For more information on Sartori, visit sartoricheese.com. To learn more about the Wisconsin Master Cheesemaker® program, watch here: http://bit.ly/1oFsLeI. To stay up to date on all of Sartori news and information, become a fan on Facebook and follow on Twitter @Sartori_Cheese.

  • SARTORI DONATES $42,000 TO MAKE-A-WISH® WISCONSIN

    Plymouth, Wisconsin 

    Sartori Company is honored to announce they have contributed $42,000 to the Make-A-Wish Wisconsin Foundation. This past season, Sartori partnered with Green Bay Packers kicker Mason Crosby and the Packers Radio Network in support of Make-A-Wish; for every field goal Crosby made during the season, Sartori pledged to make a donation to Make-A-Wish. To date, Sartori has donated over $100,000 to Make-A-Wish Wisconsin.

    “This is the third year of the partnership,” stated Sue Merckx, Sartori Marketing Director. “For each successful field goal in the pre- and regular 2013 football season, Sartori donated $1,000. In the postseason, Sartori increased their contribution to $1,500 for each completed field goal.”

    Mason Crosby had a stand-out 2013 football season. He successfully completed 39 field goals in the pre- and regular season and an additional 2 successful conversions in the postseason. This is Crosby’s highest scoring regular season since he joined the Packers in 2007.

    “We’re very fortunate to be in a position where we can continue to give back,” stated 3rd generation owner and CEO Jim Sartori. “Make-A-Wish and the supporters of this organization help to make a child’s dream possible. If there is one thing we can do for these children, it’s to provide a bit of joy for them.”

    The Wisconsin Make-A-Wish Foundation is an organization dedicated to granting the wishes of seriously ill children. Since the Wisconsin chapter founding in 1984, nearly 5,000 children and their families throughout the state have experienced the transformative power of a wish. Last year alone, Make-A-Wish Wisconsin granted a record-breaking 340 wishes.

  • SARTORI RECEIVES “BEST OF CLASS” AT WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP CHEESE CONTEST

    Plymouth, Wisconsin 

    Sartori Cheese received two “Best of Class” awards at this year’s World Championship Cheese Contest held in Madison, WI. The competition was host to over 2,600 entries from a total of 22 countries. Sartori’s Extra-Aged Asiago was named “Best Asiago” while SarVecchio® Parmesan received a “Best of Class” in the shredded cheese open class.

    Two years ago at this biennial competition, Sartori’s Extra-Aged Asiago took home a “Best of Class” in the Open Class Hard Cheeses and Sartori’s SarVecchio Parmesan received a “Best of Class” in the shredded class, making it the best shredded cheese in the world 4 years running. “This competition is very technical. The judges look for up to 50 defects in a cheese and judge in tenths of a point up to 100 points. Their standards of quality are set high,” states R&D vice president, Pat Mugan.

    Sartori is no stranger to setting high quality standards. On a daily basis, they are working with their dairy patron farmers to produce the highest quality rBST free milk. These high standards of quality milk are crucial to the making of high quality cheese. “The incredibly high quality milk provided by our patron farms is a vital first step in making great cheese. When out visiting with the farms, you can see these patron producers have a true love for the land and their animals. They know that the milk they are providing to Sartori is helping to make award-winning cheese and they’re proud of that,” states third generation owner and CEO, Jim Sartori.

    Sartori’s Extra-Aged Asiago and SarVecchio Parmesan cheeses are hand-crafted in Antigo, Wisconsin. Each cheese wheel is carefully handled by Sartori’s team members. “We have high quality standards not just at the farm, but also at our cheese making facilities. It’s important for us to follow through with a level of quality that we are proud of. If we all continue with high quality standards, we’ll see the results, such as a ‘Best of Class’ win at one of the most prestigious cheese competitions in the United States,” states Jim.

    Sartori received one additional award for their Merlot BellaVitano®, a second place finish right behind their SarVecchio Parmesan in the shredded cheese open class. For additional information about Sartori, visit their website sartoricheese.com and follow them on Facebook and Twitter @Sartori_Cheese for daily news and updates.

