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Dec 20, 2006 01:25 PM

Red wine with cheese fondue?

I've been asked to bring a red wine to a dinner to go with a fondue course. I'm assuming it's the classic cheeses, gruyere, emmental with some kirsch. I would tend to pair it with a crisp dry white so am at a bit of a loss for a red. Pinot noir maybe? Thanks for any suggestions.

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  1. For Gruyere and Emmentaller, walking away the two best wines are WHITES... Gewurztraminer and Riesling... These are tremendous taste combinations.

    But if you must have a red wine, Syrah is a pretty good match for Gruyere. Emmentaler is not outstanding with any red wine I've matched with it.

    1. I agree with Mike- I do love a nice white mountain wine with my fondue, but if it must be red.... something lighter, even a Beaujolais.

      1. Maybe even slightly chilled Beaujolais Nouveau, which is on the shelves now

        1. Is it possible they are serving a meat fondue?

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          1. re: tartetatin

            Definitely cheese. And unfortunately was definitely asked to bring a red. I'm also bringing an Alsatian Riesling for those of us that don't refuse to drink white wine.

            1. re: h2o

              good move with that. I don't understand the "refuse to drink whites" people. I seriously had a girl tell me once that her palate was too refined to drink white wine. um... okay crazy girl.

          2. Maybe they want red because white is chilled. Someone once told me, seriously, that if I drank a cold drink the cheese would harden in my stomach and terrible things would happen. Maybe they don't realize the white shouldn't be so cold?