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Wine expert and head Thirsty Girl Leslie Sbrocco offers her suggestions for a range of wine-loving moms. Whether Mom is a music lover or foodie fan, she's got you covered with these well-priced options.
Wild and crazy mom: Fifty shades of grape
Forget the vanilla and chocolate of wine (read Chardonnay and Cabernet) and reach for the exotic. For the mom who likes to explore the racy side of wine, pick up these sexy sips.
2012 Terrazas “Reserva” Torrontés, Cafayate Salta, Argentina $13-15
This alluring white marries floral aromas with a lush texture in a wine that does a tango on your tongue. Torrontés is a grape variety grown in high elevation vineyards of northern Argentina where it gets ripe but maintains vibrancy. It’s an ideal partner for spicy cuisines, curry dishes, and Latin lovers.
2011 Emiliana “Natura” Carmenere, Colchagua Valley, Chile $9-12
Get au natural with Natura. One of the world’s leading producers of wines made with organically-grown grapes, Emiliana is a top brand to know. Explore Chile’s signature red variety, Carmenere, in this silky red with a spicy kick. It’s a wine that makes you want to get kinky with your drinky.
Indulgent mom: When only a moment alone will do
Give your mother a break by encouraging her take a moment for herself. Encourage her to grab a book, relax in the tub with an aromatherapy candle and glass of wine and get away from it all.
2011 Brassfield “Serenity” white blend, Lake County, California $12-15
This is wine aromatherapy. A blend of Pinot Grigio, Sauvignon Blanc and Gewürztraminer from grapes planted in California’s scenic Lake County north of Napa, this crisp, aromatic white with juicy fruit notes goes as easily with dinner as it does with a good book.
Cono Sur Brut, Bio-Bio Valley, Chile $16-19
Elegant on the inside and out, it’s rare to find such high quality sparkling wine at such an affordable price. Sleekly designed packaging makes you want to open this bottle, the wine makes you want to drink it. Crafted from chardonnay grown in the very southern part of Chile in the Bio-Bio (bee-o bee-o) Valley, it is a bubbly to pair throughout the meal or simply uncork and enjoy in the bubble bath.
Music loving Mom: Sips to sing with
Whether your mom enjoys the classics or a little rock ‘n roll, you can indulge both her love of tunes and drinks with wines made by music icons. Get her some music to complement the bottle, or better yet, buy her tickets to a concert: both Dave Matthews and Andrea Bocelli are on tour this summer.
2012 Dreaming Tree “Everyday” White, Central Coast, California $13-15
An easy-drinking blend from the duo of rocker Dave Matthews and his winemaking partner, Steve Reeder that does what it says – offers an affordable drink everyday.
2011 Bocelli, Sangiovese, Rosso Toscana, Italy $13-15
When Andrea Bocelli sings most women swoon. His soaring voice transports you to another place. His wines can do the same. Crafting a range of vino from sparkling Prosecco to hearty reds, this supple, seductive wine made with Sangiovese -- the grape variety of Tuscany – showcases Italy in a glass.
Foodie mom: Please her palate
If your mom is the family food lover, seek out these wines to partner with Mother’s Day brunch. Just don’t forget the chocolate.
2011 Bollini Pinot Grigio, Trentino, Italy $12-14
Hailing from the cool climate area of Trentino in northern Italy where the Dolomite Mountains offer an incredible backdrop, this crisp and complex Pinot Grigio is ideal for pairing with traditional brunch fare from ham to fruit salad.
2012 Medici Ermete “Quercioli” Secco, Lambrusco Reggiano, Italy $12-14
What better gifts to get for Mom than dark chocolate and wine? Often the two don’t go together, but this classy red sparkling wine is a unique partnership she’ll love (though it’s a wine that works beautifully with pasta dishes and cheeses, as well). Purple-hued Lambrusco grapes create this dry-style sparkler from the region’s best producer, Medici Ermete.