  • WISCONSIN FOODIE TO FEATURE SARTORI, PATRON FARM IN TELEVISION EPISODE

    Plymouth, Wisconsin 

    Sartori Cheese is excited to announce the airing of Wisconsin Foodie’s “Ditter Farm / Sartori” episode January 23rd at 7:30pm CST on Wisconsin Public Television. The episode encompasses a farm-to-fork story beginning at the fourth generation Ditter Family dairy farm (a Sartori patron farm family), and culminating with a cheese tasting and conversation with Sartori Cheese Owner and CEO, Jim Sartori.

    Wisconsin Foodie is a weekly, Emmy-nominated, television program dedicated to educating, entertaining and connecting the community to the engaging stories and people behind their food. Each show dives into Wisconsin’s unique culinary world – profiling local food treasures and highlighting passionate and hardworking individuals. Wisconsin Foodie artfully blends food, cooking and travel while showcasing local businesses, restaurants, purveyors and farmers – telling their story and helping to promote a local, sustainable economy.

    “It is a great way to kick off our 75th anniversary, that’s for sure,” stated Chief Marketing Officer, Chad Vincent. “We’re very grateful to be a part of this. Arthur and Kyle from Wisconsin Foodie do a wonderful job sharing the story of two Wisconsin fourth-generation family run organizations. This show provides a behind-the-scenes look at an extraordinary family farm and insights into Sartori and their cheesemakers.” Jim Sartori notes, “The Ditter’s and our Patron Farm Families’ dedication to their animals and to producing the freshest, rBST free certified milk certainly plays a significant part in the making of our award winning cheese. Throughout the episode you’ll see truly how hands-on our cheesemaking process is and the key roles our team members play in the crafting of Sartori cheese.”

    The episode will air on Wisconsin Public Television on Thursday, January 23rd at 7:30pm CST. The episode can also be viewed online - just click HERE. For more information on Wisconsin Foodie, visit their website wisconsinfoodie.com. Follow Sartori on Facebook and Twitter @Sartori_Cheese for more information about the episode and direct links following the release.

  • SARTORI SUPPORTS MACC FUND

    Plymouth, Wisconsin 

    Sartori Company announced today the results of its 2013 Partnership with the Milwaukee Brewers Radio Network in support of the MACC Fund (Midwest Athletes Against Childhood Cancer). During the 2013 MLB season, Sartori made a special donation to the MACC Fund in conjunction with the first Brewers pitching change of every game. A check of $25,000 was presented to the MACC Fund on Thursday, January 16th by Sartori CEO Jim Sartori and his wife, Jan.

    The MACC Fund is a non-profit organization dedicated to funding research into pediatric cancer and related blood disorders. Fundraising is based on the concept of “a good time for a good cause.” Money raised from special events, like the Sartori Company Sponsorship, comprises about 75% of the MACC Fund’s annual income. Since the inception of the MACC Fund in 1976, the overall cure rate for childhood cancer has risen from 20% to 80% thanks to skilled researchers, dedicated caregivers and the collaborative generosity of people supporting the MACC Fund and other charitable organizations. Thanks to partnerships like Sartori and the Milwaukee Brewers Radio Network, the MACC Fund has contributed more than $48 million to research in Wisconsin, helping children throughout the state, the nation and the world.

    “We believe it’s important for us to continue our support of the MACC Fund. It is such a great organization, we urge other companies and individuals to join in and support this cause. The five-year survival rate for childhood cancer is 80%. Although this is good, there is room to save more lives. As we continue to support MACC Fund, we hope our donations will be able to help improve that number,” states Jim Sartori. “We’re very fortunate as a company to be in a position to assist others. This year with our 75th anniversary, we plan to continue these efforts.”

  • SARTORI TO RELEASE SPECIAL FAMILY HEIRLOOM 36 MONTH AGED PARMESAN CHEESE FOR 75TH ANNIVERSARY

    Plymouth, Wisconsin 

    In celebration of Sartori’s 75th Anniversary, the artisan cheese producer is releasing a special Family Heirloom 36 month aged Parmesan. Debuting at the January Fancy Food Show in San Francisco, this exclusive cheese will be available on a limited basis only in 2014.

    To make Sartori’s 75th year of hand-crafted award winning cheese making extra special, the company has released an extraordinary treasure that was previously set aside only for family. “Our Family Heirloom 36 month aged Parmesan cheese is a treat we’ve been able to pass down through the generations and now we’re happy to be able to share it with others,” stated CEO, Jim Sartori.

