rose and glassEarly March means pancakes. And an over-abundance of rosé sparkling wine in the shops. But just because all that left-over pink Valentine’s fizz is on special offer should you give it a go this week with your pancakes? Most definitely yes, but only if you’re filling your pancakes with a light savoury mix of fish in Béchamel sauce.

Because the light strawberry flavours of rosé sparkling wine will get swamped if matched with the traditional pancake topping of sugar and freshly squeezed lemon juice.

lemonWine isn't a natural match to lemon or egg-based batter pancakes. Their mouth-coating intenseness can overwhelm many wines. Once the tongue has tasted anything really sweet it's difficult for it to identify subtler fruity flavours, like those found in wine. But there are wines that can cope with citrus juice, cane sugar and baked batter.

Aromatic whites like Australian Riesling harmonise wonderfully with rich lemon dishes while a light sherry can cope with extra side-servings of ice-cream or crème fraîche.

Prawn and salmon pancake fillings need matching with equally delicate wines: so here the special offer rosé cava or champagne works a treat. The strawberry and toast covered with honey flavours of rosé sparkling wines not only taste wonderful but they’ll also enhance the pancake-wine matching experience. Better get a few bottles in then.

PG Wine Tips

£3.99 and under

There are still some good bottles to be found that cost the same as a couple of National Lottery tickets.

Aldi Cambalala South African Chenin Blanc


Banana and melon flavours with a sweet edge. Match to pancakes served with ice cream.

Aldi Tierra del Sol Chilean Merlot


Light red fruit flavours of redcurrant, damson and cherry. Try with Bolognese fillings.

Vanderberg South African Chenin Blanc Chardonnay

£3.99 Co-op (down from £5.69 starting from March 9)

Creamy apple and melon flavours with an edge of raw carrot or possibly celery. Needs matching to savoury fish-filled pancakes.

£5.99 and under

There are a few fruity, slurpable wines among the forgettable masses.

Co-op Fairtrade Chilean Merlot Rosé

£4.49 (down from £5.49 until March 15th)

Strawberry, raspberry and redcurrant aromas and flavours. An ideal match to savoury ham or salmon pancake fillings.

Costs a bit more, but tastes great

Sometimes a bottle of wine tastes so fab it's still a bargain whatever it costs.

White River Fairtrade South African Chenin Blanc

£6.99 Laithwaites

A slight spritz accompanies pineapple cheesecake flavours. Try it with your lemon and sugar pancakes.

Errazuriz Chilean Wild Ferment Chardonnay

£9.99 Co-op

A complex wine that starts of tasting like an apple Charlotte with a dollop of ice cream, and changes to toasted coconut flavours after being opened for twenty minutes. If you’re not having pancakes then match this versatile wine to whatever else is on your plate.

This article has appeared as Paula's Wines of the Week on Mature Times