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Mom has done a lot for you over the years, hasn’t she? She comforted you when you bombed that big job interview, always makes your favorite meal for your birthday without fail, and will never say you look “great” when you have an entire floret of broccoli sticking out of your front teeth. Unlike so many of your so-called friends over the years, mom is the full package: trustworthy, reliable, and always ready to accompany you for a long weekend of I Love Lucy marathoning. This Mother’s Day (Sunday, May 8), wow her with wine country wonders.

1. Treat Mom to a Fiery and Fun Indian Cooking Class

Moms need to spice it up too! Give her the gift of flavor. With this exclusive Refugio Kitchen Class, mom will learn how to craft exciting Indian meals with LXV’s Neeta Mittal during three classes May 3, 11, and 18. With an emphasis on authentic spices, creating meals for wellbeing, and pairing mouthwatering eats like tandoori chicken and lamb korma with the perfect wine, this gift totally beats the ho-hum “breakfast in bed” you were planning.


wine and cheese platters for Mothers Day2. Gift Mom a Yummy Wine and Cheese Pairing

A classic Wine Country experience that never goes out of style, wine and cheese pairings abound this spring! Put on your Sunday best and take mom out to a range of incredible local wineries, all of which are breaking out the best bottles and cheeses this Mother’s Day. Take your pick from Poalillo Vineyards, Cass Winery, Clavo Cellars, and Lusso Della Terra Cellars, among others! Not sure which to pick? It’s the thought (and the cheese) that counts! Click here for even more winery tasting events happening on Mother’s Day, Sunday, May 8.


3. Feed Mom an Excellent Dinnerfish gaucho restaurant

Traditional brunches are nice, but Eggs Benedict (yet again) can be stuffy and blasé. Why not go that extra mile for mom and reserve a scintillating seat for dinner at Fish Gaucho in Downtown Paso Robles? She’ll love the funky fresh ambiance, downtown nightlife, and exciting menu, which includes ceviche, raw oysters, and shrimp enchiladas. Toast it all off with a craft cocktail, and let the good times roll. Mom wasn’t born to be mild. Thrill her with fish!


4. Let Mom “drizzle a little” with Olive and Walnut Oil Tastings

Mom not much of a wine taster? No problem! Whisk her through Paso Wine Country’s gorgeous terrain anyway and expose her to two of the area’s best-kept secrets, EVOO from Pasolivo and walnut oil from Limerock Orchard. Not only will mom love the tour (and tastings that come with it), but she’ll also come away with some mighty fine recipe ideas too. And…considering the fact that you’re such a wonderful kid, she might even decide to share those tasty morsels with you down the line.

This blog was written by Hayley Thomas, food and wine writer for New Times and You can reach her at [email protected].



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