What wine to drink with pancakes on Shrove Tuesday?





Shrove Tuesday precedes Ash Wednesday in the Christian Calendar and traditionally it is heralded as a day of feasting before a period of fasting. Some give up chocolate, others alcohol (gulp!) but regardless of your efforts, rarely are we presented with such a prime opportunity of indulgence than Pancake Day, so defy the midweek gloom by pairing tonight’s pancakes with some of these wine suggestions…

Whilst not the easiest food to match with wine particularly given the variety of pancake ingredients, it is by no means an impossible job. For the purposes of this fleetingly brilliant article (there is no sub-editor hence the occasional self-indulgent and superfluous self-appraisal) we have split this into two sections for savoury and sweet pancakes.

Wines to pair with Sweet Pancakes 

For the uncultured and unspectacular pancake but one that never fails to disappoint, we suggest you pair the British staple lemon and sugar pancake with a suitably rich dessert wine such as a Sauternes or a Muscat. Both are archetypal dessert wines with enough luscious sweetness to marry perfectly with the sugary acidity of your pancake.

For other sweet pancakes perhaps you are looking for something with a slightly different flavour complexity and a Semillon from Bordeaux such as the Château du Seuil 2007, Cérons would certainly tick all the right boxes. With its bountiful notes of apricot, peach, nuts and pronounced honeyed bouquet there is enough on the palate to contend with the richness of your pancake ingredients.

For delicately sweet pancakes a sparkling rosé is soft enough on the palate for your lighter, perhaps fruit led pancakes but if you are indulging your inner child and dousing yours in chocolate then a Tawny Port is just the ticket.

Why not try:

Château Les Justices 2005, Sauternes

Torres Moscatel Oro Floralis NV, Catalunya

Château du Seuil 2007, Cérons

Fantinel Rosé Brut NV

Warre's Otima 10 year old Tawny Port NV

Royal Tokaji Aszú 5 Puttonyos 2007, Hungary


Wines to pair with savoury pancakes

Not always the easiest of food pairings but worth experimenting nonetheless. For cheese and ham based pancakes be bold and go with a seriously fruity Zinfandel from California. Nicely balanced on the palate with a pleasing sweetness, it won’t fall shy against any rich cheeses.
 
Alternatively a rich, buttery Chardonnay such as the Blackstone is a hugely versatile food wine that has always been a huge hit at our tasting events. For milder savoury pancakes a Petit Chablis or a Gavi from Italy are suitably aromatic.
 
For salmon pancakes a traditional pairing such as a nice Champagne will do the trick if you are happy to shell out prior to abstaining during the lent period.

Why not try:

Gavi di Gavi 'La Toledana' 2011, Domini Villa Lanata

Petit Chablis 2010, J. Moreau et Fils

Ravenswood Old Vine Zinfandel 2009

Blackstone Chardonnay 2010, Monterey County
 
 
 
Main image by Amanda Slater 
 

Written by: Ben Moss

Ben Moss 

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