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Wine Fondue with Cheese

A glossy, deep-red "fondue" made by cooking red wine and sugar until slightly thickened.

Recipes from AlansKitchen.comMakes 1 cup fondue

Prep time: 10 min.
Cooking time: 23 min.
Cooling time: 1 hrs.


  • Fondue Ingredients:
    • 2 - cups full-bodied red wine (Zinfandel, Barolo or Cabernet Sauvignon)*
    • 1 - cup sugar
    • 4 - teaspoons dry fruit pectin
  • Dippers Ingredients:
    • Deli Sharp Cheddar, cubed 1/2-inch
    • Chedarella, cubed 1/2-inch
    • Monterey Jack Cheese, cubed 1/2-inch


  1. Combine wine and sugar in 10-inch skillet. 
  2. Cook over medium-high heat until mixture comes to a boil (2 to 3 minutes).
  3. Reduce heat to medium and continue cooking, stirring occasionally, until mixture is reduced to about 1 cup (20 to 25 minutes).
  4. Stir in pectin; continue cooking, stirring constantly, for 1 minute.
  5. Remove from heat. Cool completely.
  6. Serve as a dip with cheese cubes.

*Substitute 2 cups non-alcoholic red wine.

Alan's Kitchen Tip: 

  • Fondue is typically made from cheese, white wine and savory seasonings into which French bread is dipped. Here, the cheese is used as a dipper for this richly flavored "fondue". Try dipping pieces of fruit, gingerbread or angel food cake as well as cheese into this shiny, berry-colored syrup.

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