Spring Wine Picks!

Can you believe it’s May already? This year is flying by, but hopefully Sunday you’ll get to slow down a bit and spend some time with mom!  Mother’s Day is Sunday, May 8th and this year I am making brunch for my Mom, Grandma and Sister. I am so grateful I get to spend the day with them, and hopefully many of you get to do the same with your mother’s. Now, because it’s really not brunch at my house without some wine, here are my top 26 wine picks for Mother’s Day that will make her smile!

 

BOUVET BRUT 750Champagnes & Sparkling’s-

Bouvet-Ladubay Signature Brut From the Loire Valley in France, where Chenin Blanc grows beautifully, this bubbly is a blend of cuvees that undergoes second fermentation in the bottle followed by traditional method. Pair this wine with a smoked salmon and goat cheese frittata and a side of brown sugar baked bacon strips! ($15.99).

9328134Hard Row to Hoe Vineyards Good in Bed Bubbly- Not only is this a fun Mother’s Day Breakfast in Bed kind of wine, but it’s also one she’ll love. This wine is made in the traditional method with notes of ripe yellow apple, lemon peel, and brioche. On the palate persistent bubbles that pair beautifully with Croissants, Biscuits, and Breakfast Pastries! ($56.00)

Terra Andina Moscato A South American Moscato for the mom who marches to the beat of her own drum and enjoys really delicious bubbly! This Brazilian Moscato is one of a kind and full of life with a nose of pineapple and honey suckle, and flavors of tropical fruit making it a very fun Mother’s Day wine. (~$12.99).

677edd_4d824b5ae8ca42d1b7c27ffa1e21709cSegura Viudas Reserva HeredadTreat your mom like royalty and make her queen for the day with this majestic, pewter-embellished bottle bears the crest of the Segura Viudas family, and houses the estate’s top cuvée. This wine is beautiful and the bottle makes a great candle holder or flower vase after it’s all gone. On the nose striking brioche notes and honey fill your nose. On the palate this wine is balanced with dried fruit flavors that pair beautifully with Chocolate Covered Strawberry Waffles. ($25.00).

sofiaBouvet-Ladubay Excellence Brut Rosé This is a wine with a lot of personality and gets it’s bright pink color from a short maceration on Cabernet Franc skins. Fermented in stainless steel and followed by the traditional method, this wine is a fun fruit driven wine that’s extremely palate friendly. Make mom’s special day with this wine and some chocolate truffles, she will definitely not be disappointed! (16.99).

Sofia Blanc de Blancs This fun sparkling chardonnay from California makes a great picnic wine! Give mom a picnic in the park for Mother’s Day with a True Fabrications Picnic Basket and a bottle of the Sofia Brut. The sweet pear and apple notes in the wine will compliment a sunny day and pair with a variety of picnic fare.

perle rose 750.pdfFerrari Brut Rosé-  This is a fun sparkling wine (60% Pinot Noir and 40% Chardonnay) that is produced in the traditional method and undergoes more than two years of bottle aging on the lees. Dry with hints of currants and wild strawberries, this delicate rosé pairs well with a variety of foods. ($36.00)

main_variation_na_view_01_204x400Anna de Codorníu Brut Rosé This Spanish bubbly elegantly balances it’s acidity and sweetness with a refreshing finish. One of the first wineries to introduce the traditional method to Spain, Codorníu Raventós, has this sparkling wine made from carefully selected Pinot Noir and Chardonnay from diverse Continental climates. This rosé is Spain’s best-selling bubbly! ($15.00)

Whites

220690-kim-crawford-small-parcels-favourite-homestead-pinot-gris-2013-label-1442872656Kim Crawford Favourite Homestead Pinot Gris 2014– This Pinot Gris has flavors of ripe honeysuckle and notes of spiced apple crumble and pear. Kim Crawford Vineyard’s use of specialized yeast, combined with the wood aging in acacia barrels, provide the wine with a hint of sweetness and excellent texture. Mom will love this wine out on the patio soaking in some sun! ($29.00) 

A2PCIGT Tommasi PG Le Rosse neutra 150dpiTommasi Le Rosse Pinot Grigio A refreshing alternative to run-of-the-mill pinot grigios. This wine is clean and crisp with tropical hints of apple, pear, and grapefruit. Fermented in stainless steel gives this wine fruity tones and lingering zesty acidity. Give mom an outdoor dinner party! This wine is optimal for pairing with appetizers or fish. ($17.00).

213462-kim-crawford-small-parcels-spitfire-sauvignon-blanc-2014-label-1426875710Kim Crawford Spitfire Sauvignon Blanc 2015 is an exuberant wine that screams passionfruit, grapefruit and tropical fruit aromas. Located south of Marlborough’s Awatere Valley, the rich soils (wind-blown silts, alluvial and glacial deposits) result in healthy vines which produces grapes with maximum flavor. Pair this with wine with sushi, fresh oysters, or fried calamari! ($26.00)

mir_la_moynerie_btl_535pxPouilly-Fumé La Moynerie 2012– This wine is 100% estate grown and bottled from fruit sourced exclusively from Michel Redde’s La Moynerie vineyard. Stainless steel fermented ensuring optimal fruit flavors and aromas as well as wooden tuns, and half-wooden casks for 10 to 12 months on the lees until bottling. Pair this with a warm baked brie topped with berry coulis, or grilled marinated vegetables! cune-monopole-rioja-nv($29.99).

