Whether you’re scrambling for something worthy of your mom’s devotion or simply putting the finishing touches on a brunch that’s pure perfection, you may enjoy these suggestions from STLTO and Angelini Estate wines. More below:
STLTO are wines made by women for women. The selection includes two fresh, fruit forward white wines: Pinot Grigio and Chardonnay (both un-oaked) as well as a wonderful red blend of Malbec and Merlot. The suggested retail price for each of the wines is $10.99. STLTO wines can be enjoyed throughout your meal and their “feminine touch” make them a unique gift for Mom.
I haven’t tried STLTO, but a blend of Malbec and Merlot sounds like the most generally girl-friendly red I can imagine. And since I tend to prefer my whites un-oaked (or “naked” if you like a racier term), I’m intrigued by the Pinot and Chard as well.
Here’s a bit on Angelini:
Angelini Estate wines hail from Italy’s Marche region. Angelini Estate Sangiovese is chock full of cherries, has lovely cedar notes, and flavors of fruit; the Angelini Estate Pergola Rosso has notes of rose petals and lavender; flavors of wild cherries, strawberries, and currants. These are two wines to be enjoyed with food. Both are great with grilled meat and pastas. The suggested retail price for each is $16.99.
And an appealingly spring-like sangria recipe using Bodegas Franco Espanolas from the Rioja winery:
2 bottles Franco Espanolas Royal White 100% Viura white wine
½ cup white sugar
1 small melon
A bunch of white table grapes
2 cinnamon sticks
1 cup Orange liqueur (Cointreau)
1 can lemon/lime flavored soda (7Up, Sprite,…)
Clean all fruit and dice (maintain the peels in all the fruit except the kiwis).
Reserve in a bowl.
1 day before the event, pour 1 bottle of Franco Espanolas Royal White 100% Viura into a large pot adding the sugar and warm the mixture without boiling. Remove from the heat. Add the spices (cinammon sticks and cloves) to the mixture, cover and let rest for 30 minutes.
Transfer the mixture from the pot to a larger container (large bowl). Add the second bottle of Franco Espanolas Royal White wine, diced fruit (reserve some for garnish), orange liqueur (Cointreau) and mix delicately. Place the bowl in the fridge for 24 hours.
Before serving, add the can of lemon/lime soda to the mixture. Pour into a high glass half full of ice. Garnish with the reserved diced fruit (grapes, melon,…) in a skewer.
So whether you are a mom, have a mom, or just love someone who is a mom, have a beautiful (and hopefully wine-kissed) Mother’s Day!