Paula’s Wines of the Week – March 14, 2022

Top wines for Mother’s Day

Choosing a gift for Mother’s Day has never been easier for sons and daughters, no matter what age. I’m sure you won’t complain if you receive the usual bouquet of flowers or a box of chocolates, but it would be nice to get something a little more personal, wouldn’t it? So why not help your kids by giving subtle or no hints that a bottle or two of your favorite wine would be greatly appreciated.

Your urge to buy champagne will be strong – don’t try to distract it, direct it either to something very, very expensive (after all, you’re worth it, right?) or a bottle of wine that you’ll just know will enjoy .

They don’t have to be fancy priced wines, but it helps if there’s a fancy label. Not only do these look good, but they are often found on wine bottles that are willing to pay a little more for presentation – the idea that there must be something great in there.

French wines from specific châteaux (vineyards with a château) or domains (smaller sub-regions) always make great gifts, as their indecipherable labels convey distinction. But they can pose some risk to a buyer, as the bottle often gives no indication of the flavors they contain. The best way to find out what the wine actually tastes like is to ask.

Obviously, it helps if someone is nearby, and an off-lot or upscale wine store is a better fit for this than a supermarket—plus, they’re more likely to hire staff with in-depth wine knowledge than the jack-of-all-trades shelf stacker. So try Majestic (usually on the outskirts) or online specialists like virgin wines with their free Wine Advisor Service. Smaller independent wine shops like Wickham’s also have staff who can guide you to mother friendly wines.

There are always the tried and tasted wines suggested below if you need more inspiration.

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Brigitte Delmotte Blanc de Noirs Champagne Brut
£17.99 Laithwaites
A Blanc de Noirs Champagne is made from only the black grape variety, Pinot Noir, which should make it taste fruitier than if it’s made from the more common blend of white and black grapes. This version tastes slightly like apple with a bit richer croissant flavor, although there are hints of eraser too. Slightly sparkling.

Kylie Minogue Rosé Prosecco
£9 Morrisons and Tesco
Another addition to the singer and actress’ branded wine range. The bottle itself is a feat of design with heart indentations repeated throughout. The wine inside is best described as subtle – the good effervescence masking the light lemon sorbet and apple aromas.

Vesztergombi Kesikkegy Shiraz Rosé 2019
£14.90 The best of Hungary
Why this Hungarian rosé, made from the Shiraz grape variety, has an exquisitely designed glass bottle with the concave base (known as a punt) in the shape of a spider’s web is unknown. Flavors of light cherry, apple and almond.

Chateau L’Oiselinere de la Ramée Muscadet Sevre et Maine sur lie 2018
£8.50 The Wine Society
Light French white wine Muscadet is back in vogue after being dismissed as too light in flavor when fruitiness was ‘in’. This example from The Wine Society knocks all that aside with its slightly buttery hazelnut flavors with added apple pie – there’s also a pear and Cheshire cheese acidity to match. A nice wine at a good price.

Marches de Valencia Gran Reserve 2013
£24.99 (2 bottle magnum size) Virgin Wines
A great tasting Rioja style red wine made from the same expected Tempranillo grape variety. The taste is initially port wine with liquorice and raisins, then becomes fruity with plums and blackberries with some currant spiciness. There’s even toffee and dark chocolate, and later something plant-based. complex stuff.

UB40 with Ali and Astro Red Red Wine 2019
£28.40 Excellent Wines
Neil Diamond’s 1983 number one cover hit of Reggae band UB40’s Red Red Wine inspired this branded bottling of a Bordeaux red wine made from Merlot and Petit Verdot. The rich and slightly sweet flavors of cherry and milk chocolate with hints of meat don’t match the taste, which is more of pungent redcurrants with hints of tannins.

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Paula’s Wines of the Week – March 14, 2022

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