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17 California Wines for Mother’s Day

Yes, make the brunch plans. Absolutely buy those flowers. But do not miss out on the third Mother’s Day must…get Mom a great bottle of wine! Here are 17 fabulous California wines for the occasion.

2021 Harvey & Harriet White Blend

Harriett? That would be the winery founder’s own mother. This wine is his dedication to both her and his father and all of the good times they made possible for the family. It is a celebration of honeydew. $22

2021 Pedroncelli Dry Creek Valley Mother Clone Zinfandel

Purple to the eye and nuanced perfection to the taste, this Zinfandel is warm just like Mom but has a bit of spice – like Mom when the kids or Dad misbehaves – as well. It is also from the mother clone on the vineyard, to boot. $24

Robert Renzoni Vineyards 2023 Vermentino, Temecula Valley

If Mom loves white wine, introduce her to this stunner. It feels like a mix between Pinot Gris and Sauvignon Blanc, balancing minerality with really buzzy notes of mandarin orange and other kisses of citrus. $34

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Presqu’ile Winery Brut Cuveé Sparkling

What better way to toast Mama than with some big, beautiful bubbles? This California wine has it all – effervescence, lemon and toast, cream and even some apples. $45

Wiens Cellars 2023 Crowded

Delicious by the pool, on the patio or even at a garden party, Mom will love the stone fruit and ever-so-slight touch of sweetness in this blend of Vermentino, Chardonnay, Muscat and Viognier. $30

Kukkula Winery Rosie

A rosé named Rosie! The meaning behind it? Turns out the owner’s mother, Rose, was always called Rosie by his father. An organically farmed blend, there are various varietals that go into it each year but always Grenache, Mourvedre and Counoise. $38

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Clif Family Winery Napa Valley Sauvignon Blanc 2022

This is the perfect way to give Mom flowers. Open opening this bottle, she will experience an absolute deluge of floral aromatics, most predominantly jasmine. They are paired on the palate with tropical fruit, peaches and just of touch of lemon for acid. $38

Pine Ridge 2023 Chenin Blanc + Viognier

Crispy and refreshing, while that pop of citrus is absolutely present and welcome, it is the combination of peach and mango that Mom will love most. Well, that and the stunning floral aromatics. $16

Charles Krug 2022 Napa Valley Merlot

For the ladies who always want to drink red, this is the perfect option as the weather warms. It is velvety smooth on the palate with pops of plum and spice tempered by ripe cherries. $30

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Rombauer Vineyards 2022 Sauvignon Blanc

Chances are that Mom has already tried – and loves – the Rombauer California Chardonnay. Get her outside of her comfort zone a little with this crisp white from the Napa icon that has been called sunshine in the glass full of lime, melon and lychee fruit. $28

Dutcher Crossing Grace Reserve Brut Rosé

The best way to celebrate Mom is to pop open this soft dusty rose-colored sparkler that is as beautiful and elegant as she is. This California wine shows graceful aromas of raspberries, strawberries and cranberries along with freshly baked bread. And to the taste? Apples and lemons join in on the fun. $59   

2019 Jordan Vineyard & Winery Chardonnay

Ooh-la-la! If a trip to Paris is not in the cards for Mother’s Day this year, transport Mom’s tastebuds to Europe with this very French-inspired take on Chardonnay. This particular vintage also marks the 40th anniversary of Jordan and female winemaker Maggie Kruse’s first go as head winemaker. $45

Leoness Cellars 2019 CS Cinsaut, Temecula Valley

A red wine that screams summer? Absolutely! Mom will absolutely love this lean red that has an explosion of cherries, spice and even a hint of rose to the taste. $30

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2022 J. Lohr Estates Riverstone Chardonnay

White peach and pear are in perfect harmony in this easy drinker. The floral label – new for the brand – only adds to the appeal. $14

LangeTwins 2023 Aglianico Rosé – River Ranch Vineyard

Screwcap for the win! Once pooh poohed, today moms everywhere love a screwcap wine so they can enjoy and easily save some for later (like when the littler kids go to sleep). This is a lovely take on the pink potion with equal parts strawberry and pear on the nose and to the taste. $27  

West Seafoam Blanc de Blancs 2018 Extra Brut

The female winemaker – Katarina Bonda – made this California wine with special occasions like Mother’s Day in mind, especially special occasions that fall in the warmer months. Asian pear and bread are apparent on the palate, but there is also a sassy zest from notes of green apple that help to amp up the bubbles in the best possible way. $42

Etude Winery 2020 Pinot Gris

Classics are classics for a reason, as evidenced by this traditional, terrific selection with equal parts flower on the nose and peach on the palate. There is a great acidity here, but it is rounded out by a touch of cream as it finishes. $32

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