The Perfect Wine List for Mother’s Day

Discover wine from all over the world.

These sixteen wine discoveries will take you virtually traveling the world as you open bottles from remote islands, far-flung regions, and down under continents.

Left Coast

Left Coast Cellars Blanc de Noir

Left Coast Cellars Blanc de Noir 2014 ($55) — Made from 100% Pinot Noir aged 4 years in the estate’s wine cave, this blanc de noir is a stunning discovery. With vibrancy and elegance, it exudes aromas of orange blossom and biscuits and has tropical flavors of pear, kiwi, and grapefruit. Located in Oregon’s Willamette Valley, family-owned Left Coast Estate encompasses 500-acres with ancient oak trees, orchards, and a bird sanctuary with wild herons on the property’s lake. SHOP NOW

Vinatigo Marmajuelo

Viñátigo Marmajuelo

Viñátigo Marmajuelo ($25)—Hailing from Tenerife, this spectacular white is made from 100% Marmajuelo, an indigenous variety of Spain’s Canary Islands. The wine is highly aromatic and bursts with bright flavors of passion fruit, quince, and yellow apple. Viñátigo winery has eight different vineyards sites around Tenerife and has undertaken a project to recover and enhance indigenous varieties— Listán Blanco, Marmajuelo, Tintilla, Baboso– and promote the wine growing heritage of the Canary Islands. SHOP NOW

Red Dry Wine

Selvapiana Chianti Rufina

Selvapiana Chianti Rufina ($19)— From the smallest subzone in the Chianti region, Chianti Rufina, this Tuscan gem, made mainly from Sangiovese, has lots of personality and finesse. It possesses generous cherry and raspberry flavors along with earthy notes. Known for its organic viticulture, Selvapiana winery has vineyards planted in limestone and clay soils at high elevation, bringing a fresh acidity to the grapes. Its importer, Dalla Terra Winery Direct, ships its wines directly from the wine estates, cutting a quarter off the price. SHOP NOW

Vale Dos Ares Alvarinho

Vale dos Ares Alvariñho

Vale dos Ares Alvariñho ($17)—This eye-opening Alvariñho has passionfruit, pineapple and apricot flavors, an underpinning of minerality, and a fresh uplift on the finish. Vale dos Ares is associated with Diniz Cellars, which markets a new generation of winemakers and boutique family-owned wineries in Portugal. With its vineyards in Monçáo and Melgaço in the north of Portugal since 1683, this small, sustainable winery, housed in a stone house with red tile roof, specializes in Alvariñho. SHOP NOW

Cape Mentelle

Cape Mentelle

Cape Mentelle Sauvignon Blanc Semillon ($19)—This wine takes me traveling back to Margaret River on the West coast of Australia where I visited the winery for a Cabernet symposium. Beloved throughout the world, this Sauvignon Blanc Semillion blend is a signature wine for Cape Mentelle. A remarkably lively wine with citrus aromatics, lemongrass, and a hint of jasmine is perfect accompaniment to all seafood. SHOP NOW

Noble Hill Blanc De Blancs

Noble Hill Blanc de Blancs

Noble Hill Blanc de Blancs ($29)—From a beautiful estate framed by mountains in the Simonsberg-Paarl region of South Africa, this stunning 100% Chardonnay sparkling wine, made in Methode Cap Classique and aged on its lees for 24 months, is from a single vineyard. Being a brut nature (i.e., no sugar added), its aromas of hibiscus flower, citrus, and melon are unmasked. Winemaker Kristopher Tillery is known for his small batch, artisan bubbly, which is crisp and has brioche notes and active tiny bubbles. SHOP NOW

Langhe

Perbacco Nebbiolo Langhe 2018

Perbacco Nebbiolo Langhe 2018 ($28)—This intense and complex wine made from 100% Nebbiolo is considered by many to be a “baby Barolo.” Vietti winery, which owns Grand Cru vineyards in all 11 communes of Barolo, selects the crus, vinifies each separately, ages them for two years in huge Slavonian oak casks, and then blends the best lots to make this Langhe wine. Possessing a medium body, the wine shows generous red berry fruit, floral notes, and spice, and has a long fresh finish. Its importer, Dalla Terra Winery Direct, offers this baby Barolo at a very reasonable price. SHOP NOW

Santiago Ruiz White

Santiago Ruiz White

Santiago Ruiz White ($25)—This Albariňo-dominant white grape blend comes from Galicia, the northwest Spanish province, where most of the winemakers are women. In days long past the men went out to fish and the women tended to the vines. Winemaker Luisa Freire has created a distinctive blend with intense aromas of pear and apricot, an herbal note of lemon verbena, and a hint of wet stone minerality. The crisp blend also includes other Galician grapes—Loureiro, Godello, Treixadure—which are often used in the Rías Baixas-Rosal region. SHOP NOW

