4 Brand New MW’s

Congratulations to the 4 New MW’s who were awarded their letters today!

I know first hand how tough the programme is and am always delighted to hear of those that have successfully completed it.

The Master of Wine qualification is the ultimate wine qualification for the wine trade and requires application of the key characteristics of learning: knowledge, skills, experience and perhaps most importantly attitude!

These guys have all done it! 🙌🙌🙌🙌

Full details here …

New Masters of Wine!

IT’S PANCAKE DAY – er, well it was yesterday!

Woop, it’s Pancake Day. I woke up thinking about pancakes & probably won’t stop until Mr B has made me his crepes suzette this evening … (update: actually he didn’t in the end 😕).

… the best wines to pair with pancakes really depends on the filling but here are some of my favourites …

  1. The classic, lemon and sugar

Suggested recipe BBC Good Food

Try a Coteaux du Layon, the sweet Chenin Blanc from the Loire Valley in France, super ripe grapes, sometimes botrytis, sometimes dried, this wines tart appley acidity will match the sweetness of the sugar and the acidity of the lemon beautifully.

Suggested wine: Domaine des Baumard Coteaux du Layon

2) Bananas and nuts

Suggested recipe: BBC Good Food

I love sweet Pinot Gris, the fruit can be quite exotic but it takes on a spicy and nutty note and that gives it a lovely savoury edge. Acidity not so high in this wine but that’s fine to pair with the bananas. Sadly not that widely available but worth the extra work to get hold of a bottle.

Suggested wine: Rolly Gassmann Pinot Gris SGN

3) Apples, pear and cinammon

Suggested recipe: BBC Good Food

Actually this would work with the Coteaux du Layon too but Tokaji has more intense botrytis (fruit peel, barley sugar and saffron spice) and higher acidity (because of the Furmint base wine), go for 5 Puttonyos to get the sweetness level right.

Suggested wine: Oremus Tokay 5 Putts

4) Chocolate and banana

Suggested Recipe: BBC Good Food

When it comes to chocolate I prefer to contrast flavours rather than match them. Chocolate can be rich, so for me a fruitier contrast works better. Muscat is very fruity, raisins, sultanas and these fortified and slightly oxidised, Liqueur Muscat’s from Australia take on brown sugar and honey notes that compliment both the chocolate and the banana.

Suggested wine: Campbells Liqueur Muscat

5) Rhubarb (omg why I have I never thought about putting rhubarb in a pancake before?)

Suggested recipe: BBC Good Food

Straight to Riesling with this one. A wine that’s high in acidity to match with the tart crispness of the Rhubarb. Germany, France, Austria and Canada all make great sweet Riesling but I like the sound of this one from New Zealand.

Suggested wine: Cloudy Bay Late Harvest Riesling

and finally the ultimate pancake …

6) Crepes Suzette

Suggested Recipe: BBC Good Food

with the ultimate wine, Sauternes, nobley rotted Semillon and Sauvignon Blanc from France that takes on a delicious orange peel and marmalade note. Nice.

Suggested wine: Chateau Briatte Sauternes

… Maybe I’ll get my pancakes tonight?