A gift of wine lets you choose something unique that closely matches your mother’s tastes, and even her personality. My wife and mother of my beautiful Alessia loves sparkling wine, so I plan to give her a bottle of Franciacorta with along with a gourmet home made meal.
The best wine gifts for Mother’s Day are usually celebratory and special, like a bottle of Barolo, or a nice Chianti. The more you match your mother’s personality and taste with your selections, the better your gift will be. Here are a few basic rules you can follow to find the perfect gift.
Rule #1: Vintage Quality Matters More Than Brand
My mother loves vintage Barolo , so , choosing an ideal wine gift for her wasn’t difficult. I went with an older vintage from Scavino Barolo 2001. I wanted to give her something unique than what she could easily find in a SAQ. You can find 117 references for Barolo in the SAQ but older vintages tend to be more of a splurge and more difficult to find, since you will have to tap the secondary market.
That’s why I suggested an older Barolo. If vintage choice is available, you can choose wine from the best years, and give your mother something with more depth and maturity than a young Barolo wine.
Rule #2: Match Your Mother’s Palate
Even if your mother doesn’t have a favorite wine, you can still find the perfect wine gift for Mother’s Day by thinking about which types of wines she tends to order at restaurants, or selecting a wine to her favorite foods. Does she usually order a glass of Chardonnay, or is she a bigger fan of Cabernet Sauvignon?. Think outside the box whether your mother enjoys red or white wine, and get to the specific flavors she loves. For instance, if she usually drinks bold, Nebbiolo and Sangiovese, then you can safely get her any wine. It doesn’t even have to be the traditional Italian grapes–you might want to expand her horizons with a fruity Refosco instead. Find a few wines that you know she’s enjoyed in the past, and read some tasting notes on them to see if you notice a pattern.
Rule #3: Stick with Your Roots
I find that bottles with a deep sentimental meaning make very special gifts for Mother’s Day, no matter the varietal. Consider buying a wine from your mother’s hometown, or from your mother’s country of origin. I once brought my Italian grandmother a bottle of Valentini Montepulciano d’Abruzzo for Mother’s Day, and I don’t think I’ve ever seen her more excited to try a wine. It reminded her of her home country and brought back up many deep memories. Choose a region that connects strongly with your mother, whether it’s her hometown or just a favorite vacation spot. You can also pair the bottle with gourmet foods from that region and place it all in a special basket.
Well..If after this tips, you do not what to buy, just follow my wine recommendations and you will be fine. Happy Mothers day to all the mammas out there that are the backbone of our Italian families. And remember you are the cooking this Sunday.
Wines for mother's day
Banfi Fumaio Toscana IGT 2016. SAQ # 00854562. $15.45
An easy going Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc. Lovely citrus and ripe pear aromas like. Round with a crisp acidity in the mid palate. Perfect with oysters or a primo of linguini alle vongole.
Santa Margherita Pinot Grigio 2016. Valdadige. SAQ # 00964601. $16.35.
Clean and intense aromas of golden yellow apples, and nectarines. On the mouth, medium body, quite refreshing with nuances of lemon zest and lime. Lovely crisp finale. Will pair nicely with grilled vegetables or baked mussels.
Ca'del Bosco Cuvée Prestige Franciacorta 2016. SAQ # 11008024. $41.25
The aromas greet you immediately with a buttery brioche a, followed with golden apples, nectarines, and orange peels. It is dry and crisp in the mouth and tastes of apples baked gently with pecan nuts and khaki fruit. Best with mushroom and fontina arancini.
Beni di Batasiolo Langhe 2015. SAQ # 00611251. $16.45
An easy blend of Barbera, Nebbiolo and Dolcetto. Piemontese red berry character such as freshly picked strawberries and raspberries with a serious floral side . Easy going. On the mouth, fresh and digest with lots of going on on earthy flavors. Very easy and sexy to drink. Easygoing tannins with a delicious finale.. Pair it with homemade meat lasagna.
Beni di Batasiolo Barbaresco 2013. SAQ # 13111842. $27.10
Such a lovely aromatic nose. Nuances of rose, cherry, anise and mineral aromas. On the palate, medium-bodied, and fresh with dusty and airy tannins finishing with a dried cherry, spice and a hint of mineral flavors finale. Long aftertaste. Pair it with grilled filet mignon and rosemary potatoes.