Moms and the mother figures in our lives give so much to us.
With Mother’s Day around the corner, it’s not the gift you get per se but the feeling of appreciation and love you can deliver all wrapped up in a bow. If your Mom is anything like mine, you have probably heard her say, I don’t need anything for Mother’s Day – you are my gift. However, she is over the moon whenever I try to get her something she loves. I am sure she expected me to show her some love on Mother’s Day, but the thought behind the gift counts the most. So if your Mom is a wine lover, here are some options for you to flatter her tastes and add a special touch to Mother’s Day.
Elevated and Thoughtful Bubbles
Bubbly wine is often considered a splurge for some, but sparkling wine can be a daily indulgence for those that enjoy a good glass. You don’t have to go big on price for great flavour. And for those popping bottles regularly, a world of sparkling wines is available to enjoy and explore.
The Magnotta Starlight Venture Series VQA Sparkling wine is a hit wrapped in gold from Ontario. A blend of Riesling and Vidal grapes, this is a fresh and zesty wine with notes of apple, peach, lemon and orange that finishes a touch off-dry. Delicious in the glass but good for the soul too, part of the Venture series of wines by Magnotta, this is a wine that gives back, with proceeds going to the G. Magnotta Foundation for Vector-Borne Diseases to benefit Canada’s first Lyme Disease translational research lab at the University of Guelph.
If Champagne is the classic go-to, but you are down for a change-up, get in the know about Crémant. Made all over France, Crémant is a traditional method sparkling wine made outside of Champagne. The Montgueret Crémant De Loire Rose communicates the Loire region’s fruity aromas and bright flavours. With a soft pink tone, this wine has raspberry, wild strawberry, apricot and green melon notes with a softly fruity finish.
Prosecco is a classic sparkling wine made from the Glera grape from the northeast of Italy; a relaxing choice that is just delicious and approachable. Santa Margherita is also a top contender for Prosecco. The Santa Margherita Prosecco Valdobbiadene Prosecco Superiore DOCG is a serious contender showing the authentic flavour of the Prosecco-country hillsides with notes of ripe pineapple, peaches, apples, melon and a rich, vibrant palate that takes you to Italy.
Conversely, if you are in for a different tone with your bubbles of choice, which is non-alc, Nozeco has you covered. A new addition to LCBO shelves, this de-alcoholized sparkling wine hails from France and Is made with Muscat grapes. Perfect for some good clean fun with notes of apple, citrus fruits, and beautiful floral notes followed by a palate that leads with elderflower and makes for a very refreshing finish.
Bold and Memorable Reds
For moms who like to keep bold, flavourful and filled with spice and fruit-forward notes, a bottle of red wine to impress and delight is the way to go whether you go with a new wine region to enjoy for the first time or stick to a classic—these memorable wines and here for red wine lovers to dive into.
Oregon is the place to watch for all the Pinot Noir lovers. Some stellar wine industry veterans make the A to Z Wineworks Pinot Noir. A true expression of Oregon in the glass, this wine is filled with notes of rose, violet, cranberry, pomegranate, boysenberry and raspberry, coupled with deep spice notes and followed by a memorable and harmonious palate. This is the perfect moment to explore Oregon Pinot Noirs is you have not before.
California has become the king of bold Cabernet Sauvignons. Those that love their red wines bold know the call of a Cali Cab, and the J. Lohr Seven Oaks Cabernet Sauvignon delivers! A Paso Robles wine from a winemaking family that brings a sustainable edge to winemaking, the Seven Oaks is booming with dark, dense fruit notes of black cherry and currant, with toast spice, hazelnut and vanilla aromas. Followed by a rich and juicy expression that lays softly on the palate.
Shiraz is known throughout the country down-under as the same grape but with a different expression. From the region of McLaren Vale, the Sister’s Run Epiphany Shiraz is the bottled work of winemaker Elena Brooks. Expressing the region through and through, this bold wine is spiced, filled with cocoa notes, blue fruited, and lacey with herbal expressions and floral touches. Ending in a crescendo of bold pepper notes, with richness and power in the finish.
