Best Mother’s Day Wines

By Dirk Smits

Top Wines for Mother’s Day

It’s the one official day of the year dedicated to pampering moms everywhere — and the pressure is on. However, choosing a wine for Mother’s Day doesn’t have to mean buying the bottle with the heftiest price tag (though we do encourage spoiling her!). Buying wine for mom can be as simple as putting yourself in her shoes and picking accordingly.

From crisp sparkling wines and aromatic whites to refreshing rosés and silky reds, GAYOT’s Top Wines for Mother’s Day are sure to please the woman who deserves the best.

> Find more ideas for celebrating with GAYOT’s Mother’s Day Guide.

1. Paula Kornell, Brut

Origin: Healdsburg, California, USA
Varietal: 80% Chardonnay, 20% Pinot Noir
Price: $19.00
ABV: 12%

Paula Kornell grew up embraced by tradition. Her father brought his European background to California with Hanns Kornell Champagne Cellars, producing sparkling wine in the traditional method.

Fruit for this wine comes from certified sustainable vineyards in some of the coolest growing regions around California. The wine displays lively bubbles and a pale yellow color. The nose shows jasmine, apple and a slice of toast followed by flavors of strawberries, cherries and brioche. Lively acidity leads to a long, balanced finish.

> For more information, visit the Paula Kornell official website.

2. Berlucchi Franciacorta ’61 Rosé

Berlucchi Franciacorta '61 Rosé

Origin: Lombardy, Italy
Varietal: 60% Pinot Nero, 40% Chardonnay
Price: $45
ABV: 12.5%

The signature sparkling wine of Italy’s Lombardy region, Franciacorta is made according to the same method as Champagne. Guido Berlucchi first began producing the style in 1961, and has remained a leader in the region ever since.

The Franciacorta ’61 Rosé is a beautiful salmon-pink wine with notes of berry, lemon, strawberry and crusty bread. This refined, medium-bodied sparkling wine pairs well with shellfish and aged cheeses.

> For more information, visit the Berlucchi official website

3. 2020 Whitehaven Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc

Whitehaven 2014 Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc

Origin: Blenheim, New Zealand
Price: $12
ABV: 13%

The Whitehaven Sauvignon Blanc is quintessentially Marlborough in its aromas and flavors. This medium-bodied wine has notes of peach, gooseberry and herbs on the nose and intense citrus and tropical fruit flavors on the palate.

The crispness and vibrant acidity of the wine can be attributed to the hand-harvested grapes and warm New Zealand climate.

>  For more information, visit the Whitehaven official website

4. Dirler-Cadé, Lieu-dit Belzbrunnen, Riesling 2016

Origin: Alsace, France
Varietal: 100% Riesling
Price: $25.00
ABV: 13%

In 1998, Jean and Jean-Pierre Dirler chose to write another chapter to the long history of the House, developing biodynamic viticulture in order to more respect the environment and the soil and aim at making even better wines.

The wine has a straw-yellow color. The nose shows fruit aromas with a hint of coriander seeds and mint. The palate has a substantial texture unfolding sweet citrus and a juicy acidity with a touch of salt.

> For more information, visit the Dirler-Cadé official website.

5. Saracina, Unoaked Chardonnay 2019

Origin: Hopland, California, USA
Varietal: 100% Chardonnay
Price: $23.00
ABV: 13.2%

Saracina, a 250-acre ranch which includes a winery and sustainably farmed vineyards, is also home to 140-year-old olive trees, vegetable gardens, bee hives, and all manner of bird and wild animal life. The handcrafted, limited Saracina wine production reflect a conscious sense of this beautiful estate in Mendocino County, CA.

This wine is a pure expression of Mendocino Chardonnay. The 100% estate grown fruit was harvested by hand, whole cluster pressed, and cool tank fermented with four months on the lees.

The wine has a bright yellow color and offers aromas of Meyer lemon and green apple. On the palate it shows ripe apple and white flowers with a bit of minerality. The racy acidity carries on through the complex finish.

> For more information, visit the Saracina official website.

6. Columbia Winery 2017 Columbia Valley Merlot

Type: RED
Origin: Columbia Valley, Washington
Varietal: 83% Merlot, 9% Syrah, 8% Malbec
Price: $14
ABV: 14.1%

The Columbia Winery 2018 Columbia Valley Merlot is a deep-ruby-colored wine produced from the volcanic soil of central Washington.

This wine features fragrant aromas of plum and spice, followed by flavors of dark berry with notes of vanilla and oak. The wine’s vivid acidity make it a great pairing with poultry.

> For more information, visit the Columbia Winery official website

7. Mira 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon

Type: RED
Origin: Napa, California
Varietal: Cabernet Sauvignon
Price: $75

If Mom is into big bold flavors, the Mira 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon is your best bet for satiating her palate. The deep red-hued wine has notes of cranberry, leather and licorice which add to the overall rich mouthfeel.

The lingering finish will have Mom wanting a glass or two more.

> For more information, visit the Mira official website.

8. Jorge Ordonez Málaga, S.L. No. 2 Victoria

Jorge Ordonez & Co. No. 2 Victoria

Origin: Malaga, Spain
Varietal: 100% Muscat of Alexandria
Price: $23

A multi-award-winning wine, the Jorge Ordoñez & Co. No. 2 Victoria is made from 100 percent Muscat Alexandria. Notes of peach, mango, lemon and apple are present in both the aroma and palate.

The sweetness is balanced by crisp acidity and mineral elements, making this a superb dessert wine.

> For more information, visit the Jorge Ordonez Selections official website.