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Cheese Fondue and Raclette Swiss Wine Recommendations

Cheese Fondue and Raclette Swiss Wine Recommendations

CHEESE FONDUE AND RACLETTE

Raclette /rəˈklɛt/, a distinctive semi-hard cow milk cheese with origins in the Swiss Alps (Valais), has a history that goes back to medieval times. Raclette is also the name of the popular dish based on heating the Raclette cheese and scrapping it off the melted part.

Cheese Fondue /fɔ̃dy/ is a traditional Swiss dish of melted cheese served in communal pot (caquelon or fondue pot) over a portable stove. The dish was popularized in the mid-1900's with it's origins pointing to Canton Fribourg or Neuchâtel a few hundred years ago. Cheese Fondue consists of 1 or 2 or more regional cheeses, the most popular being the "moitié-moitié" (half-half in french) with a mix of Gruyère and Vacherin. Another popular mix consists of Gruyère and Emmental.

WHAT TO DRINK

An un-oaked crisp white wine.

An un-oaked light and fruity red for non-white wine drinkers.

Hot black tea (no milk) for non-wine drinkers.

Traditional choice:

Chasselas

 

Exotic choices - dry white from the Swiss Alps:

Petite Arvine 
Heida 
Humagne Blanche 
Amigne 

 

Light and fruity dry red (un-oaked):

Gamay 
Pinot Noir 
Dôle *

* traditional Valais blend of Pinot Noir and Gamay

WINE SELECTION - TRADITIONAL

DOMAINE LA COLOMBE | RAYMOND PACCOT
Féchy La Colombe AOC La Côte 2017
A very lovely rendition of a terroir driven Chasselas.

Lively, fresh, mineral with floral aromas in the best tradition of Chasselas wines in Vaud.

Biodynamic.
LUC MASSY
Epesses Clos du Boux Grand Cru AOC Lavaux 2017

Ample, well structured and generously fruity, good volume and thick, slight spicy note, finale with a delicate bitterness affirming its typicity.

Organic production.
LUC MASSY
Dézaley Chemin de Fer Grand Cru AOC Dézaley 2017

Complex aromas built upon the fragrance of flintstone, its pedigree and its nobility. Opulent, velvety, honeyed and flattering notes.

Organic production.
PROVINS VALAIS | Swiss Winery of the Year 2008 & 2013
Fendant du Valais AOC « Collection Chandra Kurt » 2017

On the nose delicate notes of lime, mandarin and linden. Fresh and dry on the palate this friendly "wine of thirst" reveal floral notes in the finish.
For additional Chasselas / Fendant options click here.

EXOTIC WHITE FROM THE ALPS

PROVINS VALAIS | Swiss Winery of the Year 2008 & 2013
Heida du Valais AOC « Collection Chandra Kurt » 2017

Golden yellow colour with aromas of nectarine, melon and fleur de sel (sea salt). On the palate, it gives free rein to its charm and seduces with a light minerality and beautiful freshness.
PROVINS VALAIS | Swiss Winery of the Year 2008 & 2013
Petite Arvine du Valais AOC « Collection Chandra Kurt » 2016/17

Citrus, stem ginger and fleur de sel aromas. Well balanced and integrated acidity. Offers a long and complex finish with brisk and salty characteristics.
DOMAINE DES MUSES | ROBER TARAMARCAZ
Petite Arvine « Tradition » AOC Valais 2015

Enchanting hearts and souls with its citrus and exotic fruits aromas. Saline flavor brings it a unique character.

A true favorite !
MARIE-THÉRÈSE CHAPPAZ
GRAIN ARVINE de fully AOC Valais 2016

Lovely fresh and aromatic Petite Arvine with stony and grapefruit notes. Rich, elegant, intense and well structured palate with a long mineral and salty finish.

From Swiss Wine Legend Marie-Thérèse Chappaz !

Biodynamic.
For additional exotic white options click here.

LIGHT AND FRUITY RED

DOMAINE LA COLOMBE | Raymond Paccot
Pinot Noir La Colombe AOC La Côte 2014/16

This terroir driven Pinot Noir offers a subtle balance between fruit and structure with extremely refined tannins.

Biodynamic.

Deep red colour. Berries aromas. Supple in the first sip, it seduces by its roundness, its discreet tannins which hide behind the fruity fragrances that are complemented by spicy notes.

Organic production.
PROVINS VALAIS | Swiss Winery of the Year 2008 & 2013
Dôle du Valais AOC « Collection Chandra Kurt » 2017

Pleasant and light wine. Dry, mineral it reveal notes of strawberry and plum, and a touch of clove. Its subtle tannins and balance make it a real treat for the palate.
MARIE-THÉRÈSE CHAPPAZ
DÔLE la liaudisaz AOC Valais 2017

Clear, fresh and lovely reductive red with floral and crystalline flavors. Light, straight, fresh and fruity red, with exciting spicy flavors. Lively, crunchy.

From Swiss Wine Legend Marie-Thérèse Chappaz !

Biodynamic.
For additional light red options click here.

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