    Sartori’s Family Heirloom 36month aged Parmesan has a wonderfully fruity, caramelized nutty flavor. “It’s a little sweet, a little savory, and has been handled with a lot of extra love and care from our team members. We hope others will experience the joy this cheese brings, just like we have over the years,” stated Jim Sartori.

    With limited quantities, this cheese will be available during 2014 at specialty cheese shops throughout the United States until the limited quantities are gone. For more information, visit Sartori at sartoricheese.com and follow on Facebook and Twitter @Sartori_Cheese for daily news and updates.

  • SARTORI CELEBRATES 75 YEARS OF CHEESEMAKING

    Plymouth, Wisconsin 

    Sartori Cheese is celebrating 75 years of hand-crafted award winning cheese making this year. Founded in 1939 by Italian immigrant Paolo Sartori, the company is now in its 4th Generation of family ownership and operation. Current CEO Jim Sartori is thrilled to continue his family’s tradition of using the freshest, highest quality ingredients to make world class Sartori cheese.

    Sartori credits much of their success through the years to the skills and dedication of their patron farm families, cheesemakers and team members. They’ve partnered up with local family-owned patron farms to source the freshest, highest quality rBST-free milk. Within hours, that milk is turned into cheese by Sartori’s 4 Master Cheesemakers and their team of licensed cheesemakers. “Our cheese making process is still very hands-on today. We use a lot of the same techniques we’ve used since day one,” states Jim Sartori. “I believe that’s one way we set ourselves apart from others. We take time to perfect our cheese, whether it’s curing the cheese to the right age or hand-rubbing each treated wheel; we know the love and care we put into making our cheese resonates with those sharing it around the dinner tables.”

    Throughout 2014, Sartori will be celebrating their 75th Anniversary with support and volunteering throughout the communities in Plymouth and Antigo, Wisconsin, and across the country. Sartori President, Jeff Schwager notes, “This year we will continue our focus on giving back. The people in these communities have given us so much throughout the years and as an organization we are in a position to continue to help those in need.” Multiple contributions and volunteering at local food shelters throughout Wisconsin will be supported by Sartori and their team members, as well as the continued partnerships with Wisconsin Make-A-Wish Foundation® and MACC Fund.

  • SARTORI CHEESE PLACES IN TOP-15 AT WORLD CHEESE AWARDS

    Birmingham, England 

    Sartori Cheese is excited to announce that their Pastorale Blend® and Cinnamon BellaVitano® received “Super Gold” medals at the World Cheese Awards held in the UK last week. With over 2,700 entries from 30 countries, Sartori’s Cinnamon BellaVitano and Pastorale Blend finished in the top 15 cheeses in the world.

    Sartori’s Cinnamon BellaVitano is hand-crafted with the BellaVitano Gold base cheese, a well-known base to many other Sartori BellaVitano favorites. “Creating this cheese was a lot of fun because there were many variations to experiment with,” states Sartori Master Cheesemaker, Mike Matucheski. “The warmth of the cinnamon and the creamy cheese always reminds me of the holidays, so it was special to hear this cheese received a Super Gold around the Thanksgiving holiday.”

    Sartori’s Limited Edition Pastorale Blend also received a Super Gold and was a top 15 contender for the world’s best cheese. This unique cheese is a blend of cow and sheep milk. Hand dusted with smoked Spanish paprika, it delivers a “one of a kind” sweet and nutty flavor. “The blend of the cow and sheep milk helps to balance the cheese. It’s very creamy and has a smoky note to it from the Paprika. We say it’s a great sheep milk cheese for those who may not appreciate the full intensity of most typical sheep milk products,” states Matucheski. In the past 5 years, Sartori’s Pastorale Blend cheese has received 20 awards including two Grand Champion titles.

    Five additional medals were awarded to Sartori including a gold medal for BellaVitano Gold and silver medals for Espresso BellaVitano, Merlot BellaVitano and Mediterranean Fontina. For additional information on these award-winning varieties and all of Sartori’s cheese, visit their website, sartoricheese.com. For daily news and information, become a fan on Facebook and follow Sartori on Twitter @Sartori_Cheese.

  • SARTORI PARTNERS WITH MAKE-A-WISH FOUNDATION®, PACKERS RADIO NETWORK AND MASON CROSBY

    Plymouth, Wisconsin 

    Sartori Company is honored to announce it has again partnered with Mason Crosby and the Packers Radio Network to support the Wisconsin Make-A-Wish Foundation during the current 2013 NFL season. Sartori has pledged to donate $1,000 to the Make-A-Wish Foundation for every field goal Crosby makes during the 2013 season including pre- and postseason.

