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Sunday, February 10, 2013

What wine with pancakes?

In case you're not up on the major holidays (because your employer probably isn't giving time off for this) Feb 10-16 is National Pancake Week. This same week is also National Flirting Week. I'm not sure of the connection.

Anyway, we should look at wine matches with pancakes, right?

As with most any food/wine pairings it depends on the preparation--any sauces, herbs used, etc. For me pancakes can be served two ways:

With fruit: strawberries, blueberries, or raspberries
Or maybe bananas, apples, and even a bit of real whipped cream

This works well with sparkling wine. Try a rosé.

With maple syrup: Real maple syrup, not the corn syrup-based fake syrups.
Next time you try to go cheap and maybe healthier with your syrup check out the ingredient list (not to mention the flavor). Lite syrups contain stuff like Aspartame, Acesulfame Potassium, etc.
Or plain and simple

Try this with a sweeter bubbly or better yet a muscat or late harvest sauvignon blanc (sauterne-style wine) or other late harvest white wine.

And of course, if this is actually breakfast, rather than dinner-for-breakfast, you can always make mimosas using a not too dry and not too expensive bubbly. Here's a good champagne cocktail recipe list sponsored by Korbel.