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I need Sauterne wine for fondue, but can't find it anywhere.

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Are there any acceptable substitutes? None of the liquor stores around me have it, and many I call are confusing it with the sweet dessert wine, sauterneS.

Any recommendations? Thank you!

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  1. Try in the wine forum: http://chowhound.chow.com/boards/34

    Over here, we're liable to suggest you use any dry crisp white wine so long as you include kirshwasser. ;-)

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    1. re: EvergreenDan

      Agreed on using any dry crisp white wine. But please be careful what kirschwasser you add! They're not all made the same and whatever we've found so far in the US (cherry liquor that tastes like cough syrup) has been utter crap and ruins the fondue. Better actually to leave it out unless you're sure it is the real thing.

      1. re: veenaprasad

        Have been using cherry juice instead of kirsch to dissolve cornstarch for years, works and tastes great with never the cough syrup flavor you mention. The Russian ones with the schmutz in bottom of jar are better as not sweet but great intense cherry flavor.

        1. re: Delucacheesemonger

          just to clarify for those who aren't sure what it is...

          the "real thing" should be crystal-clear, with a watery rather than syrupy consistency, and will go down like jet fuel with a sublime cherry aftertaste. It's an eau de vie, not a liqueur.

    2. There is really no such thing as "Sauterne." It stems from "back in the day" when folks called their wines from wherever "Burgundy" and "Chablis" etc., but they weren't anything close to that.

      I cannot imagine using real Sauternes in fondue, either. I think you'd do well with an inexpensive white Bordeaux (Sauvignon Blanc/Semillon blend) for your fondue. Those should be available in just about any wine store, or even supermarket.

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      1. re: ChefJune

        Thank you! I will go with a white Bordeaux, and definitely will add kirsch, as per Dan.

        Thanks so much!

        1. re: librarianjen

          I wouldn't waste a good white Bordeaux on a fondue . . . .

          1. re: zin1953

            When I saw that you had posted to this thread, I was hoping that you could refresh my feeble memory about the "Sauterne" wines, of decades past - who sold under that altered name, and what might have been the grapes used. You are such a wealth of vinos history, and I need a bit of that right now.

            Thanks,

            Hunt

            1. re: Bill Hunt

              Hunt: I remember something called "Donaldo Sauterne" from Portugal, that came in a large green glass bottle that sooked a bit like the Almaden bottles. I have no idea what grapes were used in that.

              1. re: Bill Hunt

                re: "Sauterne" (without the final "s") . . .

                Under the old ATF regulations, there was a category of wine called "Semi-Generic." True semi-generic wines were American wines that bore European place names of origin, such as "Burgundy", "Claret", and "Chianti"; "Chablis", "Rhine" and "Sauterne." (Most Americans simply call these "generic wines," but this is technically incorrect. Generic wines are literally "Red Wine" and "White Wine.") Other names for semi-generics include "Moselle," "Haut-Sauterne" (again, missing the final "s"), "Malaga," "Madeira", "Marsala", "Port", "Sherry", "Angelica", and "Champagne".

                Although "Champagne," as a semi-generic American wine, had to be sparkling, and "Malaga," "Madeira", "Marsala", "Port", "Sherry", "Angelica" all had to be fortified to some degree, the others merely had to be wine . . . NO restrictions or limitations were imposed as to the grape type(s) used in making the wine, the level of sweetness/dryness of the wine, even the color was never specified in the regulations.

                The IMPLICATION was, of course, that the a semi-generic "Burgundy" or "Chablis" would be akin to -- or at least somewhat reminiscent of -- a French Burgundy or Chablis, but this was rarely if ever the case, and certainly never mandated by regulations.

                Certainly with a semi-generic "Sauterne," there was no regulation that the wine be sweet, that the wine have any Botrytis whatsoever, etc., etc., etc. Generally speaking, however, if a winery produced BOTH a "Sauterne" and a "Haut-Sauterne," the latter often contained more sweetness -- but nothing made this so. So, too, for the difference between, say, a "Chablis" versus a "Rhine" wine.

