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steph50 Dec 2, 2007 09:05 AM

I'm certainly a wine "amateur". I was wondering if someone could recommend a nice dry white wine which would be used in Fondue? I'd like to do a traditional fondue for Christmas.

TIA

Steph

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    zin1953 Dec 2, 2007 11:05 AM

    Tradition? Carswell's right -- a Fendant or Neuchâtel. But I'd pass on THAT tradition, and would opt for an Aligoté or a Jura white.

    1. Vinny Barbaresco Dec 2, 2007 09:53 AM

      If you are using Gruyere, Comte or Beaufort as the base cheese, a Jura white should do nicely...either L'Etoile or Arbois Blanc.

      1. carswell Dec 2, 2007 09:29 AM

        If traditional's what you're going for, look for a flinty, dry white from Switzerland (Fendant, Neuchâtel, etc.) or similar white from nearby regions like France's Savoie. That said, many fairly neutral dry white with good acidity will do the trick: Chablis, Aligoté, Anjou sec, Picpoul de Pinet, etc. Avoid wines that are highly aromatic (Riesling, Gewurztraminer, Gruner Veltliner, Viognier, Sauvignon Blanc, etc.), noticeably oaked (many New World whites and some Old World ones too) and/or rich/heavy/overripe (much California Chardonnay).

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