Let’s face it, we are all better because of our mothers. So let’s give mom what she really wants for Mother’s Day that’s not the usual candy and flowers. What mom really wants is wine, good wine! She would greatly appreciate a bottle or two to meet her style or personality type and some food pairings to go with it. Check out our guide to all things wine for your type of mom.
Loves to Drink the Same Type of Wine
If you are like me, your mom drinks one or two of the same types of wine, like Sauvignon Blanc or Merlot. She likely spends about ten to twelves dollars per bottle and is happy with the wine. So for Mother’s Day, why not treat her to a bottle or two of her favorite varietal but double the price? You are in the tier of a much better bottle of wine if you can go with the $20-25 or $30 bottle and you will likely knock her socks off. Meaning that she will be surprised that her favorite varietal can taste that good. My mom loves California Sauvignon Blanc. So this year, I bought her a bottle of Sauvignon Blanc from the Sancerre region of France (one of the best places in the world that Sauvignon Blanc is produced). One sip of that better bottle and your mom will be very happy. The gesture will be appreciated and if you are lucky, she might share that bottle of wine with you! Pair with bacon, goat cheese, leek and tomato crepes.
Loves Travel and Adventure
When friends and family come back from travel, what is the one thing that they always talk about from the trip? The food and the wine! So if your mom is a traveler, seek out a bottle or two of exotic wine for her. This can be anything from a wine from Argentina like a Malbec, Tempranillo or Torrontes (white) to a Greek Assyrtiko or Athiri (white) to a Sardinian Tasca D’Almerita rose. Pair it with an egg quiche with spinach and asparagus.
Loves to go to the Movies/Museums
When we think about the movies and museums there is a sense of balance to the activity. The varietal that we associate with this activity is a chardonnay and a pinot noir. If your mom is a lover of either or both seek out a California or Long Island Chardonnay and a French Pinot Noir (preferable from the Southern region of Burgundy, where they traditionally make more of a feminine-not overpowering-pinot noir). Pair with this crab benedict.
If your mom is the type who loves to run, play tennis or bike in the great outdoors, we are guessing that she likes a crisp and refreshing wine. You could go a few different ways with this type of mom. Think bubbly – like Champagne or Cremant Bubbly (France), Cava (Spain) or Prosecco (Italy). Toast your mom with a glass of bubbly and oysters on the half shell or a cheese and fruit selection. Another idea is to go with a high acid white wine (New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc, Italian Pinot Grigio or Portuguese Vino Verde Alvarinho). The high acid is sure to quench mom’s thirst! Pair with a hearty salad like a tuna nicoise or a gulf shrimp Caesar.
Loves the Outdoors
Nothing says the outdoors like the change in seasons to the spring/summer weather like rose wine. Mom will love a good bottle or two of rose wine from the South of France (Provence) or Italy. Rose bubbly counts too and we are seeing many more good dry rose bubbly’s coming from California, Oregon, the North Fork of Long Island and Virginia. You can expect to pay $15-25 per bottle and it’s worth it. Pair with her favorite cheeses, meats and fruit or a Quiche Lorraine.
Loves to Cook/Bake
Nothing pairs better with food than wine. But baked goods, that is a bit trickier! So for the foodie mom that is a good cook, good baker or both, treat her to a nice bottle of Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah or a California or Virginia Viogner or German Riesling. If you want to go on the sweeter desert side, an Italian or French Muscat Blanc, or a Port wine from Portugal. Serve with one of her favorite breakfast dishes or baked goods, did someone say cupcakes? Check out these perfect red velvet cupcakes.
Nothing says you care like a good bottle of wine! Happy Mother’s Day!
What did you get your mom this Mother's Day? Tell us in the comments below!
Written by Carla McKay
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Recipes courtesy of Food Network.