    This is the third year Sartori is partnering with the Packers Radio Network, Wisconsin Make-A-Wish Foundation and Mason Crosby. To date, Sartori has donated over $60,000, directly linked to the number of field goals Crosby made during the 2011 and 2012 seasons.

    Crosby has successfully completed 6 of 6 preseason kick attempts, and 17 of 19 regular season kicks through his first seven games. Crosby is doing extraordinarily well and is ranking among the league’s best.

    “We look forward to this partnership each year and we’re very grateful to see time and time again the real joy this contribution brings to the lives of those who need it most,” stated Jim Sartori, CEO. “This partnership is equally important to each of the parties’ involved. At the end of the day, we’re all giving back and helping to restore the faith that may be lost during tough times.”

    The Make-A-Wish Foundation is a charity dedicated to enriching the lives of children with life-threatening medical conditions through the fulfillment of childhood dreams. The charity is near and dear to Jim Sartori and his wife Jan as their family has been involved in donations and fundraising for years.

  • MEN’S HEALTH MAGAZINE HIGHLIGHTS SARTORI CHEESE ON THE 2013 "120 BEST FOODS" LIST

    Plymouth, Wisconsin 

    Sartori Cheese is excited to announce their inclusion in Men’s Health Magazine’s125 Best Foods Feature. Sartori’s SarVecchio® Parmesan was named “Best All-Purpose Cheese,” while Sartori’s Espresso BellaVitano® received “Best Snacking Cheese.”

    Each year, Men’s Health Magazine publishes their 125 Best Foods List that focuses on low calorie, high protein and rich in fiber foods. Sartori’s SarVecchio Parmesan, “Best All-Purpose Cheese,” contains only 100 calories and has more protein than red meat per ounce. Even those with lactose intolerance can enjoy this cheese due to its extra-aging of at least 20 months, making it a near-lactose free cheese. Not only does SarVecchio Parmesan provide exceptional health benefits, but it has multiple uses as a table cheese and it can be grated or shredded on salads, pastas, pizzas, burgers and many other dishes.

    “Best Snacking Cheese,” Espresso BellaVitano is one of Sartori’s most innovative cheeses. In 2012 at the Dairy Innovation Awards, Espresso BellaVitano received top honors as the competition’s Best Cheese. Espresso BellaVitano is hand rubbed with freshly ground espresso beans, giving it a slightly smoky, roasted flavor. Pairing Espresso BellaVitano cheese with dark chocolate and nuts is the perfect snack providing calcium, protein and fiber.

    “We’re thrilled to be included in Men’s Health Magazine as their cheese selections. Our SarVecchio Parmesan is such an incredible, versatile cheese and our Espresso BellaVitano has quickly become a fan-favorite since its debut in 2011. We are very thankful for the support of Men’s Health Magazine to recognize our cheese as their top choices for men in 2013,” stated Chad Vincent, Sartori’s Chief Marketing Officer.

    For additional information on SarVecchio Parmesan, Espresso BellaVitano and all of Sartori’s cheeses, visit their website, sartoricheese.com. For daily news and information, become a fan on Facebook and follow Sartori on Twitter @Sartori_Cheese.

  • SARTORI SARVECCHIO® PARMESAN NAMED “BEST HEALTHY CHEESE IN THE WORLD” AT 2013 GLOBAL CHEESE AWARDS

    Frome, Somerset, United Kingdom 

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    artori Cheese is proud to announce that SarVecchio Parmesan has been awarded a Gold Medal at the 2013 Global Cheese Awards. The competition hosted in Somerset, United Kingdom boasted hundreds of entries from countries across the globe.

