Pancake Day – otherwise known as Shrove Tuesday – is here, and whether you're a sweet tooth, or have a hankering for the savoury, there's something to suit each and every tastebud. And what better way to enjoy these fluffy, flipped delicacies than with a glass of wine or two? To make sure you find the perfect match, our buyers have selected a bevy of wines from our portfolio that will make perfect partners for pancakes sweet and savoury.
There's no holding back when it comes to sweet pancakes, with everything from the much-loved classic combination of lemon and sugar, through to a decadent and devilish variation with maple syrup and bacon.
Maximum Brut, Ferrari
From Italy's finest fizz people, Ferrari's Maximum Brut is characterised by its persistent and intense bubbles, the refreshing aroma of crisp apples and flowers, and delicate notes of yeast. This elegant blanc-de-blanc is a fresh food-focused, perfect with a side of pancakes.
Giall'Oro, Valdobbiadene Prosecco Superiore DOCG, Ruggeri
One of the very finest wines from Ruggeri's portfolio, Giall’Oro is laced with delicate hints of golden apples and acacia flowers. The off-dry palate is fresh and light with an extremely smooth and well-balanced, fruity finish. Extremely versatile, this is a wine that can brighten up any hour of the day.
I Capitelli IGT, Anselmi
This heavenly dessert wine is right at home with delectable treats – think creme brulée, cheese cakes, sticky toffee puddings and, of course, pancakes. Stunningly rich and complex, it packs a punch with apricot, honey and pear flavours, and has a smooth and velvety finish.
Moscato d'Asti, Moncucco DOCG, Fontanafredda
This Moscato from Fontanafredda is easy on the eye and mouthwatering on the in the mouth – it's an attractive bright golden yellow in the glass, with an intensely aromatic nose of white petals, ripe peaches and lightly spiced pears. From one of Piedmont’s top estates that was founded in the 19th century, this dessert wine has pure, zingy, grapey aromas and is dangerously easy to drink.
The savoury bunch
If sugar's not your thing, there's a raft of other ways to enjoy a pancake – think Breton-style pancakes with ham and cheese, versions with Asian-inspired crispy duck, or even a twist on the pancake with smoked salmon blinis.
Hailing from Heathcote in Victoria, Australia, this Italian varietal wine has a rich nose of greengages and butter. The rounded, plush texture is cut across by vibrant acidity and a character strongly suggestive of minerals. There's a dramatic tension between richness and bright tanginess, as the plush texture is cut across by vibrant acidity.
Pinot Noir Willamette Valley, Omero
This is an elegant approach to the noble variety, with aromas of redcurrant, strawberry-rhubarb and elderflower, with a palate of raspberry and honeycomb with bright acidity and smooth, silky texture. From the tailing of Burgundy clones to Oregon terroir, this is a Pinot Noir of an attention to detail that borders on obsession
Miamup Chardonnay, Howard Park
This Margaret River Chardonnay from Western Australia is vibrant green/gold in colour, with delicate scents of white field flowers, pear drop essence and citrus oils enriched with minerals, nutmeg spice and caramel. We'll be whipping up a batch of smoked salmon blinis to enjoy with this one.
Mohua Sauvignon Blanc, Peregrine Wines
Fresh stonefruit, lemon zest and crunch snow pea flavours combine with tropical fruit, fresh cut line in this fresh and mouthwatering Sauvignon Blanc. An elegant expression of Marlborough terroir, this value-for-money white will appeal to wine drinkers who like good Sancerre or top New World Sauv Blanc.
Beurrot Pinot Gris, Kooyong
"Arguably one of Australia’s better known and loved pinot gris, by those that might call themselves pinot gris fanciers. Nothing fancy done here, just good grapes, smart winemaking, a know how with the variety. You could file this under pinot gris in the dictionary. Classic pear, pear drop, frangipani, honeycomb, candle wax scents, even a touch of oatmeal savouriness. The palate is deep in flavour but light on its feet. Soft and juicy, almost watery but let’s call it delicate, and with silkiness to texture that makes the wine feel refreshing and regal, in a way. It keeps you thinking it’s lush only to finish feathery and mouthwatering. It’s excellent, really." – Mike Bennie, Winefront.
Ramón Bilbao Crianza
As the best selling Rioja Crianza in the Spanish On Trade, we're thrilled to be introducing this fruit-driven Rioja into our portfolio. A deep cherry red, it has intense aromas of black berries and touches of coconut and liquorice. A glass of Crianza with a flavour-filled ham and cheese pancake would go down a treat.