A romantic Valentine’s Date at home

Our plan this Valentine’s Day is to create a hands-on dinner for two that oozes with romance. And what better dish to share with the one you love than a warm, creamy, cheese fondue?

We never understood waiting for a table in a crowded restaurant with your love on a busy holiday when you can enjoy a private, romantic evening at home.

Fondue dipping foods and La Crema Pinot Noir

What we love about this meal is that you can include almost anything that you want to dip into the cheese sauce.

Dipping bite-sized morsels into rich, bubbly cheese is a perfect way to spend an unhurried, relaxing evening together. Uncork a bottle of La Crema Winery’s Montery Pinot Noir to make the moment even more memorable.

Then, finish the night off with chocolate dipped strawberries, a comfy rug and a warm fire. (Are you there yet?)

Chocolate-dipped strawberries and La Crema Pinot Noir.

Cap off the evening with chocolate-dipped strawberries and Pinot Noir.

So here it is: A simple menu for a special night. We set the table with our favorite white plates and let the food and wine have the spotlight.

(Cue Marvin Gaye album.) Let’s get it on …

Romantic Cheese Fondue

Recipe type: Main Dish
Cuisine: Swiss
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Serves: 2

A hands-on dinner for two that oozes with romance


  • 1 clove garlic halved crosswise
  • 1 1/2 cups Dry white wine
  • 8 ounces Gruyere Cheese grated (about3 cups)
  • 8 ounces Emmental Cheese grated (about 3 cups)
  • 2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • Freshly grated nutmeg
  • Freshly ground white pepper
  • 1 loaf French or ciabatta bread, cut into one-inch cubes
  • Assorted items for dipping such as sliced green apples, brocolini, mushrooms, potatoes, cooked shrimp, steak etc.


  1. Rub the inside of your fondue pot with garlic; discard garlic. Pour wine into pot, and place over medium-low heat.
  2. When liquid starts to bubble, start adding cheeses by the handful, stirring until melted and combined.
  3. Add lemon juice. Continue stirring until mixture is smooth and bubbling slightly, about five minutes. Season with nutmeg and pepper.
  4. Transfer fondue pot to the table, and keep warm over the fondue pot warmer. Serve with bread, meats and vegetables.


Photography: Kristin Vincent Photography

Fondue Pot: Williams Sonoma

White Faux Fur Throw: West Elm (download West Elm coupons here!)

Great White Plates: Pottery BarnRomantic Cheese Fondue