                That said, when I worked in the Napa Valley, the winery bottled "Burgundy", "Claret" and "Chianti" >>>all out of the same tank! <<<

                Cheers,
                Jason

                1. re: zin1953

                  Jason,

                  That was about how I remembered things too. I was hoping for a bit more detail on the "Sauterne," but like "Tokay," was probably so generic, that few alive today, even recall. Maybe we need a US Wine Freedom of Information Act?

                  Thanks,

                  Hunt

                  1. re: Bill Hunt

                    There's no real additional detail to be had (see below), and a "Wine Freedom of Information Act" would have to be filed with each winery, and that would presume they still had records available. The problem is that ANYTHING could be used to make a semi-generic wine, and nothing prevented a winery from bottling "Chablis," "Rhine," and "Sauterne" all from the same tank.

                    /\/\/\/\/\

                    US Code Title 27: Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms
                    PART 4—LABELING AND ADVERTISING OF WINE
                    Subpart C—Standards of Identity for Wine
                    § 4.24 Generic, semi-generic, and non-generic designations of geographic significance.

                    (a)(1) A name of geographic significance which is also the designation of a class or type of wine, shall be deemed to have become generic only if so found by the Administrator.

                    (a)(2) Examples of generic names, originally having geographic significance, which are designations for a class or type of wine are: Vermouth, Sake.

                    (b)(1) A name of geographic significance, which is also the designation of a class or type of wine, shall be deemed to have become semi-generic only if so found by the Administrator. Semi-generic designations may be used to designate wines of an origin other than that indicated by such name only if there appears in direct conjunction therewith an appropriate appellation of origin disclosing the true place of origin of the wine, and if the wine so designated conforms to the standard of identity, if any, for such wine contained in the regulations in this part or, if there be no such standard, to the trade understanding of such class or type. See §24.257(c) of this chapter for exceptions to the Administrator's authority to remove names from paragraph (b)(2) of this section.

                    (b)(2) Examples of semi-generic names which are also type designations for grape wines are Angelica, Burgundy, Claret, Chablis, Champagne, Chianti, Malaga, Marsala, Madeira, Moselle, Port, Rhine Wine (syn. Hock), Sauterne, Haut Sauterne, Sherry, Tokay.

                    (c)(1) A name of geographic significance, which has not been found by the Administrator to be generic or semi-generic may be used only to designate wines of the origin indicated by such name, but such name shall not be deemed to be the distinctive designation of a wine unless the Administrator finds that it is known to the consumer and to the trade as the designation of a specific wine of a particular place or region, distinguishable from all other wines.

                    (c)(2) Examples of nongeneric names which are not distinctive designations of specific grape wines are: American, California, Lake Erie, Napa Valley, New York State, French, Spanish. Additional examples of foreign nongeneric names are listed in subpart C of part 12 of this chapter.

                    (c)(3) Examples of nongeneric names which are also distinctive designations of specific grape wines are: Bordeaux Blanc, Bordeaux Rouge, Graves, Medoc, Saint-Julien, Chateau Yquem, Chateau Margaux, Chateau Lafite, Pommard, Chambertin, Montrachet, Rhone, Liebfraumilch, Rudesheimer, Forster, Deidesheimer, Schloss Johannisberger, Lagrima, and Lacryma Christi. A list of foreign distinctive designations, as determined by the Administrator, appears in subpart D of part 12 of this chapter.

                    [T.D. 6521, 25 FR 13835, Dec. 29, 1960, as amended by T.D. ATF–296, 55 FR 17967, Apr. 30, 1990; T.D. ATF–398, 63 FR 44783, Aug. 21, 1998; T.D. ATF–425, 65 FR 11890, 11891, Mar. 7, 2000]

                    /\/\/\/\/\

                    Now if THAT doesn't give you a headache . . . .

                    Again, there is nothing in the regs that make a semi-generic "Claret" (for example) contain any traditional Bordeaux grape whatsoever; nothing to have a "Burgundy" contain any Pinot Noir or Chardonnay; nothing for a "Chianti" to contain any Sangiovese, or a "Rhine" to have any Riesling. And certainly there was nothing in the regs that made a "Sauterne" contain any Sauvignon Blanc, any Semillon, or any Botrytis . . . the names are essentially meaningless, and always have been.

