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Matching wine and pancakes

March 3, 2019

Matching wine and pancakes

You’re trying to pair wine and pancakes… are you mad, we hear you cry?

It may not be one of our more traditional food pairing suggestions, but with a varied selection of toppings, fillings and general yumminess, wine and pancakes are a great combination. Below are some of the team’s favourites for Pancake Day, each matched with a delicious tipple (not all recommended for breakfasting…)



Pancakes with sugar & lemon

If you like your traditional sugar and lemon pancakes, try a lightly sweet wine such as a delicately tangy MuscatThe tangy, tropical flavours with delicate floral notes in this Vin Doux Naturel with compliment the citrus sweetness perfectly.

Muscat de Beaumes-de-Venise Domaine de Coyeux 2009

Pancakes & chocolate

Always a difficult pairing – wine and chocolate – but assuming your chocolate has melted or you have chosen a chocolate sauce, a nice big Port is ideal. Try our new Own Label 20 year old Tawny, with hints of orange, nuts and spice.

Corney and Barrow 20 year old Tawny Port

Fresh berries with pancakes

A delicious dessert suggestion (or maybe breakfast, if you’re lucky enough to have the day off). Pair with a sparkling rose, like this favourite from Le Colture, ideal with its own ripe red berry flavours and delicate mousse.

Wine and pancakes - Rose
Sparkling Rose Le Colture Brut NV

Maple/Golden syrup pancakes

Who doesn’t love indulging in a bit of sugary sweetness? And if we’re going all out, this unctuous style of pancake deserves an equally decadent wine. We’re a fan of this luxurious and velvety Tokaji, beautifully balanced, with citrus fruit and fine acidity.

Wine and Pancakes - Tokaji
Tokaji Blue Label 5 Puttonyos

Seriously savoury pancakes

Aha, a pancake day treat that we can legitimately get away with calling dinner! Easier to pair with wine than sweet ones, savoury pancakes – think cheese, ham, mushroom, whatever you fancy! – go well with a nice dry wine to cut through, such as Sancerre or a big oaky Chardonnay. Try this Hawkes Bay treat from Elephant Hill.

Wine and Pancakes - Elephant Hill
Elephant Hill Chardonnay

Hm… on second thoughts, maybe pancake day should be everyday…

Have a great Shrove Tuesday everyone!

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