Today on CTV Morning Live, Sommelier Matt Steeves had some tips to celebrate the love and care of mothers. Matt’s tip, showing your appreciation by gifting Mom some delicious wines. Check out the video here…
With Mother’s Day quickly approaching now is the time to get something extra special for the Moms in your life.
Matt selected a few different style of wines from Italian Prosecco (sparking wine), French and Italian Rosé, and a delicious BBQ-perfect Shiraz from Australia that will be dynamite with grilled BBQ fare.
Celebrating Mother’s Day with Sommelier-recommended wines from $15-$50
These wines are wonderful for celebrating Mother’s Day and they’ll be perfect for Mom to enjoy on the patio with her friends, or with a book, or while chilling poolside in the not too distant future too (fingers crossed the summer weather arrives soon!).
You can’t go wrong with diamonds or all-expense paid trips, but those tend to be a tad rich for most of us…so don’t stress, get her something every mother is guaranteed to love, and maybe even share with you too…delicious wine, and we’ve got some great ones here today!
Matt selected a few super popular styles of wine for enjoying this time of year. Wines that complement the foods and occasions we’re enjoying as the days get longer, warmer, and BBQs and patio-dining are more and more common.
Sparkling wines are fantastic choices year round, for any occasion, especially celebrations like Mother’s Day. A must for any Mother’s Day brunch, a nice glass of Prosecco is a great way to make Mom feel extra special on her day.
Albino Armani’s Prosecco Superiore is a great choice for your Mother’s Day brunch. From northern Italy, it’s super refreshing and versatile with food pairings, and on top of that it’s very affordable at under $20 a bottle. Mom and her guests are going to love it and will enjoy it with anything they might be nibbling on too, given it’s super versatile pairing characteristics from brunch, spicy takeout, etc. If Mom is up for a Mimosa, then go for it. A quality base to your cocktail is important and Albino Armani’s Prosecco Superiore is top notch.
Albino Armani’s Extra Dry Conegliano Valdobbiadene Prosecco Superiore at LCBO – $18.95
Brilliant white gold with persistent mousse. Fragrant nose showing white rose petals, banana and fresh apricots. Fresh and fruity on the palate, rose tone follows through, crisp with well-integrated mousse and a lovely mouthfeel.
Rosé is another super versatile wine which is terrific all year round. It complements both the lighter foods we’ll be enjoying as summer gets closer along with a wide range of BBQ, charcuterie, and other meals making it another super versatile wine and arguably one of the best patio-sippers so it’s a must for Mother’s Day.
We’ve got two wonderful options to consider today. One French and one Italian. Both delicious! And guess what, practically everything pairs with Rosé which completely takes the guess work out of what to serve with it.
Ogier Cotes Du Ventoux Rose AOC – $15.95 @LCBO
From the south of the Rhône valley comes this bright summer-sipper. A blend of Grenache, Syrah, Mourvèdre, Carignan, Cinsault, it’s a beautiful delicate pink colour with aromas of watermelon, fresh bread with floral, pear and plum notes. These juicy flavours continue on the creamy and dry palate with hints of melon, plum, pink grapefruit with a long pleasant finish.
Donnafugata Dolce & Gabbana Rosa Rosé 2022 @LCBO – $53.95
This rosé is a blend of Nerello Mascalese and the ancient variety Nocera. It’s bright, juicy and floral, with bold red fruit, citrus, peach, and subtle spice. The volcanic soils of Sicily shine through in the smoke-edged minerality. Tangy, refreshing and food-friendly, it’s perfect for whatever’s on your plate. Dolce&Gabbana and Donnafugata renew their collaboration by giving life to Rosa, a new Rosé wine with a fruity and floral personality that’s elegant, expressive, and very refined, just like Mom!
Zonte’s Footstep Chocolate Factory Shiraz 2020 @LCBO – $22.95
It’s impressively ripe and lifted on the nose showing dark fruit intensity, smoked game, roasted nut and violet aromas. The palate displays awesome weight and richness, combined with silky texture and fine-grained tannins, making it wonderfully flavoursome and fabulously drinkable. At its best: now to 2034. Score – 93. (Sam Kim, wineorbit.co.nz, May 2022)
If Mom loves a nice red wine then check out the Chocolate Factory Shiraz by Zonte’s Footstep. It hits way above its price point (has outscored wines 5x the price in competitions), making it a terrific wine to gift and enjoy with Mom perhaps with some BBQ fare. Recently released at LCBO it won’t be here long so grab a bottle for 12 and enjoy this spring and summer with your favourite BBQ. Very impressive for the price!
The above options offer something for all preferences. Pretty much guaranteed Mom will enjoy and will complement the meals you may we whipping up for her this Mother’s Day weekend.
Let’s face it, Moms love (and need!) wine, so it’s a gift you know she’ll love, zero risk of not fitting, certainly very fashionable, and will have Mom smiling from one ear to the other.
Cheers to all the amazing mothers out there! Wishing all the wonderful moms the best this Mother’s Day!
Matt Steeves – Sommelier, Wine Writer, & Former Director with the National Capital Sommelier Guild – follow Matt on Instagram @Quercusvino or www.topwines.ca
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