If you want to make Mothers Day on March 15 special for your mum try adding a special drink to your gift basket.
Wine expert Sam Wylie-Harris has picked her top 8 delicious drinks to choose from.
She said: “If you want to bring a sparkle to her eye on Mother’s Day, wine and spirits make an ideal special occasion gift. Especially if inspiration has failed you at the perfume counter, but you know she loves a glass laden with a fragrant bouquet.”
Sams top 8 picks:
1. GIN PALACES ARE IN SEASON
A raspberry G&T before brunch will get the conversation flowing and taste so much better if you up the ante with a bottle of Martin Miller’s Gin (£26, 70cl, Sainsbury’s). One of the world’s most awarded gins (Good Housekeeping Institute’s overall winner 2014), it has gentle botanical aromas and a soft mouthfeel lifted by juniper and lemon on the finish… chin chin!
50ml Martin Miller’s Gin, 5ml Monin Raspberry Syrup, Fever-Tree Tonic Water, a squeeze of lime, 2 raspberries for garnish
Half fill a high-ball with ice, add the gin and raspberry syrup, then top up with tonic. Squeeze a lime wedge into the glass and garnish with fresh raspberries
2. A REAL PEACH
With our insatiable thirst for prosecco (sales continue to soar and have inspired a boom in own-label brands), we never seem to tire of the light, fruity freshness of this fashionable fizz. However, if you fancy impressing mum with another Venetian speciality, try mixing a bellini with Extra Special Prosecco NV, Italy (£6 from £8.50, now until May 7, Asda) – a dry style from the Valdobbiadene region which produces top quality glera grapes. Half fill a chilled champagne flute with peach juice or peach puree and slowly top with prosecco.
3. MARLBOROUGH COUNTRY
Trophy winning wines such as TerraVin Sauvignon Blanc 2013, Marlborough, New Zealand (£14.99, www.oxfordwine.co.uk) which hails from one of the most famous regions in the world sell themselves; but with a rugged cowboy on the new-look label and expressive citrus, fennel and white flowers on the nose, this oak-aged sauvignon blanc really does deliver with its dry, racy acidity, beautifully balanced flavours reminiscent of wet grass and freshly squeezed limes and clean, fresh finish.
4. LATIN FLAIR
A far cry from the neutral white wines that are enjoyed the world over but can be decidedly average, Roero Arneis, Cornarea, Canale 2013, Piedmont, Italy (£16.50, www.bbr.com) shows beautiful precise fruit that’s elegant, refined and quite charming. Made from armeis, an indigenous Italian variety, there’s blossom on the nose and it’s characterised by apple, apricot and pear fruit with a gentle, minerally finish. A perfect lunchtime white with seafood.
5. THE LITTLE MERMAID
A fishtail siren of the sea, the mermaid on the label of Kalfu Sumpai Syrah 2013, Chile (£16.95, www.slurp.co.uk) made a big splash with Decanter magazine who described it as “Outstanding” and gave it 95 points. Named after the mermaids (aka sumpai) who according to Chilean folklore look after the oceans, lakes and rivers, this new release will certainly impress mummy dearest. A violet scented shiraz (syrah) that’s sophisticated and classy, waves of lush blackberry fruit, exotic spice, savoury notes and polished tannins deliver all the silky smoothness you could wish for.
6. HEAVEN SENT
To pamper her tastebuds with a Spanish beauty inspired by the stars of the Ribera del Duero night sky, Torres Celeste Crianza 2011, Spain (£14.99, www.cambridgewine.com) is a rich, velvety tempranillo that’s blanketed in a wealth of wild berry fruits and spice, enriched with sweet oak and laced with blackberries. Opulent, smooth and immediately appealing, it’s a must with a Sunday roast.
7. WHITE COLLAR
If your Mrs loves something sparkling that’s dressed in a trendy, white bottle, the latest release from Champagne Canard-Duchene will strike the right chord. A delicious “smooth rose” style, Canard Duchene Charles Vll Smooth Rose Champagne, France (£31.50, www.thechampagnecompany.com) is a blend of pinot noir, pinot meunier and chardonnay. These pretty pink bubbles have delicate, berry aromas, a ripe, fruity palate and a good degree of freshness on the finish.
8. BECAUSE SHE’S WORTH IT
Defined by its uniquely shaped bottle, Ruinart have been creating exceptional champagnes for nearly 300 years and its copper-coloured rose with gold highlights evokes a sense of occasion. With a delicate, berry-scented nose and complex palate flanked by generous berry fruits (the blend is chardonnay dominant with pinot noir and a good proportion of red wine) and impressive freshness on the finish, Ruinart Rose NV Champagne, France (£60, Majestic) has enough savoury notes to pair it with her favourite foods.