Celebrating Mother’s Day with a sparkling or still rose’ brings the right color to a festive moment.
Treat your mother royally with a glass of Pol Roger, the Champagne house that received a Royal Warrant- meaning the Queen approved it as an official purveyor to the royal family. In fact, it was served last week at the Buckingham Palace wedding luncheon thrown for the Queen’s grandson, Prince William, and his new bride Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge.
The 2002 Pol Roger Rose’ Champagne’s pinkish sheen and red fruit aroma are instantly pleasing. The lively bubbles tingle the palate as cranberry and strawberry flavors glide across it. Enjoy it with Asian cuisine or a rhubarb dessert. The 2002 Pol Roger Brut Rose’ retails for approximately $110.
Toast your mother at brunch or dinner with a glass of Napa Valley’s Domaine Carneros Brut Rose’ Cuvee de la Pompadour. Madame Pompadour is credited with bringing Champagne to the court at Versailles and the quip, “Champagne is the only wine a woman can drink and remain beautiful”. This sparkling wine supplies a resplendent copper-orange-hued wine, delicate bubbles and tasty strawberry and almond flavors.
Domaine Carneros is owned by Taittinger, and reflects that great Champagne house’s elegant style. It will be perfect with a Mother’s Day menu of smoked or poached salmon, chicken breast with mango salsa, or a bowl of ripe strawberries and raspberries.
The nonvintage Domaine Carneros Brut Rose’ Cuvee de la Pompadour retails for approximately $39.
If your mother prefers still wines, reward her with a glass of the delicious 2009 Guigal Cotes du Rhone Rose’.
Guigal is one of the most respected wine families in France, world-renowned for its three single-vineyard Cote Rotie wines, La Landonne, La Mouline and La Turque. Guigal also produces some of the best value wines in our market.
The 2009 Guigal Cotes du Rhone Rose’ is a blend 50 percent grenache, 40 percent cinsault and 5 percent each mourvedre and syrah. A glowing pinkish-orange color greets the eye and a pronounced citrus and cherry-like scent welcomes the nose. Bursting with red fruit flavors and a full-mouth feel, this is a wonderful rose’ that illustrates how Guigal makes superb wines at every level.
A glass of the 2009 Guigal Cotes du Rhone Rose’ is perfect with classic southern France dishes such as soup pistou or bouillabaisse. And its eye-poppingly low price tag allows you to generously stock it for your mother’s enjoyment throughout the summer.
The 2009 Guigal Cotes du Rhone Rose’ retails for approximately $13.