Wine List for Wine Moms

The Ultimate Mother’s Day Wine List for Wine Moms

I am sitting here in the dining room of my childhood home sipping a glass of wine and looking out over the backyard where I played as a child, and brooded, as a teenager. Through the terrace doors,  I can see what we called the “Mother’s Day Garden, “ an L-shaped peaceful, shaded bed, a surprise from my Dad to Mom one Mother’s day in early 1950’s. It establishes the border between the steep ravine and the southeast corner of the backyard. 

When I think about Mother’s Day, I think about how we celebrated my Mom.  Each year, Dad would make the inevitably burnt toast (Mom swore she liked it dark), pour coffee and grab a couple of glasses, and a bottle of champagne. Then we filed up the stairs, bearing the traditional Mother’s Day sacraments. Mom would be sitting in bed, though she had probably been up hours before we stirred to make the coffee. Queen for the morning, she smiled happily when we piled onto the bed with her offerings. After she’d had her coffee and crunched on the toast smeared with the strawberry jam she had made the spring before, Dad poured them each a glass of champagne he’d been saving the whole year to buy for this occasion. They touched their glasses together and said, “To you.”  And so, when I think of wine, I think of it as a celebration. It was always a “To You” moment. And who deserves a “to you” more than moms?

Nowadays, moms who love wines or “Wine Moms” are a culture unto themselves. This term can mean anything from the Mom who enjoys the occasional glass of wine to the mom who is all about it – cue the extra-large, portable glass, “If You Can Read This, Bring Me Some Wine” novelty socks, and “Wine Not?” sign in their kitchen. So if your mom is a wine mom, or hey, even if you are, here is the ultimate wine list for Mother’s Day with some food pairings because breakfast in bed is such a time-honored, sweet and sentimental tradition:

Mom’s Breakfast in Bed with fresh strawberries, a warm scone, and a bouquet of her favorite flowers!
Pair with: Just Peachy is white from Provence, slightly spritzy, low cal and low alcohol, fruity without being very sweet, and infused with fresh peach juice to produce a flavor so true you can almost feel the soft fuzz on peach cheeks. Chill to about 50 degrees before serving.

Mom’s Brunch with an omelet or quiche, smoky maple basted bacon, chilled melon, perfect toast…
Pair with: La Marca Prosecco from Italy, Forest Hills customers’ favorite sparkler, is made from the Glera grape in north eastern Italy. It is medium dry and medium bodied, with aromas of apple and honeysuckle. It really goes well with anything, fruit and cheese, chicken salad, a fish basket. And being much more affordable than French Champagne, you can celebrate even those sweet little nothing moments that make up so much of life. Serve chilled, at about 50 degrees.

Mom’s Favorite Dinner with Love Story Wines. In honor of Mothers everywhere, we are introducing these three lovely new Italian wines to our Forest Hills customers.  From the renowned Sartori Winery in Verona, Italy, Love Story was a favorite of the Forest Hills Wine Team at a recent tasting.

Love Story Pinot Grigio has fresh, juicy melon flavors and a clean, crisp minerally finish. It pairs well with appetizers, seafood dishes, and grilled fish

Love Story Rosé has beautiful soft cherry and strawberry flavors and a refreshing acidity that makes it the perfect summer wine. It pairs well with appetizers, soups, summer salads, and all light dishes.

Love Story Pinot Noir is balanced and bright with a silky soft mouthfeel. Oak aged for about 12 months, it has black-cherry jam, pepper and light chocolate aromas and flavors. And it pairs well with hearty dishes, even game, roasted meats, aged cheeses and grilled mushrooms.

Moms: “To You All!”


Roz Mayberry

About Roz: During her distinguished career, Roz has served a term as the Retail Representative on the MDA's Michigan Grape and Wine Industry Council and Continues to serve on their Promotion & Education and Competition Committees. In addition, she has served as a judge in various national and international wine competitions.

Working with D&W's wine stewards and SpartanNash's vendor partners, Roz tirelessly explores the vast world of wine, discovering the finest wines for every budget and every taste. And she loves to discuss food and wine with customers and colleagues. As a lifelong foodie, there is nothing else she'd rather be doing.