REGION: Savoie, France
The Savoie is one of France's great Alpine regions; think melted cheese, skiing, pine forests and crisp, bracing wines. Indeed, many people may know these wines without even realising it, as they adorn many a table in an apres-ski tavern or inn near a slope. And they are the perfect accompaniment to fondue, raclette and other delights - bracingly fresh, with plenty of bite. They may seem a little austere at first, but there's fruit and some complexity too. A Chablis alternative?