Pancakes & Wine: An Unexpected Combination

Shrove Tuesday, pancake day, is here and like most, we understand that the morning flurry isn’t the ideal time to be thinking about the timely process of pancake making. However, come 5pm, when the sun is most definitely over the yard arm and our minds are drawn back to evening supper plans; pancakes have our attention once more. What could be better, more food and wine pairings.

bottle of champagne being poured into a glass

Although fine wine and pancakes may not be the most frequently discussed food pairing, you’d be surprised as to how well they complement each other. We have put together a selection of 6 wine accompaniments for all varieties of delicious pancakes, both sweet and savoury for your evening meals or weekend brunches. 



Lemon & Sugar, best paired with NV Bonnaire Blanc de Blancs Grand Cru

Popular in its simplicity, pair this with the NV Bonnaire Blanc de Blancs Grand Cru. A refreshing Chardonnay based Champagne with delicate citrus aromas to compliment the lemon with a beautiful long-lasting finish. 

Mixed Berries, best paired with 2014 Roger Brun Romance Rose Premier Cru

Deep red fruit flavours shine through from our recommended 2014 Roger Brun Romance Rose Premier Cru Champagne to deliciously mirror the elements of this topping. It’s a rich and creamy champagne, charmingly balanced with delicate acidity.  

Chocolate & Banana, best paired with NV Graham's 40 Year Old Tawny Port

Enhance your chocolate and banana dish with the smooth caramel and toffee aromas of this incredibly composed fortified wine from the prestigious region of Porto. 

Streaky Bacon & Maple Syrup, best paired with 2011 Tokaji 5 Puttonyos Disznoko

Pair this famous sweet and salty dish with a wonderful wine from Tokaj. This sweet wine from Hungary shows a smooth and luscious palate with subtle notes of honey. 



Squash Pancakes With Chilli, Parmesan & Rosemary, best paired with 2006 Charles Heidsieck Millesime

We recommend sticking to the sparkling with the 2006 Charles Heidsieck Millesime. This astonishing cuvee offers truffle and nutty aromas supported by a rich and creamy palate to match the herbs and chilli kick of this savoury dish. 

Spinach & Goats Cheese, best paired with 2016 Le Petit Haut Lafitte Blanc Chateau Smith Haut Lafitte

This white wine is absolutely delightful, deriving from Pessac Leognan in Bordeaux; this well-balanced wine compliments the creamy goats’ cheese and spinach effortlessly.

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