                    This isn't to say that, for example, Almaden's Mountian Rhine Wine wasn't sweeter than Almaden's Mountain White Chablis, but nothing in the regulations ***forced*** it to be that way, and legally, they could have been from the very same tank -- only the labels in the labeling machine were changed to protect the innocent.

                    And, as I mentioned previously, the Napa Valley winery I worked at made four semi- and generic wines: the "Burgundy," "Claret," and "Chianti" all came out of the very same tank -- we just changed the labels in the machine. Only the "Red Table Wine" was different.

                    Cheers,
                    Jason

                    1. re: zin1953

                      Dang,

                      Just thought that you'd have it on the top of your head - but you are "excused" for not knowing. Recall the "term," but cannot ever remember tasting one of them.

                      Thanks,

                      Hunt

                      1. re: zin1953

                        Now I know why I shouldn't trust anything you say!

                2. re: zin1953

                  There are quite a number of "good" white Bordeaux for around $10-12.

                  1. re: ChefJune

                    That's true, but a "classic" cheese fondue calls for Fendant de Valais or Neuchâtel -- both exclusively or predominantly produced from Chasselas grapes -- very neutral in flavor and character . . . something that even a "good" Bordeaux blanc sec is not.

                    Just my own 2¢ . . . .

                    Cheers,
                    Jason

                    1. re: zin1953

                      for heaven's sake...just dump a little of something white and semi-drinkable into the pot...it won't matter once it's behind the flavor of the cheese, anyway!

                      1. re: sunshine842

                        Isn't that what I said?

                        1. re: zin1953

                          if you did, it wasn't very clear

            2. Pick up some Chateau d'Yquem and call it a day! ;-) -mJ

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              1. re: njfoodies

                That, though, is a Sauternes wine - a sweet wine. I'm looking for a sauterne (without the s at the end) - a dry wine for classic cheese fondue.

                1. re: librarianjen

                  Not sure that anyone is still doing that. I would also guess that "Sauterne" (no S) was something like French Colimbard, or maybe even Thompson Seedless?

                  An SB, or SB/Semillon would be just fine. If the recipe calls for "Sauterne," it will likely be 10x better, than what was once intended.

                  Maybe someone can list, just for curiosity's sake, some of the "Sauterne" wines, and what they were made from. I remember them, but as a historical footnote, along with the aforementioned "bastardizations" of French appelations, which appeared in the naming and marketing of a lot of US jug-wine. Remember, that info is just out of curiosity. I do not want to buy a case (probably 4 - 1gal. jugs, replete with the little finger ring on the neck... ).

                  Most of all, enjoy your dish,

                  Hunt

              2. Isn't that found in the grocery store? I think I have it in my more "upscale" grocery store next to the sherry, marsala, etc. I might be wrong, but I would check there first.

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                1. re: sedimental

                  no Chateau d'Yquem in a grocery store, I would think. Even the lesser years cost upwards of $300 for a half-bottle.

                  Besides, it would add NOTHING positive to fondue.

                  1. re: ChefJune

                    I enjoy my d'Yquem with lobster. Will be having it on New Years Eve...definitely wouldn't waste it in fondue! -mJ

                    1. re: ChefJune

                      I think that Sedimental's tongue might have been in his/her cheek.

                      When you add that "S," it should actually be a "$." [Grin]

                      Now, I could be wrong, so will just have to wait and see.

                      Hunt

                  2. Ice wine will be nice... chile late harvest sauvignon... ice cider too... happy new year

                    1. librarianjen is talking about the COOKING wine!!!! Not a French Sauternes (with an "s") dessert wine! I don't think you folks are understanding what is being asked. Sauterne was found in the grocery store next to the other salted cooking wines, sherry, marsala, etc. It was widely used in fondues in years gone by. It is yellow colored and tastes like crap. You don't drink it! LOL

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                      1. re: sedimental

                        LOL Thank you! tee hee

                        I looked in a large, upscale grocery store and they didn't have it - so bummed. That too is where my mother said to look first.

