Roses for Mother's Day

Cinco de Mayo may be over, but there is still plenty to celebrate. It’s May, it’s warm and most importantly, Mother’s Day is Sunday. Last Mother’s Day, I mentioned the 2013 Dom De Paris Rose and how delicious it was. This year is no different for the new vintage as well as several other Roses. Here is a brief sampling of roses from different regions.

Dom De Paris Cotes De Provence Rose 2014

This beauty from Provence is a delight with a light pink tone and an impressive array of grapes (40% Grenache, 30% Syrah, 20% Cinsault, 10% Carignan )  that bring out raspberry and tart strawberry fruit with fresh herbs. The finish is crisp and peppery with good acidity for a variety of food pairings. Try this with chicken kabobs and grilled sliced potatoes with olive oil, salt, pepper, and paprika.  This wine is currently on sale for $10.99.

Dom L’enclose  Rose 2014

From the Gascone region of France  comes this easy drinking, yet rich tasting Rose with a dark pink hue that resembles the inside of a ruby red grapefruit.  With 50% Merlot and 50% Cabernet Franc, this Rose has an abundance of red fruit, herbs and spice, but also has some subtle grapefruit notes as well. This is a very versatile wine that will hold up to many warm weather meals but will shine with steaks off the grill, Chivetas chicken barbeque, or a Greek style turkey burger with roasted peppers, feta cheese, and olive tapenade. This wine is a steal at $7.99.

Dom Fazi Rose Corse 2014

Known as the birth place of Napoleon, this Rose from Corsica only illustrates the diversity of where wines come from in France. From this rugged and exotic Mediterranean island comes a complex blend of 30% Merlot; 25% Grenache; 10% Cinsault and 35% Sciaccarellu  which is a very aromatic varietal from Corsica. With a slight pink color, one might think this wine is very light when in reality it has plenty of strong raspberry, currant and strawberry fruit, along with herbal spice.  The finish is well balanced.  Have this wine with everything from tapas to grilled spinach chicken sausage.  Grab a bottle of this for $7.99.

Mother Movie

If you have not seen Mother with Albert Brooks and Debbie Reynolds, you haven’t watched one of the most honest and funny films about adult sons and their mothers. Brooks plays a forty something Science Fiction writer who moves back in with his mother after two failed marriages to see if he can trace back his woman issues to his upbringing.  Both Brooks and Reynolds are terrific and it is a perfect Mother’s Day film that forgoes the sap for honest humor and warmth.

Happy Mother’s Day and please beware of the “protective ice” (movie reference).