Raclette, a semi-firm cheese from the Swiss and French Alps, is a fun and different way to enjoy cheese at a friendly get-together on a cool fall or cold winter night. Raclette, which means “scraper,” is traditionally hung on a fork in from of a fire so that the face of the cheese softens. As it melts, it is scraped off the cheese slab and eaten with boiled new potatoes, pickled onions, and cornichons. Today there is an easier way. Electric raclette melters are available for borrow (for free) from The Wine and Cheese Place, along with properly sliced raclette. Slices of raclette are placed in individual melting trays for a few moments, and then spread on fresh slices of French bread. This is an easy and delicious alternative to fondue ~ no mixing and heating ingredients ahead of time! The texture of raclette is very smooth, and seems to melt in your mouth even without heating. The taste is rich, reminiscent of wine and fruit, with a pronounced tang. Thinly sliced dried ham, such as prosciutto, iberico or serrano is an excellent accompaniment. Raclette, thin ham slices, bread, boiled potatoes, pickled onions and sour gherkins, make for a light and festive supper for friends or family.
Try these great Alsatian wines with your raclette dinner!2019 E. Traber Alsace Riesling...$19.99
E. Traber Riesling a dry white wine from the region of Alsace. This white wine is aromatic and it is classified as a “noble grape variety” just like Pinot Gris, Gewurztraminer and Muscat. It is known to be the finest of Alsace grapes and the most elegant. It covers about a quarter of the Alsatian vineyard. It is a dry, racy white with loads of citrus and mineral components. Well structure with a very long finish.
It goes perfectly with turkey, Smoked ham, fish, seafood, poultry, cold meat but also very well with Alsatian dishes such as sauerkraut
2018 E. Traber Alsace Gewuztraminer...$19.99
All the grapes are harvested by hand, to preserve all the aromatic richness, purity and freshness of the grape variety. This Gewurztraminer expressess the typicity of the grape variety. Gewurztraminer is the most aromatic of Alsace wines. With its aromas of rose, lychee and spices, and covers the palate. Soft, it goes well with foie gras, a fruit-based dessert. It goes well with spicy dishes or full-bodied cheeses. Perfect with the wide assortment at Thanksgiving too!
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