                        1. re: librarianjen

                          Any dry white will taste better than cooking "wine".

                          1. re: invinotheresverde

                            Maybe, but it sounds like librarianjen was trying to follow a specific (maybe family, old school?) recipe.

                            1. re: sedimental

                              That doesn't make it good. ;)

                          2. re: librarianjen

                            Well, if you cant find it, other choices would be a rather insipid tasting (drinking) wine with a sprinkle of salt. If I remember right, the Sauterne (no "s"!) was really quite weak tasting.

                          3. re: sedimental

                            I think that some "get it," but others might not.

                            The wine called for in the recipe was basically a generic, jug white, and NOT a dessert wine. It was a marketing product of the day, and nothing fancy. Even Jason could not come up with the "mix," so that leaves me back to French Columbard, but that is but a guess.

                            Hunt

                            1. re: Bill Hunt

                              There is no "mix." See my post above.

                              1. re: zin1953

                                The term mix, in quotes, was euphemistic to describe a wine from unknown varietal(s). There might not have been a cuvee, just a labeling convention, per your furnished material.

                                Thanks,

                                Hunt

                            2. re: sedimental

                              No, not salted. There may have been a cooking wine version, but sauterne back in the days was a bland neutral white wine without salt.

                              1. re: Ed Dibble

                                I was referring to the sauterne cooking wine and how the OP might replicate the taste.

                                1. re: sedimental

                                  FWIW, I would NEVER use anything labeled "Cooking Wine." Not only is it bad wine to start with, but then it's salted and throws off the balance of your dish . . . .

                                  1. re: zin1953

                                    I wouldn't (now) either, but its the OP's question.

                                    Some of the old school recipes (50's & 60's) were really good and they used cooking wine. The balance was different then. I think that the cheese used was probably different as well. I am trying to remember what kind of cheese was available in the grocery stores in the 1960's. I think it was "run of the mill swiss". Probably tasted like crap by itself. Sometimes recipes have to be taken in their totality.

                                    You know, I really don't like fondues that are heavy on the "white wine" now. It overpowers everything. I might just have to hunt for an old school recipes and see what i can do with my avocado green fondue pot!

                                    1. re: sedimental

                                      I actually remember the 50s and 60s, and good cooks did not use cooking wine. Cooking wine goes back to the 20s and 30s when real unsalted wine was not available in markets. Perhaps later it was also the choice in Baptist families so that it was clear that no one in the home was actually drinking wine.

                                      Anyway, back in the fifties and early sixties, most grocery stores had limited stocks of wine, most of which (at least in the western part of the US) were semi-generics out of CA. So the home cook would have to choose among chablis, sherry, port, sauterne, rhine wine, burgundy, claret--none of which corresponded to real European wines. A recipe calling for sauterne would be calling for a neutral, not overly dry, and inexpensive wine. A cheap pinot grigio would be perfect.

                                      1. re: Ed Dibble

                                        In the fifties and sixties, there were warnings against using so called cooking wines. I remember them too.

                            3. Yes, use google:

                              Four Monks Sauterne cooking wine ($1.99) at most grocery stores.

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                              1. re: sedimental

                                Wonder which grapes those four monks used? I rather doubt that they were willing to share.

                                Gotta' see if my Safeway, or Fry's even has anything today, with the Sauterne designator on it. Somehow, I doubt it, but could be proven wrong.

                                Still, my bet is on French Columbard.

                                Hunt

                                1. re: Bill Hunt

                                  I agree

                              2. any crisp white will do...traditionally it would be an Alsacian white...a riesling, gewurtztraminer, sylvaner...

                                Don't overthink this one -- remember that this was originated by shepherds in the mountains, so a glug of whatever was in their flask was what went into it.

                                1. The traditional wines for cheese fondue are Roussette de Savoie on the
                                  French side and Fendant on the Swiss side. They are extremely difficult
                                  to find outside the Alps.

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                                  1. re: bclevy

                                    You might find a gruner veltliner.

