Gifting Affordable Luxury this Mother’s Day


She helped you with the school science fair, she taught you how to drive, she was the referee and stoic arbitrator when you fought with your siblings, and she loved you even when you were being an ass. Moms are universal superheroes, and that is not overstating it. Treat the woman who raised you by giving her any of these delightful wines that won’t break the bank. And gentleman, don’t forget to treat your partners who are moms!

Choosing a wine for Mother’s Day doesn’t have to mean buying the most expensive bottle in the shop. This list includes a delightful selection of crisp sparkling wines, bright and juicy rosés, and velvety reds for as little as $3.

For The Woman With A Sweet Tooth
2013 La Ardilla Moscato de Valencia, Spain ($2.99):
Forget all of your preconceived notions about $3 wine. This is a quality, delicious bottle that is sure to mislead anyone with a discriminating palate. It’s light, fresh, and slightly sweet with fruity notes of peach, nectarine, and honeysuckle contrasted by bright acidity to keep the wine from being cloying. Not just for dessert, you can celebrate this Mother’s Day with a bottle of this semi-sparking Spanish Moscato. Try it with a cheese plate, Caesar salad, or even shrimp cocktail or ceviche. Just the right amount of fizz and sweetness to make the perfect aperitif.

Forget The Roses, Give Rosé!
2014 Arrumaco Garnacia Rosé, Valencia, Spain ($5.99):
This is one of the best values in rosé to be found this season. This 100% Garnacia from Valencia, Spain is lively, crisp, and juicy enough to make your mouth water. Bright tones of strawberry, raspberry, and citrus burst from the glass. It is perfect for Mother’s Day brunch, spring and summer parties, and entertaining a crowd. This rosé is the ideal complement to your favorite Tapas.

2016 Terre de Mistral Rosalie Provence Rosé ($19.99):
This will be Mom’s favorite spring Rosé. It is perfumed with hints of red berries, rose petal, and violet. It has juicy, refreshing acidity, and good viscosity with a smooth texture. The bright acidity and freshness make this the perfect picnic and beach wine for the season. Mom will love its beautiful salmon color and refreshing character.

Toast Mom With Crisp Bubbles!
NV Polo Club Cremant d’Alsace, Alsace, France ($12.99):
Made using the traditional ‘Methode Champenoise’, it offers bright aromas of citrus, green pear, and red apple on the palate complemented by a zippy finish. A delightful apéritif.

NV Pyrgos Prosecco, Veneto, Italy ($19.99):
Quince, pear, tart green apple, and honeysuckle on the nose. The palate explodes with white flowers and lemon zest. This is a marvelous example of what Prosecco should be. Pair with mussels, oysters, or even fruit salad.

NV Charles Ellner Brut Qualité Extra Cuvee, Champagne, France ($34.99):
A blend of 60% Chardonnay and 40% Pinot Noir, this beautiful Champagne displays notes of citrus, apricot, brioche, and savory spice. Charles Ellner is a family-owned grower Champagne house with roots in Epernay, dating back to 1901. These wines offer tremendous quality for price. Fruit is fermented in stainless-steel tanks to allow the fresh lemon, apple, and pear flavors to shine. Only the Chardonnay spends a few months in large oak barrels between primary fermentation and bottling. They are then left on the lees for a minimum of 4 years to impart a beautifully creamy texture (the law is only 18 months).

Velvety And Silky Reds:
2013 Teperberg Impression Cabernet Sauvignon, Judean Hills, Israel ($19.99):

This may be the best $20 Cabernet in the store (and it just happens to be Kosher)! This Israeli 100% Cabernet Sauvignon wine features aromas and flavors of bright dried fruit, tart black cherry, and blackberry. Notes of caramel, vanilla, and toast shine through on the long finish. Silky smooth tannin and bold character make this wine a true gem.

2013 Andrew Rich Knife Edge Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley, Oregon ($35.99):
With more than 20 vintages under his belt, Andrew Rich is an Oregon veteran. He started out in New York as an editor of a wine column for a national magazine. That role caused him to fall deeply in love with wine and he knew he wanted to make his own bottling. So he headed to Burgundy to study winemaking and viticulture. That move lead to his employment at the small but influential Bonny Doon Vineyard in California for nearly six years. Andrew went to Oregon in 1994 with the goal of making French style wines in the Willamette Valley from Columbia Valley grapes. This Pinot Noir is a superb example, showcasing beautiful ripe red fruits like cranberry, cherry, and raspberry complemented by savory spices like clove, cinnamon, and vanilla. Subtle notes of cola and brown sugar follow on the long finish. This is a great Pinot Noir.

2008 Heathcote II HD Shiraz, Australia ($34.99):
Heathcote II is the dream of two wine experts, Peder Rosdal and Lionel Flutto. The philosophy is about producing premium red wines of the highest quality and with the most intense character. This outstanding Shiraz is juicy, bold, and hedonistic. Its rich character and dark berry notes make it an excellent choice to pair with red meats. Consistently scoring 90+ points, this wine is an excellent value at a fraction of the original price.

2011 Ferragu Valpolicella Superiore, Verona, Italy (49.99):
This is an outstanding example of Valpolicella, the dry alternative to Amorone. It is deep, rich, super concentrated, and offers floral aromas with hints of sweet blackberry jam, prune, cinnamon, anise, and clove. Extremely velvety and supple, this is the perfect wine for a woman who loves decadence.

Elyse Genderson is the HBIC at Schneider’s of Capitol Hill. Visit her at the store to discover wines you love.