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 astoldbyhayley.com.
Looking for a place to stay in Paso Robles?
The Adelaide Inn is an iconic, locally owned hotel known for its friendly staff and lush landscaping. With spacious rooms and a convenient location close to highway 101 and the event center – home of the California Mid-State Fair – this hotel is a great choice for most travelers. TOUR VIRTUALLY
Majestically set among vineyards, olive groves and fruit baring orchards, the 20-acre Allegretto Vineyard Resort is a world unto itself, offering breathtaking settings that inspire and bring joy to all who choose this memorable wine country haven. Featuring 171 rooms and suites, on-site spa, grand ballroom, wine tasting room, and inspired culinary creations at Cello, the resort’s full service restaurant.
Wouldn’t you love to wake up among the vines? Eden House at Carriage Vineyards Bed & Breakfast is on a real working vineyard and longhorn ranch in the Paso Robles Wine Region. Our rooms overlook vineyards, creeks and oaks, right in the Paso Robles Wine Country of Central California.
Spend an idyllic getaway at Briarwood Cottage at ONX Estate Vineyards in an English-cottage inspired vineyard-side home. Guests may rent rooms in the main cottage, reserve the entire main cottage for a large group, or book the fully equipped apartment. Wake up to peaceful vineyard views and spend twilight hours sipping wine on the back porch of the cottage. It’s a time you won’t quickly forget. Contact us for pricing and availability (see form below). Case, 6 Bottle, and 4 Bottle Collective Members receive preferred pricing.
Hampton Inn & Suites Paso Robles is nestled in the Central Coast wine region, home to over 200 wineries, beautiful beaches, mountains and diverse attractions. Relax and revive in a comfortable guest room with all you need for a successful stay. You can count on Hampton to deliver value, consistency and service with a smile. We love having you here®
Treat yourself to the ultimate Paso Robles wine country experience by booking your stay at The Inn at Opolo Vineyards. Guests enjoy our luxurious, spacious rooms and all of the sensory pleasures of Paso Robles in one destination. TOUR VIRTUALLY
Enjoy the elegance, style and natural beauty of California’s Central Coast at the JUST Inn®. Surrounded by vineyards, our JUST Inn Suites offer luxurious appointments like fireplaces, Tempur-Pedic®mattresses, Frette linens, hydro-spa tubs, and range in size from 600–1,200 square feet. An overnight stay includes breakfast and a tour of the winery and caves. TOUR VIRTUALLY
La Bellasera Hotel & Suites is an elegant boutique hotel nestled in the heart of Central Coast Wine Country. Influenced by Mediterranean and Italian architecture, the luxurious accommodations reflect the aged sophistication of the Central Coast region and the relaxed nature of the California countryside.
Experience the pristine countryside of Paso Robles Wine Country at Lekai Ranch. Lounge on the porch of your private suite and lose yourself in the tranquility and stunning views of the vineyards and oak studded hills beyond. This vacation rental is located just minutes from some of the most distinguished wineries and a premier olive oil estate, and only 15 minutes from downtown Paso Robles’ restaurants, wineries and shopping. TAKE AN AERIAL TOUR
Paso Robles Vacation Rentals, also known as PasoStay.com assists guests in creating memories and wonderful experiences by providing quality privately owned vacation home rentals in Paso Robles Wine Country. With over 90 vacation homes to choose from, small enough for a couple’s romantic getaway to large homes amongst local vineyards and olive orchards, PasoStay.com has the perfect option for you. Feel free to call 805-423-9174 to talk with a local expert or book online at PasoStay.com.