                                  2. Move! There are any number of late harvest wines that will fit the bill.... problem here though is that the "dolcetti" that you would want to drink (never cook with a wine that your would not drink!) tend to be a bit pricey... but will make a tp-die-for fondue... another alternative would be a sensational dry riesling...Stony Hill creates one that converted me!!! They don't even know how to spell oak!

                                    1. FYI... when I added Stony Hill Riesling, I assumed that it is to drink with the fondue...

                                      1. I don't think I've ever had a sauterne (without the s). -mJ

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                                        1. re: njfoodies

                                          You'd probably need to be as old, as I am, and then it would be so very easy to forget...

                                          Though only a few posts have likely helped the poor OP, the discussion has been great fun.

                                          Hunt

                                        2. Classic wine used for cheese fondue, as Jason says is chasselas. Schoffit, Barmes-Buechler, and Boxler have a chasselas fronm Alsace and pretty wide distribution in this country. l like them better than the Swiss fendant or Neuchatel and they are a lot less expensive. l both cook with it and use as accompaniment to the fondue.
                                          Woodland Hills has a chasselas from the Savoie on sale now for $ 11, thus easily doable.

                                          1. Not sure why "Sauterne wine" is REQUIRED, but I found this site Googling. It says that the two best varietals in the "Sauterne wine family" are Semillon and Sauvignon Blanc, while "lesser varieties include Sauvignon vert, Palomino, or Golden Chasselas, and many others, including Thompson Seedless".

                                            http://www.oldandsold.com/articles02/...

                                            Honestly, I had no idea. Sounds like this is an outdated term. Hope this helps, though it sounded like it was probably a New Years need.

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                                            1. re: Midlife

                                              Yeah, grab a jug of "Thompson Seedless," and cook away... [Grin]

                                              Interesting varietals there. I cannot believe that French Columbard was mentioned no where. Guess I am wrong.

                                              Thanks,

                                              Hunt

                                              1. re: Bill Hunt

                                                Biggest surprise: whatever golden chasselas is was in (some of) the Sauterne recommended for fondue back in the day. I'm always amazed how there are threads of legitimate cooking that survived through America's worst culinary eras.

                                            2. I just saw some Sauterne with salt in it by Reese at Andronicos on Shattuck in Berkeley. It was near vinegar.

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                                              1. re: wally

                                                "near vinegar" - -does that refer to proximity, or flavor? :D

                                                1. re: sunshine842

                                                  That was what I was looking at. I can't think of a circumstance where I would be aware of the flavor.

                                              2. I used to find Taylor (New York) Sauterne in Kansas City, but can't find it anywhere lately. The Cajun cook, Justin Wilson, used the heck out of the stuff on his PBS show years ago. I use the wine in my "greens" on New Years Day, along with the black eye peas, pork, etc. Maybe it can be found in Louisiana?

                                                1. In the 1970's through the 1990's Taylor made a good inexpensive Sauterne which we used for cheese fondue each year. Unfortunately Taylor stopped making it (I contacted the company directly after searching for the wine for some time). We also made the mistake of using a expensive sauterne one year and it too sweet and ruined the fondue. So I agree with the the posts recommending a dry white wine as a substitute. As a side note, we use dry sherry instead of Kirsch. We loved Justin Wilson's PBS show!

                                                  1. Per the 1975 edition of Amerine & Singleton's "Wine: an introduction for Americans," California sauterne, like chablis, rhine, and white chianti, had no varietal character and was was made with "ordinary varieties of grapes," possibly including V. labrusca varieties. There's still box wine labeled chablis, but I think the others fell out of use years ago.

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                                                    1. re: Robert Lauriston

                                                      Sauterne (sic) is simply one of the many permitted semi-generic wine names permitted by the then-ATF/now-TTB. Certainly "burgundy, "claret," and "chianti" were the most common names for reds, while "chablis," rhine," and "sauterne" (no "s" on the end) were once upon a time the most popular for whites.

                                                      More authoritative than Amerine & Singleton is the source -- Title 27 CFR, Part 4 ("Labeling and Advertising of Wine").

                                                      27 CFR 4, Subpart C ("Standards of Identity for Wine")

                                                      § 4.24 - Generic, semi-generic, and non-generic designations of geographic significance.

