Shrove Tuesday or Mardi Gras – ‘Fat Tuesday’ in France - has long been a traditional date in the Christian calendar. It marks the final day of indulgence of rich, fatty foods – generally foods made with eggs and butter –before the 40 day fast of Lent begins.
Most people, regardless of religious beliefs tend to indulge in pancakes or crepes on Shrove Tuesday, usually with lashings of sugar, lemon and honey.
We have the perfect wines to match your chosen indulgence.
Ham and Cheese Crepes, salty ham and rich melted cheese can take a lovely light red, try Domaine de Roche GuillonFleurie 2019, a Gamay from Beaujolais or Domaine Henri Delagrange Hautes Cotes deBeaune 2019, a Pinot Noir from Burgundy
Buckwheat Pancakes with Scallops or Salmon, the slight earthiness of buckwheat gallettes combined with light moist seafood and rich cream and white wine sauce will match well with a slightly more rounded Sauvignon such as Domaine le Petit Soumard Pouilly Fume 2020,a slightly sweeter Chenin such as Chateau de la Durandiere SaumurBlanc 2018 or an oaky chardonnay like Saint Veran DomaineSangouard-Guyot Terroirs 2019. Some fantastic choices depending on your personal preference
Sugar and Honey Pancakes A semi dry sparkling wine is a perfect match for these sweet crepes. Try a rose prosecco such as VillaBraida or a Cremant de Loire like Louis Grenelle Platine Brut
Chocolate Pancakes Rich, sweet, melted chocolate works well both with white crepes and buckwheat gallettes (especially with some chopped nuts.) These are the ultimate decadence and can take a very sweet, heavy wine such as Niepoort Late Bottled Vintage Port 2017or Barbeito Madeira Malvasia Reserva
Cheers and enjoy!