If she’s not one for the obvious flowers and chocolates, say it with a bottle this Mothering Sunday. Here are some classy labels to toast your mum.
Celebrate: The Society’s Celebration Cremant de Loire 2010, France (£11.50, www.thewinesociety.com) will bring a sparkle to her eye with its freshness, crisp acidity and lively beads of bubbles. A blend of chardonnay and chenin from Saumur in the beautiful Loire Valley, it’s the perfect aperitif before bringing out the smoked salmon on sliced brown bread.
English Rose: The third release for female winemaker Cherie Spriggs, the cherry pink hue of Nyetimber Rose 2009, England (on offer at £35, Waitrose) is the first indication of the juicy, red fruity character of this superior sparkling wine. With rose petals and spice on the nose, and yeasty, shortbread characters with a strong core of raspberry and cherry fruit for structure and freshness, it’s a posh pour with lasting appeal.
Floral Fantasy: Perrier Jouet Belle Epoque Rose 2004, France (£223.50, Harvey Nichols) is only released in the best years. This prestige cuvee is renowned for its delicate floral nose, fresh pomegranate and pink grapefruit flavours with a silky, soft mouthfeel and elegant creamy finish.
Flavourful: It’ll feel like spring has sprung with Fromm La Strada Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2012, New Zealand (£16.99, www.virginwines.co.uk) and savours the wild, grassy aromatics and bold flavours in this top-notch sauvignon blanc. Rich and concentrated with gooseberry, white peach and pungent green aromas with a stylish, flinty finish of great purity, it’s a wine with personality from this leading Marlborough producer.
Latin Love: Fortnum’s are celebrating Mothering Sunday with a selection of wines from female winemakers such as Fortnum’s Valpolicella 2012, Corte Sant’Alda, Italy (£12.50, www.fortnumandmason.com) from the Veneto region in the north-east. Fragrant, juicy and tangy with a core of black cherries and damsons and a hint of creme de cassis and dried herb notes on the smooth, elegant mouthfeel, it’s feminine and perfumed. A charming glass.
Red Superstar: Famous producer M Chapoutier from the Rhone Valley in south-east France has been at the top of its game for more than 200 years and has ventured Down Under with outstanding results. An exceptional shiraz that’s as smooth as a silk stocking, M Chapoutier Domaine Tournon Lady’s Lane Shiraz 2008, Heathcote-Victoria, Australia (RRP £40, Wimbledon Wine Cellars, Tel: 020 7736 2191) is opulent and powerful yet elegant and refined.
Gold Rush: To add some glamour to a classic V&T, why not bring on the bling and add a shot of Iordanov Vodka, Germany (£49.95, 70cl, www.harveynichols.com) to her favourite tonic? This super premium vodka - made from 100% fine wheat, crystal clear water and distilled five times - has a large, handcrafted crystal encrusted gold skull on the front and is produced by one of Germany’s oldest distilleries. If she’s partial to skull motifs a la Alexander McQueen, she’ll adore this latest must-have accessory from Harvey Nicks.