Who’s your Mama?-Choosing a Mother’s Day Wine

Some clichés don’t bother me a bit. In fact, some, I relish. Like pink for Mother’s Day. Pink flowers, pink cards and pink wine suit me just fine. While the color choice may be cliché, I am certain your mother is not and she deserves a wine choice that fits her personality.


She answers the door with a smile and has fresh-cut flowers on her table. If you need a Band-Aid or a cup of sugar, she’s your gal. Dandy Rosé is made right here in the Texas Hill Country by Rae Wilson. Her one and only wine flies off the shelf quickly so grab it while you can. A classic Provencal style made with 100%Texas grapes. In its third vintage, it is quickly becoming a perennial favorite. ($18)

Crunchy Mama

She gardens, wears fair-trade organic cotton clothing, and bakes bread from spelt and millet. She needs a wine that is made with organic grapes, of course. Natura Rosé by Emiliana* is made with grapes grown with Organic Viticulture in the Rapel Valley of Chile. It is a blend of Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon, ad Merlot, grapes I tend not to prefer in rosé, but I loved this. Unripened strawberry, white flowers, a finish of Black Currant. Balanced minerality and acid, this wine went perfectly with BBQ chicken and salads. ($12)



Star-Gazing Mama

She watches The Real Housewives, reads People magazine, and laments the latest celebrity break-up as if it were her own. Get her a bottle of Drew Barrymore’s* rosé made by Kris Kato of Carmel Road with Monterey County Pinot Noir. This wine reminded me of a peach hard candy I ate as a child. Stone fruit, floral, soft and easy to drink. Especially on the porch with the latest Star News. ($18)

Classic Mama

She wears jeans and pearls with equal comfort. She is a member of the school board and Martha Stewart wishes she could throw together a dinner party like your mama. She likes a classic rosé, preferably made in America, but one that can hold your attention and impress guests. Although she’s just as likely to open it just because. She needs Sokol Blosser Pinot Noir rosé from the Dundee Hills of Oregon. Organic grapes from two vineyards combine to create a balance of fruit and floral with acid and minerality that keeps you coming back for more. ($22)

Fancy Mama

You played in her high-heels and jewelry when you were young and marveled and how she carried herself in both. Her smile and conversation are effervescent; her wine should match. Laurent-Perrier Cuvée Rosé* is a gorgeous 100% Pinot Noir Champagne. Created with 10 different crus, including Côte de Bouzy, this is a flagship of Cuvée Rosé. Meticulously maceration, aged for a minimum of five years, this wine is an event in and of itself. Full of red fruit and fresh fig, finishing with perfumed satsuma mandarin. If you love your mama, I mean REALLY love you mama, and she REALLY loves her bubbles, look no further. ($99)

Maybe you see you mother in those descriptions. Maybe, like me, she is a combination of more than one. No matter which wine you choose, she is sure to love it. Especially if you can tell her why it made you think of her. If your mom is anything like me, she’ll just want to know that you see what makes her special. And whether you get a chance to celebrate with your mom, mom friends, or friends who don’t have their moms near, you’ve got several clichés from which to choose. Cheers!


{Some of these wines were samples and they are denoted by the *. I received no other compensation. Thoughts and opinions are my own. Thanks to Banfi, Teuwen Communications, and John Roth of Magrino}



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Being a stay- at-home mom can leave one thirsting for a taste of the outside world, a world in which sentences are composed of more than three words. Being an educator means one is always seeking an opportunity to explore and learn. Being a woman with a need to connect can be a challenge when adult conversations are rare. In wine, I find the marriage of art and science, agriculture and storytelling provides limitless areas to explore. But it is the people that keep me engaged. The tenacity needed to keep the family dream alive, the risk to start anew, the trials and principles. I love the history of the vine, the impact of a season, the sentiment in the bottle. That is why I write. I write to tell their stories, to share a piece of mine. I write to learn as I teach others. I write to connect with new friends, to disconnect from the world. I write to celebrate what makes each of us unique, and that which ties us together.

7 thoughts on “Who’s your Mama?-Choosing a Mother’s Day Wine

  1. Coolest mamas on the planet! I’d definitely hang with these gals at a dinner party.
    Oh, and loved the photobomb by the way!😂

    Happiest Mother’s day to ya!


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