Los Vascos Cromas Cabernet Sauvignon

Los Vascos Cromas Cabernet Sauvignon

Los Vascos Cromas Cabernet Sauvignon Gran Reserva 2018 ($22)—Domaines Barons de Rothchild (Lafite) has just introduced the Cromas series at its Los Vascos winery in Chile– an estate it acquired in 1988 as its first winery investment outside of France. With its grapes grown at the foothills of the mountains in the Colchagua Valley, 25 miles from the sea, this Cabernet-dominate blend has gooseberry, strawberry, and red cherry aromas along with notes of tobacco, and graphite. A great wine for a summer BBQs at a true value. SHOP NOW

Lot No 1 Cabernet Sauvignon

“Lot No. 1” Cabernet Sauvignon

Louis M. Martini “Lot No. 1” Cabernet Sauvignon 2016 ($200)—Lot No. 1 is the right spurge wine to mark a big occasion. Bold and structured with luscious flavors of black raspberry, blueberry, and black cherry as well as an underpinning of cedar and coffee, the wine is the perfect expression of Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon with velvety tannins, density, and complexity. Crafted from top blocks of Napa vineyards ranging from Howell Mountain to Stags Leap to Mount Veeder, Louis M. Martini’s Lot No.1 wine has been made since 1968. SHOP NOW

Roco Rms Brut

Roco RMS Brut

Roco Winery 2016 RMS Brut ($65)—This highly scored, Willamette Valley sparkling, made in Méthode Champenoise, has an array of aromas–lemon blossom, chrysanthemum, yeasty baguette—and flavors of pear, grapefruit, and guava. With 70% pinot noir, RMS is a lively blend with tiny bubbles. Founder Rollin Soles of Roco cellar is one of the pioneers of sparkling wine industry in Oregon. He first founded Argyle Winery, Oregon’s first sparkling house. Now over 35 years making sparkling in Oregon, he has proved the cool climate region as optimal for world class sparkling. SHOP NOW

Pieropan Soave Classico Calvarino

Pieropan Soave Classico Calvarino

Pieropan Soave Classico Calvarino 2018 ($40)— Made from 100% Garganega variety, this eye-opening wine with its bright flavor and zingy acidity will forever change your mind about Soave (if you had in mind the simple, inexpensive version). With its luscious stone fruit flavors of peach and apricot and interesting notes of almond and marzipan, it finishes savory, almost umami, and has a rich lingering texture. The Pieropan winery dates to 1860 and today has 74 acres under vine in the Soave Classico appellation in the Veneto. SHOP NOW

De Ladoucette Pouilly Fume Sauvignon Blanc

De Ladoucette Pouilly-Fumé Sauvignon Blanc

De Ladoucette Pouilly-Fumé Sauvignon Blanc ($45)—With grapes from the famous Pouilly-Fumé vineyards owned by Comte Lafond and Ladoucette families since 1787, this is one of the extraordinary white wines of the Loire Valley. It possesses a bouquet of white flowers and has exotic flavors– mango, lychee, kiwi—a vivid acidity, and an elegant rich finish. SHOP NOW

C Elizabeth Wine

C. Elizabeth

C. Elizabeth Game Farm Vineyard Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2017 ($150) This gorgeous Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa’s prized Oakville District has aromas of black cherry, red currant, raspberry, vanilla, and spice. The primary fruit is sourced from grapevines planted in Game Farm’s “Rock Pit” block, which has large stones that resemble the terroir of Chateauneuf-du-Pape in the Rhone. Because the vines must struggle in the stony vineyard, digging their roots deeply to find water and nutrients, they develop a tremendous depth of flavor. The winery co-founder, Christi Coors Ficeli, is the great great granddaughter of the beverage industry pioneer, Adolph Coors. The Elizabeth in the winery’s name is an homage to generations of strong Elizabeths in her family. SHOP NOW

Lismore Pinot Noir

Lismore Pinot Noir

Lismore Pinot Noir 2018 ($65)—This gem of a Pinot Noir from the Cape South Coast in South Africa has a perfumed bouquet of rose petals, jasmine, and herbs and flavors of cranberry and raspberry. Lismore Estate’s vineyards are planted on slopes at 900 feet elevation at the base of the Riviersonderend Mountain Range making for great cool climate Pinot Noir. Sadly, owner and winemaker Samantha O’Keefe faced a terrible setback in December of 2019 when a bushfire destroyed the winery and much of the vineyards. With the help of the global wine community and with grapes given to her from others in the region, she is continuing with the next vintages. SHOP NOW

Nyetimber Classic Cuvee

Nyetimber Classic Cuvee

Nyetimber Classic Cuvee ($68)—With vineyards spread across Sussex, Hampshire, and Kent in the south of England, Nyetimber is at the top tier of the English sparkling wine industry. The Classic Cuvee is the house’s signature with its honey, almond and pastry aromas, toasty notes, and fine bubbles. The region’s chalky soil is a hallmark of its success and in Nyetimber’s case, it is the head winemaker, Cherie Spriggs (along with her winemaker husband Brad Greatrix, also at Nyetimber) who possesses the magic touch in this multi-vintage blend of Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier. SHOP NOW