A few suggestions for Mom for Sunday:
• Tardieu-Laurent Guy Louis Blanc 2007 (about $15): We don’t see many white Cote du Rhones in the U.S., and especially at this price. The Guy Louis, a blend of marsanne, roussanne, grenache blanc, and viognier, has that distinctive white Rhone spice aroma (cloves, perhaps?) and enough fruit to appeal to the American palate. This is for people who are tired of chardonnay. An excellent value, though it may be difficult to find.
• Three Rivers Winery River’s Red 2007 (about $15): This red blend from Washington state (seven grapes, about half syrah) is a solid, fruity, low alcohol, food friendly red wine. You’ll smell cranberry and taste cherry and wish more American red wine was made this way. Pair with roast chicken or grilled beef.
• J Cuvee 20 Brut NV (about $32): J Vineyards is a long-time Napa tasting room favorite that has changed the focus of its effort from sparkling wine to table wine. Along the way, new winemaker George Bursick has reinvigorated the way the winery does bubbly. This is crisp and fresh with just the right amount of acidity – the quintessential Mother’s Day brunch wine.
For more on Mother’s Day wine:
- Buying Mom wine for Mother's Day
- Wine of the week: Argyle Brut 2002
- Wine of the week: Duca di Castelmonte Notorius 2007