HERE’S TO MOMS
By Jimmy Quaile, Certified Sommelier
The ancient Greeks honored mothers by paying tribute to Rhea, the Mother of all gods. The Romans also had a mother of all gods in Cybele. They built a temple in Rome for her. In the U.K. “Mothering Sunday” was a religious holiday to give thanks to the Virgin Mary, also known as Mother Mary. The United States began the tradition much later. In 1908, Anna Jarvis from West Virginia honored her late mother with a letter writing campaign to President Woodrow Wilson, who eventually made it an official holiday in 1914. Curiously Anna Jarvis did not like the commercialization of the holiday she was so instrumental in starting and in fact filed a lawsuit to stop a festival on the day. And although she relished receiving cards and letters from around the world till the day she died, she never married nor did she have children. She was buried next to her mother.
With the holiday 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. White Zinfandel or Pino Grigio was the choice of a generation and may still be for lot of moms, however, if you have an adventurous mom, here are a few alternative choices I’m sure she will enjoy. Then again, if you’d like to give her a bottle of wine that you are guaranteed she wants…call your mother.
Maison Foucher Clemant de la Loire Brut
50% Chenin Blanc, 25% Chardonnay, 25% Pinot Noir
Lean and crisp with a fresh minerality, showing green apple, pear, white nectarine fruit, gentle mousse and medium body. An exellent value that way over-delivers.
Summer In A Bottle
A blend of 51% Merlot, 23% Chardonnay, 9% Gewurtztraminer, 8% Cab and 4% Riesling.
Aromas of strawberries and watermelon define the rich but balanced palate along with a bit of peach and rose petal. Sur Lie aging gives the mouth-filling texture and adds complexity.
La Crema Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir
Aromas of red cherry, raspberry, pomegranate and sweet tobacco.
Multi-layered flavors of red fruit with a hint of blood orange and exotic spices. Slight but present tannins balance the acidity and drive a long finish.
Neyers Chardonnay “304”
An intriguing wine fermented in stainless steel and concrete tanks. Fig, yellow apple and lemon peel along combined with a creamy texture and voluptuous weight.
93 Points ~ Wine Enthusiast
Here’s To You Mom!