Cune Monopole Rioja Blanco 2014 This wine is a fun white from Rioja, Spain and is 100% Viura and has beautiful notes of ripe melon, pear, and citrus. Bright flavors with crisp acidity, this wine pairs beautifully with grilled seafood and bakes chicken. ($13.99).

96547 Noble Vines 446 Chardonnay– This Chard has aromas of ripe pear, pineapple and melon. Medium-bodied with a creamy mid-palate, this delightful wine offers flavors of peach and coconut, with hints of lemon and toasty vanilla spice. Pair this with Belgian waffles, creme fresh, and fresh raspberries! ($10.99).

Noble Vines 242 Sauvignon Blanc 2014  Is mom a sauvignon blanc lover? This 242 is vibrant with aromas of ripe peach, honeydew melon, and citrus. Medium-bodied with a round mid palate and crisp acidity, this refreshing wine offers flavors of nectarine, melon and a hint of lime zest. Pair it with some grilled leeks, bay scallops, and grilled pork chops! ($10.99).

Rosés

17141-front_1Galil Mountain Rosé 2014 is sourced from vineyards in Israel’s Upper Galilee. Hand-harvested Sangiovese is processed as a “white wine” and later blended with Pinot Noir and Grenache produced in the saignée (bleeding) method. Enjoy this with Mediterranean cuisine for a healthier and flavorful Mother’s Day! ($12.00)

HITO Rosado 2014 is fresh and lively and produced with 100% Tempranillo grapes grafted on the family’s unique clone. This wine shows ripe red fruits that give way to floral, complex notes. Bodegas Cepa 21 is the ambitious, progressive project of the Moro brothers of the award-winning winery Bodegas Emilio Moro in Ribera del Duero. ($12.99)

spain roseHacienda de ARÍNZANO Rosé 2015-  100% Tempranillo and is from the first winery in Northeast Spain to receive the prestigious Pago designation due to its unique landscape and climate. This rosé has intense aromas of strawberry, pink grapefruit and white pepper, with a hint of rose petals. Enjoy this with some brunch tapas like ham (jámon) and cheese croquettes, paella, and grilled calamari. ($19.99). 

169509SAVED “Magic Maker” RoséCreated by an original bad-boy: celebrity tattoo artist Scott Campbell, SAVED Wines’ labels are adorned with Scott’s secret coded messages that speak to his family and wife, actress Lake Bell. SAVED Rosé is a crisp California wine that has a beautiful bottle she can keep as a flower vase year round. Pair this with some strawberry, chocolate, fresh cream crepes and some applewood smoked bacon! ($15.99)

Viña Real Rosado 2014– 85% Viura and 15% Tempranillo, this Rose from Rioja is a fun one for mom this Mother’s Day. Pale in pink but bold in flavor, this wine has crisp notes of rose and red fruit with a very floral finish. Fresh, fragrant, and beautiful; just like mom! ($12.99)

CVNE Cune Rose 2015- 100% Tempranillo with bright strawberry notes and purple fruit. On the palate balanced acidity and freshness awaken your senses and take you on a fun Spanish wine tasting journey. A perfect companion with pasta, appetizer dishes, and pickles! ($11.99)

Reds

noble-vines-667-pinot-noir-monterey-usa-10537232Noble Vines 667 Pinot Noir 2013– Appealing aromas of black cherry, plum and a hint of bittersweet cocoa powder. Plush tannins and balanced acidity with core flavors of ripe cherry, plum, and delicate hints of soft, toasty oak. This pinot noir is a great gift for mom and pairs well with grilled meats, pastas, and balsamic grilled vegetables. ($12.99). 

bebordo_cabernet_bordeaux.jpgBe Bordô Merlot- A charming blend of 85% Merlot and 15% Cabernet Sauvignon. This medium bodied wine is Right Bank (Bordeaux) in style and balances fresh and fruit-forward flavors with delicate aromas. Pair this wine with some Korean BBQ if mom’s into that kind of cuisine for Mother’s Day! ($11.99).

Be Bordô Cabernet Sauvignon- A blend of 85% Cabernet Sauvignon and 15% Merlot, this delightful Left Bank inspired wine is medium bodied with intense, deep red fruit flavors and a hint of spiciness. This wine pairs well with prosciutto, margherita, and sausage pizza. ($11.99).

Galil Mountain Yiron 2012This Israeli wine is 51% Cabernet Sauvignon, 33% Merlot, 17857-250x600-bouteille-chateau-de-francs-les-cerisiers-rouge--bordeaux-cotes-de-francs9% Petit Verdot, and 7% Syrah. Aged 16 months in French oak with a blend of grapes that changes annually. Mom will love this Kosher wine thats quality driven, deep, and bold with red fruit and earthy flavors. Enjoy this wine paired with duck over Israeli couscous. ($39.99)

Château de Francs “Les Cerisiers” From AOC Francs-Côtes de Bordeaux this 90% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon is absolutely beautiful. Round red fruit flavors, mushroom and spice notes, and a lingering red berry finish make this wine a fun one to sip before and throughout dinner. Pair this with  sausage risotto, game meats, and even chocolate lava cake! ($15.00)

 

Happy Mother’s Day to all the amazing mom’s out there! 

 

Sara Lehman

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NYC's newest Food and Wine Personality! Sara is a Sommelier and Private Chef with a passion for food, beverage, travel, and luxury. "Real Pairings For Real People" bringing you the best in food, booze, travel, and lifestyle!

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