Perhaps when you were five, you could get away with making a pasta necklace, signing a handmade card with a crayon and calling that a perfect Mother’s Day present, but as an adult, you want to come up with a gift that she deems worthy of sticking in the fridge, you better get her a good bottle of wine. But how to choose the ideal Mother’s Day Wines?
To help you decide, we’ve inspired on several beloved and famous moms, and have chosen a wine to match their styles. And while we know she’s unique, you’ll surely find some common traits with one of these fabulous ladies so have a look and think of a wine that matches her personality.
One of today’s top pop stars i’s known for her unlimited charisma and absolute glamour. What better wine to pair Queen Bee than with a bottle from the world’s best-selling Champagne house, Moët & Chandon? But not just any M&C will do for an artist whose legacy will surely shape pop music for a long time, it has to be vintage Champagne, the type you can keep and that just like this diva, will improve with the years.
TREAT A DIVA MOM
Moët & Chandon Vintage 2008
€75 – Available at O’Briens Wine
If Moët & Chandon was Destiny’s Child, its Vintage expression is like Beyonce’s solo career. More complex, more intense and with a fabulous character that makes her stand out.
For a mom that won’t leave the house -not even to water the plants- without flawless hair and make-up and serious bling power, we have taken inspiration in selfie master Kim. A wine relatable to the reality star can’t be shy nor subtle. Instead, we would go for a full-bodied, intense Cabernet Sauvignon with bright, bold flavours and a taste for the spotlight.
TREAT A GLAM MOM
The Show Cabernet Sauvignon 2014
€15.50 – Available at Marks and Spencer
Blackberries and cocoa combine in this seductive and red with a name that evokes Kim’s lifestyle. The Show will go on in your palate, spoiling you with generous tannins and a fruity richness worthy of its own hashtag.
The Queen of Pop has managed to stay one step ahead of trends and is a boss among bosses. It’s the same with the king of wines, Bordeaux, which remains in vogue even in times of ever changing tastes. As the Material Girl has reinvented herself, so has Bordeaux, so an ideal pairing will be a blend with contemporary spirit. And just as a nod to her legendary Blond Ambition Tour in the nineties, let’s go for white Bordeaux.
TREAT A BOSS MOM
Michel Lynch Reserve Blanc Graves
€19.99 – Available on winesoftheworld.ie
The sharpness citrus elegance of Sauvignon Blanc blended to perfection with the mellow and voluptuous Semillon for a well rounded wine with aromas of nectarines, elderflower and lime. Pure gold.
She has the stamina of a pro athlete and a routine to match. When it comes to nutrition, only the healthiest will do for her and hers and while her discipline standards are admirable, a glass of bubbles every now and then are in her good books. To help her indulge smartly, treat her to a lighter wine with low sugar and moderate alcohol.
TREAT A FIT MOM
€24.99 – Available at winesoftheworld.ie
This rendition of the popular Italian bubbly is not just organic and vegan, it has just 67 calories per 100 ml and a mild 11% ABV. With a fresh palate of citrus and white flowers, it’s an ideal fizz for the fit wine lover.
Kids are running bare-feet on the grass? Just as they should! Her calmed, good vibes and love for nature, animals and a peaceful environment might sound alternative in today’s ultra fast-faces world, but she knows that’s her way to family happiness. We have inspired in singer-songwriter Alanis Morrissette and selected a biodynamic wine with and edge to toast to mother nature.
TREAT A HIPPIE MOM
Rayos Uva 2014
€17.95 – Available at nestorwines.ie
This biodynamic Rioja is a rare find, half Tempranillo, half Graciano, it’s filled with ripe red fruits like cherries and cranberries. Just like the author or Ironic, its mellow but with an acidic edge.
The director of Marie Antoinette and Lost in Translation comes from film-making royalty and she even has a range of Californian wines named after her and made by her loving father Francis Ford Coppola. One of the most popular is the rosé, and inspired by her sensitive and delicate approach to movies and her Italian heritage, we’ve decided to celebrate artistic moms with an Italian rosé.
TREAT AN ARTSY MOM
Bertani Bertarose Chiaretto Veneto
€16.95 – Available at O’Brien Wines
The Veneto might not be famous for its rosés, but just as Sofia’s movies, this balanced and strawberry fresh blush shows that sometimes being a little different pays off. Merlot and Molinara combine for a delicate and fruity pink.
There’s no doubt about Gwen’s coolness. From just a girl to one of the most influential women in rock, the singer has diversified and collaborated with makeup and fashion lines as well as with artists from different music genres. Her eye catching videos and her energy on-stage are inimitable and in honour of her style, we will suggest to go with a different yet versatile Austrian Gruner Veltliner. Quiet a treat for a rockin’ mom that likes things out of the ordinary.
TREAT A ROCK MOM
Graf Josef Gruner Veltliner
€15.99 – Available at Donnybrook Fair
Fresh and packed with juicy white peach, grapefruit and apple blossom, this refreshing and sharp white is comparable to Gwen’s vibrant voice and unconventional style.
She knows how to play a villain and while she seems pretty comfortable showing her dark side, this award-winning actress has also an amazing range of expression and she brings depth and complexity to her characters. For a wine to match her, we’ll take you to Argentina, where Malbec thrives and is capable of great intensity with a wonderful array of flavours.
TREAT AN ECCENTRIC MOM
Catena Alta 2012
€39.95 – Available at Redmonds of Ranelagh
This wine is ageing gracefully and while powerful and sumptuous, this intense red replaces the Queen of Heart’s aggressiveness for kinder tannins. Plenty of blackberries, spice, cocoa and coffee with a remarkable elegance and structure.
Elegance and charisma, a fashion mom knows that it’s not all about the flashy and that timeless style relies in finding what suits you. We’ve chosen super-model turned successful business woman Keidi Klum as our reference for fashion moms, and we couldn’t help choosing a German Riesling in her honour.
TREAT A FASHION MOM
Richter Veldenzer Elisenberg Riesling Kabinett
€21.75 – Available at Mitchell & Son
Mosel is one of Germany’s most prestigious wine regions and this graceful, dry Riesling shows a sophisticated and classic style. Mineral and floral, with a tenacious acidity and some citrus, it’s appeal is timeless.
Harry Potter’s author is one of the best-selling writers of all time and fans across the globe love her. Her witty comebacks in social media, her positive stands regarding many issues kids face on daily bases and her down to Earth attitude (despite being one of the richest women in the UK) make her relatable. Channeling her brilliant and friendly personality and her limitless creativity, we have chosen a cool climate Aussie white blend.
TREAT A GEEK MOM
La Boheme Act Three Pinot Gris & Friends
€23 – Available at wineonline.ie
It almost takes a wizzard to blend Pinot Gris, Gewurztraminer, Riesling and Pinot Noir, grapes that traditionally are vinified with no company. It’s really a unique combination, floral and very aromatic, a magic potion that will simply enchant you.
Gabriela’s passion for writing is only matched by her love for food and wine. Journalist, confectioner and sommelier, she fell in love with Ireland years ago and moved from Venezuela to Dublin in 2014.
Since then, she has written about and worked in the local food scene, and she’s determined to discover and share the different traditions, flavours and places that have led Irish food and drink to fascinate her.