Assuming I'm willing to pull out all the stops, what is the best wine to use in a "standard" gruyere-based fondue, like this one?
Any white with a sufficiently high acid content. The canonical fondue wine is Fendant, which is made in the valais region out of chasselas grapes, so any chasselas (see Wikipedia for a long list of alternative names) will work well.
One notable alternative is a dry champagne. This will make your fondue very light and fluffy, due to the carbonation.
4...and ideally, the same wine should be served with the fondue. Feb 12, 2011 at 19:14
According to that Wikipedia article, Fendant is just an alternative name for the Chasselas grape. Are you saying that there is a specific wine with that name? Feb 12, 2011 at 19:28
1Yes and no... If it's called Fendant, it's a bog-standard chasselas made in the Valais region. Other that the provenance, there is no difference. Feb 13, 2011 at 12:34