Best Wine with Raclette

Introduction

Ah, the French. They are so good at all things cheese and wine. The two go together like bread and butter (or bread and brie) or, if you’re feeling fancy, a nice baguette with camembert. There is something about raclette that makes my heart beat faster and my hands clap in joy: its melty goodness and warm glow. It’s like eating grilled cheese for dinner. What better way to enjoy it than with some of the world’s best wines?

If you’ve never had raclette before or need some guidance on which bottle to choose, read on for my guide on which wines pair best with this amazing dish.

What is Raclette?

Raclette is a Swiss-French dish that looks like a giant melted cheese wheel. It’s usually served with potatoes, pickles, and cured meats. The meat and pickles are placed on the table and everyone takes turns grilling their own food at the communal grill. Raclette is traditionally eaten in the evening when it’s dark outside. It’s hard to find raclette on menus during the day.

Looking for a raclette recipe? Eatlittlebird.com has a nice article on how to make raclette here.

Whites with Raclette

If you’re looking for wine to pair with raclette, consider white. White wines tend to be lighter and more acidic than reds, which helps them stand up to the cheese and fondue without being overpowered.

White wines generally don’t have much residual sugar in them, so they taste crisp and light on the palate. The acidity also makes them good candidates for pairing with spicy foods since they will balance out some of the heat while also cutting through fattier dishes like beef or lamb.

You can go with a Chardonnay if you want something classic and familiar, but there are plenty of other options as well depending on what kind of flavor profile you’re after. Pinot Gris is another great choice that pairs nicely with milder cheeses like goat or Brie (and even just plain old Swiss). If you want something more tropical-flavored like Manchego or Mozzarella di Bufala (or maybe even brie), try Rosé.

Aromatic wines

Aromatic wines are light and fruity, so they’re a great match for raclette. These wines are typically low in alcohol content, making them easy to drink. They have a high acidity level that will cut through the melted cheese without overpowering it or leaving your mouth feeling dried out.

A good example of an aromatic wine is Gewürztraminer. This wine is made from grapes grown in France, Germany, and Alsace (part of France). It’s very aromatic with hints of lychee fruit and rose petals in its flavor profile. It pairs well with cheeses like raclette or gouda because it complements their sweetness without being too sweet.

You can also try this delicious wine as an alternative to Chardonnay if you’re looking for something lighter than traditional white wines on your dinner table.

Fruit-forward whites

Dry Rieslings

If you love the cheese, try a dry Riesling. This wine has a strong acidity that pairs well with the creamy texture of raclette. It also complements the nutty flavors in your cheese by cutting through the richness

Pinot Gris

If you love a cheese plate, Pinot Gris is the perfect wine pairing. The wine is fruity and light enough to go with the creamy texture of raclette but also has notes of honey that will complement its sweetness.

Big, bold whites

If you’re looking to pair your cheese with a big, bold white wine, we recommend choosing a wine that is high in acidity and alcohol. This can help balance the fat from the cheese, as well as provide a nice contrast to its richness.

Fruity whites

These wines are rich and full-bodied with notes of citrus fruit and tropical flavors like pineapple or mango that will pair well with raclette’s pungent aroma. Good examples would be the Sauvignon Blancs from the Loire Valley in France or the New Zealand Sauvignon Blancs.

If you’re looking for an alternative, try a sweet Riesling that is low in alcohol and high in acidity. This can help cut through the creaminess of the raclette while also balancing its saltiness.

Full-bodied whites

Like fruity wines, full-bodied whites have high levels of acidity that work well with the raclette’s creamy texture. However, they also have higher levels of tannin which provides additional structure and body to this fatty dish. Good examples are the Chardonnay from Burgundy in France or the New Zealand Chardonnays. If you’re looking for an alternative, try a full-bodied white with high levels of acidity. This can help cut through the creaminess of the raclette while also balancing its saltiness.

Red

Red wine is the most popular choice for raclette, and it’s also the most versatile. The robust flavors of reds can easily stand up to strong cheeses like raclette or Gruyère. Red wines are also perfect with aged cheeses like Comté or Beaufort, which have stronger aromas than milder varieties such as Brie or Camembert.

In Switzerland, where raclette originated, reds comprise almost two-thirds of all wine sales.

Light reds with Raclette

Light reds are perfect for raclette. They have enough body to stand up to the flavor of the cheese, but not so much tannin that they clash with its creamy texture. Light-bodied wines also tend to be less expensive than full-bodied ones, which makes them more affordable too.

A light red is a great choice for summer picnics or any meal where you want to keep things light. They are often young and fruity, with soft tannins and low alcohol content that makes them ideal for easy drinking on a hot day. Light reds can also be paired well with a cheese plate, especially one made up of mild cheeses such as Gruyère or Brie.

Good examples that work with raclette are Pinot noir, Pinot Meunier and Gamay. These wines are produced in France’s Beaujolais region, which is known for its fruity, easy-drinking reds.

Medium-bodied reds with Raclette

Medium-bodied, with moderate tannins and a bit of oak aging. They are ideal for serving with raclette because they have enough flavor and structure to stand up to the cheese’s pungency without overpowering it. Good examples include Merlot from France, Pinot Noir from California, and Italy’s Chianti wines.

Medium-bodied reds are full-bodied, but with a medium to high tannin content. If you’re not familiar with wine terminology, tannins are the compound responsible for giving your mouth that dry sensation after consuming alcohol. They’re also what makes red wines much more complex than whites. In fact, this is why Cabernet Sauvignon is often called “the king of wines.”

Examples of medium-bodied reds include Pinot Noir (the most popular type of Pinot Noir is from California), Merlot (an excellent choice if you have trouble finding good Pinot Noir at your local store), and Cabernet Sauvignon (from Bordeaux).

Conclusion

Raclette is a versatile dish that can be paired with many different wines. The best wine to pair with the raclette depends on your personal taste, the cheese you are using, and the type of raclette you are making.

My personal recommendation is a glass of Beaujolais. It’s just made-for-cheese dishes and there are plenty of choices.

If you enjoyed this, check out my post on the Best Wine with Fondue.