Crepes, which originated in France, serve a variety of purposes. While many people may think of these thin pancakes for sweet dishes, they are just as popular for savory recipes.
Here in Seattle, the weather has not been as warm as it usually is at this time of year. Nevertheless, it is summertime so I wanted to have a summer menu for this month’s challenging wine pairing, no matter the temperature. We enjoyed a marinated beet salad, seafood crepes, and steamed mixed vegetables. The seafood crepes were filled with crabmeat, baby shrimp, light cream, cream cheese, green chilies, green onions, white wine, and soy sauce. When served, they were garnished with additional green onions and avocado slices. The seafood crepes were a hit with our family! If you like seafood, I highly recommend them.
After referring to my favorite guide for pairing food and wine, What to Drink with What You Eat by Andrew Dornenburg and Karen Page, we decided to go with an Alsatian Pinot Blanc and a New Zealand Pinot Noir. We selected the 2008 Domaine Zind-Humbrecht Pinot Blanc from Alsace, France, and the 2008 Nautilus Pinot Noir from Marlborough, New Zealand. We enjoyed both wines very much; however, the consensus favorite prior to the meal and paired with the food was the Pinot Blanc.
We’d love for you to share in the comments what you would have paired with this meal. And, as always, we welcome your suggestions for challenging wine pairings for us to try in the future.
2008 Domaine Zind-Humbrecht Pinot Blanc (Alsace, France): Medium yellow-gold. Aromatic with pear, honey, and mineral notes on the nose. Pear, lemon, tart apple, and minerality come through on the palate. Dry and medium-bodied with crisp acidity. Well-balanced with a long finish. A wonderful food wine.
Quality: 4 stars (out of 5)
QPR: 3 bangs for your buck (out of 5)
Where to buy: The Olde Wine Store (Mercer Island, Washington), $22; Available elsewhere, $17 to $26
2008 Nautilus Pinot Noir (Marlborough, New Zealand): Medium-deep ruby red. Nice nose with strawberry, raspberry, and earthy aromas. More strawberry and raspberry as well as smoke and dust come through on the palate. Medium-bodied with crisp acidity, medium tannins, and a long finish.
Quality: 3.5 stars (out of 5)
QPR: 5 bangs for your buck (out of 5)
Where to buy: Esquin Wine Merchants (Seattle, Washington), $24.99; Available elsewhere, $20 to $25