Mother's Day is the perfect time of year to both honor the mothers in one's life and to contemplate the perfect wines for Sunday brunch.
With its effervescence and sometimes subtle sweetness, sparkling wine is probably the #1 brunch wine, and all the more perfect for Mother's Day in the spirit of celebrating mom.
Prosecco is often an ideal brunch choice: it is affordable, often has subtle sweetness from traces of residual sugar, and its often fine bubbles literally dance on one's palate, making it a welcomed, gentle approach to the day and meal. La Tordera Prosecco is particularly delicious; it includes small amounts of Chardonnay, enhancing the wine's creamy character. It offers gentle flavors of white peach and honeysuckle, making it a truly perfect way to begin a meal and perhaps your Mother's Day.
If you're more inclined to stick to a more classic sparkling wine, Champagne itself is always a wonderful brunch pairing, and particularly sparkling rosés. With its light ruby color, it blends in perfectly with a table filled with juices and flowers; a bone-dry brut rosé is an extremely versatile sparkling beverage, one that can readily pair with either omelets or salads, locks and bagel or fruit salad. Ayala Majeur Rosé Champagne offers up flavors and aromas of red fruits such as strawberry, raspberry, and red plum, which are wonderfully balanced with the fine beads and elegant effervescence trademark of an Ayala Champagne.
If mom or the fellow brunch guests are big fans of a sparkling wine that's truly on the sweet side, Castello Banfi Rosa Regale Brachetto d'Aqui is an ideal choice. Deep rose color, from the exquisite Castello Banfi in Tuscany, it is superbly feminine and wonderfully sweet without being cloying, offers flavors of juicy, ripe raspberries and strawberries.
If sparkling wine is not the preferred choice of mom or the brunch crowd, rosés are offer a great alternative. Like Brut Rosé, still rosé is a particularly great brunch wine, as it too can be bone dry or juicy and slightly sweet. Some of the world's most elegant rosés come from Provence, France, specifically the Bandol region. Bandol rosés are often cantaloupe or light pink in color, lean, and almost universally elegant. Domaine Tempier makes one of the most renowned rosés from the region: light salmon in color, with subtle notes of peaches in cream, it is also beautifully packaged, making it perhaps a perfect Mother's Day gift let alone brunch wine selection.
Similar in packaging and style to Domaine Tempier's rosé is Napa Valley's Sullivan Vineyards “Pink Ink.” Slightly ruby rose color, the Pink Ink offers the expected strawberry notes with less expected but welcome hints of pear and Meyer lemon.
On a totally opposite end of the rosé spectrum but equally delicious is Pretty Sally's Rosé of Cabernet. A rosé of Cabernet is the “red wine lover's” dream rosé: it is dry, hearty, and has juicy raspberry flavors throughout. Would work well with a range of brunch foods, from Eggs Benedict to bacon!
In Depth: 10 Perfect Brunch Wines
Here are ten affordable brunch wines from around the world, perfect for your Mother's Day brunch. All wines were chosen by Alyssa J. Rapp, the Founder & CEO of Bottlenotes.com
La Tordera Prosecco NV
Close to Venice, the Prosecco Wine Road of Valdobbiadenne, Italy abounds with beauty. Its hillside vineyards, top-notch family wineries, stellar local eateries, and pristine accommodations make it a dream destination for vacation. You can travel there virtually this Mother's Day while sipping on La Tordera Prosecco. With trace amounts of Chardonnay, La Tordera offers gentle flavors of white peach and honeysuckle and a creamy finish.
Ayala Rosé Majeur Champagne NV
Owned by Bollinger, Ayala produces Champagnes of equal caliber but only a fraction of the price of its parent company. Ayala Rosé Majeur is a beautiful pink color and offers up flavors and aromas of red fruits such as strawberry, raspberry, and red plum, which are wonderfully balanced with the fine beads and elegant effervescence trademark of an Ayala Champagne.
Bollinger Brut Rosé NV
One only hopes that the legendary grande dame of the house, Mme. Lily Bollinger, would have approved of this new wine. She apparently had misgivings about putting the family name on a rosé Champagne, which in the early 20th century was associated with bawdy houses. Banish the thought: Bollinger's first-ever non-vintage rosé is sexy but definitively high class. At $100 a bottle, it's a superbly elegant gift for mom or to toast mom over brunch this Mother's Day!
Castello Banfi Rosa Regale Brachetto D'Acqui NV
Rosa Regale is superbly feminine and wonderfully sweet without being cloying, offers flavors of juicy, ripe raspberries and strawberries. Deep rose in color, it also makes the perfect visual accent for any brunch table, and is a dynamite pairing for an array of brunch foods, including quiches, glazed hams, and omelets.
Paul Chollet Brut Rosé Sparkling Wine Cremant de Bourgogne NV
A sparkling wine is not nearly as common from the region of Burgundy as Champagne. Nonetheless, Paul Chollet Brut Rosé sparkling wine from Burgundy makes for a tasty brunch pairing, like many a brut rosé. Since it's made solely of Pinot Noir, its mouthfeel is round and supple. A perfect pairing for bacon, Eggs Benedict, or Quiche Lorraine.
Domaine Tempier Bandol Rosé
Domaine Tempier is one of the most established and iconic châteaux of Provence. Its signature Bandol rosé of the 2006 vintage offers pretty floral perfumes, pretty pale pink color, and classic stone fruit (peach, nectarine) and strawberry notes. Its ultra elegant packaging makes it a great gift for mom in addition to a lovely wine to enjoy with Mother's Day Brunch.
Sullivan Pink Ink 2006
In 2001, the Sullivan Family began collaborating with their current winemaker, Philippe Langner, trained by two of Bordeaux's most respected winemakers, Michel Rolland and Jacques Boissenot, for the family's wines. Pink Ink is the team's first foray into the world of rosé. Slightly ruby rose color, the Pink Ink offers the expected strawberry notes with less expected but welcome hints of pear and Meyer lemon.
Pretty Sally 2006 Rosé of Cabernets
Beautiful watermelon color, Pretty Sally Rosé is one of the most elegant from the New World. Aromas of cantaloupe and strawberry on the nose evolve into a delightful, juicy raspberry flavor. A rosé of Cabernet is the “red wine lover's” dream rosé, and works well with a range of brunch foods, from Eggs Benedict to bacon.
Croze 2004 Rosé of Cabernet
Avatar Vineyards Croze rosé is a ripe, refreshing rosé made from 100% Cabernet Sauvignon. It offers bright, candied fruit aromas, and is slightly on the more tart side with light cranberry and pomegranate flavors, a welcomed contrast to a range of brunch foods, from Eggs Benedict to bacon, grilled vegetables or vegetarian omelets.
Zacherle 2006 Rosé of Syrah
Winemaker Nile Zacherle makes hand-crafted wines of excellence, whether Viognier or Syrah, under the Zacherle brand. His dry rosé of Syrah is made in the traditional French saignée method, offering lovely aromas and flavors of strawberry seed, candied lime, melon, and peppermint. Gamey notes characteristic of the Syrah grape linger underneath and lend depth before charming notes of cinnamon dust complement the finish. With just 78 cases made, Zacherle rosé is extremely limited-production, thus a perfect gift for a wine-loving and wine-collecting mother this Mother's Day!
Alyssa J. Rapp
Founder & CEO