We enjoyed the 2014 Sea Smoke Chardonnay, an elegant California wine, on a recent stay at the Post Hotel in Lake Louise, Alberta. While most of our evenings were spent in the comfortable, elegant main restaurant, on this particular night we booked dinner for two at the Fondue Stubli, a cozy nook just off the main dining room, formerly the hotel’s cigar lounge.
We were craving a Chardonnay to pair with our traditional swiss cheese fondue. The 2014 Sea Smoke was very appealing, buttery enough to suit our tastes, but bright and fruity enough to offset the richness of the cheese and heartiness of the charcuterie board – it had almost a light, cleansing effect paired with such rich foods. Something lovely , wispy and evocative about the vineyard’s name, too. Very happy with this choice, especially after all the bold reds we’d been enjoying with our our other meals!
Here are some tantalizing pictures of the rest of our Fondue Stubli experience (the charming restaurant has a small, traditional menu – but all perfectly on point for a traditional fondue experience.).
The Post Hotel Charcuterie Board, heaps of sausages, air dried meats sliced ribbon-thin, fresh house-made pates, and pickled vegetables is generous and delicious, to say the least:
Here is shot of the beautiful, silky traditional Swiss cheese fondue. There had to be far over a pound of cheese bubbling in this pot. We found it impossible to finish, but managed to scoop out just enough to those lovely browned bits that begin to crackle on the bottom…
A taste of port to end the evening, the outstanding Dow’s 1994 Vintage Port.
If you’re at the Post Hotel, do seek out the Fondue Stubli and a bottle of Sea Smoke Chardonnay, apres-ski, or whatever your plans. Be sure to book ahead as there are only a handful or tables (perhaps 5 or 6).
For more information about Fondue Stubli at the Post Hotel, visit www.posthotel.com