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5 Wine Pairings that’ll make Mom proud

Plans with Mother Dearest? Don’t leave it all up to chance. When it comes to showing the top lady in your life just how much you appreciate her advice, her smile, and her sense of humor, you can never go to big or too overboard. We say, delight her senses with these fun wine pairings (she’ll be so impressed). When’s the last time you and your mother had an afternoon all to yourselves? Time to fix that. This one’s for the matriarch—viva mama! Extra points for making this meal yourself with a homemade card. Is there anything better?

1. 2017 Seven Oxen Rose with Strawberry Shortcake

This limited production 2017 Rosé is a pressée style wine, produced from estate grapes harvested just for this unique offering (because she’s worth it). Notes of strawberry, raspberry, currant, and rose petals are dominant in this fruit-forward Grenache/Mourvèdre blend. Better than fancy perfume, to be sure.

Recipe: Bring on the berries. This iconic strawberry shortcake is heightened by the wine’s lush, ripe fruit flavors. Talk about a perky combo.




2. Opolo Sparkling Wine with Grilled Peach, Brie, and Basil Sandwich

A giggle in a glass, this Opolo Sparkling Wine is sure to spark joy. The wine features a lovely bouquet of peach, and apple. The soil composition in the vineyards consists of rich loam with alluvial deposits from granite sources with aide in drainage. Composed entirely of French Colombard, an off spring of Chenin Blanc, their sparkling is produced in the Méthod Charmat technique. The sparkling is perfect for the enjoyment of your finest celebrations. Only the best for Ma!

Recipe: The peaches in this gooey grilled sandwich mimic notes of stone fruit in the sparkling wine—plus, the brie provides a classy, European touch.


3. Robert Hall Winery 2017 Chardonnay with Rustic Pear Tart

There’s nothing stuffy about this creamy Chardonnay. Featuring apple and peach aromas with a suggestion of vanilla spice, this wine is a bright straw-gold color that beams in the glass. Rich from barrel fermentation and aging, it shows poached pear and butterscotch flavors that will truly warm her heart. Round and medium-bodied with balanced acidity and toasty oak, expect a finish that lingers long after brunch is gone.

Recipe: Flaky, buttery crust and juicy pear make this Rustic Pear Tart absolutely irresistible—especially when paired with a well balanced Chardonnay tinged with spice.



4. Pear Valley 2016 Frizzante with Creme Brûlée

How sweet it is! Rejoice in the perfect dessert wine and share a moment of tenderness with Mom. Beautifully aromatic with orange blossom, lilac, mandarin syrup, and jasmine notes, this very pretty slender bottle is truly a spectacular gift for Mother’s Day (and unlike a bouquet of flowers, it tastes just as good as it smells). Sweet but not cloying, the effervescence dances on the tongue. Flavors of white peach, honey, candied lemon peel, and tangerine round out the cheerful profile.

Recipe: If you’ve both got a sweet tooth (hey, it’s genetic), just go ahead and take things into decadent territory. This Creme Brûlée isn’t the easiest dish to make, but we promise it will be the star of the meal, leaving Mom glowing with pride.


5. Rotta 2017 Sauvignon Blanc with Key Lime Pie

Like a clear spring day, Rotta’s Sauvignon Blanc wine was made for dancing through the sprinklers (which will no doubt get you two reminiscing over old times). On the nose, she’ll delight in citrus, lime and star fruit laced with hints of the tropics. The flavor of mango, melon, key lime and fresh grass may even inspire plans for a breezy carefree family vacation. Well, here’s to hoping!

Recipe: Tangy Key Lime Pie is just the treat to brighten Mom’s afternoon. Who says she can’t have dessert for brunch? Or any day of the week? Today, (and always) her rules are law.



 This blog is written by flavor fiend Hayley Cain. Follow her @flavorslo on Instagram or at

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