Cheers to You, Mom — A Brief History of Mother’s Day

By Jimmy Quaile, Certified Sommelier

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When we think of Mother’s Day, we typically think of flowers, chocolates, brunches, and quality family time. But where did it all begin in each part of the world?

The ancient Greeks honored mothers by paying tribute to Rhea, the mother of all gods. The Romans had their own mother of gods, Cybele, who they built an entire temple for. In the U.K., “Mothering Sunday” was a religious holiday to give thanks to the Virgin Mary, also known as Mother Mary.

It wasn’t until much later that the United States adopted some of these celebrations and traditions. In 1908, Anna Jarvis from West Virginia honored her late mother with a letter-writing campaign to President Woodrow Wilson. He eventually made it an official holiday in 1914 after reading her statement about how much she cared for and loved her mother.

Curiously, Jarvis did not like the commercialization of the holiday she was so instrumental in starting and filed a lawsuit to stop a festival on that day. She would receive cards and letters from around the world thanking her for starting the new tradition of Mother’s Day, but she preferred to spend life on her own. When she passed, she was buried next to the person who she created this holiday for: her mother.

That’s how we got where we are today — celebrating moms for being everyday superheroes. And with Mother’s Day just around the corner, you may want to start thinking about what you’d like to bring your mom as a gift or to serve with a meal. Well this year, wine is the go-to gift for mom.

Traditional mothers tend to prefer old-fashioned White Zinfandel or Pinot Grigio; but if yours is adventurous, she might enjoy these new alternatives that you can find at Roger Wilco:

  • Red: Hartford Court Russian River Valley Pinot Noir $29.99
  • White: Familia Pasqua Prosecco $14.99
  • Rosé: The Palm $13.98

However, if you’d like to give her a bottle of wine that you are guaranteed she wants…call your mother.

Cheers to You, Mom — A Brief History of Mother’s Day
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