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Let's raise our glasses to moms

Published:Thursday | May 7, 2015 | 5:00 AM

Let's raise our glasses to moms

Once a year, we pay tribute to a special set of women we call mother. It was no easy feat to bring life into this world, provide a positive nurturing environment and love us unconditionally regardless of our shortcomings and failures. This year being no different, I want to express gratitude to my own mother for having exercised patience with me and my siblings for so many years, particularly when we were children.

In thinking of how best to celebrate the day, here are a few options worthy for consideration.

1. Wine gift sets

Wine gift sets are a great option that can be personalised to serve as a constant reminder of how much you appreciate your mother. Wine box sets are packaged with a cork screw, pourer, wine stop and sometimes a thermometer to ensure the wine is poured at its optimal temperature. Most of the ones I have seen are packaged nicely, perfect for a keepsake.

Wine charms can also be a great option, particularly for mothers who like to entertain. Wine charms help to identify your glasses and similar to Pandora charms, they come in a wide variety of styles.

A decanter set is a good choice for the more experienced wine-lover moms who are inclined to indulge in big, bold reds and want to ensure that the wine is allowed to breathe for maximum enjoyment.

I came across a wine purse the other day, which I thought was so novel. It's the ideal case to keep your wine in while travelling, whether for a ladies night out or Kalooki night with friends. I recently saw a set at Tai Flora in an assortment of colours.

Finally, one can always consider wine glasses. There are new glass styles such as stem less glasses - a growing trend in Europe - and old school champagne glasses. The right glass sends such a powerful message the first being stylish.

2. Wine

Opening a good bottle of wine for Mother's Day is never a bad thing, whether out at brunch or in a more intimate setting at home with family. For the mother who likes wines on the sweeter side, there are certainly a myriad of options. Moscatos and sweet reds will certainly put a smile on her face. My mother enjoys the occasional wine cooler, which is a great blend of fruits in wine, with a low alcohol count, making it easy on the pallet. Arbor Mist offers a great wine cooler that comes in a variety of flavours to complement any mood.

Friseta is another great option. It's a strawberry-infused wine, which is simply yummy when served cold, or could be used as the base for a number of mother-inspired cocktails.

Sweet reds are becoming more popular. Lamouthe Parrot and Yellow Tail Sweet Roo are certainly two worthy options to consider. Not so much for dinner as my personal preference, but more a wine to open with mom while reminiscing on memories of yesteryear.

And when all else fails, you can never go wrong with a little bubbly. Champagne is always great, but if price is a deterrent, you can always look for a Prosseco - the Italians response to champagne - or a cava - Spanish counterpart. I also enjoy the Freixenet Cordon Negro. That beautiful black bottle grabs me every time - just as a visual then the crisp bite and the bubbles, perfect option.

I have no doubt that the purveyors will be running specials in key retail outlets islandwide to ensure you find the right wine as a gift but, more importantly, at the right price.

I would like to raise a glass to all the mothers. Cheers!

• I am not an expert, merely a wine enthusiast sharing my thoughts and experiences. Feel free to share your own experiences at wineenthusiastja@gmail.com.