    The internationally award-winning SarVecchio Parmesan is a 20 month old cheese that starts with a subtle fruity note and finishes with a caramelized parmesan flavor that blossoms on the palate. In addition to its acclaimed taste, SarVecchio has a number of wonderful health benefits. In fact, one ounce of SarVecchio Parmesan contains 100 delicious calories packed with these nutritious benefits:

    ·More protein than red meat (an astounding 9 grams)

    oCareful aging permits proteins to break down into their most base forms – allowing the body to metabolize and convert to energy very quickly

    ·33% of the recommended daily allowance for calcium

    ·20% of the recommened daily allowance for phosphorous

    oBuilds strong bones and teeth and prevents osteoporosis

    ·Vitamins B12 (11% RDA) and B2 (8% RDA)

    oThese vitamins help the body convert food into energy, and help maintain healthy skin, hair, eyes, liver and a functional nervous system

    ·Certified Free of the rBST hormone

    “With the Artisan Cheese Movement quickly rising in popularity in the United States and abroad, a new focus on the health benefits of aged cheese has been brought into the spotlight” says Pat Mugan, Sartori Vice President of Research and Development. “It is great to see that competitions are beginning to recognize the incredible health benefits of an artisan cheese like our SarVecchio Parmesan.”

    In addition to the Gold Medal finish of SarVecchio Parmesan, Sartori took two silver medals with their Limited Edition Pastorale Blend® and Limited Edition Extra-Aged Goat Cheese.

  • SARTORI ANNOUNCES NEW VIDEO CELEBRATING LIMITED EDITION EXTRA-AGED GOAT CHEESE

    Plymouth, Wisconsin 

    Sartori Cheese announced today that they will be offering a small release of their Limited Edition Extra-Aged Goat cheese this holiday season. Along with the limited release, Sartori will unveil a freshly created video detailing the story of their award winning Extra-Aged Goat cheese.

    “From its origins as milk on a great family farm in Wisconsin to the motivation that inspired Sartori Master Cheesemaker, Pam Hodgson, to try her hand at something new, Extra-Aged Goat cheese has a great story,” says Sartori Chief Marketing Office, Chad Vincent. “With our release this October, Sartori will be introducing a new video at sartoricheese.com intended to educate folks on the colorful story surrounding this very special cheese.”

    A now-famous Sartori original, Extra-Aged Goat cheese is well balanced, featuring savory, caramel notes and a light citrusy flavor. Touted for its highly approachable, yet “authentically goat” flavor profile, this cheese was crafted to satisfy all from the tentative taster to the artisan cheese enthusiast.

    Sartori’s Limited Edition Extra-Aged Goat cheese will be available at select specialty cheese shops throughout the United States October through December. Additionally, a limited supply of wedges will be available for sale at the Sartori online cheese shop, www.sartoricheese.com.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7GZEPBJ6e3M

  • SARTORI CHEESE RELEASING LIMITED EDITION CANNELLA BELLAVITANO® AND COGNAC BELLAVITANO® FOR THE 2013 HOLIDAY SEASON

    Plymouth, Wisconsin 

    Sartori Company announced today that it will be releasing a limited quantity of Cannella BellaVitano and Cognac BellaVitano for the 2013 holiday season. Each cheese wheel will be hand signed and numbered by a Sartori Master Cheesemaker.

    Cannella BellaVitano was created by taking sweet, buttery BellaVitano, aged at least 15 months, and steeping it in a cinnamon liqueur. “The smells and flavor of Cinnamon give people a feeling of warmth over the holidays which inspired me to create this unique holiday cheese,” states Sartori Master Cheesemaker Mike Matucheski. “Some small pieces on top of a slice of warm apple pie make for a mouthwatering experience,” he adds.

    Cognac BellaVitano, the most premium Limited Edition item, truly stands out as a cut above the rest. The cheese itself is extra-aged; it matures for at least 18 months. After the aging process, it is submerged in a premium Cognac and is only ready for sale when Sartori Master Cheesemakers believe it is just right. The end result is a unique and complex celebration of smoky, nutty, oaky flavors with toasted notes of vanilla and caramel from the Cognac. In 2011, Cognac BellaVitano finished 3rd overall at the World Cheese Awards, the highest ever finish for an American artisan cheese.

    These products are only available during the holiday season and can be purchased at select specialty cheese shops across the United States. Cannella BellaVitano will be available now through the end of the year and Cognac BellaVitano will be available in December. Additionally, a limited supply of 4 oz. wedges will be available for sale on the Sartori website cheese shop (www.sartoricheese.com) and will be included in an exclusive 2013 Sartori “Limited Edition Gift Box” this holiday season.

    “We are very excited to share our hand-crafted Limited Edition products over this holiday season,” says Sartori CEO, Jim Sartori. “I hope they are passed around many tables and brighten the days of our customers, their families and friends.”