Get off the beaten path and head to Croatia in the glass. Badel 1862’s Pelješac red is entirely crafted from the Croatian native grape Plavac Malo on the Pelješac Peninsula. The offspring of Zinfandel, this is a wine that leaves an indelible mark on the palate—filled with fragrant fruit notes, Mediterranean herds, and dark chocolate notes. This wine is bold on the palate, with brightness and vibrant to the max.
Spring is here, and the Rosé wines are calling. This is the perfect moment for pink wines, especially for those who like to sip with the seasons. And if Rosé is common practice for you and your mom year round, all the more reason to live that full-on drink-pink life now that spring is here.
Grenache-based and straight out of Sonoma County, California, the Angels & Cowboys Rosé is a hot-to-trot wine made for the moment. With its iconic label, this is a rosé wine that has garnered a huge following and for good reason. A wine that expresses the beauty of Sonoma with floral, fruity and savoury notes; so good! The starting grape of Grenache is supported well by Carignan and Syrah, making for a daydreamy pink-hued wine that is easy to love and deserving of a two-bottle moment.
If Rosé is what you are after, southern France is the answer! The Domaine Lafage Miraflors Rose is from the south French wine region of Roussillon. Roussillon is a region with a long and vibrant history of rosé winemaking. Crafted from a blend of Grenache and Mourvèdre. Served in a memorable bottle to match, this is filled with rose, strawberry, and white peach notes, with a crisp and refreshing palate.
Wine lovers searching for the latest Rosés to sip must explore what Greece is doing in pink wine format. The Thalia Rosé is a wine that expresses the native Greek grapes of Kotsifali and Mandilaria, done in a cotton-candy pink colour that nearly screams drink-me! Great all on its own, it is filled with fresh berry notes, white pepper, and Mediterranean aromas that lead into a palate with a crisp and bright finish.
Crisp and Lively Whites
Crisp and lively white wines and great for moms into a fresh and lifted experience in the glass. If Chablis, Sauvignon Blanc, and Pinot Grigio are the go-to favourites, this is the category of wines to shop in to keep those fresh vibes going. Ideal white wine to stock that cellar with and enjoy in no time.
Greek wines are hot right now. The country is killing it for fresh, vibrant white wines that slap. Given a Mediterranean vibe in the glass, Greek wines are more often than not made from native grapes and serve up some memorable aromas and flavours. The Thalia White is a great crisp white blend made from Sauvignon Blanc and Assyrtiko for a white wine option. This bright wine has a delightful finish with citrus and soft fruit notes.
You have most certainly seen the wines of Masi Agricola before. They are a staple on LCBO and wine store shelves across the country. Iconic with its circular art-déco style label, the Fresco di Masi Bianco is a delightful sunny yellow colour. Delivering aromas notes of white-fleshed pears, white cranberry, yellow apple, white peach and touches of white flowers. Followed by a surprisingly textured palate, with just a hint of fruitiness and a bright finish overall.
Keeping the Italian wines flowing, Cesari’s Liano White Wine blends together classic grapes but is done with some Italian flare. A combination of Chardonnay and Sauvignon, this wine is a blend that pays homage to the local winemaking traditions around the hills of Imola in Emilia Romagna. The wine is fermented in oak barrels and brings honey, vanilla and white fruit notes, followed by an expansive and crisp palate.
If Chardonnay is your vibe but non-alc experiences are what you are looking for, then the Sinzero Chardonnay is the perfect option. Hailing from the central valley of Chile, this 100% zero-proof wine is a bold golden tone with aromas of peaches, bananas, green apples and herbal notes. Giving a flavour that is fruity, lively and lifted. Who says that non-alc wines have to sacrifice taste, not Sinzero? That’s for sure!
Finally, if you are in for keeping gifting going for your wine-loving mother figure, never hesitate to add some fantastic glasses to that wrapped gift. A great set of glassware is the gift that keeps on giving. Julianna Glass makes glassware that lives up to the experience of enjoying a phenomenal wine. Elegant crystal glasses that are hand cut and adorned in Swarovski crystals, like the Lotus Rosé and Champagne glass, take the enjoyment of wine to the next level.