You love your mom. Your mom loves her wine. Lately you suspect she might love her wine a little more than she loves you, but no matter; Mother’s Day is a perfect opportunity to repay her for all of the things you did growing up that caused her to develop a healthy relationship with wine in the first place. A bottle of her favorite is certainly a fine (read: lazy) idea, but with just a touch more effort you can secure your place as the grand cru offspring with any of the following vinous gifts, whether your mom takes her pinot grigio in a plastic tumbler on ice, is a rosé-all-day (more like all-year) kind of gal, or only drinks first-growth Bordeaux from highly-regarded vintages, but thinks the 2009s are a little over-hyped and ostentatious to the point of being almost blousy, you know?
Your mom’s tasting ability knows no ambition beyond “tastes like wine!” Her idea of a wine bar is a magnum of pinot grigio on the patio. Her favorite part of wine is the alcohol. She’s the coolest. These gifts are both light-hearted and light on the wallet.
Monogram Wine Cork Holder
Amazon/will’s wine accessories
This decorative touch is firmly in the chotsky-with-class category, available in a variety of letters to either simply commemorate your mom’s initials, or entirely spell out “chardonnay” if you’re an extra kind of child and therefore your mom drinks a lot of it.
Book: “Wine. All The Time. The Casual Guide to Confident Drinking”
A sassy summer read disguised as a wine guide, or is it a wine guide disguised as a sassy summer read? Either way, your wine-and-fun-loving mom will have a good time with it and might just learn a thing or two by accident.
Jumbo Wine Glass
Here to help your mom justify her bottle-a-day habit. What? It’s just one glass!
Bathtub Tray with Wine Holder
The perfect accompaniment to an easy rosé, treat your mom to a little well-deserved indulgence with this classy bathtub tray outfitted with a holder for her glass. She still has a few bubble baths to go before she entirely forgets your senior-year minivan incident.
Your mom isn’t afraid to ask for the wine list, but her refined system of evaluation is to choose the second least-expensive selection. She’s casually interested in learning what wine is about and isn’t limited by the word “dry” to describe what she likes. Also, she likes everything. She’s awesome.
Premium Vivino Subscription
If your mom isn’t already hip to this wine app, download it for her to help her keep track of what she drinks and likes. (Perhaps redundant, as she likes everything.) With a premium subscription, she can enjoy free shipping all year through the Vivino marketplace. Get her started in broadening her horizons with a spicy Spanish mencia or a vivacious Italian vermentino.
Book: “Wine Folly: The Essential Guide to Wine”
The ultimate reference for those who are learning to taste. Colorful charts for the most common grape varietals will help her to know whether “soup
çon of asparagus” is a typical tasting note for a gruner veltliner or a gewurztraminer. You may or may not want to create this monster, but so long as she’s going to emulate the people she saw in “Somm,” she may as well do it accurately.
Crystal Wine Decanter
A classic, affordable, everyday piece for anyone’s glassware collection. Some wines need to breathe. So do some moms.
Wine Saver Bottle Stopper System
For those moments when your mother doesn’t actually finish the bottle in one night, or when she wants to savor something special and not share it, this vacuum-based stopper system extends the shelf life of an opened bottle.
Your mom won’t hesitate to go head-to-head with the sommelier. She has opinions about Russian River versus Willamette Valley Pinot Noir. She can name more Italian grape varietals than cast members of “Real Housewives.” She’s the best.
It’s like a wine-of-the-month club that serves it up by the glass to give you and your mom affordable access to the best of the world’s wine. Your mom deserves the best, right? RIGHT?
Your brother tried to show off and get your mom a killer bottle of Barolo. What, like she’s supposed to drink it room temperature? One up like you always do with this temperature-controlled storage refrigerator.
Book: “World Atlas of Wine”
Your mom is no ordinary mother, and this is no ordinary wine guide. This is a wine reference. This is THE wine reference. This reference casually upon a coffee table is what heralds to the visitor that your mother is THE S**T.
Coravin Wine Preservation System
Because she really hasn’t gotten over the senior-year minivan incident.
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