My fondue recipe calls for Chablis. Could I substitute Sauvignon Blanc?

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Dear Dr. Vinny,

I have a recipe for Swiss fondue that calls for Chablis. I don't have any Chablis and would like to substitute Sauvignon Blanc. Are they similar enough to work in a fondue?

—Tom A., Gordonsville, Va.

Dear Tom,

Chablis is a region in France’s Burgundy region, and the white wines there are made primarily from Chardonnay, not Sauvignon Blanc. Even though Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc have their differences, I think substituting one or the other would be fine if you’re using it for cooking, as long as you’re substituting a dry white wine for a dry white wine.

Remember the most important tip for cooking with wine: Don’t bother cooking with a wine that’s not good enough for you to drink on its own.

—Dr. Vinny

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