WINE: La Cave de Prieure, Roussette de Savoie
WHY? Alpine food with alpine wine
I’m lucky enough to have friends who are as obsessed with food and wine as I am, so when we get together it is always a fun (and very filling experience). Especially when it involves lots of cheese.
In this case we were going to gorge ourselves on raclette for Lynanne’s birthday (quite in keeping with the Winter Olympics too).
For those of you who were not brought up with annual ski trips to the French alps, Raclette is a dish (and a type of cheese) which is melted in huge half round and then scrapped off onto your plate. I know – sounds like heaven right? This is served alongside boiled potatoes and cured meats. It’s a similar concept to fondue really, so if you like a good cheese fondue then you will almost certainly love raclette. You can buy home raclette grills too which is what we used.
We had three types of raclette: one French, one Swiss and also a smoked example (which was quite possibly one of the most delicious things has ever passed my lips).
Which wines did we pick to sip alongside this cheese feast? Well, first we looked to the wine of the region…
Savoie, is an Alpine region in eastern France which is not only home to Raclette, but also wines made from Roussette which are really unusual. You see very little of it in the UK, in fact our example was kindly brought back from France by our host, but it was definitely worth it. The freshness of this wine complements the the cheese, and it’s delicate flavours don’t overpower either.
If you really want to get your hands on one then I have managed to hunt down the Domaine Lupin, Frangy Rousette de Savoie (£12.60, Bottle Apostle).
We didn’t stop at the Savoie though, we also brought along the Biecher Sommerberg Grand Cru Riesling from Alsace. This was really dry, and too had a great acidity which helped to cut through the fattiness of the cheese. It’s a little bit more weighty than the Savoie so it worked wonders with the smoked raclette in particular.
Wishing you all weird cheese-fueled dreams!