#WineWednesday: Wining and Dining Mom on her Day

by Robin Barr Sussman on May 4, 2022 in Food+Drink, Drink,
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Spending time with Mom this Sunday, May 8? Surely there will be dining involved – maybe even dessert – and serving or gifting an elegant bottle of wine can be the icing on the cake. Uncork these fresh picks that marry superbly with spring fare and consider our pairings from local Texas vintners. Here’s a toast to all the marvelous Moms this Mother’s Day!

LIKE MOTHER, LIKE DAUGHTER

Bricoleur Vineyards

Isla Rose Citron and her mother, Sarah Hanson Citron, co-founder of Sonoma County’s Bricoleur Vineyards. Courtesy photo

Co-founded by Elizabeth Wall Hanson, her husband Mark Hanson, and their daughter, Sarah Hanson Citron, Sonoma County’s Bricoleur Vineyards is known for their refreshing sauvignon blanc, flagship pinot noir, and just released Isla Rose Brut Rosé, made in honor of Sarah’s firstborn. The aromatic sparkler dances on the palate – think wild strawberries, cherry marmalade and citrus blossom with an earthy mineral finish. It’s a special wine for a special lady ($50). The family has deep roots in winemaking going back to Elizabeth’s great-grandfather, the oenologist for Sonoma’s historic Italian Swiss Colony in the 1800s. The beautiful new winery presents unique wine and food pairings by a team of award-winning chefs. Check out the website for great ideas and tasting options.

Lail Vineyards

The all-in-the-family harvest at Napa’s Lail Vineyards. Courtesy photo

There’s no better way to celebrate Mom than with a fantastic bottle of wine made by a female vintner. Robin Lail’s ancestors founded Inglenook in 1879, a legendary winery in Napa Valley. Now Lail has her own winery with her two grown daughters – her young granddaughter even gets in on the grape harvest! Fans flock to Lail’s Blueprint wines Cabernet Sauvignon and Sauvignon Blanc – both stunners and 10% of online sales are donated to organizations in the fight against climate change. (Starting at $50)

ROSÉS FOR MOM

JNSQ

Photo courtesy JNSQ

This California rosé cru blushing in a gorgeous bottle with a sculpted flower stopper, isn’t just a pretty face with a certain je ne sais quoi. Pure and aromatic with a touch of strawberry and Bing cherry, the Grenache-forward rosé is crisp and elegant. The keepsake bottle was designed to be used afterwards for displaying olive oils, bath salts or even a bouquet of flowers. We’re sold. (Petite $18/full $29)

Smith Devereaux

Photo courtesy Smith Devereaux

If she’s into sustainability and a touch of sweetness, La Fleur Ca rosé will be Mom’s jam. The limited edition wine is soft, crisp and refreshing with bright fruit and a lovely round mouthfeel. It pairs perfectly with salads to salmon and barbecue – and the screw top opens easily. (About $25)

MORE WEST COAST BEAUTIES

Benziger Family Winery

Photo courtesy Benziger Family Winery

Hot off the heels of Earth Day, this organic and biodynamic wine pioneer is ready to celebrate the moms in our lives with its recently released rosé, sauvignon blanc and Joaquin’s Inferno red blend. Clean, delicious choices you can always count on! (Starting at $16)

Goose Ridge Vineyards

Photo courtesy Goose Ridge Vineyards

From Columbia Valley, WA, this new must-try collection, known as G3, is turning heads. Estate-grown chardonnay, pinot noir and its red blend are top value hits worth seeking out. ($15)

Hess Select

Photo courtesy The Hess Collection

The Hess Persson Estate’s founder, Donald Hess, instilled the principle to “nurture the land and return what you take.” To continue the legacy of crafting award-winning wines, grapes are sourced from grower families throughout California. Crisp, balanced Hess Select Chardonnay 2019 and Hess Select Pinot Gris 2021 have fresh, fruity aromas perfect for welcoming the season. Embarrassingly affordable ($13); available nationwide.

TEXAS TREASURES

Dandy Rosé | Wine for the People

Photo courtesy Dandy Rosé | Wine for the People

Austin winemaker Rae Wilson is crafting all kinds of greatness in a glass that Mom will adore including its La Valentía Chenin Blanc and Dandy rosé. Perfect pairing: “One of my favorite dishes with Dandy rosé ($24) is a traditional tapas dish from Spain: Gambas al ajillo. The dish consists of shrimp, olive oil and lots of garlic with a touch of dried red pepper, which gives the sauce a fantastic bite. The juicy palate of this dry-style rosé perfectly complements the rich dish,” says Wilson.

C.L. Butaud

Photo courtesy C.L. Butaud

The 2020 Roussanne bursts with aromas of juicy tangerine and lemongrass, layers of complexity due to its aging – half in French oak and the other half in stainless steel – and a soft, floral finish. Perfect pairing: Winemaker Randy Hester likes Roussanne ($27) with “Famous Giant Beans & Citrus,” a recipe from the La Buvette cookbook based on dishes from a tiny wine shop and café in Paris. “It’s an easy dish for a Mother’s Day appetizer and totally jives with the citrus qualities in the wine,” says Hester.

Perissos Vineyards

Here’s another distinctive 2020 Texas Roussanne Reserve ($38) that deserves bragging rights. Nutty and rich with a silky texture, it tastes like a cousin to finely oaked chardonnay but with its own personality. (Just like Mom!) Perfect pairing: Buttery fish like lobster, crab with avocado, shrimp scampi, foie gras and patê.

Fall Creek Vineyards

Winemaker Sergio Cuadra’s well-crafted, refreshing Texas sauvignon blanc and chardonnay varietals are the antidote to warm Texas weather. This year’s Mother’s Day special box includes Fall Creek Roussanne 2021, merlot rosé 2021, and Chez Rouge 2020 ($60). Perfect pairing: Texas cheeses and charcuterie, light seafood pasta, savory vegetable casseroles.

GLOBAL GEMS

Escudo Rojo Gran Reserva, Chile

Photo courtesy Escudo Rojo

Impress Mom with the 2019 vintage, a blend of five red grape varietals imparting a full-bodied unctuousness with silky tannins, almond and coffee nuances from barrel aging, and intense dark fruit notes of blueberry, blackcurrant and cherry. It’s part of the legendary Baron Philippe de Rothschild Chile portfolio. (About $23)

Unanime Mascota Vineyards Sparkling, Mendoza, Argentina

This creamy 2020 sparkling wine is a blend of chardonnay and Malbec grapes made in the traditional Champagne method. It delivers perfumed aromas of buttercream and honey with a smooth and elegant finish. Instant smiles! (About $20)

 

BUY WINES:Online at each winery; Spec’s; HEB; Total Wine & MoreHouston Wine Merchant (Note: the latter will order wines if they don’t carry it and can locate it).


Cover photo courtesy JNSQ

Robin Barr Sussman (rbs@pdq.net) is a freelance culinary and travel writer who studied at the Culinary Institute of America Greystone, Calif. As a chef for Sonoma County wineries, her specialty was food and wine pairing. Sussman is a columnist for Houston Modern Luxury Magazine, Houston CityBook, Prime Living and Houston House & Home. Her work also appears in Texas Monthly, Fodor’s and Private Clubs Magazine.