Best Mother’s Day Wines
Top 10 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.
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1. Rack & Riddle North Coast Blanc de Blancs
Origin: Healdsburg, California
Rack & Riddle is among a handful of California wineries that employ the méthode champenoise, the traditional French process of producing sparkling wine. The winery’s attention to detail can be seen and tasted in the North Coast Blanc de Blancs.
This lively sparkling wine boasts bright and fruity aromas of green apple and melon, followed by strong flavors of lime and lemon curd, all of which resolve in a smooth and crisp finish.
> For more information, visit the Rack & Riddle official website.
2. Berlucchi Franciacorta ’61 Rosé
Origin: Lombardy, Italy
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. 2014 Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc
Origin: Blenheim, New Zealand
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. Smith-Madrone 2013 Riesling
Origin: St. Helena, California
Originating from terroir that winemaker Stuart Smith purchased in 1971, the Smith-Madrone vineyards produce grapes perfect for crafting French- and German-style wines.
The Smith-Madrone 2013 Riesling boasts aromas of stone fruit, white flower and honeysuckle. Flavors of citrus and stone fruit are rounded out by a creamy finish.
> For more information, visit the Smith-Madrone official website
5. Cherry Tart 2013 Chardonnay
Origin: Rutherford, California
Cherry Tart Chardonnay is a blend of grapes from the Cherry Pie winery’s three vineyards in Napa, Sonoma and Monterey counties. This 100 percent Chardonnay has strong aromas of flower and white fruit. On the palate, there are rich notes of caramelized pear, marzipan and pineapple, as well as a hint of oak throughout.
> For more information, visit the Cherry Pie Wines official website
6. Solace 2014 Rosé
Origin: Napa, California
The Solace 2014 Rosé is produced according to the French méthode provençale, a process in which red grapes are grown and harvested solely for the production of rosé.
On the nose, there are strong notes of white flower with accents of peach. The palate exhibits flavors of raspberry, strawberry and melon, finished off with a long mineral ending.
> For more information, visit the Solace Wines official website
7. Elizabeth Chambers Cellar 2013 Winemaker’s Cuvée Pinot Noir
Origin: McMinnville, Oregon
The Elizabeth Chambers Cellar 2013 Winemaker’s Cuvée Pinot Noir is a blend of grapes from Falcon Glen, Russell Grooters and Lazy River vineyards.
This Pinot Noir has been aged for 15 months in French oak barrels and is best enjoyed after a couple years in the bottle. It offers aromas of cherry, spice and earth along with flavors of strawberry and rhubarb.
> For more information, visit the Elizabeth Chambers Cellar official website
8. Columbia Winery 2013 Columbia Valley Merlot
Origin: Columbia Valley, Washington
The Columbia Winery 2013 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
9. Mira 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon
Origin: Napa, California
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
10. Jorge Ordonez & Co. No. 2 Victoria
Origin: Malaga, Spain
The sweetness is balanced by crisp acidity and mineral elements, making this a superb dessert wine.
> For more information, visit the Jorge Ordonez & Co. official website