Rosemary & Olive Oil Asiago
Hand-rubbed with rosemary and olive oil, Rosemary & Olive Oil Asiago tastes like a cross between Parmesan and sharp white Cheddar. The pronounced herbal notes from the rosemary complement the mellow grassiness of the Asagio. Pair it with savory crackers and a nice Chardonnay for a delicious treat before dinner or for enjoying with friends on your deck.
Sartori is a family-owned business in Wisconsin, founded 80 years ago by Italian immigrant Paolo Satori. The fourth generation of Satoris are now continuing in the tradition of making artisan cheese that rivals European imports.
Milk: Pasteurized cow
Rennet type: Vegetarian
Age: 6+ months
Look: pale yellow covered in rosemary
Feel: Hard, crumbly
Smell: fruity, nutty, floral
Taste: Fruity, nutty, piney
Pairs well with: Baguette, dried fruit, nuts, savory crackers
Tastes good with: Chianti, Chardonnay, Sherry, India Pale Ale
Le Carre du Berry
This is what a beautiful cheese looks like. A lovely square (“carre”) of white, goaty goodness, Le Carre du Berry would be the perfect focal point for your cheeseboard or a very welcome hostess gift (along with a fresh baguette).
Lavishly smothered with fresh herbs de Provence, pink peppercorns, and juniper berries, this young chèvre develops an intriguing floral flavor as the cheese and herbs age, creating the perfect complement to the creamy goat cheese. The creaminess is the result of the exceptionally rich milk of goats that graze in the lush Loire valley of France. What a delicious bouquet of flavors!
Origin: France (Berry, Pitou Region)
Producer: P. Jacquin et Fils
Milk: Pasteurized goat
Rennet type: Animal
Age: One week
Look: Square cheese covered with herbs, colorful pink peppercorns, and juniper berries
Feel: Medium, cake-like texture
Smell: Floral notes
Taste: Tangy, creamy, rich, with the clean taste of herbs that lend a floral finish. Enjoy the flavors of pine, clover, walnuts, and herbs.
Pairs well with: Crackers or baguette with a plate of strawberries and walnuts; pairs well with a Tomme cheese
Tastes good with: Sauvignon Blanc, light Pinot Noir, Rose, Beaujolais
Although not technically a Manchego because of the addition of rosemary, this Manchego-style cheese is a proven crowd pleaser. Created from the milk of Manchega sheep, this aged cheese has complex woodsy herbal undertones thanks to the rosemary. During the aging process, the cheese absorbs the rosemary flavors for an extra layer of flavor. You’re gonna love it!
The cheese looks great on a cheeseboard. And the herbaceous flavor will cause it to disappear quickly.
Origin: Spain (La Mancha region)
Milk: Raw sheep
Rennet type: Animal
Rind: Hard with traditional herring-bone pattern
Age: 15 months
Look: Ivory paste coated with rosemary
Taste: Nutty, slightly piquant
Pairs well with: Dried fruit, olives, Serrano ham, Marcona almonds
Tastes good with: Sherry, sparkling Cava, light red, Tempranillo, Rioja