                                                      (b) (1) A name of geographic significance, which is also the designation of a class or type of wine, shall be deemed to have become semi-generic only if so found by the Administrator. Semi-generic designations may be used to designate wines of an origin other than that indicated by such name only if there appears in direct conjunction therewith an appropriate appellation of origin disclosing the true place of origin of the wine, and if the wine so designated conforms to the standard of identity, if any, for such wine contained in the regulations in this part or, if there be no such standard, to the trade understanding of such class or type. See § 24.257(c) of this chapter for exceptions to the Administrator's authority to remove names from paragraph (b)(2) of this section.

                                                      (b) (2) Examples of semi-generic names which are also type designations for grape wines are Angelica, Burgundy, Claret, Chablis, Champagne, Chianti, Malaga, Marsala, Madeira, Moselle, Port, Rhine Wine (syn. Hock), Sauterne, Haut Sauterne, Sherry, Tokay.

                                                    2. Instead of thinking that you need a "Sauterne" with your fondue and getting lost in winespeak, why not start with the cheese you're using and then bring the wine to the cheese??

                                                      If you're using emmental then there's no better match to my palate than riesling (kabinett or spatlese)... if gruyere then make it gewurztraminer...

                                                      You won't find better matches, these are ethereal... Also you mention that your local wineshop is not particularly well-stocked... fortunately they should have several good bottles of riesling available and working backwards that might argue in favor of using emmental as your cheese base, as for a good-quality gewurztraminer they may or may not have it. Enjoy!

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                                                      1. re: TombstoneShadow

                                                        and very, very traditional in fondue in their respective regions.

                                                      2. I have used Kirsh in my fondue. I believe the recipe from Joy of Cooking calls for this and it was good.

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                                                        1. re: Ruthie789

                                                          you need a shot of Kirsch, too -- as well as the wine.

                                                        2. My mother always used (as do I) Alsatian Riesling in fondue. It works beautifully. She put a touch of kirschwasser in hers, but many people don't like the flavor, so I leave it out. Equal mix of Emmenthaler and Gruyere.

                                                          1. I just made a version using a dry Sauvignon blanc. It may have been a bit too dry for me, but my family loved it.

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                                                            1. re: Mommaduck78

                                                              Hello... Try a gewurstraminer vendange tardive , conumdrum too not to cold... Greating season good weekend

                                                              1. re: homards100

                                                                You would *truly* use an Alsatian late harvest Gewürztraminer IN the fondue??? Must have more money that I do . . .not that that is too difficult, but still --

                                                                1. re: zin1953

                                                                  Jason, in a pinch one uses whatever.

                                                                  1. re: zin1953

                                                                    yep...kinda like using Sauternes...kinda big bucks just to flavor the cheese!

                                                                    (If I had a bottle open that had a couple of swallows left, I *might* put it in the fondue....but I'd probably just drink it!)

                                                                    1. re: sunshine842

                                                                      I found the more expensive sauternes to be a bit sweet for the fondue.

                                                                      1. re: Nancancook2

                                                                        There is NO RELATION between Sauternes, the AOC wine produced from Semilion, Sauvignon Blanc, and Muscadelle, and Sauterne (sic), the American semi-generic wine.

                                                              2. Enjoyed reading all these posts again! Last year we used a Sauvignon Blanc and it turned out great. The recipe we've followed for years is:

                                                                1 teaspoon cornstarch
                                                                1 clove garlic halved
                                                                ¼ cup kirsch or dry sherry
                                                                1 clove garlic halved
                                                                2 cups sauterne (or dry Sauvignon Blanc)
                                                                ½ pound gruyere cheese shredded
                                                                1 ½ pound swiss cheese
                                                                ¼ teas. nutmeg (ground)
                                                                Dash Pepper

                                                                Shred cheese and bring to room temperature for easier melting. Stir cornstarch into kirsch until well blended - set aside.

                                                                Rub inside of pan with garlic. Pour in sauterne and warm until air bubbles rise to the surface. Do not boil. Stirring vigorously, add handfuls of cheese until melted. Add seasoning and kirsch mixture. Transfer to fondue pot and keep warm.

