Category: Entertaining

Mother’s Day is right around the corner and what’s a better way to treat your Mom than with wine!? Whether it’s a mimosa with breakfast, a little outdoor brunch with a pretty pink rosé or my Mama Margie’s favorite, rich and spicy Zin and ribs for dinner, we’ve got the wines to make Mom smile all day long!

Opera Prima Mimosa and Bellinis Daimiel, Spain $7.99 –

If you go to the website of J. Garcia Carrion, you will learn that they are the number one juice producer in Spain, and second in all of Europe. They also make many wines, including Opera Prima. So it makes sense that they would combine the two and make premade Mimosas and Bellinis.  Mimosas are the classic brunch cocktail of champagne and orange juice. Bellinis are an Italian version using Prosecco and peach nectar.  Just released in Michigan, these no mess drinks are delicious! Light and fruity, they take the guess work out of making it. And at $7.99, you can’t even make a good Mimosa for that price!

Andrieux & Fils Côtes Du Provence Rosé 2011, France $14.99 –

When spring has sprung and flowers are in bloom, my thoughts start focusing on all of the lovely rosés that will be coming in. We just received this little beauty from Provence France, one of the very best regions for making rosé.  Floral with strawberry and raspberry, the finish is clean and pleasing; it’s terrific with tea sandwiches and light fare.

Tres Sabores ¿Por qué no? Red Blend Napa Valley California 2009, $21.99 –

Recently I had the privilege of visiting Julie Johnson’s Tres Sabores outdoor tasting room. The sun was shining and the farm animals that inhabit her organic vineyard provided a wonderful aural ambiance.  Being a self taught winemaker, Julie’s love of cabernet sauvignon and zinfandel, enticed her imagination to make a rich and hearty red blend of her favorite grapes… thinking “Why not?” What was produced is now one of my favorite BBQ wines. So if meat on the grill is Mom’s request for supper, be sure to grab a bottle of this spicy red.


Every Mom has a sweet tooth and we just got in 4 types of wine smoothies.  More like a decadent creamy liquor than a wine, these are the perfect sweet refreshment when blended with ice.  Vine Smoothies come in Pina Colada, Peach, Strawberry and Berry and are all $10.99.

So this Mother’s Day, be sure to get on Mom’s good side with a gift of wine!


– Jennifer Laurie

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