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Wines for mom

Published:Thursday | May 5, 2016 | 5:00 AM
Whispering Angel.
Menage a Trois
Luc Velaire Rose French sparkling rose wine.
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Mother's Day is the official day to celebrate our mothers, and say thank you for carrying us, for enduring sleepless nights, and putting up with our many insufferable tantrums

As a child, it doesn't seem like a big deal, but the older you get, the more you begin to appreciate the sacrifices these powerful women make to ensure we are loved and cared for.

To help celebrate Mother's Day, I have compiled a few suggested wine picks that are certainly mother approved, only because I know my mother likes them, too.

Rosé

A rosé is always a great starter option, particularly as we enter spring, and the flora begin to take bloom. Rosés  are generally gentle, delicate wines, like a rose that has been carefully pruned and is fragrant. Rosés are made from a variety of varying varietals, but what gives it that pinkish colour comes from using dark-skinned grapes that are crushed and the skins allowed to remain in contact with the juice for a short period, typically one to three days.

MÈnage ‡ Trois Rosé  is a Californian blend that is made from a merlot, syrah, Gewurztramineer (a word I can never pronounce out loud), which produce an incredible blend with aromas of raspberries, strawberries, and lychee, and combines with an incredibly smooth finish. This is certainly one that grabs you from the very first sip and has a great balance of sugars that makes it easy drinking for this Sunday.

Luc Belaire Rosé is a lady pleaser. A beautiful French blend of grenache, cinsault and syrah, this rosé bubbly is sweet, but not too sweet, with lots of subtle nuances. More so one on the sweet side, its aroma, taste, body, and finish are all in harmony for you to enjoy.

One of my personal favourites is Chateau d'Esclans Whispering Angel. I was privileged to meet the winemaker, Sacha Lichine last year. His passion for making fabulous rosé is clear in Whispering Angel - a pale pink wine that is bursting with aromas and a pleasing, crisp taste. This is one of those that may certainly transition beyond just spring and into summer, when the temperature rises and you want a delicious wine to keep the heat at bay.

This Mother's Day spring for something nice, to show that you appreciate your mom. I would like to raise my glass to all the mothers out there. Cheers!

n 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.