                                                                It is our annual tradition on New Year's Eve. I'm looking forward to it now!! Happy holidays and new year to all!

                                                                1. There are so many subsitutes - Sainte-Croix-du-Mont, Monbazillac, Barsac, Late harvest Gewurz or Riesling, or even Jurançcon moelleux.

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                                                                  1. re: collioure

                                                                    Jurancon very good too you don t have to say moelleux a Jurancon original is moelleux for a dry one will be dry on the bottle

                                                                    1. re: homards100

                                                                      I always distinguish the two and so do the producers, I believe.

                                                                      Opening a Cauhapé moelleux with the foie this Xmas.

                                                                    2. re: collioure

                                                                      As discussed previously, "Sauterne" with no final "s" is cheap generic off-dry white wine produced in California. It's often called for in American fondue recipes from 40+ years ago. To my surprise there's actually at least one still on the market:

                                                                      http://www.totalwine.com/eng/product/...

                                                                      1. re: Robert Lauriston

                                                                        I, too, am surprised -- the last one I recall seeing from from The Christian Bros. -- but it IS the perfect descriptor of a Sauterne (sic): "This semi-dry white wine from California is . . ."

                                                                        That's precisely what a California Sauterne is. Non-descript and off-dry.

                                                                        1. re: Robert Lauriston

                                                                          Robert,

                                                                          I am gobsmacked. There is still a US Sauterne, being sold?

                                                                          What's next, a "Hearty Burgundy?"

                                                                          I wonder where you found such?

                                                                          Hunt

                                                                          1. re: Bill Hunt

                                                                            http://www.gallofamily.com/our-wines/...

                                                                            wine-searcher.com

                                                                        2. re: collioure

                                                                          Pour bénéficier de l'Appellation d'Origine Contrôlée " Jurançon ", les vins doivent provenir de moûts récoltés à surmaturation et présenter un titre alcoométrique naturel minimum de 12 p.100.

                                                                          Ne peut être considéré comme étant à bonne maturité tout lot unitaire de vendange présentant une richesse inférieure à 212 grammes de sucre.

                                                                          Les vins doivent présenter une teneur en sucres résiduels au moins égale à 35 grammes par litre.

                                                                          RENDEMENTS ET MODES DE PRODUCTIONS POUR LES APPELLATIONS
                                                                          Rendements de base
                                                                          - pour l'Appellation "Jurançon sec" : 60 hectolitres par ha de vigne en production
                                                                          - pour l'Appellation "Jurançon" : 40 hectolitres par ha de vigne de production

                                                                        3. Sunshine842 has a good understanding of Swiss Fondue basics. In Switzerland, the traditional dish makes frugal use of leftovers, and many take it seriously enough to enjoy each month, including Summer.

                                                                          1. Fendant is our local wine. It is not seen as a great wine by anyone in Switzerland.
                                                                          2. Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Grigio/Gris is commonly used. No Sauterne, Chateau la Salle, or Ripple, please.
                                                                          3. Yes, a shot of Kirsch is added, but not a sweet one.
                                                                          4. The actual clay pan used for Fondue is called a Caquelon, and although many of us employ modern stainless steel, it is considered a high mark to have your original one. I still have my Grandfather's, which remains functional.
                                                                          5. The burner below the Caquelon is called a Rechaud. Take your time and keep the heat low, not too high. We use a Stöckli alcohol-fuelled Reachaud.
                                                                          6. A rub of a clove of garlic precedes the Fondue ingredients inside the Caquelon.
                                                                          7. Cheese: Our local Emmi product has a good mix in a foil bag. In North America, the Trader Joes' Fondue product is excellent. I hope no one is crushed when I say that Velveeta, and Cheese Whiz is clearly out.
                                                                          8. Etiquette: A number of rules here, but the most important is never eat directly from the fondue fork. That is considered major bad form, and is also unhygienic. Hold the hot fork over your plate to cool down, and then use your dinner fork to take the bread and cheese off the fondue fork, and onto your dinner plate.

                                                                          9. Wine: The same as above. We commonly have hot tea, or our local Rivella.

                                                                          I hope this is helpful.