11 Winning Wine Gifts for Mother’s Day

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Got a wine-loving mom? (Really, who doesn’t?) Skip the roses this Mother’s Day and grab a highly rated rosé, or one of these great wine-focused gifts geared towards pleasing the world’s best moms. Selected by female sommeliers and our own Wine Enthusiast editors, these presents ensure your mom will be sippin’ pretty this Sunday, May 10.

Go for Grower Champagne

“A great way to get Mom into grower Champagnes, the Chartogne-Taillet Sainte-Anne Brut Champagne comes from estate vineyards in the under-the-radar village of Merfy,” says Sommelier Lindsay Huntsman of Glen Ellen Star in Glen Ellen, California. “An incredibly complex wine for its price point, its intense apple and pear flavors are broadened by notes of chamomile and brioche. The wine’s concentrated fruit character is balanced by a chalky or saline minerality and singing acid, making it great to enjoy either as an apéritif or throughout a meal.”

Buy A Bottle from a Famous Female Winemaker

“Surprise your mom with a bottle from the hands of legendary female winemaker Merry Edwards,” says Lenka Davis, wine director of Barbareño Restaurant in Santa Barbara, California. “The Merry Edwards 2012 Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir is a blend of five cool climate vineyards. Red fresh berries intermingle with hibiscus liqueur, a subtle traction of cedar wood and a hint of warming baking spice on the finish.”

Opt for Rosé (Instead of Roses)

“For moms who love travelling, I would recommend gifting wine from their favorite places,” says Vilma Mazaite, advanced sommelier and director of wine at laV in Austin, Texas. “My best friend’s mom is a complete Francophile, and always talks about her trips to France. One year I gave her a bottle of classic Commanderie de Peyrassol rosé from Provence, since it was her favorite vacation spot. Sipping a crisp and refreshing glass packed with aromas of herbs and crisp apples made her travel to Provence instantly.”

Pick a Wine to Match Her Personality

“As one of seven children, I have to suggest Agricola Querciabella’s 2005 Batàr Tuscan white blend as the perfect Mother’s Day wine because it’s strong, bold, fearless, a little crazy, and beautiful—all the qualities I admire so much in my mother,” says Megan Cline, sommelier of the Santa Barbara Wine Collective in Santa Barbara, California. “The wine has wonderful minerality complimented by notes of apple, toast, vanilla, and almonds. Pair it with Mothers Day brunch crab cakes.”

Spring for Something She’ll Really Use

“Moms like mine, who seem to be constantly entertaining family and friends in the summertime, will adore these indoor-outdoor red wine glasses,” says Marina Vataj, digital editorial manager of Wine Enthusiast. “While they look like crystal, they’re practically shatterproof, which means moms don’t have to worry about cleaning up a mess if one happens to drop by the pool.”

Bring on the Bubbly

“A Champagne stopper makes a perfect Mother’s Day gift,” says Sommelier/Wine Buyer Diane De Luca of Firefly in Studio City, California. “Most moms don’t own one, but would love to discover they can sip a delicious bubbly over a week’s time without it going flat. Two of my favorites are the Cilio Champagne Sealer and the Wine Enthusiast Champagne Preservation Recorker.”

Get Creative with Corks

“I made this wine cork board as a Mother’s Day gift to use as a hot plate,” says Amy Witz, certified sommelier at Stetsons Modern Steak & Sushi in Chicago. “We use it on the table for holidays and parties. You can pick corks from the wineries that your mom loves to showcase them. Another option is a mother-daughter picture surrounded by corks and you can hang it as art.”

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Find a Fashion-forward Wine Carrier

“I use my Brookstone leather wine tote all the time,” says Witz. “Leather works because of the durability and the fact that is looks like a purse, which moms will love. I really enjoy the double bottle totes.”

Give a Gift That Keeps on Giving

“A membership to Navarro Vineyards Wine Club is one of the gifts I’ve given to my mom in past years and she liked it so much that she’s kept up it up herself,” says Shannon Tucker, wine director of Foreign Cinema in San Francisco. “The Bennett family has been making wine in Anderson Valley since 1974 and make really interesting Alsatian varietals as well as great cool climate Pinot Noirs. It’s a gift that continues all year.”

Set Up A Relaxation Station

“I really love the bathtub wine glass holders that I’ve seen on the market,” says Marissa Payne, beverage manager at Luce and Bar 888 at the InterContinental San Francisco. “They aren’t very expensive, and it’s a nice gift to add a little more relaxation to a bath, which is quiet time for Mom. I think this is a perfect gift for Mother’s Day.”

Give in Good Taste

“Celebrate your wine-loving mother’s good taste with this limited-edition, contemporary poster created by the French artist Philippe Sommer for Château La Peyre in Bordeaux,” says Wine Enthusiast’s Executive Editor, Susan Kostrzewa. “The print is embossed with Sommer’s stamp in the style of the early 20th century. Vivid colors, vintage style and a beautiful subject—wine in hand of course—make this a rare gift that she’ll enjoy every day.”

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Published on May 5, 2015
Topics: PairingsWine GiftsWine Trends